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    $469.00 list($634.99)
    1. Bostitch MIIIFS Pneumatic Hardwood
    $239.99 list()
    2. Bostitch N88RH-1 Heavy Duty Round
    $219.99 list($269.00)
    3. Bostitch N80CB-1 Industrial Coil
    $313.49 list($399.00)
    4. Bostitch Coil N66C-1 Siding and
    $249.99 list($500.00)
    5. Bostitch MFN200 Manual Flooring
    $47.99 list($69.99)
    6. Stanley 77-260 IntelliLaser Pro
    $19.99 list($29.99)
    7. Stanley 33-725 25' Fat Max Tape
    $229.99 list($289.99)
    8. Bostitch SB150SLBC-1 Cap Stapler
    $94.99 list($168.00)
    9. Bostitch PN100K Industrial High
    $49.99 list($71.99)
    10. Stanley 89-803 62 Piece Professional
    $99.99 list()
    11. Bostitch SB-2IN1 Brad Nailer /
    $389.99 list($640.00)
    12. Bostitch 650S4 Industrial Jam-Free
    $28.99 list($47.98)
    13. Stanley 33-735 35' x 1-1/4" FatMax
    $179.99 list($189.00)
    14. Bostitch FN16250K-2 16-Gauge Magnesium
    $24.99 list($37.49)
    15. Stanley 33-730 FatMax 30' Tape
    $36.99 list($43.46)
    16. Stanley GR100 Glue-Pro Contractor
    $17.99 $16.95 list($28.99)
    17. Stanley 33-430 30' Powerlock Tape
    $12.95 list($24.00)
    18. Stanley 33-425 Powerlock Tape
    $35.95 list($54.58)
    19. Stanley 12-920 Contractor Grade
    $33.95 list($51.89)
    20. Stanley 12-960 Contractor Grade

    1. Bostitch MIIIFS Pneumatic Hardwood Floor Stapler
    list price: $634.99
    our price: $469.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000224PN
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Bostitch
    Sales Rank: 1290
    Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Precisely drives staples at proper angle and depth
    • High-speed, mallet-actuated pneumatic operation increases productivity over manually-operated tools
    • Adjustable to material thickness and tongue positions
    • Eliminates hammer marks
    • Long reach handle for increased comfort and added control

    Reviews (15)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Some things are just built and designed better!
    I purchased this nailer from Amazon to lay 3/4" hardwood flooring in several rooms in my house. I have since fired about 5000 staples through it without any problems whatsoever. This stapler is very well designed ergonomically and mechanically. The mallet is big and somewhat massive in weight but there is a purpose in that. It takes very little effort and just a slight tap to drive a staple because it is pneumatic. So if a board lays nice and straight, then a slight tap will suffice, but if you have a somewhat uncooperative piece of flooring, then you will appreciate the heft of the mallet because it will cause the most finicky of boards to come together and lay tightly. The handle is long and fits well in your hand. Consequently your not bent over as much. My first floor laid was oak and I've started my second which is brazillian cherry. This wood is extremely heavy and dense. This stapler does not care how hard the wood is, it just works and flawlessly at that. After all isn't that what you want from a tool, flawless performance!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Do-it-yourself-er's Initial Thoughts
    I purchased the MIIIFS stapler to lay approximately 1,700 sq. ft. of 3/4 inch red oak flooring in my new home. After installing well over 1,400 sq. ft. here are some of my observations:

    1) The tool makes it very easy for a novice to put down a nice, tight hardwood floor. If the boards are laying tight an easy swing of the mallet is all it takes to fully seat a staple (more on this later). If the board is warped the MIIIFS can stand up to a solid mallet smack without any trouble. The mallet's plastic face, by the way, does not show any signs of cracking so far.

    2) The stapler efficiently uses the its air so you do not need a big compressor. I have been using a 1.5 hp unit with a 6 gallon tank. Output is set at 85 psi. I doubt such a small compressor could supply two nailers simultaneously, but it handles one quite nicely.

    3) The stapler did develop a small air leak near the top shortly after I began using it. The amount of leaking is small (based on psi drop at the compressor) but does make a distracting noise. This leak does not affect the function or reliability.

    4) At your starting wall you need to face nail the flooring until you get about 6 inches from the wall. After that you'll have enough room to get the stapler into position.

    5) As you approach the far wall the stapler can be used up to the last 13 or 14 inches.

    6) As mentioned earlier the tool only requires an easy mallet smack. However, if you don't swing firmly enough the staple will not seat fully. This is usually caused by crowding against the far wall and not having enough room to swing the mallet.

    7) The firing knob is too stiff to actuate by hand reliably - the mallet is required. It would have been nice if there was a way to trigger the stapler by hand then you could use it much closer to the far wall.

    8) I have not had any problems with jamming. The unit I've been using has reliably shot every staple right down to the very last one in the magazine.

    9) I have heard some rumors of staple-style flooring nailers damaging the floor's tongue. After closely examining several hundred staples in oak I'd say that about 2 or 3 percent show any signs of tongue damage. Some of this infrequent damage is due to stapling through a knot or due to handling. Some is due to the MIIIFS. I'm not sure how this compares to nail-style nailers. Anytime you send a fastener through kiln dried hardwood you're bound to have some occassional splitting.

