Alexander sent in a tip that a new Ryobi 18V One+ rotary hammer might be coming out. He caught a flashing-by glimpse of it at the end of a Ryobi promo video (YouTube link) that is similar to the US video we spied some new Ryobi tools in as well.
After a little digging, it became clear that YES, this is a new Ryobi One+ 5/8″ rotary hammer. The new rotary hammer, designated R18SDS outside the USA, is a 4-mode SDS rotary hammer with hammer drill, rotary drill, chisel, chisel alignment settings.
To me, it looks like the new Ryobi rotary hammer is sized similar to the Rockwell H3, Milwaukee M12, and Milwaukee M12 Fuel rotary hammers than an 18V hammer. It’s that compact-looking, although online imagery can sometimes be inadvertently deceiving.
- SDS+ chuck
- 0-1300 RPM (no-load)
- 0-5000 IPM
- 15 Nm max torque (~133 in-lbs)
- 11.7 m/s vibration chiseling
- Weighs 2.08 kg with [compact?] battery (~4.6 lbs)
- Max drilling capacity of 13mm in steel, 16mm in wood, 16mm in masonry (~5/8″)
- Built-in LED worklight
The video was released last Fall, and so it’s surprising that we haven’t heard about the new rotary hammer sooner. There’s no indication if or when this model will make its way to the USA.
Thanks Alexander for the tip!