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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.

    bcn650d1

    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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  • First Look: Dewalt DCN890 Cordless Concrete Pinner

    Expanding on an already impressive line of cordless tools, Dewalt, in partnership with Powers Fastening, recently introduced the DCN890 cordless concrete and steel pinner. Among the first battery-only cordless concrete nailers available to contractors, the DCN890 is able to handle an array of projects, including applications in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, drywall, insulation, surface prep and more. Versatile, easily serviceable in the field, and built for contractor-grade performance, here's your first look at the all-new Dewalt DCN890 cordless concrete nailer.

    Dewalt DCN890 Cordless Concrete Nailer

    As with all other Dewalt cordless nailers, the DCN890 is available in two variations - either as a complete kit with (2) DCB205 batteries, DCB115 charger, DCN8904 standard/drywall interchangeable contact trip, and storage case (DCN890P2); or as a bare tool only, without kit (DCN890B).

    This 20V lithium ion cordless concrete nailer isn't afraid to take on both large and small projects alike, designed to drive concrete pins from 1/2" all the way up to 2-1/4" in length.

    Dewalt DCN890 Applications

    What makes the DCN890 important isn't the fact it's cordless, but rather how it's powered. Removing fuel cells and powder loads from the equation, Dewalt's cordless concrete nailer runs exclusively on 20V MAX lithium ion battery power. Not only is the DCN890 safer to operate thanks to a propellant-free design, it also provides long-term cost efficiency - eliminating recurring expense for powder loads or gas fuel. When used with DCB205 5.0Ah battery, Dewalt indicates this tool is capable of firing up to 600 shots per charging cycle.

    Dewalt DCN890 Steel To Concrete

    Featuring a flywheel based design for internal operation, reset time between shots is minimal, allowing for improved overall performance. Thanks to flywheel operation, Dewalt is also able to offer some of the lowest noise and recoil levels among its competition. And, with a propellant-free design, no licensing is required.

    Dewalt DCN890 Electrical To Concrete

    The other major benefit to Dewalt's new DCN890P2 and DCN890B, among its competition, it is the only cordless concrete nailer with a field-serviceable driver blade. Easy to service on-the-go, Dewalt says the driver can be replaced by a user in under two minutes. Specifically designed to accommodate several different applications in concrete and steel fastening, three adjustable power settings allow the DCN890 to handle projects ranging from hollow block, to hard concrete and steel.

    Dewalt DCN890 Specs

    Other features on this Dewalt battery-powered concrete nailer include a driver stall release lever, brushless motor, tool-free access points to clear jams, and an angled magazine for access in tight areas. Meanwhile, dual built-in LED lights illuminate any work surface, while providing valuable tool diagnostics to the user. And best of all, backed by a 3-Year Dewalt Guaranteed Tough warranty, any lingering concern about quality should be put to bed.

    Dewalt DCN890 Features

    Ready to accessorize? The DCN890 can also be mounted on Dewalt's DCN8905 extension pole, which can be used either as a 3' or 6' extension in hard to reach places. Owners will also have the option to order Stick-E and Magentic Stick-E nosepieces for the cordless concrete and steel pinner. And of course, the DCN890 is also compatible with Dewalt's new FLEXVOLT battery too.

    Dewalt DCN890 Assembly

    Commercial applications for the DCN890 include attaching steel track to concrete, block or steel; attaching mechanical clips and fixing to concrete, block or steel; attaching plywood to concrete or block; attaching lath to concrete, block or steel; or attaching furring strips to concrete or block. Suitable base materials for fastening include normal-weight concrete, lightweight concrete, grouted concrete masonry, hollow concrete masonry, and steel.

    Dewalt DCN890 Lath To Concrete

    Ready to order? Initial reports estimate the DCN890 kit will be available as early as October 2017, while we expect the bare tool to follow shortly after. Launch pricing on Nail Gun Depot is set at $749 for the kit, while the bare tool can be had for just under $600.

    With a growing, industry-wide demand for lithium ion tools, do you see Dewalt's new DCN890P2 and DCN890B revolutionizing the way we nail to concrete and metal? Let us know.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Can Hitachi Cordless Framing Nailers Stand Up To Competition?

