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Old 12-03-2008, 12:03 PM   #61
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first things first a box of coils is closer to 30 square unless your six nailing shingles then in that case it would be in ontario would be a waste of time.now bostich guns are realiable but a little heavier,we do usally 2 jobs a day depending on the size right now we run with hitachi and bex which in my opinon are the 2 best guns out there.there both built well and there both light guns.bex is a little cheaper but there great guns to run with we have had the same bex guns for about three years.now being from ontario i dont know if you can get your hands on one or not but try to you wont be disappointed.
maybe with metricks in Canada but you wont get past 23 square here in the US with a box of 7200 nails

Approx. 64 Pieces/Sq. (Metric)
Approx. 78 Pieces/Sq. (English)
3 Bundles/Square
Approx. 264 Nails/Sq. (Metric)
Approx. 312 Nails/Sq. (English)
5 5/8 Exposure (Metric)
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Old 12-03-2008, 03:26 PM   #62
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Its awesome to read other experianced roofers nail gun experiances.

We all dont get access to every gun. But we sure want too!

This subject just came up somewhere else. I'm going to just cut/paste what i said.

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2 guns. Bostitch and hitachi.

Nothing shoots as good, as fast, as perfect as a bostitch. Unfortunately they dont last very long before they malfunction.

Hitachi is the second best, but they are bulletproof
totally dependable, much lower maintainance and last longer than a bostitch.

So in reality, Hitachi was my number one
because i used them more than my bostitch.
My bostitch guns were always sitting around waiting to get fixed. I would pay authorized dealers/mechanics what ever they said to fix the same gun over and over again. They couldn't even fix them.

The same seals(only a couple) would fail on a hitachi
and with time, you learn how to do it yourself.
hardly ever have to hand my hitachi to another mechanic.

On the nail subject. Standard shingles
We install evedrip everywhere! and rolled valley metal.
All that goes along with the roofing

4-nail=20 sq a box. those days are long gone for us...
6-nail=15 sq a box.

Now you know what to estimate for when the united states government
gestapo comes around and tells you that you are not doing your job well enough. they are coming to your town soon!

They are going to have a LOT more to say and ENFORCE too..

welcome to america!
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Hitachi NV45AB2.
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I like the feel of the Hitachi. When i was shopping for guns originally i didn't like the feel of the Bostitch as it felt big and clunky. I would still buy another Hitachi of the same model even after the leak problem i had. In this region it appears that almost all the roofers use Hitachi's. if Hitachi's had a reliability problem you wouldn't see that. I cant speak for other guns as i haven't used them.
Hey AW,

I like the feel of the Hitachi too, and it performed great on the few times I've used them, but you really have to try a Bostich RN46 if you haven't already. The balance on it is incredible. It feels so much lighter than anything else out there (and at 4.9lbs, there was only the Hitachi Light that beat it and that went off the market quick because it was flimsy).

I would have to put Hitachis and Bostitchs in a tie for first place, but I'd always pick a Bostitch to roof with first. I just went through 50 of the nastiest squares with all kind of problems and that Bostitch (even after if fell from 3 stories) kept humming along with all of the adjustments I kept making for depth and all.

Besides that, nothing, I mean absolutely NOTHING beats a Bostitch in loading. It's one step canister is a dream for me.

You really should try one if you haven't. If you do, let me know what you think.

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Its awesome to read other experianced roofers nail gun experiances.

We all dont get access to every gun. But we sure want too!

This subject just came up somewhere else. I'm going to just cut/paste what i said.




On the nail subject. Standard shingles
We install evedrip everywhere! and rolled valley metal.
All that goes along with the roofing

4-nail=20 sq a box. those days are long gone for us...
6-nail=15 sq a box.

Now you know what to estimate for when the united states government
gestapo comes around and tells you that you are not doing your job well enough. they are coming to your town soon!

They are going to have a LOT more to say and ENFORCE too..

welcome to america!
It's awesome to see someone so hyped up about roofing brother!



The Bostitch glitches...here's the deal on that:

Some Bostitichs were made for big chain stores like Home Depot. They were made differently from standard RN46's in that they used cheaper parts (more plastic vs metal). This is how they sell them for $20. cheaper.

I never buy my guns at Home Depot. They, like Walmart, develop deals with manufacturers that force them to use HD suppliers/distributors, etc...to cut costs.

I had a bud buy a bad Boss. It sucked.
But, he returned it and exchanged it.
The newer gun was flawless.

So, being that the Boss was a relatively new models, it had it's glitches.

I probably won't ever use anything other than a Boss, but I'm more than willing to always try a better mouse trap and right now, the Boss is The Boss in my book.
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Hitachi NV45AB2.


That's Devotion!

