Bostitch, a brand of Stanley Black & Decker Inc., has entered the cordless finish nailer category with 15-, 16- and 18-gauge models powered by a 3.6-volt lithium-ion battery and fuel-cell canister.
"The new Bostitch cordless finish nailers offer a premium-quality alternative to cordless finish nailers that have long been on the market. Preliminary field research indicates that we have hit a home run with these tools because of their lightweight, durable characteristics," says product manager Jorge Silveira.
The 15-gauge nailer, model GFN1564K, weighs only 4.2 lbs with the battery installed and drives FN-style angled finish nails ranging between 1-1/4" and 2-1/2". It will sell for approximately $319.
The 16-gauge nailer, model GFN1664K, shoots straight nails from 1-1/4" to 2-1/2" and weighs in at 4 lbs. It will sell for about $269.
The 18-gauge brad nailer, model GBT1850K, also weighs 4 lbs. and accepts fasteners ranging from 5/8" to 2" in length.
The battery only provides an ignition spark for the nailers and 3.6 volts is judged to be more than adequate, Silveira explained at the product launch in New York City. Each cordless nailer uses a high-pressure gas contained in a replaceable canister. The fuel-cell drives approximately 1,200 nails per canister under normal operating conditions, according to Bostitch.
All three nailers feature a tool-free adjustable depth guide, a sequential fire trigger and 100-nail magazine capacity. A lockout feature stops the tools from firing when there are about six nails left in the magazine, signaling to the user that it is time to reload.
The nailers also feature an overmolded grip, tool-free jam clearance and an adjustable utility hook.
The nailers are sold in a kit that includes one battery, a one-hour charger, 1,000 fasteners and a plastic carrying case. The tools are backed by a two-year limited warranty.
Contact: Stanley Fastening Systems L.P., Briggs Drive, East Greenwich, RI 02818. Tel: 800-556-6696. www.bostitch.com
This article originally appeared in the August 2010 issue.