I’m at Bosch in Mount Prospect, Ill., (just outside Chicago) where I and other magazine editors are getting a look at some of the new tools the company will be unveiling in the upcoming months. We’re seeing a lot of interesting drill and battery innovations (among other things) that we’re not yet allowed to talk about, but one thing we are allowed to announce is Bosch’s entrance into pneumatic fastening with its Full Force Technology line.
“Full Force” refers to the nailers’ patented design that allows 100 percent use of the air from a compressor, rather than the traditional design that reserves some air to reset the tool for each use. These new tools are also noticeably smaller, and, according to the Bosch press release, 10 percent more powerful. Already on the market are a couple framing nailers; but for woodworkers, there are new 16-gauge nailers and 18-gauge brad nailers and staplers that will soon be available. I got to play with the brad nailer, and it’s easy to adjust the drive depth, and easy to clear if it jams. I’m looking forward to trying that one out in the shop.
– Megan Fitzpatrick