June 4, 2008 – NEW YORK, NY – Stanley-Bostitch announced today the introduction of its new manual hardwood flooring cleat nailer – model MFN201 – during its new product introduction at the New York Westin Times Square. Product Manager Mark Tadros said, “This is the perfect tool for professionals and DIY’ers who want to install hardwood flooring without the hassle of a compressor or hose.”
The Stanley®-Bostitch® MFN201 features a ratcheting drive mode, which allows the user to strike the driver multiple times if the cleat is not set flush after the first blow. This reduces the re-work from fasteners that are not fully driven thanks to a functional, more forgiving design than non-ratcheting models. Its tool-free selectable drive mode allows the user to switch from a single blow option to multi-blow in just seconds.
The MFN201 offers the new FloorGuard™ set of features to protect delicate work, such as pre-finished flooring, from clumsy mishaps that often leave permanent marks on expensive flooring. They include rubber bumpers on the sides and front of the tool to ensure that an occasional tip-over doesn’t leave a lasting effect. Its new and improved manual flooring mallet touts a harder material to help transfer as much energy as possible during the swing to help drive cleats flush.
The tool’s graphite mallet uses the same technology that makes Stanley®-branded Hammers so popular. For example, it offers a graphite shaft for long-life durability and accepts a replaceable soft face (model HFMF-SW) to provide a more suitable option for pre-finished applications. Its contoured rubber grip improves the feel and offers a firm grip. The base of the shaft is intentionally bell-shaped to help prevent the mallet from accidentally slipping out of the user’s hand. A patented head-to-handle connection ensures the face is permanently affixed for extreme durability.
The MFN201 installs both pre-finished and unfinished flooring (thicknesses of 1/2˝ to 3/4˝). With a magazine capacity of 120 fasteners, this tool accepts standard 16 gauge “L”-shaped flooring cleats ranging between 1-1/2˝ and 2˝ long. Weighing only 8.6 pounds, the MFN201 is cast from aluminum for added durability and less weight. Its ergonomically designed rubber grip works in tandem with a long-reach handle to help maximize comfort and minimize fatigue. The MFN201 comes complete with the basic tool (factory calibrated for 3/4" flooring), graphite mallet, plastic carrying case, and additional foot plates for 1/2˝ and 5/8˝ flooring. Available in August, this product is expected to sell for approximately $239.
Stanley-Bostitch (www.bostitch.com), a subsidiary of The Stanley Works (NYSE: SWK), is a leading manufacturer of pneumatic nailers & staplers, fasteners, compressors, office products, and related accessories for market segments including commercial/residential construction, manufactured housing, manufactured furniture/bedding, professional woodworking, sophisticated hobbyists, and office workers everywhere. Headquartered in East Greenwich, RI, Stanley-Bostitch operates multiple manufacturing facilities throughout the globe.