Friday, April 11, 2014

Bostitch F21PL

I bought this on Amazon several days ago and I'm ecstatic to have it prepped and ready work tomorrow.  Word of advice for anyone making a similar purchase.  If you're buying this specific model, make sure you get the F21PL and not the F21PL2.  The latter version does not come with the positive placement nose tip which you will want and will eventually use if you're doing any type of outdoor build requiring metal connectors.  Seems like Stanley Bostitch advertises both models the same and many people have bought the latter because it is cheaper only to find out the mistake after opening the package.

The box it came in is pretty bare.  Pretty much just the nail gun, positive placement nose tip and the black trigger for surface only trigger less fire.  Luckily, I had a 1/4 inch NPT male hose attachment and also purchased some pneumatic oil to lubricate the beast before hand.  But this stuff you can find at any big box retailer if you don't have it on hand.

Also, the PSI needs to be regulated between 80-120.  Instruction advises an air regulator and a water/oil filter.  I'm going to be firing this gun tomorrow without either attachment and see how it goes.  I have a Makita portable air compressor with 2 built in air regulators and since it is new, there shouldn't be much water/oil in the air tank.  But I'll definitely be purchasing a water/oil filter to inline with my hose in the near future.

Just a word of advice on anyone starting on big outdoor projects requiring hammering.  Just skip the cheapskate-ness and get this gem.  Your hand will LOVE you for it.  Last summer, I build a 8 x 12 shed with just a hammer and a circular saw.  It took my hand and wrist 2 weeks to recover from the hammer shock.

Bostitch F21PL + Positive placement nose tip + 3 1/2 collated nails