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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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  • 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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