Not Ryobi, but Milwaukee mistakenly listed an M12 compact inflator on their site a few days ago, and promptly took it down. There’s screenshots over on reddit, and I ran across at least one dealer site that still had the listing for it up (don’t have it right now, but I think the model number was 2475 or if you search for M12 compact inflator it was on the second google result page).
The compact terminology in the name makes me wonder if they’re looking at something else for M18, maybe a full size compressor to complement the M12 inflator… If I remember the feature listing, it was fill a car tire by 8-10 psi in about a minute, and able to do truck tires adding 15-20 psi in like 3.5 minutes. Hopefully that translates to a little better duty cycle than the large ryobi, but seems about par. Be nice to be able to carry that with all my other M12 tools instead of the ryobi inflator I keep in the trunk, which is the only ryobi tool/battery I regularly carry.
On the Ryobi front, there’s the new toolbox vacuum which is pretty awesome, right up there with the Milwaukee toolbox vac except no HEPA filter. Also doesn’t seem to sound as scream like as the Milwaukee. I’d love to see it drop to a 69 or 79 price point, since I think only being 10 bucks less than the Milwaukee isn’t a big draw. Obviously if you only have ryobi batteries, it does fill a gap though, and does it well. I actually am liking it more than the 6 gallon cordless ryobi vac for doing the car just because it’s more maneuverable, though for larger messes or significant dirt the 6 gallon vac does have more suction and the wider hose. It picked up mud chunks from the car that the toolbox size ryobi wouldn’t have been able to fit through the hose.
I saw a listing on HD’s website for the 6Ah ryobi battery, hopefully it hits here soon, that will be a good step up. I’m holding out hope for the 9Ah to drop in the US towards the end of Q1, but I’m sure I’ll be disappointed. The 6Ah finally coming out here though hopefully does mean the 9Ah is at least on the way. I need it for more runtime on the shop vac.
Ryobi also has a lot of outdoor equipment new for spring, cordless sprayers, new chain saw models, etc. Their catalog lists a lot of it, the only thing I didn’t see mentioned is an 18V seed spreader that I saw posted about over somewhere else. Exciting time for all the start of year new tool introductions!
If you are looking at any ryobi stuff, Ryobi Nation has an in store coupon for HD that let’s you get $10 off two bare tools over $49, from a wide list that unfortunately doesn’t include most new stuff. My HD took it for one item that was and one that was not on the list that were bare tools, computer didn’t even split it back, but YMMV. Still, it’s semi rare to see a bare tools only deal or coupon, always seems like kits, so I liked that they took that feedback and made that coupon. Especially Ryobi, since you can’t just wait for Acme to do 15% off or something for them to get your bare tools.