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  • Do Systainer Air Compressors Stack Up To Competition?

    Bringing a touch of Europe to North America, systainer air compressors put a new spin on an age-old product. Made popular by Festool, these air compressors come fully housed in a rugged systainer box. Stack-able and built for abuse, here's a look at Cadex and RolAir's take on the popular systainer.

    Cadex Systainer Compressors

    Featuring a light gray body with lime green trim, Cadex offers two versions of systainer compressor, giving users the choice between a 1 HP and 1.5 HP motor. The Cadex SYS/3-COMP is a compact 1 HP compressor, with a tank size of 1-1/4 gallons, and weight of 25.30 lbs. With a maximum pressure of 120 PSI, it delivers up to 1.8 CFM at 90 PSI. The Cadex SYS/4-COMP 1.5 HP compressor is slightly taller than its sibling, allowing for greater capacity. Weighing 34.30 lbs, this Cadex systainer compressor can hold 2-1/2 gallons of air, has a maximum pressure of 120 PSI, air delivery output of 3.6 CFM at 90 PSI, and a 60% duty cycle rating. Both compressors are ultra-quiet, running at an ear-pleasing 68 decibels (dB) - which makes either model ideal for use in low noise settings, such as schools and hospitals. Keeping with European tradition, both Cadex systainer compressors are manufactured in Italy.

    And, with a rich history producing air compressors and pneumatics, RolAir is ready to compete with their 1 HP RolAir "AIRSTAK" systainer. A total weight of 28 lbs., this AIRSTAK compressor holds 1.6 gallons of air, and delivers 2.0 CFM at 90 PSI - all while operating on a mere 8 amps of power. While the AIRSTAK is slightly noisier than Cadex, it still offers 70 decibel (dB) ultra-low noise output. Housed in a rugged Tanos T-Loc case, the RolAir AIRSTAK easily integrates with other Festool systainer boxes.

    RolAir Systainer Compressor

    Before purchasing a systainer compressor, consider price versus benefit. In comparison to traditional compressors of similar size and horsepower, plan to spend $300-$500 more for a T-Loc systainer compressor.

    Why the additional cost?

    Owners pay for the versatility and reputation tied to the systainer box concept. The real benefit in owning a systainer air compressor comes from its ergonomic design. In other words, if your workshop, truck or trailer space is extremely limited - and you need to take advantage of every last square inch - you can easily justify the space saving benefits of a systainer. If you already own several systainer boxes, a systainer compressor can easily stack with your other boxes.

    Systainer boxes have earned a reputation for their rugged design. These boxes are known for their convenience and durability. Stack and interlock each systainer to create a stationary, organized workspace. Securely transport systainer stacks where you need them – providing instant mobility to any workshop.

    Do these systainer compressors stack up to expectation? You decide.

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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  • Hitachi Power Tools To Become Metabo HPT

    Big news from an age-old brand, as Hitachi Power Tools announced they will transition the iconic "Hitachi" brand name to "Metabo HPT." The branding change is set to begin September 2018, with the launch of the company's new MultiVolt cordless platform. Hitachi anticipates existing product lines will transition no later than early 2019.

    But, what does this mean for Hitachi tool owners?

    Hitachi Power Tools Renames to Metabo HPT in North America

    Here's what we know:

    First, and foremost, Hitachi wants owners to know this transition will have no effect on the quality of their tools and service. Warranties will remain unaffected by the re-branding, so if you recently purchased a new Hitachi tool, rest assured that your warranty will not change.

    Furthermore, build quality remains the same - Metabo HPT tools will share identical parts and engineering technology as current Hitachi tools.

    So, what will change? In Hitachi's official announcement today, the company emphasizes they are simply re-branding their tools with a new name and logo. Users may see minor changes to part numbers, once the transition is complete, but will otherwise enjoy the exact same tools that built Hitachi's reputation for quality and value.

    Hitachi Metabo HPT

    Why change the name? Hitachi Power Tools USA was acquired by an investment firm, which elected to change the company name, as it is no longer affiliated with Hitachi Ltd. While Metabo HPT and Metabo are both owned by the same group of companies, each brand will operate independent of the other.