    Would I buy the MIIIFS again? You bet I would. Despite its few minor shortcomings this tool has saved me a LOT of work and the price is lower than other pnuematic nailers that I've looked at.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bostitch flooring stapler
    The cadillac of flooring staplers! Anyone can put down hardwood flooring like a pro with this one. Would have liked to had a case included, instead of the cardboard box it came in. I guess that doesn't affect the performace, although protecting the stapler could prevent problems down the road.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Need it, Get it!
    I did 750 sqft of oak. not one problem, great tool, did not have the misfire problem on last stables. no break downs, perfect every time. Loaned out to friend, expect the same results. will be selling it used shortly. (I don't need it anymore), and will recoup a bit of my costs. Bob

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bostitch M111FS 3\4" flooring nailer
    I've been installing hardwood floors for 22 years or so and I'am in need of another nailer. These are a little heavy but can really fly on the big open rooms. The problem is their to expensive. The reconditioned ones are perfect. I started my company 20 some years ago and used power nailers wich are fine and recently went to air powered nailers about 10 years ago. I see no savings on line what so ever except the reconditioned ones that can be repaired on the job site with a $20.00 kit. My Regards Rem. ... Read more


    2. Bostitch N88RH-1 Heavy Duty Round Head Nailer

    our price: $239.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005JRLR
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Bostitch
    Sales Rank: 2171
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Aggressive teeth design grips lumber for easy toe-nailing
    • Rugged magnesium housing makes this tool lightweight and easy to handle
    • Molded rubber comfort grip lasts the life of tool
    • Drives 2- to 3-1/2-inch full round-headed nails with 1,000 inch/lbs driving power
    • Exclusive push-button depth control for quick flush nailing adjustments

    Reviews (10)

    3-0 out of 5 stars n88rh framing nailer
    well thought out design with nice balance and a great depth of drive adjustment.plenty of power.to bad it jams so much using sheathing nails.I have owned the gun for over a year, sent it back to the manufacture because of jamming problems and they installed a new magazine. didn't help,recoil causes back nail strip to jam on front strip and won't let nails feed properly.some brands of nails work better than others, but still very frustrating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bostitch N88RH-1 Round Head Framing Nailer
    This is the third framing nailer I have owned and the best. Its high power and light weight make it a pleasure to use. The push button depth control for setting nails is great and there are no tools or line pressure adjustments needed. It set the nails from flush to deeply buried - even in some very hard old pine I tested it on. Mine came with both the sequential trip and contact triggers. I like the sequential trip trigger as it allows for more accurate nail placement without the risk of double firing. Bostitch says it takes only 21 degree nails, however my local supplier only had 20 degree nails and they worked perfectly. I would highly recommend this nail gun.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT FRAMING TOOL
    THIS IS AN EXCELLENT FRAMING TOOL I HAVE OWNED A FEW OTHERS AND THIS ONE OUT DRIVES,WEIGHS LESS, AND WAS COMPETITIVELY PRICED.
    (ALTHOUGH I BOUT MINE FOR LESS THAN YOUR PRICE AT MY LOCAL LUMBER YARD} GO BOSTITCH!!!!!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this one !!!!
    I've been a pro for 25 years and have used many framing nailers and this is the best I have ever used/owned. Read the recent "Fine Home Builders (Taunten Press)" review on this gun, it hit the top of the list along with the Max.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Framing Gun!
    Built half of my garage framing with this gun so far. Used nails available at Home Depot. 31/4"... No jams. The compressor was set for about 90 psi and had 75 feet of hose. No tools needed to use this gun, the depth setting is easily changed. When set for max. the nails went just below the surface; set for min. the head was about 1/2 inch above the surface, useful for temporary bracing etc.
    Why would anyone want the palm nail thing? Might as well use a hammer. But with this gun you only need a hammer for pulling nails. I could not rate it less than 5 stars.
    Also, read the reviews on the older models and you'll see they last a long time. ... Read more


    3. Bostitch N80CB-1 Industrial Coil Framing Nailer
    list price: $269.00
    our price: $219.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000649EO
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley
    Sales Rank: 3615
    Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The only bad thing we can think of to say about this hard-working nailer is that you'll be hard at work too, instead of stopping to reload every few minutes. The coil holds up to 300 nails, depending on size, and loads in a jiffy. There are lots of good things to say. It's lightweight, well-balanced, ruggedly made, comfortable in hand because of the rubber grip, and has a nice toothy toenailing head to prevent slips. A clever thing Bostitch did is allow the user to shoot the exhaust in any direction. Its tidy design lets you get in where stick nailers dare not go. Another thing we like is that it's not as pricey as others in its class, and frankly, we think it's just as good if not better. --Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • 880 in./lbs. of driving power
    • Aluminum housing for durability
    • Coil magazine offers plenty of capacity
    • Adjustable exhaust deflector

