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SAFETY, ACCESS & TOOLS Cordless nail performance for roofers Battery-powered first fix cordless framing nailers are at last delivering convenience and performance for roofing professionals, according to Simon Miller, marketing director, Hitachi Power Tools Framing nailers have traditionally been powered by gas fuel cells, but a common complaint from many roofing contractors in the past was the costly replacement of fuel cells, which they sometimes have to keep warm in a pocket, or dragging a compressor and hose out for every job. This quiet batterypowered nailer matches the performance of these gas nailers without the fuss. Some roofers may be skeptical about the performance cordless nailers can deliver, but Hitachi has invested significant engineering design skill into the NR1890DBCL/JP, and the feedback from professionals has been positive. Cordless technology and all the convenience and costsavings it brings are now readily accessible to roofing contractors. Hitachi engineers have produced a cordless battery-powered framing nailer that actually sinks a 90mm ring shank nail right to the head, every time. It has opened up a whole new world of performance when it comes to working on loft conversions, decking and roofing. The NR1890DBCL/JP comes with two 5.0Ah Li- Ion batteries and features a highly efficient brushless motor. With a charge time of 75 minutes per battery, there isn’t any reason why you’d ever be without power if you charge one while using the other. It drives up to two nails per second, and has a capacity to carry 47 nails at a time. Just for good measure, safety glasses and a stackable case are included in the package. 094 FEBRUARY 2018 RCIMAG.COM Hitachi’s Japanese engineers have worked hard to deliver exactly what tradespeople demand, and that included visiting building sites in the UK. The nailer features an air/spring drive system, which means less recoil.��This allows for better flush driving and easier maintenance, while the highly stable driving power allows the nailer to drive nails up to 90mm into lumber with ease. The NR1890DBCL/JP features a selective activation button so you can easily choose between a sequential or bump fire mode, and for even more convenience, it has a tool free adjustment of drive depth. Safety and security features Safety and security has also been given priority with some nifty features. A lock switch and 30- minute automatic shutdown has been built in for increased safety and a longer battery life. A dryfire lockout system also prevents the nailer from driving when fasteners are low. A low battery indicator is included, as is a pivoting rafter hook. Hitachi Power Tools has produced a gamechanging tool at an important time in its development as a company, as later this year, it will be transitioning to a new brand name: HiKOKI. The rebrand marks the next step in a commitment to expand and become a market leader across the globe, following the acquisition last year by KKR of the larger parent company, Hitachi Koki Co. It will change its name to Koki Holdings Co, and Hitachi Power Tools will become HiKOKI from October 1, 2018. It promises to be an exciting time as the company says it will be launching new power tools – such as the NR1890DBCL/JP nailer – as it invests in the new brand. Don’t expect the new tools to just be green with a new badge on them. Although at first, the product range will be consistent with the existing Hitachi offering, we also have some exciting plans for new high-end ranges of tools. Breaking away from the Hitachi brand will remove the limitations on what we can produce and we can now expand into any sector. The warranties of any existing power tools, like the NR1890DBCL/JP, will not be affected and importantly, we will ensure we maintain 100% compatibility with existing Hitachi battery platforms. Not only will the battery platform continue, it will significantly expand with higher end capability. Times are changing: cordless power tool technology and Li-Ion batteries are now providing roofing contractors with all the power of gas, without the fuss. www.hitachi-powertools.co.uk Hitachi Power Tools has invested significant engineering design skill into the NR 1890DBCL/JP cordless framing nailer


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