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RN46 Roofing Nailer

Bostitch - RN46 Roofing Nailer

Despite its light weight, this coil roofing nailer from Bostitch is a powerful tool that consistently sets nails flush through thick cap shingles

$320.00 (As of 1/1/2004)

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Editor's Review: New Lightweight Roofing Nailer

review date: January 1, 2004

Lightweight and powerful: I like that in a roofing nailer. Bostitch's magnesium-body RN46 is that and more. At first, I was worried that at only 4 lb. 13 oz., the nailer would recoil when driving nails and have trouble sinking longer ones. Instead, it had less recoil than my regular roofing nailers.

The real power test came, however, when I had to drive 1-3/4-in. nails through cap shingles, then into dense sheathing. The Bostitch RN46 set nearly every nail flush, even if I occasionally held the nailer at a slight angle. The tool has a lot more going for it than power, though. It has a lockout feature that prevents the gun from firing when the magazine is empty, which avoids the divots created by an empty nailer. The shingle-exposure gauge with detents spaced 1/4 in. apart was another nice feature; squeezing a spring-loaded button (no tools required) allowed me to set the shingle exposure from 5 in. to 8 in. quickly.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bostitch
Manufacturer's Web Site www.bostitch.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-556-6696
Weight 4 lb. 13 oz.
Dimensions 10-1/2 in. long
Nail Sizes 3/4 in. to 1-3/4 in.
Nail Capacity 120
Nail Type Roofing
Safety Guard N/A
Special Features Lockout (eliminates dry firing)

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