    Light-years ahead of the old Impulse tools from the 1990's, cordless nailing is now one of the hottest topics in construction. Efficiency concern - and in some cases questionable reliability - has kept many contractors from making the switch from air-power to battery-power, until now. Advancements in battery capacity and lithium ion technology, paired with better overall performance and durability, can be credited for the growing demand of cordless tools. With at least three leading brands ready to compete, and several others closing in on the competition, who's top dog when it comes to cordless framing guns?

    The new kid(s) on the block, Hitachi's new NR1890DR (plastic collated) and NR1890DC (paper collated) cordless framing nailers are ready to rattle cages with the longstanding cordless competition at Paslode and Dewalt.

    Hitachi Cordless Framing

    Using Hitachi Power Tools' all-new 18 volt brushless motor and Air Spring Drive System, both of these cordless nailers eliminate the need for air hose and air compressor. And, while the same can be said about comparable contenders from Paslode and Dewalt, Hitachi's lithium ion system also eliminates the use of gas fuel cartridges - a benefit not currently available with Paslode cordless nailers.

    Built from the underpinnings of Hitachi's high-quality pneumatic nail guns, the Hitachi 18V framing nailer is designed to handle like an air nailer, yet capable of delivering more than enough power to flush drive 3-1/2" framing nails with ease. This, in part, is thanks to Hitachi’s Air Spring Drive System, which uses permanently sealed compressed air to drive each nail - resulting in zero ramp up time, and driving speeds up to 2 nails per second. The list of standard features on each Hitachi NR1890 cordless framing nailer includes a tool-free depth of drive adjustment, selective actuation button, on-tool battery indicator, integrated pivoting rafter hook, and a side lock switch to prevent accidental firing.

    Hitachi NR1890DR

    Powered by Hitachi's BSL1830C compact 3.0Ah battery, these cordless framing nailers can drive up to 400 nails per charge. Each NR1890 nailer comes with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty on the tool itself, as well as Hitachi's 2-year battery guarantee, and 1-year warranty on the charger. In addition to the tool, you'll find a BSL1830C Li-Ion battery (339782), UC18YFSL fast charger, contractor bag and safety glasses in the box.

    So, how does the Hitachi NR1890 really stack up against its competition?

    For the sake of fairness, we can't really compare the NR1890DR to Paslode or Dewalt, since neither brand offers a cordless plastic strip framing nailer currently.

    However, when it comes to paper tape nailers, the Hitachi NR1890DC can definitely hold its own against the Paslode CF325XP (905600), and the Dewalt DCN692M1. Hitachi's instant advantage over Paslode, the NR1890DC requires no compressed gas fuel for operation - meaning the end user can operate independently of costly fuel cells; and without the need for compressed gas, there's no delay in firing due to ramp up. A huge benefit for productivity and efficiency.

    When we tested the Hitachi, we immediately noticed two things: the nailer is extremely fast - even compared to the Dewalt DCN692 - but can feel a little cumbersome after an extended period of time.

    Hitachi NR1890DC

    The biggest disadvantage to the Hitachi is its weight, which weighing in at 10 pounds with battery, is a pound heavier than the Dewalt DCN692, and three pounds heavier than the Paslode CF325XP. While a slightly heavier tool may pose issue to some, we're confident improved productivity and efficiency will more than make up for weight related concerns in the big scheme of things.

    When it comes to long-term build quality, we haven't had enough time with the Hitachi NR1890 to make any concrete claims, but with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty on the tool itself (excludes battery), neither Paslode nor Dewalt come close in comparison.

    Will you stick with the tried and tested Paslode, or give Hitachi's new kid on the block a shot?

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Hitachi Goes Old School With New A5 Framing Nailers

    Sometimes, making things better means stepping backward before moving forward - precisely what Hitachi Power Tools did with their refreshed line of A5 framing nailers. Replacing the expiring generation of NV83 and NR83 framing tools, new Hitachi A5 nailers feature first generation mechanics, including Hitachi's industry-leading cylinder valve drive system of the 1980's. Don't judge a tool by its cover, these Hitachi framing nailers are built for heavy construction from the inside out. Just take a look.

    Hitachi A5 Brochure

    All A5 nailers share many of the same features and benefits, including a five-year professional warranty through Hitachi - to guarantee peace of mind, and promote minimal downtime on the job site. Each A5 framing nailer also comes with a 1/4" air inlet, while sharing the same cylinder valve drive system that put Hitachi framing guns on the map in the 1980's.

