Archive for the ‘Air Tools’ category

Harbor Freight Pin Nailer Review

August 25th, 2010

Harbor Freight is a discount retailer in the truest sense of the word.  Their products are cost just a fraction of what a similar tool would cost if it was made by a “brand-name” manufacturer.  Of course all of their stuff is produced overseas, and not surprisingly the quality is at best questionable.  However there are times when you’re willing to put up with a lesser quality tool in exchange for it being only 20% of the price of a good one.  With that in mind, today we will look at the Harbor Freight 23 Gauge Pin Nailer, Model #97526.  It’s sold under their Central Pneumatic brand name, as part of the Contractor Line.  Read the full review after the jump.

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Recall: Hitachi Coil Nailers

August 5th, 2010

Hitachi has issued a recall on their coil nailer model NV83A2.  Some of these nailers have a faulty feeder that can let the nail eject sideways, possibly causing injury.  Eyes are the primary injury site, which is just another reason why you should always wear safety glasses when working with air tools.  The Hitachi coil nailers were sold between November 2002 and March 2006 at stores such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Amazon.  If you have one of these nailers, contact Hitachi at (800) 706-7337 or go to their website.

Source:  Consumer Product Safety Commission

Paslode’s New Fuel-Cell Adapters Work with any Paslode Nailer

July 21st, 2010

Paslode has recently started including two fuel cell adapters in each Fuel + Nail combo pack.  This is great news for folks who use an older style of Paslode nailer, as it means that the combo packs will work with your nailer, not just the newest Paslodes.  It’s also great news for crews that have a mix of nailers, as you no longer have to worry about which fuel goes with with which gun. The new combo packs should be available now,  with prices at about $35 for a 1000 3″ nails.

Source: Paslode

New Snap-On 1/2″ Air Drill

July 15th, 2010

Snap-On has a  new air powered drill from their Blue-Point line.  The AT5000  has a 1/2″ keyed chuck, and puts out 120 in-lbs of torque.   That amount of torque is able to be put out thanks to its .45 hp air motor.  Snap-On claims that the new gear design increases durability, and balance.  They’ve also tried to decrease vibration and noise, although like all air tools its still quite loud at 82 db.    The drill runs at 490 RPM, and sucks down 3.8 CFM of air.  It of course isn’t cheap, at $269, but for production use that’s quite reasonable.

Source: Snap-on (Warning PDF Link)

Paslode’s New PF150S-PP Positive Placement Metal Connector Nailer

June 30th, 2010

Paslode has just released a new Positive Placement Metal Connector Nailer.  It’s a bit of a mouthful, but if you’ve ever tried to use a nail gun on a metal framing bracket, and missed (with any of a number of wonderfully unpleasant consequences) this is the tool you need.  the PF150S-PP Nailer has a special “positive placement” tip that goes into the nail hole in the bracket, and insures that the nail will go into the hole.  The nailer will hold up to two strips of 1-1/2″ nails for less reloading, and weighs a hefty 6lb 5oz.  Unlike the cordless nailers that Paslode has become famous for, this one takes a air hose at 90 psi.  No word on price or availability yet.

Source: Paslode

New Snap-on Tire Inflator

June 21st, 2010

Snap-on’s got a great new tire inflator that just launched.  Made of anodized aluminum, it allows tires to be filled quickly and easily, while simultaneously measuring the pressure.  No need to swap between a gauge and an infalator.  It measures pressure between 20-160 psi, and features a dual-swivel point hose, to prevent kinks.  Lastly it also has a double-sealed scale so that no contaminants from the air-supply will cause problems.  Like anything Snap-on, its not cheap at $160, but if you spend all day filling tires a good inflator is worth the money.

Source: Snap-on (Warning: PDF Link)

Makita’s New Air Compressor

June 14th, 2010

Makita just launched a new compact high pressure air compressor.  The AC310H compressor makes use of a 2.5HP motor to achieve a pressure of as high as 400psi in its 1.6 gallon tank.   By utilizing this high pressure it is able to store as much air as a conventional 5-gallon compressor.  The compressor features four air ports, two conventional ports, and two high pressure ports.  Makita also claims that the motor has a particularly low amp draw, which should help reduce tripped breakers.

Source:  Maktia