April 21, 2015 : What Does A Nail Gun Warranty Cover?

What Does A Nail Gun Warranty Cover?

Picture this, the nailer you bought six months ago suddenly stops running. The power supply is fine, but the tool's dead. Time to visit an authorized repair center - but who's on the hook for the repair bill? You might be surprised at the answer. Learn more about your nailer's warranty, what constitutes a wearable part, and everything else you need to know before picking up the tab for your tool's repair bill - here on the Nail Gun Network
 
The best advice we can give you regarding warranty coverage for your tool - or any item for that matter - read the fine print carefully. Every manufacturer has their own legal staff that writes and reviews what is covered in a product warranty, down to the smallest screw. With that said, use the following as a general overview of what would typically be included within the warranty coverage for a brand-new nail gun. Always consult the manufacturer's warranty policy before filing your claim.
 
Freeman Tools Warranty 
Believe it or not, the clause that trips up our customers most frequently - when they find out their warranty does not include wearable parts. This leads to the next question, what's considered a wearable part? There's a general consensus among manufacturers that wearable parts include the following components: o-rings, bumpers and driver blades. Some manufacturers might categorize additional components as wearable, but you can almost always guarantee the three parts above WILL NOT be included in your warranty coverage.
 
NOTE: Some warranties only cover parts, excluding labor expense. This is particularly true in warranties that extend beyond the standard one-year guarantee. Generally, each manufacturer will specify if this is the case.
 
Bostitch Warranty 
Don't kick the dirt just yet! All three of the components mentioned earlier are relatively inexpensive to repair, and are considered regular maintenance items on your nailer. Just like you would change the oil filter in your car or replace the brakes, these items require periodic attention to keep your nail gun performing at its best. 
 
Furthermore, what about the components that ARE covered by the warranty? Most brands of nail gun, staple gun or screw gun offer a standard one-year manufacturer's warranty. Some brands go above and beyond, offering additional protection for their product owners. If you are looking for a lifetime guarantee, Quik Drive stands behind their screw gun attachments with their limited-lifetime warranty. While it only covers the attachment (motors generally come with one year of coverage), it demonstrates the quality and durability representative of these products. Bostitch and Freeman Tools offer seven-year warranties on many of their nailers and staplers, and Senco offers a five-year warranty on its XP line of pneumatic tools.
 
Senco Tools 
One final point to remember, a warranty's coverage only protects against normal use. It's ultimately up to the manufacturer to determine whether or not the owner has taken the necessary measures to ensure their tool was properly cared for prior to failure. In almost all instances, this rules out accidental damage or undue abuse. For example, if the nailer was left outside permanently and exposed to harsh conditions as a result, it could void your warranty coverage. Likewise, if a roofing nailer is dropped from a two-story roof, coverage would most likely be voided as well. Making alterations to a tool is another way to void its warranty.
 
Here's our best advice. Maintain your tools per the manufacturer's specifications, see that they are not misused or abused, and have them serviced at the first sign of trouble. Some manufacturers offer the ability to register your tool online, which helps to confirm the range of time your warranty is valid. Save your sales receipts and keep your tool's service records on-hand if applicable. If you stick to these rules, your nailer, stapler or screw gun should provide many years of reliable service.
 
Nailing Your Warranty Needs,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



April 14, 2015 : What's A Palm Nailer Used For?

What's A Palm Nailer Used For?

You've probably heard of them - may have even seen one - but still don't know what a mini-palm nailer is used for. Mini-palm nailers, also known as palm nailers, are not your traditional nail gun. A member in the nailer family, palm nailers serve a different purpose than the collated nailers that most people think of when searching for a nail gun. Discover the purpose of palm nailers, how they can be used, and why you need to add one to your tool shelf - when you enter the Nail Gun Network.
 
