July 18, 2007
It's no surprise that headless pinners are gaining in popularity. They're lightweight, very precision-oriented, and fire off little fasteners that are nearly invisible. They are perfect for little pieces of molding and other delicate operations like making picture frames.
Cadex, one of the premier makers of pin nailers, has recently introduced the CPB23.50 Headless Pin and Brad Nailer. This tool rocks the boat a bit by being able to take brads (small fasteners with heads) as well as headless pins. The gun can handle lengths from 5/8" to 2".
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April 30, 2007
We’ve been pretty impressed with Ridgid these days. Their recent release of the Fuego 6-1/2” Framing Saw busted open a whole new class of tools by combining well thought out features with a compact and lightweight design. Their 3-1/2” Round Head Framing Nailer also has a number of great features and although it isn’t as revolutionary as the Fuego, it’s a great addition to the current flock of framers and one that is definitely worth taking a look at.
When we took the gun out of the box we immediately noticed a few things. First, the balance of the tool is fantastic. Our experience is that most framing guns have about 80% of their weight in the head, so the tool wants to constantly tumble forward. But Ridgid’s gun evens out that ratio to more in the 60/40 range, probably due to the magnesium housing. The gun weighs over 8lbs, and there are lighter guns out there, but this one feels right in the hands and once we got to using it, we had no fatigue issues.
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April 18, 2007
Ridgid has sent along one of their 3-1/2" Round Head Framing Nailers for us to take a look at, and at first glance, it looks like quite a nice tool. It’s got all of the standard framing gun features as well as some we’ve never seen before (magazine adjustment for larger diameter nails). We plan on giving this tool a real workout over the next week or so and if it’s anything near the quality of Ridgid’s Fuego, it should be able to take the abuse. Check back soon for the full review.
March 17, 2007
Installing joist hangers is a pretty tedious task. If you do it by hand, you’re forced to swing a hammer between two joists which leaves you with the nail driving power of your six-year-old daughter. Your other option is to use a palm nailer, but you’re going to spend the afternoon with the sound of a machine gun beating away at your ears, not to mention that it can be tricky getting those nails to go in straight. Well, the folks at Bostitch have been kind enough to give us a third option for this scenario.
Recently, they’ve come out with the Strapshot Metal Connector. Weighing less than five pounds, the Strapshot won’t tire your arm out, and it tool is built so that it can easily fit between joists that are 12” on center. The lead nail tip is exposed to allow for precise placement and the body design allows it to angle into tough spots nicely. This looks like yet another quality entry to the Bostitch nail gun catalog.
The Strapshot retails for around $200.
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