    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This one will bring you home
    I've used this nailer on several framing projects and have not been disapointed. It's compact design allows easy access to most tight places. Coil load averages about 300 nails so I spend more time shooting than loading. Loading is easy and rarely have had a jam. It's a little heavier due to the coil load but the advantages out weigh the weight. Can be set up for contact nailing which speeds things along. Nailer has crowned head that can grab wood for toe nailing. At 100 psi this nailer drives the nails with about 1/8" countersink. You can find coils at most hardware retailers. Nails are reasonable priced. Great product. Reliable and durable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great nail gun
    Pros:
    + I've never had a jam with this gun.
    + The coil feed is great, you almost never have to load and you don't have to carry around extra nails like you do with a stick feed.
    + The weight isn't a problem at all, I don't even notice it with a full coil of nails. It doesn't seem any heavier than my PC Finish Nailer.

    Note:
    When I first got this gun I had a lot of double and triple shots but I solved that when I replaced the trigger with the much safer and easier to use sequential trigger -- included and easy to install. I highly recommend replacing the trigger... don't know why it comes with the bump trigger installed by default.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Review for the Framing Nailer Novice
    [Summary: Some effort to get started, but this nailer works well.]

    Let's start with what you're not going to get:
    - no 1/4" NPT air plug (required)
    - no Teflon tape for the plug (required)
    - no lubricating oil (required)
    - no nails (required)
    - no air filter (recommended)
    - no case or bag (nice to have)
    - no depth of drive adjustment (nice to have)

    With this, my first framing nailer, I scratched my head a few times getting the tool ready to use. It wasn't immediately obvious where the air hose connected; there's a recessed red plastic cap at the end of the handle, and an arrow pointing to it labeled "OIL". Pry this cap out with your fingernails, buy a 1/4" male NPT plug (to fit your air hose connector) and some Teflon tape, and screw the plug into the end of the nailer.

    The N80CB comes equipped with a black contact trip trigger. A contact trigger will fire every time the safety shoe around the business end of the tool is depressed as long as the trigger is down. The loaded nailer is over 10 pounds so its weight tends to drop it down onto the nailing surface right after the recoil bumps it up -- frequently leading to two or three nails driven. I decided I'd prefer the silver-gray sequential trip trigger, included in a plastic bag. You need a hammer and the included punch to drive out the trigger pivot pin, and to drive the pin back when you install the other trigger. The trigger moves back with no pressure when installed; you'll feel very slight trigger resistance, however, when the safety shoe is depressed.

    The nail loading procedure is made needlessly mysterious by the tiny drawings (.8 square inches each) illustrating the first four steps of the operation. If a normal picture is worth a thousand words, these are worth maybe 42. So I'll add a few more to help.

    Position the tool with the firing end at the lower left, with the "!WARNING:" label on the cyclindrical nail can oriented for reading. The loading latch is midway between this label and the business (firing) axis of the tool. There's a flat fingertip-sized metal shelf at the top of the latch. Press this down (that is, in the direction the nails fire) and swing the loading door open toward you and to the left.

    Grab the plastic part that has the "!WARNING:" label, and swing the top cover of the nail can open toward you and to the right.

    There's a buckle clamp holding the bottom of the nail can in place. Using your right hand reach below the hinge of the top cover and follow the curve of the lower can around toward its far side. Your index finger will be on the buckle latch lever. Pull the lever toward you until the latch springs open, then move the near part of the buckle clamp off the ridge at the right side of the lower can. Get a couple of fingers behind this clamping ridge and pull toward you. The bottom section of the can will pop out of the grooves it's nested into on the fixed side of the can.

    Reinsert the bottom section of the can so that the far side rectangular cutout ("window") underlines the correct nail length embossed in the black plastic of the fixed side of the can. Mark this position some way other than by using the measurement cutout (I used a felt-tip pen until I got used to the sizes) as you won't be able to see the markings when the can is full of nails. Remove the can again and fill it with nails. With the B & C Eagle nails at 3-1/4" I had to unwind the full 200 nail coil and rewind it to fit smoothly around the spindle. (If you have to re-coil your nails make sure the 15 degree slant puts the point forward of the head as the nail coil exits the can.) Reinsert the can at the appropriate position and reattach the buckle clamp.

    Pull enough of the coil from the can to get the lead nail into the business axis of the gun, and the nail immediately behind it between the teeth of the feed pawl. Make sure the nail heads are all in the feed groove provided for them. Swing the top cover of the nail can closed from the right, and the loading door closed from the left. Push firmly until the door locks into place.

    With your new 1/4" NPT plug in place on the nailer, attach it to your air hose's quick connector. Now you're ready to get to work!

    How does the N80CB work? Very well! After using my gentle finish nailer I admit I was surprised to see sparks fly each time one of the heavy framing nails was hammered home. My only difficulty: finding a local source of nails in Silicon Valley. Luckily the B & C Eagle nails available from Amazon worked like a champ (after recoiling). No jams; no problems at all.

