September 4, 2012

Uffy TH-T-1825XP Brad Gun - Review

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A while back, a company named Uffy Tools sent us one of their TH-T-1825XP brad guns to review (and we've had it waaaay too long...sorry guys), so we set it up on site and let each and everyone borrow it. Because Uffy Says their tools are durable, we encouraged rough and careless behavior among the guys.

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First, a little about the company. Uffy makes tools for the industrial crowd, the people who sit in warehouses all day and crank out prefab houses, trailer homes and recreational vehicles. Unlike carpenter's tools, the ones used in these settings need to truly withstand relentless use. This means that their durability is measured on a different scale than those on the jobsite, but in the Venn diagram of 'ability to withstand horrific treatment,' the Uffy/industrial circle fully encompasses the smaller circle known as 'day to day carpentry'. Or at least it should.

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To create this durability, Uffy makes their brad guns out of metal and high impact nylon (zero plastic). The cylinder is steel, so it should last...well...forever and the driver blades are hardened for a longer life.

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Other than that, the gun is a stripped down affair with Uffy seemingly going for something of an old fashioned vibe....simple, durable, effective. There are no pops and buzzes here. Just a rotating exhaust and an adjustable depth of drive. The tool can take brads up to 2".

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We compared the tool head to head with our Cadex CB18.50, another high end (read: pricey as all hell) brad gun. From where we were standing the two guns operated in a very similar fashion. The Uffy was longer and generally larger, but the balance felt better and we thought the handle design was superior. But the compact nature of the Cadex comes in handy and for some reason the Uffy's no mar tip is made of metal which we think is a little strange at least from a carpenter's perspective. Both tools sunk 2" brads into mahogany without effort. The single shot setting on the Cadex was nicer (and much quieter), but the sequential shot on the Uffy was better in both feel and speed, which is not surprising given that it is meant for a production line. So the tools basically split the difference on the "like/dislike" chart, so it all came out in the wash.

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Unfortunately, because of the market that the tool is directed towards, the Uffy shows up at your doorstep with no clothes on. There is no case and not even a pneumatic coupler. The lack of coupler is a pet peeve of ours, Paslode is guilty of it also. The thought is, "why waste a 1/4" coupling if someone is going to go with a 3/8" hose." A company running a production line is likely to have a 5-gallon bucket of couplings, so it's a waste for Uffy to add one. Still, we wished that it came with one, but we're not the target market, so that's that.

The Uffy costs $189 which is big bucks for a brad gun. Again, this one is built like a tank, so the investment is likely worth it if you subject your tools to a lot of abuse and you can handle the bare bones nature of it all.

To purchase one, contact Uffy Tools

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 4, 2012 6:50 AM

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