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  • Go with the Flow: How to Choose an Air Hose

    Buying an air hose may seem simple, but buying the CORRECT air hose for your project isn't always the case. There are enough options in hose materials, sizes, and fittings to leave you feeling deflated. Thanks to some expertise from our friends at RolAir, we clear the air on choosing an air hose.

    Find the right air hose for your application at nail Gun Depot

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  • MAX Raises the 'Bar' with the PowerLite System

    Imagine considerably cutting down on tool weight, yet gaining a ton of power. No need to imagine, as that's precisely what the MAX USA Corp. PowerLite System offers. The first of its kind, the PowerLite system features ultra-lightweight pro-grade tools, powered by high-pressure air compressors. No batteries, no powder. Just big, big power.

    Using the PowerLite HN120 Nailer from MAX

    What is the PowerLite System?

    PowerLite tools rely on 500 PSI air compressors, as opposed to the standard 100 PSI load. The idea is that by forcing more air into the tool, you can both increase power and decrease tool size. MAX states that PowerLite tools are 40% lighter and 20% smaller than comparable tools. That makes for a marked difference, particularly when you’re working for any length of time.

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  • Quality Tools Made in the USA

    Just like you, we love to support American-made. We carry tools and other items by Paslode, RolAir, Occidental, Senco, and Dewalt, five brands who produce exceptional tools made in the USA—and they’re just a click away on NailGunDepot.com.

    Paslode

    What started as a humble door-to-door business would grow to become a leading tool innovator. Paslode is credited with creating the very first pneumatic fastening tool and nailer. With a history of "firsts" in the industry, they constantly strive to make lighter, more powerful tools. Paslode manufactures a majority of their tools in the USA. Discover more about Paslode.

    Old Paslode Building Many of their Tools Built in USA

    RolAir Systems

    RolAir is based in Hutisford, Wisconsin. For half a century, the company has specialized in one thing—air compressors. They assemble 93.6% of them in the Hutisford factory, and most of their stationery units are welded and hand assembled here in the USA. Every compressor is tested and quality-checked in the factory to meet their stringent specifications. Learn about RolAir's product assembly.

    RolAir Gas Model Assembly being done in USA

     

    Occidental Leather

    Located in Sonoma County, California, Occidental Leather has been making hand-crafted tool belts and pouches since 1980. If you don't recognize them by their bold logo, you will by the superior craftsmanship of their belts. Their brand is synonymous with quality, and they’re so obsessed with it, even the rivets and threading are sourced from America. Learn more about Occidental Leather

    Occidental Leather, Makers of Top-Quality Tool Belts Made in USA

    DeWalt

    Everyone knows DeWalt. They’re an American-based company with 7 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. They employ thousands, including more than 1,000 former military members. A few years ago, they launched an initiative to produce more tools domestically. You can see their “Made in the USA with Global Materials” stamp on many products. Learn more about Dewalt's Made in USA initiative.

    Facts About Dewalt's Made in USA

     

    Senco

    You’re probably familiar with Senco products from their dependable, high-quality tools. What you didn't know was that 80% of their fasteners are made in the USA. The steel rod they use is sourced domestically; it even arrives via barge on the Ohio River. From wire cutting to packaging, every step of that production happens in their Cincinnati facility. Watch the video on Senco's fastener production.

    The vast majority of Senco's Fasteners are Made in the USA

     

    Nail Gun Depot is proud to support the efforts of these companies. Incidentally, our staff, including Customer Service, is based entirely in America. And we appreciate your support!

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  • The Year in Review - Our Top 10 Blog Articles of 2018

    Nail Gun Network's Best of 2018

    As the year begins to wind down, it's time to reflect, and review the stuff our readers found most interesting. Below are our Top 10, most-read articles of the year. If you missed any, just click the links to get caught up! And thank you for being a loyal reader.

    1 The Difference Between Siding VS. Framing Nail Guns

    There’s no denying our article on these the two large-bodied nail guns drew a lot of interest. Siding and framing nailers may look similar, but they do serve different purposes—and take different fastener lengths. In February, we explained why the two are occasionally interchangeable, and why it’s sometimes better to invest in the right tool for the job.