Senco PC1195 Application 
You ask, "what's a palm nailer?" To put it simply, mini-palm nailers are small pneumatic tools that drive bulk nails individually. Most palm nailers are designed to drive large framing nails, joist hanger nails or other bulk nails that are similar in size. The biggest difference between a pneumatic framing nailer and a palm nailer - collation. Traditional air-powered framing nailers drive collated gun nails, commonly known as strip nails and coil nails. These nails are held together in collation, meaning they are adhered together in a strip or coil by various bonding agents, which include metal wire, glue, paper tape or plastic. On the other hand, palm nailers drive individual, non-collated variations of these nails. And don't forget, both types of pneumatic nailer still require an air compressor to operate.
 
Bostitch Palm Nailer 
This probably leaves you wondering, "why would I use a palm nailer instead of a collated nail gun?" Collated nailers are ideal for projects that require repetitive nailing in quick strokes, but because of their size, they are often too bulky to fit in tight, hard to reach spaces. That's where a mini-palm nailer can become the most useful tool in your systainer box. Palm nailers are designed to pick up where a collated nailer leaves off. Uses for palm nailers include framing, decking, fencing, metal connector straps, pole barn construction and much more - just think of them as a pneumatic nailer specifically designed to fit into hard to access spaces. A great example of an inexpensive, well-built palm nailer, check out the Senco PC1195.
 
Powernail Power Palm 
Some palm nailers, such as the Powernail Power Palm, take it a step further to fill gaps in niche applications. The Power Palm is designed to drive L-Cleat flooring nails, making it a must have accessory nailer for flooring installers and general remodeling contractors. A specially designed nose makes this palm nailer ideal for applications such as blind nailing, top nailing, transitions, doors and corners.
 
Your Palm Nailing Experts,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



April 7, 2015 : The Box Stapler Buying Guide For Packaging & Shipping

The Box Stapler Buying Guide For Packaging & Shipping

You might be wondering, why haven't I heard of a carton stapler before? The simple answer, unless you manage a packing, shipping, or carton assembly operation - you probably haven't come in contact with one of these tools. Want to know what a carton closing stapler is good for? Well, it's all in the name. Learn more about the different types of carton closers and box staplers, applications they excel at, and tips to consider before purchasing - available on the Nail Gun Network.
 
Bostitch Carton Closer Diagram 
Before selecting a carton stapler, you need to consider what it will be used for. Aside from the obvious - for use with cardboard - you will want to review the average volume of your operation, intervals of use, the thickness of cardboard or corrugated you are working with, and more. For business owners packing and shipping cardboard boxes in volume, most rely on their carton closing staplers to keep their operation running. Carton staplers offer increased revenue potential, efficiency, and provide a stronger seal versus other fastening agents.
 
To start, take a look at the thickness of your cardboard. Cardboard boxes are typically available in single, double or triple walls. Most carton staplers can handle single walled cardboard with ease. If you are working with double or triple wall cardboard, you will need a box stapler specifically designed for thicker applications, such as the Bostitch BTFP12182 Triple Wall Carton Closing Stapler or one of the ISM 3G Series box closing tools.
 
Bostitch Carton Staple Diagram 
Next, look at your operation's volume. For low volume packaging, a manual carton closing stapler might be sufficient to get the job done. For medium to high volume production, you will need either a pneumatic, electric or cordless carton stapler. In high volume applications, the option for roll staples versus the standard stick of staples is also available.
 
Choosing the right staple for the task is key. The wider the crown and thicker the wire - the more secure the staple will be. Pay careful attention to the type of staple required for your application - this will ultimately determine the range of carton tools you can choose from. Look at the wire dimension (thickness), the crown (width), and the leg length.
 
Now that we know the basics in choosing a carton stapler, let's look at the different types of packaging staplers that are available.
 

Top Carton Staplers

 
Generally speaking, top carton staplers are the most common box closing staplers - especially in low to medium volume packing and shipping facilities. Top carton staplers are excellent for high and low volume carton closing and packaging. Depending on the set up of your workspace, several businesses utilize cordless carton closers, such as the 12-Volt battery powered models by Bostitch, to decrease production time and improve versatility (remember, no hoses or cords).
 