    What won't change? According to Hitachi, products will retain current brand identity: same color, same models, same warranties and the same battery interchangeability. They will be made by the same people, in the same factories, with the same specifications and focus on innovation that customers have come to expect. All products will continue to be covered and supported by the same industry-leading warranties and service. Hitachi Power Tools products will be interchangeable with Metabo HPT products, and Metabo HPT products will be interchangeable with Hitachi Power Tool products.

    Hitachi Metabo HPT Transition

    What products will transition to Metabo HPT? In the official release from Hitachi, the company states their full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America will transition to the new Metabo HPT brand name.

    When will the transition take place? While the official announcement released March 12, 2018, the company plans to kick-start the transition in September, with the launch of their MultiVolt cordless platform. For existing Hitachi products, we don't expect to see most models' branding change until December - and into the 2019 calendar year.

    Metabo HPT packaging and signage at point of sale during the transition will feature both names and logos, to clearly communicate the changeover from Hitachi Power Tools.

    As the transition approaches, stay tuned for additional details. Here's a link to Hitachi Power Tools' official news release.

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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  • Is Hitachi's Cordless Pin Nailer A Game Changer?

    Hitachi, a brand that built its reputation on pneumatic tools, has once again struck innovation, this time with a different technology - cordless. Leading the revolution in job site functionality and ease-of-use, the new Hitachi NP18DSAL cordless pin nailer is set to take carpentry to the next level.

    Hitachi 23 Gauge Cordless Pinner

    Cutting the cord, the Hitachi NP18DSAL 23 gauge cordless pin nailer is 100% battery-powered. With the lightweight BSL1830C 3.0 Ah Li-Ion battery providing plenty of power, this sequential-firing pin nailer can drive 2 to 3 pins per second – shooting approximately 3,000 pins total per battery charge.

    Brand new to market, the Hitachi NP18DSAL 18V 23 gauge cordless pin nailer is Hitachi’s first tool to feature the brand's newly patented “No-Push” safety nose tip. Designed to reduce work related fatigue, simply place the tool nose against your work surface and pull the trigger. An added bonus, this nose design also helps to prevent surface marring.

    Easy to use, Hitachi added a built-in counterweight to virtually eliminate tool recoil. Other user-friendly features on this cordless pinner include a slim nose (for serious accuracy between tight trim grooves), an ergonomic comfort grip handle, and tool body bumpers. Users will also benefit from a list of standard features including dry-fire lockout, tool-less depth of drive adjustment, on-tool battery charge indicator, LED light with tool on/off switch, and a belt hook.

    Hitachi NP18DSAL

    For those already committed to Hitachi cordless, who do not need the battery or charger, a bare tool-only model is also available. The NP18DSALP4 pin nailer offers the same great features as the full kit model, but deletes the battery, charger and carrying bag from bundle.

    For those that want the full kit, the Hitachi NP18DSAL [18V 23 gauge cordless pin nailer kit] includes the tool, Li-Ion battery [339782], fast charging station [UC18YKSL], contractor carrying bag, safety glasses, 3mm. hex bar wrench, and a no-mar nose cap set.

    For complete peace-of-mind, Hitachi offers a limited-lifetime warranty on the tool itself (at launch), while the battery receives a 2-year warranty, and the charger includes a 1-year warranty from the manufacturer.

    Are you ready to go all-in on Hitachi cordless?

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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  • The Difference Between Siding vs. Framing Nail Guns

    Today, let's take a look at one of our frequently asked questions, "what's the difference between a siding nailer and framing nailer?" When it comes to applications, such as siding or roofing, customers often don't understand why framing guns aren't the best tool for the job. Don't get us wrong, framing nailers are extremely versatile in purpose, and can definitely pull their weight for more than framing [framing nail guns are also great for decking, sheathing, subflooring and more]. And, in appearance, a coil framing nailer and a siding nailer look nearly identical. But, when it comes to siding installation, investing in a siding nailer may be worth the expense - and here's why.

    Construction Framing

    The primary difference between a coil framing nailer and a siding nailer is nail size. Where framing requires much larger nails that penetrate deep and offer greater holding strength, siding does not require nearly as much support. Think of it this way, connecting 2x4 boards to frame a building requires much more holding power versus simply attaching thin planks to a wood base. Typically, you'll see siding nails range anywhere from 1-1/4" up to 2-1/2" in length, whereas framing nails can go 3-1/2" or more.

