Ryobi is heating up the cordless hobby tool space with a new USB Lithium foam cutter, model FVH64K.
The new Ryobi cordless foam cutter is designed to “cut, shape, and shave foam for any DIY project.”
It’s powered by their USB Lithium battery system, which features a removable battery with built-in USB-C charging, and external chargers are also available.
The Ryobi cordless foam cutter can heat up in just under two minutes, and features high and low temperature settings.
It comes with three attachments – a hot wire tip for cutting or shaping foam, a precision engraving tip for adding details or texture, and a holing tip for cutting out shapes or boring holes into Styrofoam.
Tip-changes are a tool-free process.
The foam cutter can be used hand-held, and can also be attached to Ryobi’s RHS01 portable hobby station.
The user controls are simple, with an on/off button and mode selection buttons for switching between the dual heat settings.
Heat Settings: 300°F (low), 520°F (high)
An LED light signals when the tool is heating up, and another indicates battery charge status.
The kit comes with the FVH64 foam cutter, USB Lithium 2Ah battery, hot wire tip with nichrome wire, precision engraving tip, holing tip, and USB charging cable (power adapter not included).
An additional 2pc foam cutting tip kit (A81FC07), with blade and scooping tips, and replacement nichrome wire (A81FC06) will be available separately.
The blade tip is described as being suited for cutting customizable tool box foam inserts (specifically Ryobi’s Link foam, but presumably other brands’ as well), and the scoop tip is for adding depth or dimension to projects.
In a promo video, Ryobi showed off a storage case that can hold all of the kit contents plus the optional added 2pc tip set.
ETA: July 2023
The foam cutter will be available exclusively at Home Depot.
Ryobi first announced their USB Lithium cordless power tool line in early 2022, and started expanding upon it last summer.
This new foam cutter is one of several new Ryobi hobby tools for mid-2023, with the others being a soldering pen and power scrubber kit.
The foam cutter looks highly versatile, and there’s the potential for further expandability. Maybe a hot rope cutting blade will be introduced next? Or at least, that’s what I’m hoping for.
I’m really liking what Ryobi is doing with their USB Lithium cordless tool and accessory line.
What types of compact or hobby tools do you want to see Ryobi come out with next?