    The N80CB does not come with a depth of drive adjustment. There's a fairly expensive add-on unit you can buy. You can also get an approximation of drive depth adjustment by fiddling with the air pressure within the 70-100 PSI range. Based on only framing with 2-1/2" and 3-1/4" nails, you should set the pressure based on the nail size (100 PSI for the bigger nails) and leave it alone.

    Finally, I found the packaging pretty meager. This is a bulky, heavy tool, and the packaging is just a box containing a cardboard sheet with cutouts designed to cradle the nailer. My unit ended up ripping the cardboard cutout sheet as its weight was thrown about by the UPS shippers. Luckily the tool itself was rugged enough to survive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Coil Framing Nailer!
    I recently purchased this Bostitch coil framing nailer. It is the best nailer i have ever used. It has very little recoil, but yet a great amount of power. Some people are sceptical on buying the coil nailers because of weight issues and jamming issues, but i have had NO jams and the weight is about the same as a loaded stick nailer, even when the coil nailer has a full coil of nails. I have a Bostitch stick framing nailer also, which i am very pleased with as well. I also own an assortment of various types of finish nailers also made by Bostitch. I am very pleased with all of them. For many reasons especially the ease of using Bostitch fastners because every store I visit has bostitch nails. Overall i am extremely pleased with this coil framing nailer, and any Bostitch product for that matter. I would strongly recomend it to anyone looking for a good nailer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More nailing, less reloading
    I bought this nailer to speed the building of a 12x16 shed by myself. It paid for itself on that project alone and worth every cent.

    Pros:
    1. More nailing, less reloading(like I said).
    2. Great size for tight spaces.
    3. Great balance even fully loaded.
    4. Plently of power.
    5. TOUGH, dropped on a six foot ladder, picked it up and got back to work without pause.

    Cons:
    1. Can only toenail from left side in REALLY tight spaces due to the feed mechanism on right side(not that big an issue).
    2. Not the best gun for rapid nail switchs, so if you have to switch often between 12D and 8D ring for small jobs it can be a pain. ... Read more


    4. Bostitch Coil N66C-1 Siding and Fencing Nailer
    list price: $399.00
    our price: $313.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006FKI5G
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley
    Sales Rank: 5396
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    Product Description

    New light-weight magnesium coil siding nailer. Drives both wire weld and plastic collated coil nails from 1-1/4" to 2-1/2" with 500 in/lbs of driving power. Tool free depth adjustment and directional exhaust. Includes case. ... Read more

    Features

    • Tool free depth adjustment and directional exhaust
    • Strong and lightweight magnesium housing
    • Weighs 0nly 4.4 Lbs
    • Drives both wire weld and plastic collated coil nails from 1-1/4" to 2-1/2"
    • 500 in lbs of driving power

    5. Bostitch MFN200 Manual Flooring Nailer
    list price: $500.00
    our price: $249.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005NMTA
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Bostitch
    Sales Rank: 4639
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Comes with a white faced rubber mallet
    • Lightweight and easy-to-use
    • Drives L-shaped cleats with a single blow operation
    • Rubber bumpers protect against marring pre-finished flooring
    • Wide foot design for greater stability

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Tool for the Money
    I had the opportunity to use both this tool and the Porta Nailer manual floor nailer during a recent job. Both tools were new, both were solidly constructed and of good quality. The Bostich proved far superior to the Porta Nailer due primarily to the ratcheting feature on the Porta Nailer. This does not fuction well and is a poor design. The Porta nailer would leave cleats half driven or fail to release the cleat from the nailer after the cleat was fully driven. On the Porta Nailer side of the job we spent alot of time on our knees with a nail set trying to set cleats. We were forced to pull up a few planks becasue the cleats could not be set or removed. Eventually it was faster to just use the Bostich than waste man hours with the Porta Nailer. POSTSCRIPT _ It's a great value for the money - over ten big jobs without a hitch.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Extreme do-it-yourselfer
    I bought this based on reviews at amazon.com. Overall, I really like the nailer. It takes a little getting used to and you have to hit the striking button very square. I also like that it drives slightly bowed planks firmly into place which eliminates the need for clamping. The biggest problem I've had is finding nails. Amazon.com is the only place I've been able to purchase them. None of the big hardware superstores in my area carry them (4 different companies), nor any of the lumber yards, hardware stores, etc.. So, Plan ahead and buy plenty of nails online and don't wait until the last minute to restock. I'm in the middle of putting down over 2000 square feet of 3/4 inch hardwood and am very please with this tool's performance. If I had to do it all over again, I'd still buy this nailer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Manual Flooring Nailer
    This is the first time I have put down tongue and groove hardwood flooring. I did a quick search on the internet and found this nailer for a decent price. I coulnd't afford the pnuematic ones because of cost plus I don't own an air compressor. First overal impression was its sturdy construction, it's very well built. This should last me for years if I ever decide to lay hardwood floors again or if my friends need to borrow it. The mallet that is included is very robust and the weight and balance allows you to impart a nice blow to set the cleat. I have had a few times where I didn't give it a hard enough blow and I didn't set the cleat all the way down. This is the main complaint of this tool I found on the internet and some people prefer the ratcheting manual nailers. But, the complaint of the racheting manual nailers was it would jam if you tried to set the last cleat. The Bostitch has set every single cleat every single time. Hasn't jammed once. So, if I didn't set the cleat all the way on the first blow, I just grabbed my pliers and twisted the cleats head off. Didn't even try pulling it out. The head would fatigue right off at the wood level and I would set another cleat right next to it. So I guess for me, take your pick, take time to fatigue off the cleats unseated head or take time trying to unjam a nailer. In my opinion, a nailer shouldn't have problems with jamming and tools tend to get broken when this happens. Once getting used to the amount of force required to set the cleat, I pretty much set them every single time now. The flooring I've used is pre-finished and I haven't had any problems with marring of the finish from this tool. Also, with the heavy mallet, I can really get the wood up tight to the previous line. If I did do this for a living, I could tell that it would start to stress my wrists and tendons, hence thats the main advantage of the pnuematic nailers. But for the price, I'm quite pleased. I'm really impressed with the results of my floor. Hope this helps

