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Ryobi announced they are coming out with a new 18V One+ cordless dual temperature hot glue gun in April 2021, model P307. Besides working at two different temperatures, this new glue gun also features a fold-out drip catcher and interchangeable tips.
According to Ryobi, this new glue gun accepts standard 0.5″ glue sticks and heats up in under two minutes. The onboard LED light changes from red to green when the glue gun is hot enough to start spreading glue.
The temperature is selected by the on/low/high switch. When set to low, the glue gun heats the glue to 248°F and when set to high, it heats the glue to 320°F.
A drip tray folds out from underneath the body of the glue gun to catch drips from the nozzle.
The glue gun comes with three different interchangeable nozzles that thread onto the front: the standard nozzle, an extended precision nozzle, and a spreader nozzle.
The P307 Ryobi dual temperature cordless glue gun will be available starting in April 2021 at Home Depot. The bare tool will be priced at $50 and includes the glue gun, a standard nozzle, extended precision nozzle, spreader nozzle, and ten general purpose glue sticks.
The hot glue gun is part of Ryobi’s 18V One+ cordless power tool system. You’ll need a battery and charger, which are sold separately.
Price: $50 (bare tool)
Available: April 2021
Compare: Ryobi P305 via Home Depot
If the dual temperature feature was the only feature that was new, I probably wouldn’t have written about this glue gun, as they have a perfectly functional cordless glue gun (P305) already in stores. The built-in drip tray and interchangeable nozzles make this offering a little more interesting and possibly worth the extra $18 though.
The fold out bit tray is what caught my attention. Anybody that has ever used a hot glue gun knows that they have to be very careful where they put it down. I periodically have to scrape hot glue off my workbench, and there are several spots on our carpet where my daughter wasn’t as careful as she should have been with a glue gun. Having a drip tray that you can just fold out might have saved my carpet.
While I haven’t really needed interchangeable nozzles, I can definitely remember times when a longer reach nozzle would have been handy. If the “spreader” nozzle makes spreading out hot glue over a wide area easier, I can definitely see the utility in that. Now if there was only some onboard storage so that you wouldn’t lose the extra nozzles…
Getting back to the dual temperature function, frankly, I have never needed a “low temperature” glue gun. I’ve had several dual temperature glue guns and never used the low temperature function. The stated reason for a low temperature setting is for “heat-sensitive” materials. I’ve never encountered this problem, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t exist.
The dual temperature feature might be a way to get more runtime, as setting the glue gun to a lower temperature will increase the battery life. It’s possible that you could use the low temperature mode as a sort of “standby mode,” leave the gun on low when you aren’t using it and them switching it to high when you need it.