Update: Since writing this post, we have published a hands-on review of Ryobi’s Auto Hammer – click here to check it out.
Ryobi is kicking things up a notch by releasing their own 12V Lithium-ion powered auto hammer. Ryobi claims that their hammer can drive up to 3 1/2″ common and finish nails as it hammers at a rate of 3,600 beats per minute.
The Ryobi CAH120LK 12V auto hammer is designed with ergonomics and ease of use in mind, and also seems to be quite compact making it well suited for driving nails in tight spaces. A magnetic nail guide holds nails securely in place for easier driving, and a retractable sleeve helps drive nails flush with fewer missed hits.
Included with the tool itself is a 12V lithium ion battery, dual chemistry charger, and a carrying case.
One thing that caught our attention was that this tool was mentioned as being part of Ryobi’s 12V ONE+ lineup. Thus far we were only aware of their 18V ONE+ lineup. Is this auto hammer the start of an expanded line of versatile 12V tools?
Ryobi’s 12V auto hammer is priced at $89, and is due to begin shipping on November 15th.
Lastly, a big thank-you to ToolGuyd reader and frequent commenter uthscsaedu for the the heads-up about the tool! If anyone else wants to mention or suggest a tool, either leave a comment where appropriate or contact us privately!