    PRO TIP: If installing siding for the first time, be sure to research installation tips based on the type of siding you're using. Siding nailers are popular for use with fiber cement and wood siding applications. On the other hand, vinyl siding is typically hung rather than nailed, as it needs to expand and contract.

    Residential Siding Installation

    With some overlap in nail size, you may wonder whether framing nailers can be used for siding? The answer is, yes.

    Framing nail guns can be used for siding installation, if the nail being used is long enough to attach the siding firmly to your exterior wood sheathing. While it's recommended to always use a siding nail gun for siding installation, in a pinch, you may be able to use a framing nailer instead. However, the same cannot be said inversely. Since most applications in framing require longer nails that are specifically intended to join lumber together, more often than not, siding nails will not be enough.

    siding installation

    You may also find that siding nailers are a few pounds lighter than framing guns. The average siding nailer weighs right around 5 LBS., while coil framing nailers typically run 8-9 LBS. minimum. For those installing siding, this makes the siding gun that much more desirable, as it should be less fatiguing to operate.

    As far as cost goes, you're looking at roughly the same price range on either tool. On Nail Gun Depot, you'll find an average range of $250 to $350 for either type of coil nailer. As with anything, build quality, brand preference and product features will all influence each tool's price.

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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  • How To Load Top vs. Bottom Loading Staple Guns

    For projects in upholstery, woodworking and more - if you're using a staple gun - loading the magazine with staples is the first step, before real work can begin. Depending on the manufacturer and model of your tool, it may require loading staples into the magazine from the top, or the bottom. As always, consult your owner's manual first, for exact step-by-step instruction. However, for most air-powered and electric staple guns, the following tips demonstrate how to load both top and bottom feed staplers.

    One of the easiest ways to identify top, versus bottom loading staple guns, is by determining the type of staple gun.

    Bottom loading magazines can be found on the majority of cordless staple guns, as well as most fine wire and upholstery staplers. On the other hand, top loading staple gun magazines have been in use much longer than bottom load, and are still predominantly found on large-body, medium and heavy wire pneumatic staplers.

    **Pro Tip: If you don’t know whether your staple gun is top or bottom loading, look at the staple exit point on the tool. Then, find the release button. The magazine feed release is usually located on the opposite side of where the staples are fired.

    There’s also a general pattern between staple gauge (thickness), and magazine loading type. In terms of light wire staples, 20 gauge, 22 gauge and other similar thicknesses are typically used with bottom load staple feeds, whereas 16 gauge, 18 gauge and larger wire staples are mostly used with top loading systems.

    When it comes to loading staples, top loading is generally the slower of the two processes. Bottom loading is faster and more convenient in most instances, except when the tool is being used with a mount, such as when used in high-volume production work. During loading, bottom feed systems require the stapler to be turned upside down, which prevents the staples from falling out.

    The differences between top loading and bottom loading staple guns are minimal, but important for problem-free operation. Check out the following step by step images demonstrating how to load both top - and bottom - feed staple gun magazines.

    TOP LOAD: STEP BY STEP DEMONSTRATION

    Hitachi Top Load Stapler

    Hitachi Top Load Stapler

    How To Load Top Load Stapler

    Hitachi Top Load Stapler

    BOTTOM LOAD: STEP BY STEP DEMONSTRATION

    Senco How To Load Bottom Load Stapler

    How to load bottom feed staple gun step 1

    How To Bottom Load Stapler Step 2

    Loading Bottom Load Stapler

    How To Load Bottom Feed Stapler Closing Magazine Feed

    Bottom Load Senco Stapler Upside Down

    Need more? Be sure to consult your owner's manual for exact maintenance and operation procedure before use.