    Keep reading to take a closer look at each tool.

    We start with the Hitachi NV83A5, Hitachi's latest take on the coil framing nailer. Bringing forth a strong sense of nostalgia, the NV83A5 shares many of the same aesthetics and components made popular by the original Hitachi NV83A. Capable of driving 2" to 3-1/4" full head wire collated coil nails, the NV83A5 features a tool-free depth of drive adjustment, selective actuation trigger for bump or sequential fire, rapid response cylinder valve drive system, side load pop-out magazine, open nose design, plastic shield, rubber grip, and rafter hook. A hardened claw tip resists wear, and grips more for driving nails at different angles.

    Hitachi NV83A5

    New and improved features for the NV83A5 include an easier to maintain design, interchangeable parts with the original NV83 tool, less parts in the trigger (eliminating composite parts altogether), and the addition of a rafter hook. Relying on the same cylinder valve drive system as the original NV83A, the NV83A5 offers both rapid response - paired with serious power. Light enough to hold in one hand during use, this Hitachi coil nailer is excellent for a variety of high production tasks in framing, sheathing, decking, sub-flooring and pallet assembly. The NV83A5 is a direct replacement for the NV83A4 and its predecessors.

    On the other hand, the Hitachi NR83AA5 drives clipped head paper tape nails from 2" to 3-1/4" in length, and offset round head paper strip nails from 2" to 3-1/4" in length. Despite the difference in nail collation, many of the NR83AA5's underpinnings are shared between the other A5 framing nailers. Lightweight and well-balanced, this Hitachi framing nailer is not only easy to maneuver, but capable of driving into the toughest materials. The NR83AA5 shares Hitachi's cylinder valve drive system, offering rapid response firing - paired with sufficient driving power for quick and consistent sinking. Standard features on the NR83AA5 include a selective action trigger, to switch between contact and sequential operation, as well as a rear loading aluminum magazine, open nose design, hardened claw tip (to reduce wear and drive nails at different angles), rafter hook, tool-free depth adjustment, and a comfortable rubber grip.

    Hitachi NR83AA5

    With selective actuation now located on the trigger, just as with the NV83A5, Hitachi not only reduced the total number of parts in the trigger, but also eliminated all composite parts. The Hitachi NR83AA5 is intended for applications ranging from framing to sheathing, truss building, sub-flooring, decking, fencing, pallet building and more. The Hitachi NR83AA5 replaces all previous generation NR83AA tools, including the NR83AA3 and NR83AA4.

    And last, but certainly not least, we have the NR83A5 and NR83A5(S).

    Taking the refreshed NR83A5 plastic strip framing nailer back to its roots, Hitachi re-employed first generation components and mechanics. The NR83A5 round head framing nailer drives plastic collated strip nails from 2" to 3-1/4" in length, and also features selective actuation on its trigger. With a selective action trigger to easily switch between contact and sequential operation, the Hitachi NR83A5 also comes with a two-piece steel magazine, tool-free adjustable depth of drive, comfort rubber grip, hardened claw tip (for driving nails at different angles), and an open nose design for easy jam removal. Featuring a top load magazine, the NR83A5 also comes with a rafter hook and safety glasses; and is positioned as a direct replacement for the NR83A, NR83A2, and NR83A3.

    Hitachi NR83A5(S)

    Almost identical to the NR83A5, the Hitachi NR83A5(S) offers all of the same features (as the NR83A5), with the exception of depth adjustment. That's right, the NR83A5(S) does not come with adjustable depth, but is otherwise identical to its counterpart, the NR83A5.

    Our take, if you don't need depth of drive adjustment, we'd suggest saving a few bucks and considering the A5(S).

    All four nailers are expected to launch early September 2017, and should be readily available to ship within the month.

    This leaves us with one last question. Which one would you choose?

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Introducing The Grex H850LX 21 Gauge Micro Brad Nailer

    When you think Grex Power Tools, your first thought is probably a 23 gauge micro pinner - or even an 18 gauge brad nailer. Grex wants to change your thinking, as the brand recently introduced its all-new H850LX 21 gauge micro brad nailer, the first of its kind to wear a green Grex badge.

