June 4, 2008 – NEW YORK, NY – Stanley-Bostitch announced today the introduction of two new graphite flooring mallets – models HFM-3 and HFM-4 – during its new product introduction at the New York Westin Times Square. Product Manager Mark Tadros said, “Pre-finished flooring has become extremely popular; however, it is more delicate and less forgiving to install than unfinished hardwood flooring. These new soft mallets were designed with that in mind … they help installers achieve better results, higher productivity, and a much needed reduction in waste.”
Hard-face wooden mallets are known to cause expensive errors because they sometimes dent the tongue and/or beveled surface. Even a slight dent can cause enough damage to require rework. Conversely, the new Stanley®-Bostitch® mallets feature a softer material to cushion the surface of pre-finished flooring as users position it into place by the mallet. According to Tadros, “This new launch was met with great enthusiasm and interest from flooring professionals during the 2008 National Wood Flooring Association Show in March.”
Function was not the only goal of these new mallets; comfort and durability were also critical. For example, these mallets use the same technology that makes Stanley®-branded Hammers so popular. They offer a graphite shaft for long-life durability and a replaceable soft face (model HFMF-SW) for affordable long-term use. A contoured rubber grip improves the feel and allows the user to maintain 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.
Weight and length are only the differences between the two new mallets. The lighter mallet is intended for use with the pneumatic flooring nailers because less energy is required to sink the cleat/nail flush. The HFM-3, weighing 45 ounces (14.8˝ long) is currently available and is expected to retail for approximately $50. The heavier mallet is designed for use with manual flooring nailers to deliver more energy with each swing. The HFM-4, weighing 59 ounces (16.1˝ long) is currently available and is expected to retail for approximately $50.
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