Tacwise 181EL-35 35mm Brad Nailer
Good DIY Nailer
Having never used a nailer it felt comfortable to use. Basic functions easy reload and jam removal, but you will need a small hex screwdriver.
I found the cable a bit short for the upper panelling I was doing which meant the extension cable needed trailing up the ladder.
It was used on sawn planed timber which marked after the soft attachment on the gun dislodged and was lost in a rebate. Even in soft wood you do need to hold the back of the gun to prevent kick back
Generally speaking it was ideal at DIY tongue and grove but for that bigger job you will need to upgrade.
It did what it said on the box.
22 Aug 2011
Not fit for purpose
Continually failed to drive nails fully home irrespective of the material eg timber, hardboard, MDF etc. Original had to be returned after one hour of intermittent use as it just stopped working. Replacement worked initially but nail cartridge had to be held in place with a rubber band as it kept springing open with each pull of the trigger - really frustrating. After a few more uses the plastic casing cracked due to nothing more than the strains imposed by using it for its intended purpose - driving nails into wood. Overall cheap but not fit for purpose and therefore a waste of money.
20 Jun 2011
TACWISE 181EL-39 35MM NAILER
I ADDED THE PACK OF NAILS AND CONNECTED TO THE ELECTRICITY AS INSTRUCTED, PRESSED ON A PIECE OF TEST WOOD, PRESSED THE TRIGGER AND NOTHING HAPPENED. I EVEN CHECKED MY FUSES.
I TRIED AGAIN AND PRESSED HARDER ON THE WOOD AND 'WHAM' I SHOT THREE NAILS INTO THE WOOD AND IT JAMMED.
I UNJAMMED IT AS INSTRUCTED, PRESSED HARD ON THE WOOD AND IT HAS BEEN WORKING WITHOUT PROBLEMS EVER SINCE. IT IS A TERRIFIC TOOL AND SAVES SUCH A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT.
ON OCCASION IT STOPS BUT THE SOLUTION IS TO PRESS HARDER ON THE WOOD A FEW TIMES THEN OFF IT GOES AGAIN.
13 May 2011
Only fires when at ninety degrees to the surface, so cannot be used to toe-nail for example. I found it either failed to bury the nail head (so back to the trusted hammer), or marked the surface of the wood. I guess if you want something that lacks finesse, this makes nailing quick and simple, but if you need a good finish, stick to a hammer and punch.
11 Dec 2010