    2 Hitachi Power Tools To Become Metabo HPT

    Next on our list was the announcement that Hitachi’s huge re-branding, announced in March. After being acquired by an investment firm, they sought to differentiate themselves, changing their name to Metabo HPT, as well as ushering in a new logo. While the name and face have changed (and part numbers, FYI), be assured their product quality will remain the same.
    Many fans of Hitachi had feelings about the change. If you did, share them in the comments!

    3 Do Systainer Air Compressors Stack Up To Competition?

    In March, we looked at how some of the new Systainer air compressor systems stacked up, and you took notice. Both Cadex and Rolair came out with their own competing takes on the sleek setups. Making air compressors more rugged and mobile sounds like an all-around good idea. In this article, we looked at the cost and convenience of upgrading and whether was a “square deal.”

    4 Easy Tips To Install Shiplap

    And you thought the trend of applying rustic wood siding to walls (and ceilings!) had already sailed. Turns out the popular home design treatment is still cruising along. After all, the look has a timeless appeal, and with the right tools, installing shiplap makes for a very doable home improvement project. In this August blog article, we offered up some tips for completing your own ship-shape shiplap project.

    Framing Nailer And Tools of 2018

    5 Installing Subfloors: Nails Vs. Screws

    For subflooring applications, we weighed the pros vs. cons of using one fastener over another. We compared aspects of speed, cost, durability and holding power. The battle of nails vs. screws continues, though a relatively new nail-screw hybrid may throw an interesting wrench into the debate.

    6 How to Load: Top Vs. Bottom-Loading Staple Guns

    Early in the year, we covered a seemingly simple topic—how to load your staple gun. For wood and upholstery professionals, the pneumatic staple gun is the tool of choice, but staples are some of the most confounding fasteners. The where and why of loading isn’t always so obvious, especially to the first-time staple gun user. In this post, we supplied simple step-by-steps for getting your stapler ready for work.

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

    Before shaking up the industry with their massive re-branding, Hitachi introduced an exciting new tool for the year—the 100% battery-powered NP18DSAL 23 gauge cordless pin nailer. The ability to drive 3,000 pins per charge at a rate of 2-3 pins per second was news. We were intrigued by the tool’s features, including its no-push sequential firing. Apparently, so were our readers. Did you invest in the Hitachi (we mean Metabo HPT) nailer? If so, let us know in the comments.

    8 Under Pressure — PSI, CFM & Air Fittings Explained

    Do you know how your air compressor works? Or what the PSI of your tool means? We're not here to judge. We see the acronyms all the time, but don’t always have time to investigate. In our July article on common air compressor and air tool specs, we did so. Because the more you know…

    9 Paslode Hardienails: No Studs Required

    Fiber cement siding is not a new application. In fact, it’s been around for more than 100 years. But a durable new fastener, made of stainless steel, may significantly upgrade the installation process. And the bonus part—you don’t need to fasten the nails to the studs, relieving siding installers from several time-consuming parts of the process.

    10 Top Cold Weather Nail Gun Accessories

    Our final top-10 post of 2018 happens to have very good timing. Last winter, we suggested some must-have tools and accessories for working in cold weather. Let’s face it—just because we feel like going into hibernation mode, doesn’t mean work comes to a grinding halt. With the right tool oil, fuel cell and hose, you can maintain the same level of efficiency. In this article, we offered up some tips on how to keep your tools up to speed, even when the Fahrenheit takes a dive.

    Planning any big (or even small) projects this winter? Let us know!

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • The 2018 Holiday Tool Buying Guide

    Somehow, December's crept up and it's already time to grab a holiday deal for your favorite woodworker! If you've got a tool nut on your list, we've got you covered.

    NGD Christmas Guide

    You can find an affordable gift for the carpenter, flooring installer, upholsterer or all-around handyman in our holiday tool guide, below. Psst: Special sale prices—and stocking stuffers—are only around while supplies last.

    Now, without further delay, Nail Gun Depot’s 2018 Gift Guide...

    Under $150—Flooring Tool, Micro-Pinner, & Upholstery Stapler

    We love the Freeman PFBC940 Mini 4-in-1 Flooring Tool, not just because it doubles as nailer/stapler, but also because it's completely affordable. The versatile tool drives narrow-crown staples and brad nails from 5/8” to 1-5/8” in length. So you can switch from woodworking to flooring like a boss.

