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    Tool Tips to Improve Productivity and Performance

    Most problems with our tools are a result of:
    • Normal wear and tear to rubber components due to high usage
    • Lack of proper lubrication
    • Dirt or water that may enter the tool via the air lines

    Routine maintenance procedures consisting of the breakdown, cleaning and installation of the proper O-ring kits and trigger valve kits will prevent and/or correct approximately 90% of the symptoms.

    If your compressor is conventionally lubricated, be sure to check the oil regularly and change it as recommended in the operator’s manual. And don’t forget the air filter. All air compressors have an air filter to keep the dirt and dust out of the compressor pump. If you run the compressor in a dusty environment, check and clean the air filter often.

    Use regulated, compressed air and never use more air pressure than is necessary to drive the fasteners. Tank pressure in an air compressor varies between the pressure it’s set to start up and the pressure it will cut out. Regulators maintain a constant pressure to the tool regardless of this pressure fluctuation at the source. Most Bostitch® tools, except a few designed for corrugated packaging, will operate well between 80 and 95 PSI. If the fastener sets well at 85 PSI, use that pressure.

    The process of compressing air generates condensation in the tank and that water needs to be drained regularly. In hot humid weather, you’ll need to drain it several times each day. In dryer climates, once per day is enough. Open the drain valves near the bottom of the tank/s, while the tank is under some pressure and let the moisture out. Then close them carefully. Never twist the valves with pliers. Just tighten them until the air stops leaking.

    Don’t use an extension cord to run your compressor if at all possible. If you must operate it in a remote area, use a heavy gauge extension cord as follows:

    Cord Gauge
    25 feet
    50 feet
    100 feet
    150 feet

    We don’t recommend using a generator to operate air compressors but if you have no choice, be sure there are no other devices on the circuit and use a generator with at least 6500 watts capacity.

    Be careful not to restrict air to the tool with small diameter air hoses, small fittings, or water in the air line. We recommend using a heavy duty 3/8” air line and fitting even though the pipe threads going into the tool may be 1/4”. And keep the air line as short as possible. This helps to prevent a pressure drop and air volume reduction to the tool. Remember, if the tool drives the first few fasteners but leaves the others above the surface during fast operation, you have an air restriction and turning up the pressure won’t help. Look for an air restriction.

    Most air staplers and nailers need to be oiled unless they are oil-less, like the model N62FN finish nailer. And remember, even though a compressor may be conventionally lubricated (needs oil), that has nothing to do with oil in the tool. Put a few drops of oil in the air fitting of the tool in the morning and again at noon. That’s all you need to keep the tool running smoothly. And, always use only approved non detergent oil that comes with the tool.

    When operating your nailer in cold weather, use BOSTITCH® cold weather oil. It’s formulated to help prevent water accumulation and freezing in the tool. Ask for item number BC603. Other oil products are: 4 oz bottle of oil – BC601 1 pint bottle of oil – BC602 1 quart bottle of oil – BC 604

    We sell both 1/4” and 3/8” fittings. Our light duty fitting are all 1/4” pipe threads and connect to a 1/4” air line. Great for small tools. Our heavy duty fittings have a larger hole at the air input end and always connect to a 3/8” air line. They are available with either 3/8” or 1/4” pipe threads. Most of our newer tools use 1/4” pipe threads while the older Mark III series (MIIIFS) uses 3/8” pipe threads. Note: The air input size (3/8) is the same in all heavy duty fittings.

    Wire on some BOSTITCH® fasteners is measured in thousands and sometimes we need to know the approximate, equivalent gauge.

    .000 = Gauge
    .148 = 9
    .050 x .035 = 18
    .131 = 10
    .050 x .019 = 20
    .120 = 11
    .040 x .023 = 20
    .099 = 12.5
    .030 x .023 = 22
    .026 x .019 = 23
    .021 x .015 = 25
    .025 round = 23
    .019 round = 25

    Although there is some variation due to size of the roof, size of the shingles, etc., here is a general break down of some roofing stuff. 30 shingles to a bundle 3 bundles to a square A Square is 10 ft. X 10 ft. 20 squares per average home 4 nails per shingle 120 nails (1 coil) per bundle 360 nails (3 coils) per square 7200 nails (1 box) per roof.

    Fasten plywood sheathing to the steel studs using the model N64CP-1 and the C4DCSBALG, helix threaded, ballistic point nail. This is a great application and our nails have been proven to hold exceptionally well. Bostitch® plywood to steel nails have been evaluated by the ICBO (International Council of Building Officials) and were issued the number ER-5426 This number lets the industry know that the nails can be used in steel frame construction.

    Bostitch® offers two types of triggers for pneumatic tools: Contact Trip (black trigger) and Sequential Trip (silver-gray trigger). Each trigger has specific advantages. For example, the Contact Trip is best suited for high volume rapid nailing or stapling where exact placement of the fastener is not important. The Sequential Trip is best suited for applications where rapid nailing is not required or where the exact placement of the fasteners is important. Your construction project should be evaluated to determine which trigger is best.

    A Bostitch® tool with the Contact Trip (black trigger) installed will drive a nail whenever both the trip and the trigger are depressed at the same time.

    The tool can be used to rapidly drive nails by holding the trigger pulled and repeatedly bumping the trip against the work to be nailed (Bump Nailing). A nail is driven each time the trip is bumped against the work.

    The Contact Trip (black trigger) will not prevent a nail from being accidentally driven if the trigger is held, pulled and the trip is bumped against any object or person. Never hold or carry the tool with your finger on the trigger unless driving fasteners.

    The Contact Trip (black trigger) can also be operated by holding the tool against the work with the trip depressed and then pulling the trigger (Place Nailing).

    When using a Contact Trip for Place Nailing, the tool may bounce due to recoil and if the tool is allowed to re-contact the work surface while you are holding the trigger pulled, a second nail will be driven. The operator should allow the tool to recoil far enough to release the trip and avoid a second cycle. Don’t push the tool down too hard, let the tool do the work.

    The Sequential Trip (silver-gray trigger) offers a positive safety advantage since it will not accidentally drive a nail if the tool is bumped against any surface or anybody while the operator is holding the tool with the trigger pulled.

    It also allows Place Nailing without the possibility of driving a second nail on recoil as described under “Contact Trip”.

    The Sequential Trip (silver-gray trigger) gets its name from the “sequence” required to operate the tool. To drive a nail, the operator must first depress the trip against the work and then pull the trigger. To drive a second nail, the operator must lift the tool from the work, release the trigger, and then repeat the above sequence.

    • Always wear proper eye protection
    • Don’t carry the tool with the trigger pulled
    • Never point the tool toward yourself or anyone else
    • Disconnect the air supply when the tool is not in use
    • Always use regulated compressed air

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