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Tool now indispensable for carpenters and carpenters, the electric or pneumatic nailer remains a dangerous instrument. More than any other power tool, it requires a lot of caution in use.

Tool: an old nailer

diagram of a nailer

  • The somewhat legendary story of his invention perhaps explains this. In 1955, in Winsted, Connecticut, four DIY veterans (Hirsch, Westerholm, Miller and Ollig), among others, carpenters and lumberjacks, had the idea of ​​applying the machine gun technology to propel nails. They build their compressed air prototypes in Ollig's garage and start their own business. It quickly goes bankrupt and patents are auctioned by the bank.
  • These patents are then bought by Bostitch firm, which she exploits successfully. This beautiful story, very "band of brothers", however, must be nuanced. As early as 1912, a first pneumatic nailer was patented by William Evans Colwell. In 1948, the patent of a nailer was filed by Kendall Willard. Companies like the Cleveland Pneumatic Tools Co have also filed patents. Our veterans are part of a larger story.

Nailer drawing

  • The Canadian firm Paslode puts on the market the first pneumatic nailer (the GN-212), an all-metal model, heavy and dangerous. Ten years later, Skill and Bosch develop their own models, and it was not until the 1990s that the nailer was adopted by professionals.
  • The safety devices, the speed of typing, the possibility of changing the sizes of the nails have also progressed a lot since the first models. Not to mention that there are now models for the general public, sold in GSB at affordable prices (about 95 € for the pneumatic nailer-nailer "Airtac PBS121" Rapid).


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