    Grex H850LX

    At first glance, you can hardly tell the difference between the H850LX and its 23 gauge cousin, the P650LX. A closer look at the Grex 21 gauge pin nailer however, reveals a much different story.

    Grex H850LX Posit-Lock Nose Cover

    Drawing on more than 16 years' engineering excellence, the Grex H850LX offers a perfect compromise between nail diameter (represented by visual penetration marks on the wood surface), and holding strength (represented by pin length and width). While 18 gauge brad nails offer improved holding power, they tend to leave larger holes and markings wherever the nail is applied. On the other hand, a 23 gauge pin leaves a smaller blemish on the wood surface, but compensates with a smaller nail diameter - which reduces holding strength.

    Finish Nail Comparison Chart

    This leaves you with 21 gauge pins (also referred to as micro brads), which sit right in the middle. Micro brads provide better holding power than 23 gauge micro pins, but leave a less noticeable mark after each drive, as compared to 18 gauge brad nails. Compare the Grex H850LX to other popular 21 gauge nailers, including the Everwin PT850EA, the Senco FinishPro 21LXP and the Cadex V2/21.55.

    Grex H850LX Magazine

    When it comes to features, the Grex H850LX will not disappoint. Standard features on the H850LX include internal aluminum parts, one-piece driver design with tapered tip (for minimal marking), auto trigger lockout, one-touch lock-out over-ride, on-board integrated edge guide with holder, extruded aluminum magazine, narrow nose design, removable no-mar rubber tip, Posit-Lock nose cover (to reduce jamming), steel belt hook, rear exhaust, large fastener indicator window, allen key storage, swivel air coupler, and rubber hand grip. Weighing in at 3.6 lbs., the H850LX is capable of driving 3/8" to 2" 21 gauge slight headed micro brads, such as Senco ZX Series pins. Versatile and efficient, first impressions indicate Grex has hit one out of the park with their H850LX.

    Grex H850LX Internal Parts

    Priced at the top of its competition, just under $300 at launch, it's too soon to tell if the additional expense will be justified in improved build quality, durability and features. But, based on our experience with Grex 23 gauge nailers, we're confident this tool will be successful among the woodworking crowd.

    What do you think?

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Everything To Know About Galvanized Nails - And Using Them

    Why use galvanized nails? The quick answer, to slow down the process of rusting and corrosion, by protecting the nail with a zinc coating. Galvanized steel nails will eventually rust (use stainless steel nails to completely prevent rust), but the galvanization (zinc coat) will prolong the nail's lifespan - as compared to non-coated alternatives. Because the cost of stainless steel is often two or three times that of galvanized steel, many contractors elect for the galvanized product in regions where building code doesn't specify otherwise.

    So, you've decided to use a galvanized nail, but now need to determine which type of galvanized coating to use.

    There are two main types of galvanized nail that you'll find on Nail Gun Depot, either Hot-Dip Galvanized (HDG), or Electro-Galvanized (EG). Other types of galvanization can include tumbler hot galvanizing and mechanical zinc plating (also known as peen-plating). You may also see certain galvanized products listed as 1000 hours galvanized, which indicates those items are rated to withstand 1000 hours - or more - of salt spray testing.

    Hot Dipped Galvanized nails are the highest quality of galvanization available, offering 1.7 mils minimum zinc coating thickness, evenly covering all nail surfaces from head to tip - and offering a 30-50+ year lifespan. The process for hot-dip galvanizing includes cleaning the steel body, submerging the nail into molten zinc, and spinning it to remove excess coating. Perfect for use indoor and outdoor, HDG nails provide a good balance of cost and quality. And, an added benefit, the coarse zinc particles offer added "cling" to whatever surface they come in contact with - providing additional holding strength.

    For the highest quality galvanized nail, look to see if it is ACQ approved, which indicates the nail can be used with ACQ pressure treated lumber. For HDG nails, ensure the nail meets ASTM A153 specifications for hot dipped galvanizing.

    For applications where lower quality galvanization is suitable, Electro-Galvanized nails are among the thinnest coating, at 0.36 mils maximum. Ideal for indoor applications, the EG coating has an average lifespan of 5-10+ years depending on the environment. Similar to HDG, Electro-Galvanized nails are also bathed in zinc, but with an electric current that charges the zinc acid and attaches it to the nail's body.

