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If you think you’ve seen this somewhere before it’s because you have. Ryobi’s auto hammer is the second “automatic hammer” to market and claims dominance over the Home Depot territory while its competitor, adorned with the Craftsman logo, lives at Sears. That’s about the biggest difference other than price we can find between the two.

Just look at the packaging and you’ll come to the same conclusion. 3600 beats per minute, driving 3.5” nails, 12v power pack — sound familiar? It should, since the both the Ryobi Auto Hammer and the Craftsman Hammerhead boast these features. We have the feeling Ryobi and Craftsman feel like this little gem will be the new Dad-needs-this gift this year.

The only major difference here is that the Ryobi runs about $10 to $20 cheaper on average from what we can tell, and sits at around $90 stock — but that’ll most likely be cranked down even lower once the holiday retail in-fighting begins.

Auto Hammer [Ryobi]
Hammerhead Auto Hammer [Via Toolmonger]
Street Pricing [Google Products]
Craftsman Hammerhead Via Amazon [What’s This?]

 

12 Responses to Ryobi Auto Hammer

  1. Flabby Boohoo says:

    tried it out at the depot, works ok. Loud as heck. Would never buy one.

  2. fred says:

    Maybe the same OEM for both?

    Like some lures that catch more fish than fisherman – I suspect that this “tool” has more gift appeal then practicality. We still use our Bostitch and Senco pneumatic palm nailers to drive home an occasional proud nail in an awkward spot – but I think we’d forego this tool even if it was “battery compatible” with Makita LXT or Milwaukee M12 lines that we’ve standardized on.

  3. Adam R says:

    It is the same OEM TTI is making all the Ryobi tools and the Craftsman power tools.

  4. fred says:

    @ Adam R

    I notice that the Milwaukee M12 line’s form factor – battery etc. look a lot like the Craftsman line. Since TTI also owns Milwaukee – this is probably no surprise – and they both may come off the same factory line in China.

  5. Ron says:

    Ya know Homer’s gonna be pissed when he finds out these bums stole his idea

  6. Dave P says:

    Where’s. the. laser.

  7. PutnamEco says:

    Re:
    fred says:
    We still use our Bostitch and Senco pneumatic palm nailers
    —–
    Have you tried Grip-Rites mini palm nailer? Thought it was a joke until a distributer threw one into a nail order, and I had a chance to try it out. Senco seems to have rebranded it also. I doubt it will be as longed lived as a Bostich but it can fit in some really small spaces, and mine has held up for at least a year of occasional use.

    http://www.grip-rite.com/tool.asp?ToolId=21

  8. fred says:

    @ PutnamEco

    The Senco’s we are using are of the”mini” kind. Despite the Amazon comments – ours work fine.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FAGSPK/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2/179-9474230-0133844?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_r=0ET7Y2CRVMGTXNT93PM2&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_i=B0000AQK78

    Based on your comments and some of the others – I may give the grip-rite a shot – if our Sencos go south

  9. PutnamEco says:

    Re:
    fred Says:
    I may give the grip-rite a shot – if our Sencos go south
    ——-
    As far as I can tell the Senco is exactally the same as the Grip-Rite, with the exception of paint.

  10. justsomeguy says:

    I work at a tool store and we don’t carry this thing. One of our regulars brought one in a few weeks ago. He made a quick attachment that fits on the face and drives any carving gouge. It’s loud as hell, but it turns any carving tool into a power carver. Wow! I might buy one and do the same thing.

  11. Bob in IL says:

    I, too, tried the Ryobi Auto Hammer at Home Depot. As others have written, it was hyper loud. Too loud for me. I’m happy with an Estwing in hand.

  12. PutnamEco says:

    re:
    justsomeguy Says:
    He made a quick attachment that fits on the face and drives any carving gouge. It’s loud as hell, but it turns any carving tool into a power carver. Wow!
    ——–
    Have you seen Arbortechs power chisel?

    http://toolmonger.com/2008/02/20/arbortech-power-chisel/

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