This is a cool tool that was first brought to us by a local TIA member, PT Custom, which we hope to meet soon. He emailed us a while back and told us about the Newborn Rodless caulk gun. In all my years I have never heard about this. Maybe because all my caulk guns are from Home Depot and I pick them up whenever I need one or I should say when I forgot mine at home. When he first told me about this I thought what a great idea. I know there have been plenty of times when the caulk gun rod has got in my way from finishing or starting a good bead. So naturally we had to go out and get one to see how well this really worked. I know there isn't much to talk about, so I will keep this short.
As you can see by the pictures below, the caulk gun doesn't have a rod to get in the way. This system uses a flexible steel strap plunger which rides up in the body and barrel. So you can picture it like a pulley system. My first question was how strong this system would be. First, it has to be flexible enough to bend and move in the caulk gun, but strong enough to push out different types of materials. Well after using it, I can say this system is very nice. I don't have any worries about this not being able to perform. In fact, I felt like I could lay a bead just as good as a rod system. One thing to note this does have a 10:1 thrust ratio.
The two downsides for some are losing the rod and barrel. Yes, losing the rod is a huge plus, but it also means you lose the ability to hang the caulk gun up in between applications. Newborn tried to counter this loss with adding a belt hook to the caulk gun. Another downside to this system is because of the design, you lose the ability to incorporate a barrel that will twist. With this system, the barrel has to stay in place and you will have to do any twisting with your hands. Not a huge deal, but something to note.
One thing I would like to see on this caulk gun is an integrated poke stick so when I cut the end of a caulk tube, I could pierce the inside. Again not a huge loss, but something to note.
On Amazon this only has three reviews. 1 five star, 1 three star and 1 two star. I always try to take what other people say into account, but I haven't had any problems with mine as far as sticking. Someone did complain about not having a manual. There really isn't much to caulk guns and by playing with it, it's pretty easy to figure out.
I have to say I am so happy PT Custom brought this to our attention. This is such a cool and reliable way to implement a system without having a rod to get in the way. If you are someone who uses a caulk gun and is tired of the rod getting in the way, the Newborn rodless caulk gun is a perfect solution. Bottom line, PT Custom said his worked well and he was happy with the purchase. So in my book, that is enough for me to trust this caulk gun.