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magazine jammed from get go - had better luck 2cond time around
on October 30, 2011
Unpacked the gun, thought it seemed okay, then tried loading nails. When I hooked it up to the air hose, the gun would not fire brads, and then when I tried to pull out the magazine to see if there was a problem, it would not come out, no matter how hard I tried. Ended up sending it back. Something may have jammed in the loading, but I didn't really force anything, and you would hope a tool would be designed so that someone could not jam the magazine just by trying to load nails. This was my first compression tool, but I am not a novice with tools and am fairly handy, so I expect a certain amount of ruggedness, etc, in a tool. You should simply not be able to jam the magazine in the tool with Bostitch label 1 3/8 inch brads. It should either close because they are in there fine, or not close at all. Closing and then being jammed shut should not be an option! Maybe this was just a bad one, but I have decided I won't try to order my next nail gun by mail.
ADDENDUM ABOUT 1 1/2 YEARS LATER. I originally gave this one star, based on description above. I later purchased a new unit, and it's been a great product. I would give it 5 stars, but I did 3 to split the difference. The re-conditioned one didn't work for me, but the new one has been great. In retrospect, it's possible I tried to put the nails in on the wrong side, and that may have been what jammed it. Hard to say. However, I think the product should be designed so you shouldn't be able to fit the nails in the wrong side! Perhaps it is. It's so long ago I'm not sure what I did. Anyway, the new product has been great. I do have problems with nails not going in straight and coming out the side if you don't aim carefully, but that is, I think, typical with the device, not a fault of this product. It's especially true with longer nails if you shoot through hardwood and into plywood. However, I have discovered that a brad gun like this is a really valuable tool. Many of my tools I've set aside and not really used much, but this one has turned out to be really useful. It's a time saver, and it also allows you to quickly stabilize pieces of wood where it would be impossible if you have to drive in finish nails.