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.
Editor Test Results:
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||4 lb. 13 oz.
||10-1/2 in. long
||3/4 in. to 1-3/4 in.
||Lockout (eliminates dry firing)