    Stocking Stuffer: Free 50’ air hose, complete with fittings.

    Grex tools' dependability and power are practically legendary. The robust P635 23-gauge headless nailer features an auto-adjust fastener mechanism and a rear-exhaust with silencer. Part of a special holiday gift set, this micro-pinner's industrial-grade, yet lightweight design, is suitable for craft projects, decorative trim, and light furniture assembly.

    Stocking Stuffer: Free edge guide, a $30 value.

    Powerful but lean at 1.7” wide and 2 lbs., the German-made. BeA 71/16-421 upholstery stapler drives 1/4" to 5/8" staples with gusto. Great for handling trim work, bedding, upholstery, and cabinetry, this dexterous little tool is reliable and reasonably priced.

    BeA 71 16-421 stapler

    $150 to $300—Fencing Staplers, Brad Nailer, & Tool Belt

    Freeman pneumatic staplers make installing (and repairing) fences more efficient, and easier on the user. The 10-1/2-gauge Freeman PFS105 fence stapler and 9-gauge PFS9 fence stapler feature ergonomic engineering, quick jam releases and top-loading magazines, not to mention they're relatively lightweight. The 9-gauge nailer includes an optional T-handle for greater control.

    Stocking Stuffer: Free 50” hose with fittings & special holiday price.

    For those who appreciate the quality and dependability of Hitachi/Metabo tools, the NT50A5 PRO 18-gauge brad nailer is a great choice for the carpenter. Ideal for crown molding, paneling, and window casing, it's powerful and versatile. The NT50A5 even has a thumb-actuated duster for easy cleanup.

    Stocking Stuffer: Free stainless steel insulated tumbler.

    Really, just take your pick of Occidental Leather's awesome gear. Their hand-crafted tool holders are made here in America, in Sonoma County, California. The leather is top-grain cowhide and reinforced with copper rivets. For the greatest flexibility, we suggest the OxyLight Adjust-to-Fit Belt, which has a high-mount hammer holder. 

    Occidental Leather Adjust-To-Fit Tool Belt

    $300 and Above—Finish and Framing Nailers, & Air Compressor

    Senco's Fusion series eliminates the need for fuel cells, potentially saving hundreds of dollars per year. The 16-gauge F-16S Finish Nailer features a fast-charging battery and nose-mounted LED light. This powerful straight nailer is perfect for molding, furniture and cabinet framing, and paneling. 

    For framing, the brawny Paslode CF325XP Cordless framing nailer offers impressive battery life and runs in temps as low as 14°F. For finishing, the Paslode IM250A-Li finish nailer has an angled magazine lets you navigate challenging areas. Each tool comes with a carrying case, battery, charger, and more.

    Stocking Stuffer: Free spare battery, plus two fuel cells. 

    Finally, we suggest the AIRSTAK Systainer compressor from RolAir. This compact cubical wonder is ideal for carpentry work that requires mobility and a quiet output (70 dB). The compressor rests in a Systainer case with pull-up handle, and has a removable cord that can be stored inside. The compressor weighs about 30 lbs and delivers 2CFM at 90 PSI.

    Stocking Stuffer: Free RolAir T-shirt and limited-time sale pricing on select models.

    Rolair AIRSTAK Systainer Compressor

    ~The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Cyber Weekend 2018 Tool Giveaway!

    Wouldn't it be nice to score a Free Tool when you shop Nail Gun Depot from November 23 – November 26? Coupled with our Cyber Weekend sale, there's even more to be thankful for!

    Purchase any item from the following categories for a chance to win! Prizes are detailed below.

    Power Tool Giveaway for Nail Gun Depot Cyber Weekend Sale

    Cyber Weekend Giveaway Details:

    All orders must be placed between November 23 and November 26. An order number in the specified category/brand counts as an entry. Winners will be featured on Nail Gun Depot's Facebook page and/or Nail Gun Network.

     

    Grand Prize:

    A LiT brand LED-light cooler AND Dewalt heated jacket, PLUS Nail Gun Depot swag. 