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Flooring Nailer
    I purchased this nailer as an "experiment" from a local hardware store that had it on clearance. I had previously checked for reviews here and found none, so I had no idea what kind of nailer it would be. My only base of reference was experience with a Porto-Nails 401P that I used on several occaisions (borrowed from another guy on the crew). I was not especially pleased with the performance of the 401P, so I had decided I would not buy one for myself, and, at this time, a pneumatic nailer was out of the question because of their prices. So the MFN200 seemed like a decent compromise. Upon initial inspection, I was impressed with the all metal construction and the feel of the nailer, it looks and feels like a tool that has the durability and construction to stand the test of time in the field (something that I did not feel with the 401P). First use has been an absolute joy! It drives the L-shaped cleates smoothly and positively with one hit (it doesn't have the ratcheting mechanism like the 401P). Some like the ratcheting of the 401P, but I have found that the lack of this feature on the MFN200 doesn't bother me a bit, even in odd positions for striking the tool. And my output has increased as well. Comparing the L-shaped cleats of the MFN200 and the T-shaped cleats of the 401P, both are serrated so in my own estimation, the difference in holding power will be insignificant. My biggest satisfaction has been that the MFN200 will drive every cleat in the magazine until it's empty. The 401P I have used was never able to do this. The one negative comment I do have is that it does not have the variety of different shoes available like the 401P (I haven't checked with Bostitch, though. Just this site). Overall, this is a great nailer if you can strike the tool solidly using either arm. In my estimation, it is far superior to the 401P and anyone on a budget will appreciate the price compared to a pneumatic nailer. Spend the few extra dollars and own a tool you will be satisfied with. ... Read more


    6. Stanley 77-260 IntelliLaser Pro Laser Line Level/Stud Finder
    list price: $69.99
    our price: $47.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001VO1SU
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley
    Sales Rank: 34
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    Features

    • Requires 9V battery, not included
    • 180-degree pivoting laser plane with level and plumb vials + 45 degree locking detents
    • Two self-containing hang pins to mount unit to work surface
    • Thumb dial adjustable feet for leveling and laser adjustment
    • 20 foot laser line projection with 90 degree squaring

    7. Stanley 33-725 25' Fat Max Tape Measure
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $19.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00002PV66
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley
    Sales Rank: 142
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Rubber nonslip grip
    • 1-1/4-inch easy-to-read blade
    • 11-foot tape standout
    • Mylar-coated blade
    • Rugged, durable casing

    Reviews (19)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Long standout makes this tape "stand out" from the crowd
    Absolutely a must have for do-it-yourselfers. Getting critical measurements by yourself can be a chore if you need to reach a long way. I recently did some remodeling in my kitchen, and this fat baby was indespensible. The top hook feature was a great addition as well. I was able to reach out much further than with any other tape I have used before. As an added bonus, the rugged construction of the fat max holds up to the most severe jobsite abuse. I've had mine since they first hit the stores around October of last year, and it has held up just fine through every rainy day, early morning concrete pour, and sling-the-tape-against-a-concrete-wall temper tantrum. (Nobody's perfect) One small drawback: the 1-1/4" width creates quite a curvature from the top to the bottom of the tape, making short measurements a bit of a trick. You have to take care to hold the tape at an angle so as to put either the top or the bottom of the tape flat against the work surface. This is a minor consideration though, and doesn't detract from it's overall function or usefulness.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for the serious user
    The Fat Max 25' Tape not only reaches a good distance, it has a great feel and well balanced. I've been buying the same Stanley 25' Tape for the last 12 years, trying others and not liking them. This one beats them all. I've also had alot of positive feedback from co-workers borrowing it. I didn't think I would find one, but it's my new favorite tape measure.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for the professional
    The Fat Max 25' Tape not only reaches a good distance, it has a great feel and well balanced. I've been buying the same Stanley 25' Tape for the last 12 years, trying others and not liking them. This one beats them all. I've also had alot of positive feedback from co-workers borrowing it. I didn't think I would find one, but it's my new favorite tape measure.