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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  • Top Cold Weather Nail Gun Accessories

    Freezing temperatures mean it’s time to stock up on cold resistant tools and supplies. Using air tools and compressors without proper winter maintenance can result in undue wear, tear and deterioration. Before firing up your air tools in the bitter cold, take a look at Nail Gun Depot's checklist for cold weather preventative maintenance tips and supplies:

    cold weather nail gun tips

    Moisture Reducing Air Tool Oil

    Air tools need good lubrication to combat the condensed water that builds up, then freezes, in their system. For sub-zero temperatures, Paslode 219090 cold weather air tool oil is formulated with anti-freeze, which keeps your air tool running efficiently in temperatures of 32 degrees and below. Another great option, the Senco PC1295 moisture shield air tool oil protects your pneumatic tool in cold, damp conditions.

    Cold Resistant Air Hoses

    An air tool is nothing without its air hose, and for use in cold weather conditions, you'll need a hose that's resistant to freezing temperatures. Consider hoses that remain flexible in a wide range of temperature. Hoses made from rubber are generally the top recommended option for cold weather, but are sometimes not preferable due to the heavier weight of rubber. To avoid the additional weight of rubber, hybrid air hoses are becoming a popular contender for low temperature use. A hybrid blend of polyurethane, rubber and PVC offers decent cold weather resistance, without the bulkiness of rubber. Hybrid options, such as the RolAir NOODLE hose, offer a reduced weight design that remains flexible in temperatures as low as -40 degrees.

    Low Temperature Fuel Cells

    Being prepared with the right fuel cells can make the difference between getting your job done or postponing it. Fuel cells that aren’t rated for the extreme cold will freeze up. If running a Paslode cordless framer, CF325 orange framing fuel (816008) works in all seasons, between 18 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It also eliminates the need for additional warming or pumping up, making it extremely easy to insert and run.

    **Pro Tip: Keep one fuel cell warm, and one in the tool to use. After 4 to 5 strips of nails, put the warm fuel cell into your tool and keep the previous one warm to avoid freeze-ups.

    Pneumatic tools are especially prone to winter weather problems, such as internal moisture build-up, frozen fuel cells and stiff air hoses.

    Keeping with the idea that cordless nailers work where pneumatic models won't, battery-only tools require nothing extra to run in the cold. Truly the best solution to running a nailer during winter, consider battery-only cordless tools. New cordless models from Bostitch, Dewalt and Hitachi all offer a battery-only power source, perfect for working in winter-like conditions.

    Winter isn't coming - it's here. Are your tools ready for the cold?

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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  • Cost-Efficient, High-Quality Tools For 2017 Holiday Gifting

    The holidays are here, and Nail Gun Depot wants to make sure you’re giving a gift that will stay productive well beyond the holiday season. Check out our top picks for cost-efficient (quality-assured) tools and accessories for the holidays:

    First on the list, the Fasco-Maestri 7C-16 3/8” Crown Electric Stapler is great for everything upholstery. This 100% electric fine wire stapler, designed with super durable reinforced fiberglass, is ideal for any picture frame construction, decorative trim, upholstery, carpeting, furniture repair, cable sheathing, and many more projects. Pairing maximum power with high fastening speed, you’ll have no trouble getting the most from any project.

    Pairing nicely with the Fasco-Maestri electric stapler, the Spotnails P-97482 Heavy-Duty Upholstery Staple Remover does a great job removing fine wire upholstery staples. The perfect accessory for anyone working with upholstery, Spotnails’ staple remover is designed specifically to reduce the risk of snagging fabric. Its compact size and price also make for a great stocking stuffer.

    Back by popular demand, for finish and trim woodworkers, grab a Grex Holiday Bundle:

    Grex is offering several holiday gift sets this year. The first, a Grex P635 23 Gauge Headless Pinner Holiday Gift Set, for $148, includes a P635 headless pin nailer plus a FREE FT230.1 edge guide – a $70 value, but only available through Christmas! Give the gift of green, and still have some left in your wallet too. The Grex P635 pin nailer is lightweight, powerful, and has an industrial strength design for added durability. It’s the perfect reliable tool for light wood assembly, finish work, decorative trim, and craft work, among other projects.

    Grex Holiday Bundles

    The second set, a Grex 1850GB 18 Gauge Brad Nailer Holiday Gift Set, is $168 (until Christmas), and includes a 1850GB 18 gauge brad nailer and FREE FT230.1 edge guide. If you’re shopping for someone who loves projects working with trim and moldings, cabinet and light wood assembly, window beading, or jig fixtures, you can’t beat this special holiday bundle. This Grex “Green Buddy” features an extremely slim nose for extra precision in tight-to-reach areas.