    LiT Cooler Grand Prize Nail Gun Depot Cyber Weekend GiveawayDewalt Jacket

     

    Hitachi/Metabo HPT

    Buy any Hitachi/Metabo HPT item for a chance to win a FREE Hitachi DS18DSAL 18V Li-Ion Compact Pro Cordless Drill W/ Flashlight - A compact yet hardworking drill and its bright companion.

    Senco

    Get any Senco item for a chance to win a FREE Senco PC1342 23-Gauge Micro Pinner Kit - A micro-pin nailer and a compressor combo; a winning team for a pro-looking finish.

    Paslode

    Order any Paslode item for a chance to win a FREE Paslode 515600 Brad Nailer - A perfect combination of reliability and versatility engineered into the same tool.

    Dewalt

    Purchase any Dewalt item for a chance to win a FREE Dewalt DWE575SB 7-1/4" Lightweight Circular Saw - Boasting a 15 Amp motor and weighing just 8.8 lbs, it's a lightweight powerhouse.

    Framing

    Order any framing nailer for a chance to win a FREE Martinez 4000 Wood Handle HammerSporting a 19 oz. steel head and curved hickory handle, this hammer packs some punch.

    Flooring

    Get any flooring nailer or stapler for a chance to win a FREE Powernail Power Palm Face Nailer - With a specially designed nose, magnetic nail holder and 160-degree swivel, it's a well-rounded tool.

    Roofing

    Purchase any roofing tool for a chance to win a FREE FallTech 8595A Roofer's Kit - A five-piece set that gives peace-of-mind; includes harness, vertical lifeline, shock absorbing lanyard, and roof anchor.

    Finishing

    Buy any finish/trim gun for a chance to win a FREE Hitachi RB18DSL 18V Cordless Blower and Li-Ion Battery - A great light-duty  tool for clearing debris and wood shavings from your work surface.

    Good Luck! And Happy Thanksgiving to All!

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • 10 Tips For Air Tool Safety

    Almost everyone who works in construction has a horror story that involves a power tool. You may have read our January 2014 blog post about a carpenter who accidentally fired a framing nail into his heart. Luckily, he survived the incident, but not without becoming a cautionary tale in Vice magazine.

    According to OSHA, nail gun accidents alone account for tens of thousands of serious injuries each year, and they account for more construction-related injuries than any other power tool. And those are only the reported ones.

    Just because you’re working on a weekend project, or using a lightweight power tool, doesn’t reduce the risk for injury.

    Nail Gun Safety

    Before You Pull the Trigger

    What are the best ways to prevent air tool accidents? Job one is to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. In fact, you should do so before even firing the tool, which we admit is hard to do when a brand new air gun is burning a hole in your tool bag.

    You’ll notice the larger part of a tool’s manual is comprised of warnings; exclamation points in rounded triangles, circles with diagonal slashes through them and occasionally curious illustrations. You’ll see “no horseplay” a lot in user manuals. The warnings are easy to gloss over, but heed them. A power tool mishap can simply ruin your day, or it can shorten your career. Before becoming a statistic, familiarize yourself with the following safety tips.

    Senco Safety

    10 safety tips to follow when using an air tool:

    1. Read the manual.
    2. Wear protective gear, including safety glasses, shoes, gloves, hard hat, face shield, ear plugs, and whatever else the task requires.
    3. Use the right fasteners for the tool. This can prevent damage to the tool as well as accidents down the line.
    4. Maintain your tool, hoses, and compressor. Occasionally inspect tools for damage, replace worn parts and use air tool oil, if need be. RolAir has some great tips for maintaining an air compressor.
    5. Store tools in a dry place and clear off any debris after using. Moisture, dust and fumes can damage tools. Read our blog on How To Avoid Destroying Your Pneumatic Nailer for more information.
    6. Keep a clean work area to avoid tripping and combustion. NEVER blast away debris from a workspace or from skin using a compressor. It can propel metal particles, fragments or chips. Air driven under the skin can cause an embolism. If you clean an object with a compressor, OSHA has specific regulations for protective gear, chip guarding and air pressure (below 30 PSI).
    7. Always use the correct air pressure required for the tool. Check the user manual for guidelines, or learn more about PSI here.
    8. Opt for Sequential over Contact fire. Reserve rapid bump firing for high-volume, high-speed applications. See our video on safe trigger use. Also, respect the rebound. After driving a fastener, allow the tool to recover before for making contact with the surface again.
    9. Keep your finger OFF the trigger until you’re ready to drive a fastener. Always refrain from pointing a tool at anyone.
    10. Turn your tools off when not in use. That includes air nailers, staple guns, air compressors, etc.

