Tacwise 400ELS 40mm Angled Nailer 230V
Tacwise 400ELS 40mm Angled Nai
The product is called the "Tacwise 400ELS 40mm Angled Nailer 230V". To me, the clue is in the name; if it's called a 40mm nailer, it should bang 40mm nails in shouldn't it?
Wrong. It leaves them about 6mm proud so I have to finish them off with a hammer. The nails are so thin it's difficult not to bend them over.
The manual troubleshooter just says that the nailer might not put the nails all the way down if it is an unsuitable material. Nails are usually used in wood and I'm putting the nails into softwood timber.
Ease of use and reliability are good but I wish I hadn't bought the thing and stuck to the trusty hammer.
Very disappointed. :(
19 Oct 2014
Good for the price
I was torn between an air or mains driven model, but my compressor is a bit noisy and the coiled air tubes are a bit of a hassle so I opted for a mains powered gun. I wanted an angled gun for some tongue and groove flooring work so ended up buying the Tacwise as I couldn't justify spending hundreds on a bullet proof model.
It's a pretty robust tool with a removable, metal stand attached to keep it upright when you put it down. Nail strips are easy to load and unload, the only downside is the short lead, made as ever, of hard plastic that goes like steel wire in cold weather. Why can't they all use the soft rubber leads that DeWalt use?
So far I've used it on both reclaimed 18 mm tongue and groove wooden floorboards and also chipboard flooring sheets. The nails go in fine, with the heads flush. But you do need to apply a bit of firm pressure, one hand is enough, but if you don't the heads will stand proud by a couple of mil. This makes it slightly slower to use than a really heavy duty one, as you need to push for each trigger pull. The soft rubber end cap is also removable which is helpful for access when nailing through the tongues on flooring. The nails are fairly thin, but I usually find that if they are driven in at a slight angle they are fairly unlikely to pull out.
I'm not a tradesman so it won't get used every day, but my tools do get quite a hard life around the farm and this Tacwise gun does feel well built for the price bracket.
5 Sep 2014
I got nailed
Having had this products big brother (500 el) I knew pretty much what I was getting which is basically an orange automatic hammer.
I prefer the angled brads as with plenty of pressure and yes you do have to pretend you are at least one of the expendables whilst using this, but the brads go in right up to the head.
It's quick, reliable and above all easy to load and easy to fire once you get used to making sure it's straight to wood face.
So if you are like me and building the worlds largest shed or a smaller project like making a wood box for your nagging other half, though I recommend screws or bolts for the lid otherwise she will get out. Then this is the only nail gun you will ever need. And it comes with a case not many tools do these days and you can get all the cable and plug back in without being trained by the SAS.
30 Aug 2014
Very poor, Disappointed
I found this to be poor but to a price.....
It is quite cheap compared to the Finishing gas nailerâs or newer Cordless Nailer s
that also have issues if you read the reviews on them.
But it does not deliver on the specifications indicated for its use.
Stairs, Banisters, Fencing or anything that needs a solid fixing is a no no with this tool other than tacking in place till glue goes off or screws go in.
It does work well for skirting, mouldings and architraves and the like or craft / hobby work
basically anything that does not take weight or require stability.
Nails / Pins do not go all the way in most times and need to be tapped in with a punch.
The cord / flex is short. Reaching up to an overhead door architrave means lifting the extension reel at the same time adding weight and awkwardness or moving a step or other raised platform into position before starting work to elevate the extension
The nail chamber jams when closing it if I use a full strip or new nails so I need to break the strip in to two halves. Not sure why, the full strip is supposed to fit might just be my item and not every nailer.... I am using proper tacwise nails.
Cant speak for reliability yet but for the price, if it lasts to the years guarantee I will not grumble.
For features this item does have a nice feature for clearing jammed nails from the firing mechanism.
The tools is small, light and compact for tight spaces.
I am not new to Tacwise, products or the very thin nails they fire
I own a Master Nailerâ¢ 500EL Pro ( not working any more).
I thought the replacement product would be a match or better (as its newer) NO, WRONG
I got an inferior product.
(old nailer also boasts the same blurb about being suitable for stairs and the like, which it was not. I didnât expect this model to do it either I only added it to the review to warn any would be buyer, the Tacwise 0733 is no good, for that type of work).
Old nailer did bang them in all the way 99% of the time though, and had a longer flex
If it was not for the price and the fact I have a lot of unused nails (1,000s of them in various sizes bought for my old nailer) it would be going back to screwfix for a refund.
29 Jun 2013