    Despite the benefits to using a galvanized nail, there are certain types of wood, such as cedar or redwood, where galvanized nails (especially those with a lower quality galvanization) will quickly rust and streak the surface, due to a chemical reaction with the wood. We typically recommend using stainless steel nails if working with these types of wood, for a guaranteed high-quality finish.

    When ordering, if you're looking specifically for Hot Dipped Galvanized nails, pay close attention to the product description. More often than not, if a nail is labelled as galvanized, but does not specifically indicate Hot-Dip Galvanized (HDG) anywhere, the nail is probably coated with a lesser quality galvanization, such as Electro-Galvanized (EG).

    Most nails offered through Nail Gun Depot are listed specifically by the type of material, coating, or galvanization they are manufactured with. For additional questions regarding which type of nail or staple is best for your project, consult a product specialist here. You can also learn more by visiting the American Galvanizers Association.

    Of course, always know the building codes and requirements for the area with which you are planning to work.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Top 5 Woodworking Gifts For Father's Day 2017

    Having a hard time shopping for Dad? Skip the macaroni art and surprise him with a gift he can actually use. Priced for budgets of all sizes, take a look at our Top 5 Woodworking Gifts For Father's Day 2017.

    Small budget? Shopping for the Dad that has it all? Consider an accessory or attachment for the tool(s) he has already. If he prefers to use air-powered tools, consider a new air hose. With prices ranging from $29 to $100+, there are plenty of options to choose from. For the tech savvy Dad, going cordless, consider a spare battery for his cordless nailer or stapler.

    If shopping with a slightly larger budget, consider getting Dad a complete cordless kit. Thanks to Hitachi, from now through July 31, 2017, you can get a FREE DS18DSAL cordless drill kit via mail-in form, when purchasing any of Hitachi's all-new Li-Ion cordless finish nailers (models include NT1850DE, NT1865DM, and NT1865DMA). Even better, we're throwing in an additional spare Li-Ion nailer battery instantly with participating tool purchase. Free mail-in drill kit includes DS18DSAL cordless driver drill, Li-Ion cordless LED job light, 2 Li-Ion batteries, and battery charging base. All-in, Dad will get 4 Hitachi Li-Ion batteries, a cordless drill, LED work light - and of course, the Hitachi cordless nailer. Whether you split this kit up, keep part for yourself, or give him the full package, Dad won't find a deal like this anywhere else.

    Hitachi Cordless Nailer Sale

    Maybe finish woodwork isn't Dad's thing? If he's into heavy carpentry, consider a framing nailer for Dad. For a limited-time, Nail Gun Depot is offering the Dewalt DCN692M1 at its lowest price yet - click here to see more - while supplies last. You can also check out our full catalog of framing nail guns here.

    Dewalt DCN692M1 Framing Nailer

    Dad stocked up on fastening tools? A "must-have" in every woodshop, make sure Dad has an accurate measuring level. With options ranging from $10 to $1,000+, Stabila offers premium quality construction levels and laser levels - ensuring Dad the precision his projects demand. Choose from a wide variety of levels and lasers, including a full selection of spirit levels, mason levels, magnetic levels, plate levels, pocket levels, torpedo levels, exact length levels, electronic levels and more.

    Stabila Tech Level

    Last, but certainly not least, for the Dad that's getting started in woodworking, consider a tool and air compressor combo kit, such as the Senco PC0947 brad nailer and compressor combo set, or the Bostitch BTFP72646 3-tool finish kit with air compressor. The beauty to combo kits, such as these? They include everything Dad will need, to get started with woodworking. Simply plug in the compressor, hook up the tool, and he's ready to go.

    A Father's Day gift to all, use promo code FIVEOFF during checkout to receive 5% off your entire order!

    Wishing A Happy Father's Day To You & Yours,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • New Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Nailers & Staplers On The Way

    Dewalt is yet again raising the bar in cordless fastening, expanding their already impressive line of 20V MAX cordless nailers and staplers. Like most Dewalt cordless models, customers have a choice between the bare-bones tool, or a full kit with battery, charger and storage bag included. No doubt, Dewalt's new cordless nailers and staplers are certain to shake things up, as they become available for delivery throughout Summer 2017.

