It seems that everyone loves this new Ryobi 18V cordless hot glue gun, and I can see why.
First, it’s just $30 for the bare tool, which costs less than a lot of good corded glue guns. Next, it’s said to deliver up to 3.5 hours of runtime.
The new Ryobi One+ glue gun, model P305, features a 2-finger trigger grip, LED on/off indicator light, and is self-standing for easier (and potentially neater) resting periods.
Ryobi says it’s designed for heavy duty gluing applications, but I’m guessing that, perhaps with some practice, it can be used for tasks that require higher precision.
These glue guns accept 0.45″ diameter hot glue sticks. I’m guessing that 7/16″ sticks should work fine.
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Side note: the latest Ryobi glue gun recommendation comes from Rob, who works over at Megabots – a company that builds giant sports combat robots!
Check out Megabots’ YouTube channel here. And here’s a look at one of their tool benches:
There’s some teal, some red, and this Ryobi 18V glue gun!
It is light with the basic Ryobi Li-ion pack and heats up in about three minutes. It flows better than any hobby gun, and I like it better than my Dewalt corded glue gun. We have not depleted a battery yet and have a “charge it when you put it away” policy. It fits in on our tool wall and with the deals that you can often get at Home Depot you can buy it with a drill and two batteries for $130 out the door. I would recommend you pick one up to try if you have any Ryobi packs hanging around.
Well, I’m sold!
I’ve been asking our Ryobi contact for a test sample, but will probably find myself picking one up at Home Depot this weekend.
Thank you Rob for sharing your experience with us!
Black & Decker came out with a cordless glue gun, which Ben reviewed. Before that, Surebonder came out with a Hybrid glue gun that could run off an AC cord or a Ryobi 18V battery pack. Surebonder has since come out with another Ryobi-powered cordless glue gun kit (~$128 via Amazon).
I’ve been awfully tempted to pick up the Surebonder Hybrid-120, which sells for $79 to $90 on Amazon for just the tool. But I don’t really need the corded plug-in aspect.
Hmm… do you notice that tip on the Surebonder? Could it be that Surebonder provides the heating elements and nozzles for the Ryobi cordless hot glue gun?
If so, perhaps Surebonder’s specialty nozzles can work with this Ryobi glue gun? Hopefully I won’t have to be the first to check this out.