Ryobi has introduced a new Hobby Station, model RHS01, for use with select corded and cordless rotary tools.
Most rotary tool workstations on the market have much simpler designs, such as Dremel’s drill press station. The new Ryobi Hobby Station looks to take things to a whole new level.
Ryobi RHS01 Hobby Station Features
- Telescoping tool hanger
- Cord management
- Keyless tool change
- Drill press lever
- 2-inch drilling depth gauge
- Adjustable height
- Adjustable tool angle (up to 90°)
- Reversible baseplate
- Routing fence
- Built-in dust management with 1-7/8″ vacuum adapter
- Accessory storage
- Benchtop mounting holes
Ryobi Hobby Station Vertical Operation
The Hobby Station allows tools to be oriented vertically, for sanding, cutting, or precision drilling operations.
The base has x-shaped slots for drill bit clearance and possibly 3rd party work-holding clamps or fixtures.
It also comes with a removable “routing fence,” which I suppose can be used for grooving and maybe even edge-routing applications.
Ryobi Hobby Station Angled Operation
The tool holder can also be rotated up to 90°, for angled or horizontal operation.
Ryobi Hobby Station Dust Collection
The baseplate is reversible, with x-shaped slots on one side and a downdraft table on the other. This allows for dust collection during sanding or other such operations.
If this feature works well, it could be a big deal for a lot of users who might otherwise have to source, use, and store separate dust containment accessories.
The 1-7/8″ vacuum adapter is located on the left side of the base.
Ryobi Hobby Station Compatibility
At this time, the Ryobi RHS01 will be compatible with (4) models of rotary tools:
Price and Availability
ETA: Available Now
The Hobby Station is available exclusively at Home Depot.
$99 seems a little steep for a rotary tool accessory, but the Ryobi Hobby Station looks to offer a lot more capabilities than all of the other rotary tool workstations currently on the market.
There are separate drilling/vertical workstations on the market, as well as mini router table accessories. The Ryobi Hobby Station looks to offer beyond the functionality of these types of separate attachments.
The built-in dust management – the downdraft table – could be a big deal for users that prefer to work in a cleaner environment.
This looks to be the ultimate rotary tool workstation.
It seems that Ryobi has been on a mission to take over the hobby, crafting, and maker tool space. At this pace, it won’t be long before Bosch’s Dremel brand starts to sweat – if this hasn’t made them nervous already.