    5-0 out of 5 stars As almost everyone said, the best...but
    Not to belabor the point, but the tape is great! If you are looking for a tape with a great standout, (11 feet I think is a bit of an exageration, maybe up on Mt. Everest where the air doesn't weigh as much) easy to read tape, and good heft in your hand then this is it.

    Here comes the but... if you are going to be measuring things where 1/16th of an inch makes a difference, the wide tape that's easy to read makes it tough to get it perfect.

    So here is the recommendation, if you are only getting one, and you are only doing framing, sheetrock, rough measuring you've got your man. If you are going to be doing finish work, trim, etc spend a little less and get the Stanely 33-599 25' contractor grade tape. Easier to get the last nit measured.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This tape takes top honors.
    This tape is just the right feel in your hand and its wide blade makes it a winner. Once you buy one, you'll never go back to the flimsy little ten dollar tapes of the past. I am a carpenter and even at 25 bucks per tape which i payed when they were introduced I still think they are worth every single penny.
    A+ tape measure, couldnt ask for more, dont know what some of the lesser reviews were about- i'm a builder and give it two thumbs sky high. I also noticed this tape took top honors in fine homebuilding magazine. ... Read more


    8. Bostitch SB150SLBC-1 Cap Stapler Kit
    list price: $289.99
    our price: $229.99
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    Asin: B0002AJNU6
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley Bostitch
    Sales Rank: 4676
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    Amazon.com

    A strong blast of wind can set you back to square one if you've just spent the past few hours wrapping new construction or a house about to be sided. You know that the holding area of a staple isn't great, but a 1-inch-diameter plastic cap on the staple gives it superior holding power. Bostitch's cap stapler fires 18-gauge cap staples into tar paper, felt paper and foam insulation sheets like nobody's business, keeping the wrap right where you put it. Depth of drive adjustments are tool-free, a nice feature when you're 30 feet above the ground. It's surprisingly light, it loads like a dream and lacks nothing in the power department. This is one of those tools that only does one thing, but boy, does it do it well.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

    Features

    • Tool-free adjustable exhaust port
    • Stapler drives 3/4" to 1-1/2" Staples with Caps
    • Lightweight, dureable aluminum housing weighs only 4.7 lbs
    • Used for installing: Tyvek, tar-paper, foam-board insulation
    • Adjustable depth-of-drive dial

    9. Bostitch PN100K Industrial High Speed Impact Nailer Kit
    list price: $168.00
    our price: $94.99
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    Asin: B00005JRLS
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Bostitch
    Sales Rank: 3551
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Hardened steel nose piece
    • Rugged portable designed for performance
    • Magnetic nose piece to hold nail in place
    • Includes: Leather glove, two hardened nose pieces, oil, O-rings, and service tools
    • Convenient carrying case

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Nailer!
    I have just begun a 2000 sq. ft. addition on my home. This nailer is the perfect tool for nailing all the joist hangers. I have a lot of engineered lumber in my design and trying to drive a nail by hand into a microlam beam is very difficult. I have framing nailers but they are too big to get in between the rafters at times.

    The tool has a good feel and weight. Very comfortable. I drove over 200 nails the first day I used it and it never malfuctioned once. The glove keeps the tool where it needs to be and there is very limited recoil so it doesn't bother your hand at all.

    I would recomend this nailer to anyone who does even the smallest amount of construction or home inprovement. In fact I have a second one on order for a Christmas gift for my 68 year old father who fell in love with it the first time he used it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pneumatic Palm Nailer
    I recently retired and have undertaken a project to build a woodworking shop-garage. Swinging a hammer has become a very tiresome chore, and I was considering the purchase of a framing nailer. Upon reviewing information from various manufacturers, I realized that a framing nailer is a very specialized tool.
    However, I happened to run across information about palm nailers. In reviewing the information provided by Amazon, I read that a palm nailer can be used for nailing any size nail and in many different applications. I could see where this would be a more useful tool than a framing nailer. I purchased the Bostitch PN100 kit, and immediately started using it with 16d nails in framing my new shop. I then used 10d nails in decking the roof. All I can say is this nailer is wonderful!! It drives nails quickly, at any angle, and in a limited amount of space. You do have to be careful to make sure that the alignment of the nail with the nailer is correct; if not, bent nails will result. However, with just a little practice, nailing becomes an effortless operation. I would recommend this as a general purpose nailer to anyone. I might also add that I own a brad nailer and a roofing nailer made by Porter Cable, and a 1/4 inch crown stapler, and the Bostitch nailer works as well as any of them. ... Read more


    10. Stanley 89-803 62 Piece Professional Grade Mechanics Tool Set
    list price: $71.99
    our price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0000VUNVA
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley
    Sales Rank: 1275
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    Features

    • Tools meet or exceed both ANSI and DIN standards and jhave a Limited Lifetime Warranty
    • Maxi-Drive™ feature allows for 15% more torque
    • Double nickel chrome plating for corrosion resistance
    • Set includes high-torque pear head ratchets with quick-release button and full-polish handle as well as long shank wrenches for more torque transfer capacity
    • Easy latch case holds all tools securely in place during transport and set comes fully assembled รป ready to use

