August 23, 2007

Bostitch N88RH-2MCN Framing System

bostitich_dual_gun.jpgWhy have two nail guns when you only need one? That's the question that fuels the design of this interesting gun from Bostitch. The N88RH-2MCN plays double duty as both a stick nailer and a metal connector nailer. The way it works is that the gun comes with two different tips, so all you have to do is change from one to the other and you've got the dual functionality. According to Bostitch, changing tips just takes seconds (don't forget to change the nails too).

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August 15, 2007

Grizzly H5527 Brad Nailer – Review

brad-gun.jpgWhen we read that Grizzly was selling a brad gun for $25, we were pretty suspicious of it's quality. A brad gun is at least an $80 purchase, right? Would this Grizzly gun work? Would it constantly jam? Would it not have the strength to put a nail into a piece of wood, and if it did would the nail go in at some freaky angle? All these questions were in our head when the nice folks at Grizzly agreed to send us one to test out. And test out we did.

As far as the gun goes, it's a no frills machine, which we like actually. We can get frustrated with tools that have too many moving parts, too many dials, micro-adjusts for this and that, a lot of which aren't even necessary. For features, Grizzly's H5527 can boast only one: an adjustable exhaust. For some reason we had thought, and had written earlier, that there was an adjustable depth of drive setting, but we were wrong. This is about as stripped down as a brad nailer can get.

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July 19, 2007

Grizzly H5527 18 Gauge Brad Nailer Kit

grizzly_brad.jpgWe have no doubt that the Cadex Headless Pin and Brad Nailer that we talked about yesterday is an amazing tool. In fact, we're sure that each cog and gear is finely tuned to near perfection, and that when in use, the nailer practically becomes part of the hand. But at a price of over $300, it's not the tool for everyone. Those of you out there who don’t have a few hundred bucks to spend on a brad nailer need an option too, right?

So we did some research and discovered Grizzly's H5527 18 Gauge Brad Nailer Kit. The gun can handle 5/8" to 1-1/4" brads and has an adjustable exhaust and an adjustable depth of drive setting. And that's really about it. But, you know what? That's really all you need (and you don't even need the adjustable exhaust). We appreciate this gun for it's straight up simplicity. No frills, it's just a brad gun.

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July 18, 2007

Cadex CPB23.50 Headless Pin and Brad Nailer

cadex_pinner.jpgIt'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

Ridgid 3-1/2” Round Head Framing Nailer - Review

Ridgid_framer.jpgWe’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 3-1/2” Round Head Framing Nailer Arrives for Review

ridgid_framer.jpgRidgid 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.

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March 17, 2007

Bostitch Strapshot Metal Connector

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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.

At Amazon.com and Tool King

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