    For the floor installer, Dewalt introduces the world’s first battery-powered floor stapler, the DCN682M1. This cordless flooring stapler kit is designed for engineered wood flooring. The Dewalt DCN682M1 trigger-pull cordless flooring stapler can install 3/8” to 5/8” hardwood flooring with ease, all while featuring a tool-free adjustable base, high visibility tongue engagement for fast installation, and no-mar profiling tips to prevent scratching of floor surfaces. The DCN682M1 has a built-in paddle trigger, allowing for easy use in multiple orientations. A tool-free selectable trigger on the Dewalt DCN682 allows the user to switch between sequential and rapid sequential actuation modes without hassle. The full DCN682M1 cordless flooring gun kit includes a DCB204 lithium ion battery, DCB112 charger and bag.

    Dewalt DCN682 Flooring Stapler

    Just want the tool? Take a look at the DCN682B. Dewalt's pair of flooring staplers should be available for delivery by Mid-Summer 2017.

    For finish and trim woodworking, the DCN680D1 18 gauge cordless brad nailer kit may be the ticket. When paired with a Dewalt 2.0Ah 20V lithium ion battery, the Dewalt DCN680D1 can shoot up to 1200 nails between charging cycles. The full kit includes a DCB203 battery pack, DCB112 charger and kit bag. Designed with a micro nose, the Dewalt DCN680D1 provides improved line of sight and nail placement accuracy, as compared to the outgoing Dewalt DC608 brad nailer. Other features on the DCN680D1 include tool-free depth adjustment, tool-free jam release, selectable trigger, low nail lockout to prevent dry firing, and multi-functional LED lights. Consider the Dewalt DCN680D1 for fastening decorative molding, cabinetry, furniture, crown molding and flooring underlayment.

    Dewalt DCN680 Nose Tip

    Don't need the full kit? Consider the DCN680B bare tool. Both models should be available Early Summer 2017.

    Need to install large kitchen crown molding? No problem for the Dewalt DCN650D1 15 gauge cordless angled finish nailer kit. With a Dewalt 2.0Ah lithium ion battery, the DCN650D1 can fire up to 800 nails per charge. This DA angled finish nailer kit comes complete with a DCB203 battery pack, DCB112 charger and kit bag. Featuring an inline magazine for easy use in multiple orientations and tight spaces, other features on the DCN650D1 include a tool-free depth adjustment for precise countersinking of nails, tool-free stall release lever, and multi-functional LED lights - to provide additional work space illumination. This cordless finish gun is excellent for crown molding, baseboards, door and window casings, and hardwood floor installation.

    Dewalt DCN650 LED Work Lights

    As with the two previous models, if you just want the tool, Dewalt also offers the bare DCN650B as well. Look for a Mid-Summer official launch date from Dewalt, on both DCN650 nailers.

    Similar to the DCN682, Dewalt will also offer the DCN681D1, an 18 gauge cordless finish stapler kit. Almost identical to the DCN682, the Dewalt DCN681D1 narrow crown finish stapler runs the same L-Series staples, but eliminates the flooring shoe. The DCN681D1 kit includes a DCB203 20V lithium ion battery, DCB112 charger and kit bag; and is capable of driving up to 1000 staples per battery charge with 2.0Ah battery. The Dewalt DCN681D1 features an integrated tool-free stall release lever, allowing the user to reset its driver blade in case stalling occurs. This Dewalt cordless finish stapler comes with multi-functional LED lights for work space illumination, and low nail lockout to prevent dry firing - and damage to the wood surface. Other features of the DCN681D1 include a tool-free selectable trigger, adjustable belt hook, tool-free depth adjustment, and bottom load magazine for quick removal of jammed fasteners. The Dewalt DCN681D1 is perfect for cabinetry, furniture, paneling and underlayment. For the bare tool, Dewalt has the DCN681B, both models available starting Mid-Summer 2017.

    Dewalt DCN681 Narrow Crown Stapler

    Keep in mind, each Dewalt cordless tool listed above is compatible with any Dewalt 20V MAX lithium ion battery, including the FLEXVOLT system.

    Built with Dewalt’s patented brushless motor, and powered by high-quality lithium ion batteries, Dewalt's new cordless nailers and staplers are ready to run - without the hassle of using an air compressor, hose or fuel cells. From flooring to finish, Dewalt cordless power combines the consistency of air with the freedom of cordless.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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