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This is one amazing tool .. I build farmhouse country furniture with distressed old barn boards ... usually full of nails. It was very time consuming, and was the one job wasting a lot of my valuable time. Place the nozzle over the end of the nail, straighten it up a bit, if necessary, and bam! ... blow it right out of the board. It takes only seconds to clear a board. I wish I had known about this tool years ago, should be a stable in every carpenters tool box. CAUTION!! read the info and watch the video, or you could kill the neighbours dog across the street. Care should bet taken to contain the projectile.
I dont suggest running at 90 psi. Otherwise you'll have nails flying at high velocity. Does just what it's supposed to and does it well. I dropped my pressure down to 45 psi then worked my way up to about 60 psi. At 60 I was able to drive the nails out with one punch and have them drop close by. Obviously different types and conditions of wood as well as types and conditions of the nails will all have an influence but running at 90 psi I was shooting average pallet nails out of average pallet slats upwards of 15 to 20 ft out the back.
My specific reason to buy it was that I had some 26 year old, 3/4” red oak flooring that had been flooded 6 years previously, then ripped out and replaced. I wanted to save a few pieces of it for a project but it was installed with 2”, 15.5 gauge flooring staples and I knew they were not only buried into the tongue of each piece but rusted as well; trying to dig those out with hand tools would likely just destroy the wood and be more work than it’s worth.
I took a chance to see if this might help and boy did it! One pop on each leg of the staple and it was 3/4 of the way out. I only had to finish the last bit with pliers, now with plenty of staple to get ahold of.
The only thing I will point out is that of all my air tools (and I have many), this is the only one that’s a little scary. I’d rather get shot with a nail gun than hit with the driver rod on this (it protrudes about 3/8” on each firing). It also throws sparks, so be careful about what you have nearby. I wear glasses and rarely put on safety goggles but I’m going to when I use this.
I do not have time to write reviews but I was actually left my shop while I was working to write this one! This tool is just simply amazing! It is solid and stout and functions 10 x better than I would have believed possible. I used it to blast out the nails from pallets I tore apart. It worked well even on oak slats almost 1/2" thick. I also have tested it to remove heart pine tongue and groove off the walls of a 100 year old house. Had to adjust the pressure a bit to minimize blowout but it worked great! It's the only thing I've found to remove it without splitting and cracking the boards. I highly suggest it along with the Crescent NP11 - for any nails that do have a bit of head you can grip. 5 stars plus!!
I have yet to have a chance to use this for its intended purpose, as I've not requisitioned my neighbors deck. (I'm coming for you super-tan-neighbor-man-whom I've never met)... HOWEVER. being curious about JUST how much force this thing makes, I connected it and squeezed the trigger. Got a pretty solid feeling, and quite loud for 1AM, "shot" (don't know how you'd describe the driver coming out and retracting with extreme prejudicial force...) Intrigued, and still curious, now some what sleep deprived at 1:02 AM, I thought to my self "Self?" and I knew immediately it was me, because I had my under-pantaloons on "Self, you should see if it will punch through concrete!"
...and you know what?! IT DOES! you hold the thing flat to the concrete and pull the trigger, and it will literally punch full depth into the concrete, and has very little recoil even with the solid surface.
So, Like I mentioned earlier, I haven't tried driving any actual nails out with it, but I'm not overly concerned that I'll be disappointed. Very no country for old men, with the "lock cylinder punch". Would definitely recommend.
After hours of knocking out a bunch of nails, I started looking for better tools. I have a dozen or so different tools, all of which are still useful, but this inexpensive little tool knocks out any nail that's -through- the wood perfectly. You may have to grab (by hand usually, or a claw or pliers) to get it the last tiny bit, but I did a half dozen pallets in the first half hour of owning this tool, without hurrying. NOTE: the nails will SHOOT out of the board most of the time. People recommend a 5gallon bucket with water to catch them, with aiming it will get most of them, or just take a chance and sweep them up from the entire garage after, they'll ricochet around!