    Construction Safety

    Besides ensuring your tool is in working condition, make sure you are, too. Don’t overreach, and avoid alcohol or other substances that can cloud judgment or impair movement. Want to see more? Our friends at Senco have even more great safety tips for using power tools.

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Easy Tips To Install Shiplap

    If you thought the shiplap trend had sailed, think again. Shiplap has a classic appeal and natural warmth that never truly goes out of style. Those horizontally hung boards instantly bring a rustic, inviting look to interiors.

    Luckily, adding shiplap siding to walls or ceilings is an easy project you can do yourself.

    What Is Shiplap?

    The term “shiplap” most likely gets its name from the manner in which ship hulls were once built, with planks overlapping one another to form a watertight joint.

    FP Supply Shiplap Kitchen

    Shiplap is a type of wood siding with a rabbet joint (or rectangular tongue) on either side of the board. Placed one after another, the rabbets of the boards overlap, creating a snug connection and insulator that keeps out water and weather.  Shiplap can be found on the exterior of homes, old sheds and outbuildings (even floors), but has recently gained notoriety as a popular interior design element for accent walls - and even ceilings.

    Not only is shiplap functional, but it adds nice texture and dimension. The result is a series of horizontal seams that add interest to an otherwise flat, faceless surface.

    Ready to get started installing shiplap?

    FP Supply Shiplap in Progress

    What You’ll Need:

    Safety Glasses: A given for any project using power tools, always have a pair of safety glasses on hand.

    Stud Finder: Attaching the boards securely requires knowing where your studs are located. Identify stud placement before making your first cut.

    Wood Boards: Choose pine, cedar or even plywood for your shiplap wood. You don’t need new boards, as the look of rough, unfinished or reclaimed wood merely adds to its character and texture (some people intentionally weather the wood to give it a rustic appearance). Either way, for a traditional look, you’ll want 8’ long boards, between 5” and 8” wide. If starting from scratch, plan to have a power saw on hand for accurate, easy cuts.

    Shiplap Detail Amerhart

    Nail Gun: There are a few options when it comes to how you're attaching the shiplap to your sub-surface. Some installers prefer to use a lightweight flooring nailer, such as the Powernail 50F, which drives 18-gauge cleat nails. This flooring nailer installs engineered and natural wood planks from 3/8” to 3/4," but is particularly unique thanks to its easily adjustable FLEX Foot, which accommodates different board thicknesses - without the need for adjustment tools. If using a flooring nailer to install shiplap, you'll also want to make sure the tool is lightweight (since gravity will be pulling it in the opposite direction), and is capable of running a wide range of fastener lengths (to accommodate varying board thickness).

    Powernail 50F Side View

    It's also not uncommon for shiplap installers to use either a finish nail gun or a framing nailer. If using pre-manufactured shiplap, consult the board manufacturer for fastener specific requirements.

    Nails: The type of nail you use ultimately depends on the nail gun you're using. If using a tool, such as the Powernail 50F, you'll need to use the respective flooring cleats that fit the tool. If using a 16 gauge finish nailer, the same applies.

    For a room or area that sees a lot of moisture, like a bath (or if you intend to face nail the boards), consider using corrosion-resistant stainless steel nails.

    Air Compressor: If you're using an air-powered nailer, make sure you have a compressor capable of completing the job. Take a look at the CFM (air volume delivery) requirements for your tool of choice, and ensure the air compressor is able to withstand the pressure.

    Pro Tips:

    • If you plan to paint/sand the shiplap, do so before nailing the boards in place.
    • Using a stud finder, locate the studs and mark them on the wall. With the assistance of a level to keep things even, apply the first board starting at the bottom and work upward.
    • The spacing between boards is traditionally 1/8”. To make sure boards are evenly spaced, place a nickel or quarter between the boards as a spacer. 
    • Some people like the look of visible nail heads on shiplap. To avoid visible nail holes, nail boards through the rabbet or tongue.
    • Don’t feel that you have to apply shiplap to an entire wall. You can always select an area to accent, such as a pantry, or highlight a feature, like a fireplace.

