Take the Pain out of Caulk Application
Caulking can be a tedious task, especially when dealing with tough sealants like OSI Quad Max. Why not let Ryobi’s 18V Cordless Caulk Gun (PCL901) shoulder the burden for you? We decided to test it out and see if it’s worth the investment.
- 500 pounds of thrust
- Adjustable speed dial
- Anti-Drip Technology
- Over 200 tubes on a single 2.0Ah battery
The PCL901B is Ryobi’s second-generation cordless caulk gun for their 18V One+ system. Similar to its predecessor (P310G), this model delivers a powerful 500 pounds of thrust. While other brands like Ridgid (750 lbs) and Milwaukee (950 lbs) offer more force, the Ryobi PCL901B can still handle higher viscosity sealants, albeit at a slightly slower pace.
The variable speed dial allows you to control the discharge rate and bead formation. Unlike the previous P310G models, the PCL901B features a digital shift dial conveniently positioned for easy monitoring and adjustment while you work. No need to stop and interrupt your progress.
When you release the trigger, the plunger retracts slightly, preventing annoying drips that require extra cleaning.
In terms of battery life, expect over 200 tubes of caulk on a full 2.0Ah battery. With such efficiency, there’s no need for the added weight of a 4.0Ah or higher battery.
Ryobi 18V Cordless Caulk and Glue Gun: Design and Instructions
- Swivel and detachable tube holder
- Airborne puncture tool
- Rubber overmolded grip
- Switch lock to prevent accidental activation
In addition to the speed dial improvements, the PCL901B also features a swivel bracket design. This allows you to adjust the angle of the nozzle easily, making it perfect for reaching corners or switching between horizontal and vertical applications.
Another enhancement is the removable bracket that securely holds the adhesive tube. Simply hold the collar and turn the bracket for easy cleaning.
Despite its robust appearance, the gun is surprisingly lightweight. It weighs only 3.2 lbs without the battery and 4.2 lbs with the 1.5Ah battery. Add about 15 oz for a full tube of adhesive, and you have a manageable working weight of 5.1 lbs.
Ryobi 18V Cordless Caulk Glue Gun Prices
- $79.00 for bare tools
- 3-year warranty
The Ryobi PCL901 is available for $79 as a bare tool at Home Depot. You can also opt for the kit version, which includes a 1.5Ah battery and charger. As always, Ryobi stands behind their product with a reliable 3-year warranty.
The Bottom Line
Whether you’re replacing window trim, sealing a tub installation, or tackling various sealant and adhesive tasks, the Ryobi 18V Cordless Caulk and Adhesive Gun will undoubtedly make the job easier. Your hands will thank you, especially if you’re over 40 like me. And if you already use Ryobi’s 18V One+ system, the $79 price tag makes it an even more compelling choice.