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  • How To Maintain Spirit Level Accuracy

    For woodworkers and construction contractors, the level should be a constant companion while on the job. The integrity of a project hinges on the correctness of your level, yet most have no idea how to properly maintain their level for accuracy. Avoid warranty breaches, and most of all, the early retirement of your measuring companion; test yourself by comparing our tips for spirit level care:

    Stabila Magnetic Spirit Level

    How do I test the accuracy of my level?

    The level-making experts at Stabila have your answer. Although it’s common practice, they don’t recommend testing a level’s accuracy by stacking one on top of another. To properly test the accuracy on any spirit level (aka the carpenter’s level), they advise following these easy steps, found at the bottom of their warranty page.

    To check horizontal accuracy:

    1. Place the level on a horizontal surface; make a mark on the surface at one end of the level.
    2. Take a bubble reading and remember where it is.
    3. Turn the level 180 degrees and place the other end of level at the mark you made earlier.
    4. Read the level.
    5. If the bubble returns to the same place, the level is accurate; if not, it is not accurate.
    6. Repeat again to validate.

    To check vertical (or plumb) accuracy:

    1. Place the level vertically against a wall; make a mark at one end of the level on the wall.
    2. Repeat steps 2 – 6 above, but keep the level vertical instead of horizontal.

    What would cause my level to fall out of warranty?

    Again, using Stabila as a reference, they explain that damage caused by the user is not covered under their specific warranty. For example, if the vials are melted due to excessive heat (when used near welding areas or similar), or if the frame becomes bent or damaged through use, you will most likely void the warranty.

    It’s also important to note that when a level’s frame becomes bent, or is no longer perfectly straight, accuracy will be skewed – even if the damage is minimal.

    How do I properly care for my level, to get the most out of it?

    Stabila’s spirit levels are coated with an electrostatic enamel finish, which means that water and a brush are all that’s needed for cleaning. A reinforced aluminum body, as seen in the 48” Stabila 38648 Type 96M Magnetic Level, is resistant to rusting. However, it is good practice to always store these levels in a secure, protected location.

    Stabila Mason Level

    As for other types of levels, such as wood levels, they may need a little extra protection from the elements. If a wood level gets wet, allow it to completely dry out, as this helps prevent warping, swelling and wood separation – all leading causes for measuring inaccuracy. It’s also important to note that the chemicals in cement can eat away at wood levels. If you plan to work with cement, consider upgrading to a Stabila mason’s level, which is designed specifically for use setting brick, block or stone.

    Now that you’ve read up on accuracy and maintenance, are you ready to level up?

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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  • Bostitch Charges Up For Cordless Nailing

    Bostitch has something new, and they’re pretty “amped” up about it. For a brand that’s had its share of gas-powered cordless construction tools over the years, Stanley Bostitch has finally adopted the latest – and greatest – in cordless nailing technology. For the first time, they’ve brought lithium ion power to their nail guns. Here’s your first look at their new lineup:

    •    Bostitch BCF28WWM1 20V MAX 28 Degree Wire Weld Framing Nailer Kit

    The Bostitch BCF28WWM1 is one of two new framing nailer kits from the brand. Powered by a 20V high-capacity 4.0Ah Li-Ion battery, and delivering enough power to drive 28 degree wire strip framing nails, this cordless framing gun is ready for everything. Its battery, in tandem with a brushless motor, allows the BCF28WWM1 to run cooler; improving efficiency and reducing wear and tear. Tool-free depth adjustment allows for precision nail placement, making this Bostitch nailer perfect for framing, sheathing, fencing, deck building and other similar applications. Easily adjust between bump and sequential firing modes with the BCF28WWM1; and rest assured that jam clearance is a breeze. The BCF28WWM1 kit comes complete with a BCF204 Li-Ion battery, BCB115 charger and kit storage bag. As with the other cordless nailers below, Bostitch offers a three-year limited warranty on the tool.

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    •    Bostitch BCF30PTM1 20V MAX 30 Degree Paper Tape Framing Nailer Kit

    The second of two new cordless framing nailer kits, the Bostitch BCF30PTM1 remains nearly identical to its counterpart, the BCF28WWM1. Besides accepting paper collated framing nails, the versatile BCF30PTM1 too comes with a BCF204 4.0Ah high-capacity Li-Ion battery, BCB115 charger and kit bag. Feeling déjà vu? Compare this Bostitch paper strip framing nailer to the Dewalt DCN692M1 cordless framing nailer kit.

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    •    Bostitch BCN680D1 20V MAX 18 Gauge Brad Nailer Kit

    In addition to the framing guns, Bostitch’s new line-up also includes several smaller body finish guns, including a brad nailer kit – the BCN680D1. The 2.0Ah Li-Ion battery, included in the kit, powers a brushless motor in the BCN680, driving 18 gauge brad nails from 5/8” to 2-1/8” in length. Easily countersink nails for tasks installing decorative moldings, door and window casing, staircases and shoe molding – among other projects in finish and trim woodworking. The BCN680D1 also has some serious accuracy, thanks to the brad nailer’s micro nose. Meanwhile, to prevent dry-fire and unwanted surface markings, the BCN680D1 features low-nail lockout. Standard features include a tool-free stall release and tool-free jam release, selectable actuation modes, multifunctional LED lights, and an adjustable belt hook. With the kit, you’ll find a BCB203 battery, BCB115 charger and storage bag. Save time and money with this battery-only lithium ion brad nailer, when compared to the recurring expense of gas fuel canisters – not to mention the ramp up time required during use.