    Amerhart Shiplap Color Wall

    Shiplap installation can vary in complexity, depending on the surface it is being adhered to, the angle it is being installed, and other factors such as material composition. Always refer to your board manufacturer for specific instructions on how to install their product properly.

     


     

     

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  • Under Pressure — PSI, CFM & Air Fittings Explained

    If you own a home (or work on them), chances are you’ve got a pneumatic tool in your garage. But you may be confused by PSI and what it means. You’ve probably also heard of CFM in relation to air compressors. Let’s take a look and clarify, so you can choose the right compressor for your air tool.

    rolair compressor at jobsite

    First of all, PSI stands for pounds per square inch (or pound force per square inch). Most air tools require between 70 and 90 PSI. Any light-to-medium-duty air compressor can easily handle 90 PSI, but you always want the compressor to supply more flow than needed.

    Pro Tip: Always respect a PSI rating. If you don’t supply enough air volume, the tool won’t operate correctly. Too much force, and you can damage the tool.

    CFM and SCFM

    CFM stands for cubic feet per minute. This is the air flow or air volume that a compressor can supply - or its output. Many pneumatic power tools require a CFM of about 5, but it really varies. A pneumatic stapler might just need 0.3 CFM, while a framing nailer may require 2.2 CFM.

    Continuous use tools need more air volume and therefore have a higher CFM requirement. A constantly spinning sander might have a CFM requirement of 8, (8 CFM @ 90 PSI for example), while a nail gun, which requires single bursts of air might have a lower CFM rating of 2.8.

    Pro Tip: To find out the minimum CFM, multiply your tool’s required CFM by 1-½ (CFM X 1.5).

    Bostitch Air Nailer Toenailing

    SCFM, by the way, stands for Standard Cubic Feet per Minute. This is considered the more “scientific” or exact, measurement. SCFM attempts to arrive at a more accurate measurement by ruling out differences in air temperature and humidity.  The standard conditions used to calculate SCFM are: 14.7 psia (0 psig), 68 degrees Fahrenheit at 36 percent relative humidity.

    In this video from Ask This Old House, Tom Silva explains how a tool with a smaller PSI might require a greater SCFM. You’ll also get some helpful tips for maintaining your compressor.

    Tank Volume

    With regards to air pressure, you’ll also want to consider how long you’re running the tool, and how many tools you’re using at one time on your compressor. Tank volume determines how long the compressor can produce air, before the motor has to kick on and re-pressurize the tank. The more continuous use of air pressure a tool requires, the greater the tank size needed.

    Tank sizes range from 1 gallon to 80 gallons, but a single power tool may only need a maximum 5 gallon tank. You’ll notice that the compressor emits 3.5 CFM @ 90PSI, enough to power most nail guns.

    Another thing to consider is how many tools will be connected to the tank at once. If three power tools will be in use simultaneously, each with a rating of 5 CFM @ 90 PSI, you’d need a minimum of 15 CFM output from your compressor. A good choice for powering several air tools at once, consider the RolAir 8422HK30.

    For MORE information on air compressors, check out Nail Gun Network articles and videos.

    Air Fittings

    You may have noticed the different options for compressor fittings (also called "couplers").  Fittings are necessary to connect the air hose to the compressor, and come in two variations. FPT, which stands for female pipe thread, has an internal threading. MPT, or male pipe thread, has external threading instead.

    Air Tool Fittings

    For an example of each type of thread, see the image above. The two fittings on the right have an MPT. Those on the left are FPT.

    Both FPT and MPT fall under the category of thread taper known as NPT (National Pipe Taper), incidentally the most commonly used pipe thread type in America. So, which type of fitting do you need? It all depends on the type of connection setup you have or want. The size of the fitting (usually ¼” or ⅜”) is determined by the air hose and the tool.

     

    ~ The Team at Nail Gun Depot

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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 Nail Gun Depot Team

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