Bostitch Box Staplers 

Plier Staplers 

 
These self clinching staplers are designed for industrial applications in packaging, bedding, displays, set up boxes and more. Recommended for light assembly, packaging, corrugated construction and shoe-making. Plier staplers are primarily intended for manufacturing. Choose between models from Klinch-Pak, Senco, BeA, Bostitch and more.
 
Senco Clinch Stapler 

Post Bottomer Carton Staplers

 
Post bottom carton staplers are strictly industrial in their function. These box staplers are designed to tackle a variety of cardboard and corrugated stapling applications on assembly lines, or in designated work stations. Post bottomers are too heavy and bulky to be moved around frequently, so they are generally only used in businesses where production is in a fixed location. Choose between manually operated models, which include several options from Josef Kihlberg, or pneumatic models such as the Bostitch F84-138 manual box bottomer carton stapler.
 
Josef Kihlberg Post Bottomer 

Bench Mounted Carton Staplers

 
Bench mounted carton staplers are designed for light assembly, typically in manufacturing. They are excellent for clinching end flaps together, five-panel folds, overlap box closure, bag closure, tagging, shoes, and other cardboard applications requiring light assembly. Nail Gun Depot features a variety of BeA bench mounted carton staplers.
 
BeA Bench Mounted Carton Stapler 
 
Your Source For Carton Closing Knowledge,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



March 31, 2015 : How To Choose The Correct Screw For Your Project

How To Choose The Correct Screw For Your Project

Collated screws from Senco, Quik Drive and other manufacturers come in several shapes and sizes - each intended for a specific use. Every collated screw is designed to fulfill its own niche application. Find out which screw is right for you when you enter the Nail Gun Network.
 
How To Choose A Screw 
Just like you would classify a nail, a screw can be broken down by its head, thread and tip. Screws can be divided down further by coating, material and color. Considering this, here's a break down of typical screw features based on the application of its intended use.
 

Drywall

Drywall screws need to provide enough holding power to keep drywall board firmly in its place, but don't necessarily need the same rigidity and coating as a screw that would be used for an exterior application. Most drywall screws will have a bugle head with a Phillips drive. The bugle head allows the screw to sink flesh with the drywall board surface. The thread and tip will determine the type of material the drywall board is being fastened to. For drywall to wood screws, a sharp point tip paired with coarse threads is relatively common. For drywall to steel, a drill point tip is more common.
 
Senco Drywall Screw Diagram 

Decking

For an exterior application, such as decking, screws need to not only provide the appropriate holding power - they also need to be durable enough to stand up to the outside elements indefinitely. Collated deck screws from Senco or Quik Drive generally feature a square drive, with either flat or capped heads. A sharp point tip and thicker threads will increase holding power and ease of drive. Because these screws will be exposed to moisture and other outside particles, most deck screws come with a manufacturer specific coating to help delay the weathering process. In coastal regions, many builders are required to use stainless steel screws for exterior applications to further prevent deterioration of the fastener.
 
Senco Deck Screw Diagram 

SubFloor & Underlayment

With wood to wood applications, you will typically find that most available screws will have a sharp tip with a flat head and twin threads for additional holding strength. Either zinc, phosphate, galvanization or some form of coating will most likely also be present. The coating will help to improve the overall durability of the screw if it becomes exposed to moisture.
 
Quik Drive SubFloor Screw 

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing screws are a little bit different than those used for wood applications. Metal to metal screws, particularly those used for metal roofing, will have a raised head with threads that run from head to tip. For extra heavy-duty metal roofing applications, you might even find the screw has a washer at the base of its head to help provide even greater holding strength.
 
Quik Drive Metal Roofing Screw 
For the average homeowner, you typically won't use anything beyond basic drywall, decking or wood screws. For contractors, depending on the applications you work with, the possibilities are endless.
 
Providing The Knowledge To Prevent A Screw Up,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



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