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    •    Bostitch BCN662D1 20V MAX 16 Gauge Straight Finish Nailer Kit

    Last, but not least, Bostitch plugged two new cordless finish nailers into their lineup. We’ll start with the BCN662D1, their 16 gauge battery-only model. The Bostitch BCN662D1 is identical in every way to its 15 gauge BCN650D1 counterpart, with one exception, the tool runs 16 gauge straight finish nails instead. The BCN662D1 cordless finish nailer kit comes with BCB203 2.0Ah high-capacity Li-Ion battery, BCB115 battery charger and kit bag for storage.

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    •    Bostitch BCN650D1 20V MAX 15 Gauge Angled Finish Nailer Kit

    Likewise, the BCN650D1 ditches the need for air compressors, air hoses and fuel cells – running exclusively on battery power. Drive 15 gauge “FN” angled finish nails from 1-1/4” to 2-1/2” with ease. A micro nose frees the user’s line of sight, ensuring precision nailing with every drive. Meanwhile, an inline magazine, set at 25 degrees, allows the user to get into tight spaces; all while the BCN650’s brushless motor keeps the tool running smooth. Quickly switching between bump and sequential firing modes is no hassle either. We find this 15 gauge Bostitch cordless finish nailer excels when used for applications including crown molding, baseboards, hardwood flooring, door and window casing, and more. Other standard features of the BCN650D1 include tool-free depth adjustment, a no-mar pad, multifunctional LED lights (indicating battery life, stalls, and work space illumination), and an adjustable belt hook. Along with a three-year limited warranty, this Bostitch finish nailer kit comes with BCB203 2.0Ah Li-Ion battery, BCB115 charger and bag.

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    Stanley Bostitch is offering most of these kits in limited-quantities during launch. Look for regular availability sometime around Thanksgiving 2017. Pricing varies depending on the model, and can be found on Nail Gun Depot. Just like Dewalt, look for bare, tool-only models to follow shortly after.

    With the introduction of these impressive cordless nailers from Bostitch, it leaves us wondering, which will be the right one for you?

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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  • Pin Nail Parlay: Are Everwin Pin Nailers Worth The Gamble?

    Recently receiving a Pro Tool Innovation Award (PTIA) for their FCN90L coil framing nailer, Everwin Pneumatic has quickly earned industry recognition for their cost-efficient, high-quality air nailers and staplers. Among several recent additions to the Everwin product lineup, the PT850EA (21 gauge pinner) and P650EA (23 gauge micro pinner) each stand to rattle cages for established competitors at Grex, Cadex and Senco.

    Everwin Pin Nailers

    But, will the woodworking community simply put down their tried and tested tools, and take a gamble on Everwin? Let's examine why woodworkers should consider it.

    At first glance, aside from the difference in body color [Everwin tools sport a silver body with red accents], it could be somewhat easy to mistake an Everwin pin nailer for Grex. But, with a familiar body design, and features that rival key competition, how can Everwin maintain their cost-competitive advantage?

    Let's take a closer look at both the Everwin PT850 21 gauge micro brad nailer, as well as the Everwin P650 23 gauge micro pinner.

    Everwin P850 Specs

    We start with Everwin's PT850EA 21 gauge micro brad nailer. Just like Senco's FinishPro 21LXP, the Everwin is plenty capable of driving 21 gauge micro brads from 5/8" to 2" in length - without splitting or requiring touch up work. And, like the NEW Grex H850LX, the PT850EA features a last nail lockout with override, as well as a comfort grip handle, narrow nose and no-mar tip. Other features from Everwin include automatic pin length adjustment, side load magazine, a double safety trigger, rear exhaust with built-in muffler, pin reload indicator and reversible belt hook. With easy access bolts and wrench included, Everwin has designed this tool for easy jam clearance and depth adjustment.

    For projects that require a more delicate touch, we turn to the Everwin P650EA 23 gauge micro pinner. Range matching the Cadex CPB23.50, Grex P650L, and Senco FinishPro 23LXP, Everwin's 23 gauge pin nailer runs headless pins from 1/2" to 2" in length. Like the Everwin 21 gauge nailer, the P650EA features a last nail lockout with override system, to prevent dry fires and driver marks on the work piece. Matching the 21 gauge tool feature for feature, consider using the Everwin P650EA for cabinet trim installation, mirror and picture frame assembly, and other light-duty projects in trim woodworking.

    Everwin P650 Specs

    Now, considering the specs and features, is Everwin worth the gamble?

    Brands such as Grex and Cadex have garnered a strong reputation for excellent build-quality, especially among the enthusiast woodworking community. While Everwin offers a high-quality air nailer, we certainly can respect and appreciate the time-tested products offered by Cadex, Grex and others.

    Most brand-loyal woodworkers will no doubt stick to their guns, but for those who need a well-built, budget-friendly pin nailer, we'd suggest Everwin. As Everwin continues to claim new territory with their expanding lineup of collated fastening products, we can almost certainly expect to see continued growth in quality and performance.

    Would you bet on a new Everwin pin nailer? Let us know.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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