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45AB2, I'm on my second one. Hitachi for nails and Senco for staples when speed counts, few jams if any.
Also don't buy any guns from Lowes or Home Depot.

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My favorite was the Hitachi. Retired from roofing and I gave it to a friend, he really likes it too. Replaced the O ring after 2 years but nice gun I thought.
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RN46 Bostitich, eight years going strong, only problems so far: a few worn out couplings and I busted a nut one time. Yeah I know.
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Hey AW,

I like the feel of the Hitachi too, and it performed great on the few times I've used them, but you really have to try a Bostich RN46 if you haven't already. The balance on it is incredible. It feels so much lighter than anything else out there (and at 4.9lbs, there was only the Hitachi Light that beat it and that went off the market quick because it was flimsy).

I would have to put Hitachis and Bostitchs in a tie for first place, but I'd always pick a Bostitch to roof with first. I just went through 50 of the nastiest squares with all kind of problems and that Bostitch (even after if fell from 3 stories) kept humming along with all of the adjustments I kept making for depth and all.

Besides that, nothing, I mean absolutely NOTHING beats a Bostitch in loading. It's one step canister is a dream for me.

You really should try one if you haven't. If you do, let me know what you think.

2G
but i only have two arms. what am i gonna do with three guns?

dont say hire help cause i dont even have work for myself at the moment.
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That's Devotion!

Rock on Mr Roofer!



Hey don't get me wrong, I once owned a Bostich, brand new (well second hand from a dude who never actually used it, the plug was still in the end)...but the damn thing would jam nonstop, so that was my one and only experience with Bostich. Honestly I found my method to reload the ol Hitachi pretty kickass, the Bostich guys could never keep up.

I think for the most part it comes down to personal preference really.

The biggest thing with guns is to keep them clean people! I've done a few rebuilds over the years and always found myself wondering if I couldn't have found something better to do with my time .

Really disliked the Paslode's and Senco's, perhaps because the only ones I ever used were to beat up to be really useful. Makita seems to make a pretty decent unit.

Anyone ever used one of those battery operated Bostich units? They don't sell them here anymore, but I remember seeing a guy use one...painstakingly one nail at a time (he was pushing on it like some kind of flooring gun - maybe he was using it wrong?)...and a plastic gun to boot. Never thought highly of those.
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but i only have two arms. what am i gonna do with three guns?

dont say hire help cause i dont even have work for myself at the moment.
When will you learn Young Skywalker!

You can never have too many guns!

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RN46 Bostitich, eight years going strong, only problems so far: a few worn out couplings and I busted a nut one time. Yeah I know.
huh, huh.

huh.

He said "bust a nut".

Huh huh!
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Hey don't get me wrong, I once owned a Bostich, brand new (well second hand from a dude who never actually used it, the plug was still in the end)...but the damn thing would jam nonstop, so that was my one and only experience with Bostich. Honestly I found my method to reload the ol Hitachi pretty kickass, the Bostich guys could never keep up.

I think for the most part it comes down to personal preference really.

The biggest thing with guns is to keep them clean people! I've done a few rebuilds over the years and always found myself wondering if I couldn't have found something better to do with my time .

Really disliked the Paslode's and Senco's, perhaps because the only ones I ever used were to beat up to be really useful. Makita seems to make a pretty decent unit.

Anyone ever used one of those battery operated Bostich units? They don't sell them here anymore, but I remember seeing a guy use one...painstakingly one nail at a time (he was pushing on it like some kind of flooring gun - maybe he was using it wrong?)...and a plastic gun to boot. Never thought highly of those.
Again, some Bostitch's were garbage (early production models/Home Depot bought guns, etc...).

Definitely agree with the personal preference statement.

True.

Either way, Boss or Hit, can't lose.



Suggestion?

Try another Boss...

Let me know how you like it!
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Gotta be Hitachi . I probably run about 150sq per year amongnst my other jobs . and the guys wont even look at paslodes, bostich. I have 4 nv45abs and they are all taken by senior shingle guys. the new guys get the others.
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I use this all the time, its lightweight and works great.

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Bostich RN46-1 on the clearance table at s'ewol for $50.00.
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Bostich RN46-1 on the clearance table at s'ewol for $50.00.
Hello...which Lowe's? I am in NJ.
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maybe with metricks in Canada but you wont get past 23 square here in the US with a box of 7200 nails

Approx. 64 Pieces/Sq. (Metric)
Approx. 78 Pieces/Sq. (English)
3 Bundles/Square
Approx. 264 Nails/Sq. (Metric)
Approx. 312 Nails/Sq. (English)
5 5/8 Exposure (Metric)
5 Exposure (English)
I use metrics and never get passed 23sq either. 4 nails per shingle also

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