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I love the shape and function of a manual flooring nailer — it just goes to show how specific requirements can lead to creative and elegant solutions. The tall handle helps relieve back strain from bending down to work on a floor all day. The cleat on the foot helps to snug the boards up tight against each other. The striker works with the cleat for tight joints but also allows for odd angles and tighter spacing of the nails. And it just looks cool.

This particular Bostitch nailer lists on Amazon for $230, so it’s a bit too expensive to display on a coffee table for its looks alone — but if you put in wood floors you’d have an excuse.

If you have a favorite tool for its looks, let us know in comments.

Manual Flooring Nailer [Bostitch]
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One Response to Manual Flooring Nailer

  1. fred says:

    Talk about tools that have stood the test of time – this is one of them. Before portable pneumatic tools came onto the jobsite these were seen on most hardwood flooring jobs. We still have one or two that bear the Rockwell Porta-Nailer name (when Rockwell owned Porter Cable). As far as I know they still work – but now there are more choices and refinements. As an example, we have Bostitch (SX150-BHF2) pneumatic staplers with dedicated shoes for Bruce flooring and others for laminate flooring (LHF97215-2). While these are smaller guns – the stand-up design still has its advantages – and we use both pneumatic staplers and nailers that follow the same form and use a hammer to trigger the action.

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