Top-Notch Metal Connector Nailer
MAX's SuperLocator metal-connection nailer uses the nail itself to find the holes in framing connectors.
One of my first responsibilities as an apprentice was nailing joist hangers. Flash forward 20 years and a skilled-labor crisis later, and I’m still hand-driving connector nails. In that time, the number of connectors used on a typical build has exploded, and I’m reminded of this every day by an ever-shrinking carpal tunnel.
Given my aching hand, I jumped at the chance to try MAX’s SuperLocator metal-connection nailer (SN438J). The nailer uses common 10d, 11⁄2-in. connector nails, and it’s the tip of the nail that you use to align the tool to the hole in the metal connector being installed. The tool’s slim profile and 34° angle make it easy to squeeze into the tight spaces where this sort of nailing always seems to occur, and when not in use the handy multiposition rafter hook makes it easy to keep the nailer nearby.
The tool performs flawlessly. I’ve fired a few cases of nails through it without one misfire or jam, and my connector nailing has sped up considerably with far less wear and tear on my body. I’ve also used a few different brands of nails with no noticeable change in production.
At $280, the SuperLocator costs more than some other connector nailers, but I have found MAX’s tools to be exceptionally reliable. I’ve never had a problem with my three other MAX nailers (the SuperFramer, SuperRoofer, and SuperSider). Whether you’re seeking to boost productivity.
Andrew Grace, a remodeler in Ligonier, Pa.
Photo: courtesy of MAX
From Fine Homebuilding #290
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