Product Type: Ryobi Other Power Tools
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If you want are really good finish, this caulking gun isn't too bad
Ryobi One CCG-1801MG
Member Name: colinbmw
Ryobi One CCG-1801MG
Advantages: Constant rate of flow
Disadvantages: Expensive, Heavy
Why would you buy this? Well, its very heavy, and costs many times what a normal chalking gun would, but on the other hand it delivers a constant rate of flow and that saves a lot of time and effort when you are trying to finish a job to a high standard.
Having said that, in some ways this product has a very limited appeal. If you are a professional you probably don't need it because you have the skills which makes it redundant, and unless you do a lot of DIY you can't really justify the cost.
I bought this caulking gun as part of a set that was offered at a deep discount. I didn't expect to find it useful but it has been a pleasant surprise. Given I'm not a tradesman I've used this chalking gun quite a lot (I would estimate over 40 cartridges over 4 years) and it is still going strong.
The controls are easy, a large dial on the side to set the rate of flow, and the trigger to activate it. In practice you will probably find you change speeds very infrequently.
The biggest disadvantage is the gun's weight. With a battery, it comes in at about 2 kg (plus the weight of the cartridge). I find that the weight of this product is offset by the fact that you do not have to use your hand to squeeze the silicon out of the cartridge.
I have had 2 occasions where the plunger slid the end of the cartridge out of the way and the gun ended up with silicon all over the place. Cleaning it was annoying, but taking the main parts out to clean was not difficult.
Ryobi offers two types of battery for this unit, and I have the more basic NiCad type. I have not had an occasion where I used this unit so much I've depleted the charge in a single day (having used it for 4 entire cartridges over a number of hours). So all in all it has proved very useful.
Summary: Useful for a limited group of people, but does what it says on the tin