    We’re also offering a Grex P650L Headless Pinner Holiday Gift Set. Currently listed at $248 for the 2017 holiday season, you get a P650L headless pin nailer and FREE FT230.1 edge guide, with savings added up to $70. This Grex bundle is an excellent gift for anyone who works with light wood assembly, rattan furniture, craft work, or mirror and picture frame assembly. For the little details, Grex’s FT230.1 edge guide allows for even greater precision on the job.

    Gifting for the level-headed? Stabila is offering a couple “Best of Three” bundles – great for anyone’s workshop:

    The first, a Stabila 48370 Classic Set, includes a 37448 48” type 196 spirit level, a 37424 24” type 196 spirit level, a 25100 torpedo level, and a carrying case. Built for quality and durability, and featuring a limited-time only price of $199.99, this deal is a steal. Made in Germany, these levels house crystal clear vials that will never leak, break, fog, or need recalibration. In fact, the vials are guaranteed for life. Talk about a gift that will last a lifetime.

    Stabila Level Bundles

    Stabila is also offering a 48380 Type 96M Magnetic Level Set. This set includes one 38648 48” type 96M magnetic level, one 38624 24” type 96M magnetic level, a 25100 diecast magnetic torpedo level, and a carrying case. As the name implies, every level in this set is magnetic – ideal for jobs that require hands-free work with metal. If you’re looking for a new level set for the holidays, don’t pass this deal up!

    For pneumatic fanatics, we have a couple awesome bundles to consider:

    Our Senco PC1342 23 Gauge Micro Pinner Kit includes an 8F0001N FinishPro 23SXP 23 gauge headless pin nailer, and a PC1010N air compressor. This deal, for the 2017 holidays, is still in stock at $229. The Senco FinishPro pinner is ideally suited for any intricate, light finish wood work and wood assembly. Powerful and precise with an ultra-narrow nose, this tool doesn’t split wood. The perfect mate, Senco’s PC1010N air compressor uses an oil-free pump and induction motor, cutting back on noise and reducing maintenance.

    Cadex Bundle

    Receiving an honorable mention this year, Cadex has the ultimate finish and trim bundle, exclusive only to Nail Gun Depot. Our Cadex V2/BUNDLE, which includes both 21 and 23 gauge Cadex pin nailers, an air compressor, 75’ air hose and sample pin pack. Priced at $599 with free shipping included, this package deal is only here until supplies run out.

    MAX out the volume with a new Bluetooth speaker:

    MAX USA Tools is making some noise, and while supplies last, you can too. For a limited-time, get a FREE Bluetooth speaker with ANY MAX framing nailer. This deal includes top-selling models like the SN883RH3 Full Round Head Framing Nailer and SN890CH3/34 Clipped Head Framing Nailer, among others. For roofers, and siding installers, we’re including a FREE tool bucket bag with purchase of ANY MAX roofing or siding nailer – while supplies last.

    Max Speaker Tool Deal

    And finally, for the high tech woodworker on a budget, it’s time to cut the cord:

    The Hitachi NT1850DE Li-Ion 18 Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer is a fantastic gift for those who don’t want the hassle of hoses and cords. Equipped with brushless motor technology – this Hitachi brad nailer delivers increased power at reduced weight, a longer tool life, and longer run time per charge compared to most competing cordless brad nailers. As a special holiday bonus, while supply lasts, Hitachi is including a FREE spare battery with this tool!

    Hitachi Cordless Promo

    One more tough-as-nails cordless, battery-only nailer in our holiday line-up, take a look at the new Bostitch BCN680D1 20V MAX 18 Gauge Brad Nailer Kit. Priced just under $299 for the holidays, this brad nailer pairs Bostitch brand quality with the latest cordless technology. Certain to bring cheer Christmas day and beyond.

    Be sure to note, our shipping experts recommend ordering no later than December 14, 2017 for delivery before Christmas.

    Which gift on this list would make you merry?

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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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.

    bcf28wwm1

    •    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.

    bcf30ptm1

    •    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.

    bcn680d1

    •    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.

    bcn662d1

    •    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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