    11. Bostitch SB-2IN1 Brad Nailer / Finish Stapler Combo Tool

    our price: $99.99
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    Asin: B00005JRLV
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Bostitch
    Sales Rank: 1188
    Average Customer Review: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Tool free directional exhaust
    • Drives finish staples and brads
    • Includes: Carry case, brads, staples, and oil
    • Dial-A-Depth fastener depth control
    • Rubber comfort handle grip

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars SB-2IN1 GREAT TOOL
    I have used this tool to build cabinets, my latest job a complete kitchen (made of hickory) using the hardest wood known to man, and it drives great using 120 PSI. The tool has not blown seals or given me any problems. The key to success is maintenance. There are always a few bad apples in the basket, this must be what these other folks are talking about. The only place that you see tool marks are in crown molding that fills very easy and invisible unless I point them out. Too bad there's not 6 stars that I can give.

    4-0 out of 5 stars It works fine for me and saves space and money.
    This tool does leave an indentation the size of a staple when you drive brads but I'm not that picky when I'm asking a tool to do double duty. If I was doing fine cabinetry and driving brads where they would be highly visible I would buy a brad nailer. I haven't had any problems and have loved using it. As for the other reviews about not going into pine I would say they should buy a real air compressor or at least turn up the pressure-it will go as deep as I want them to.

    1-0 out of 5 stars SAVE YOUR MONEY!
    I have used brad nailers in the past and have never had the problems that I have had with the Bostitch 2 in 1. I have used it 3 times since I have had it and have had nothing but headaches. I thought it was great because you are getting two tools for the price of one. Guess what, you get what you pay for. I can't even get this gun to sink a brad into pine, and if it does it usually leaves a mark. So bottom line, save yourself the aggravation that I am going through ...

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not a woodworkers tool is right !!!
    I strongly agree with reviewer,Jonathan Ness about this product. I purchased the Stanley SB2IN1 because it could shoot both brads and staples, giving me the versatility and saving me the cost of two tools. When I put the compressor at max pressure (100PSI) it wouldn't countersink nails or staples even in pine. If you could get it to countersink a brad, the footprint is the size of a staple. Leaving an ugly mark on your project that require additional finishing. I contacted Stanley Bostitch and they told me that they knew of this problem and to get it to countresink, increase the pressure to 120 PSI (however I think the seals will wear out much faster).This is fine for staples but still leaves the ugly mark when using brads.They also told me that this is the problem with a combination tool. If I could return this tool I would...I will use this tool for stapling only and purchase a Porter Cable Brad Nailer, also the brads are much easier to find for the Porter Cable than the Stanley Bostitch....

    4-0 out of 5 stars Shipping whoes
    I am very satisfied with the product, however, I am very dissatisfied with the shipping. I ordered this product on December 3 and paid $$ for UPS shipment. It did not ship until December 16 and still awaiting arival. It was supposed to be a Christmas present!! NOT RELIABLE!! ... Read more


    12. Bostitch 650S4 Industrial Jam-Free Construction Stapler
    list price: $640.00
    our price: $389.99
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    Asin: B00005QWYK
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Bostitch
    Sales Rank: 3491
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    Features

    • Solid steel, multi-directional exhaust cap
    • Increased power for better driving of staples into hardwood applications
    • Jam-Free magazine
    • Molded rubber comfort grip designed to last longer
    • Longer, narrower nose for increased visibility and ease in stapling corner blocks

    13. Stanley 33-735 35' x 1-1/4" FatMax Tape Rule
    list price: $47.98
    our price: $28.99
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    Asin: B0000950PK
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley
    Sales Rank: 2672
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    Features

    • FatMax Tape Rule with Blade Armor coating has a 35' x 1-1/4" blade
    • Blade Armor coating is a patented industrial thermoplastic coating
    • 1-1/4" wide blade (25% wider) with 11' of standout for extra and easy to read graphics
    • Top forward blade lock makes it easier to lock and unlock the blade

    14. Bostitch FN16250K-2 16-Gauge Magnesium Straight Finish Nailer
    list price: $189.00
    our price: $179.99
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    Asin: B0006IUKBK
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley Bostitch
    Sales Rank: 9541
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    Features

    • Rear exhaust port
    • Nailer drives 1-1/4" to 2-1/2" 16 ga. finish nails
    • Complete magnesium construction for ultimate strenght & extremely light-weight
    • Use for: all trim/finish applications, cabinets, wood-working, staircases, arts & crafts, etc.
    • Adjustable depth-of-drive dial

    15. Stanley 33-730 FatMax 30' Tape Rule
    list price: $37.49
    our price: $24.99
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    Asin: B000051WTB
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley
    Sales Rank: 3228
    Average Customer Review: 3.27 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Massive new bumper designed for increased hook life.
    • 1-1/4" wide blade (25% wider) for more durability, easier to read graphics, stronger stiffer blade during use.
    • 11 foot of blade stand out, the longest in the industry.
    • Dual material ergonomic case. Small comfort grip, smaller than most 25' tapes.
    • Exclusive cushion grip built into the case for comfortable non-slip grip and impact resistance.

    Reviews (11)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have one of these
    I like the Fat Max 25. I like the Fat Max 30 even more. And why not ? There's more to like. Either way you have the beefiest tape on the market. No other tape even comes close to the rigidity of these bad boys. I love standing in the middle of a room and being able to measure from wall to wall without laying it on the floor or getting assistance from somebody else. I love being on a ladder mesuring fascia boards from a point 10 feet+ away and my tape doesn't crack. It works better in the wind. It allows measuring higher above than ever before. It positively will win any tape fight anywhere any time. If you wear it on your pocket , just beware of carpenters crack! These little beauties are pretty heavy.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Replacement Blades for Fat Max Tapes
    I really liked the Fat Max 30' tape. However, Stanley does not make replacement blades for it. My Fat Max is a little less than a year old and has developed a hole at about the 11 foot point. Because no replacement blades are available, the cost for replacing it with a new one is too high. Too bad Stanley doesn't stand behind the fat max with replacement blades like they do with some of their other less sturdy tapes.

    1-0 out of 5 stars claims
    My new stanley fatmax is advertised to stand out to 11 feet.
    Ha HA mine may make it to 9 feet 6 inches.and Stanley won't even respond to my e-mails.
    Is this the way to treat a long time custmor? I think not

    3-0 out of 5 stars Now.......my secondary tape
    I've gone thru three in one year. I'm a builder so that is slightly above average for my use. But I do keep buying them. My major gripe is that none of them really stay hooked very well when moving. Also they will slice through your finger in a flash if you're used to finger braking.(too fast retract) It is also tempermental in retracting if used past 15ft. I've seen 'em live & die from second floor to concrete. BUT....it does have a fantastic standout. Good, but buy it on sale.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great tape!
    This is a wonderful tape measure that will really take abuse. I love the 11' stand out. I agree with the point that others have made that the return and be a bit fast, I've gotten small cuts and bruises or blood blisters on my pointer finger a few times when I've gotten it pinched and it returns. But I've learned to keep it from returing so fast (just tip it so the blade is aimed down as it get to the last few feet). It isn't a cheap tape, but then again it isn't built like one either . . . .

    {edit}My tape cracked, so I'm going to have to replace it, but there is no doubt I'm going to get another FatMax!{/edit} ... Read more


    16. Stanley GR100 Glue-Pro Contractor Grade Glue Gun
    list price: $43.46
    our price: $36.99
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    Asin: B0000223U7
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley
    Sales Rank: 3101
    Average Customer Review: 2.43 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • 2-nozzles, 18 additional glue sticks
    • Industrial performance
    • Auto safety shutoff
    • Dual heater for high capacity
    • Temperature control

    Reviews (7)

    1-0 out of 5 stars DOES NOT WORK!
    This heavy hot-melt glue-gun user was thrilled when she opened her new Stanley GR-100 christmas gift anticipating it would vastly improve her speed and gluing finesse; alas, the trigger on it is a great deal tougher to pull than my .38 (no mean feat - perhaps manufacturer wants you to carefully reflect upon the consequences of wanton gluing . . . )!!!! rendering it impossible for me to use at all! Gifter purchased it from off-beaten-track store and we never had time to exchange or get $$$ back for - save yourself a lousy experience and buy something else from someone easy to return to (as is in my experience Amazon[.com]).

    1-0 out of 5 stars READY SET DON'T GO
    GREAT GUN WITH ONE BIG PROBLEM - LIKE MOST GLUE GUNS IT TAKES FOREVER TO HEAT UP TO WORKING TEMP. BUT UNLIKE MOST GUNS THIS ONE HAS A UNUSED TIME SAFETY SHUTOFF FEATURE. SOOOO - IF YOU DON'T GET BACK TO YOU R GUN FAST ENOUGH YOU HAVE TO START THE PROCESS ALL OVER AGAIN.

    3-0 out of 5 stars TOO SPENDY
    The first one of these I had the trigger broke.I exchanged it for another, so far so good.This gun is well made and I was sure glad to see a heavy duty glue gun atlast.And hats off to stanley for such a cool looking tool.It is comfortable in the hand and clearly well designed.But the price well...... It's just too much.I've heard the trigger malfunction is a common problem. Maybe stanley has worked that bug out.I havent had any problems with my replacement gun.This baby sure puts out the glue volume and heats up real quick. The dual temp is a nice feature also. the auto shut off takes some getting used to but it will extend the life of the gun.I do recommend this tool to anyone who needs mass amounts of glue in one shot,otherwise shop around you may find something more suitable and less pricey

    3-0 out of 5 stars No problems, No issues, little pricey
    This is a fine glue gun. Acurate and very useful. The saftey feature can be a little frustrating if you don't plan ahead and layout your work before starting. (no real problem, but unexpected)

    I'm happy with everything but the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Contractor Grade" Misleading
    While the words "Contractor Grade" are misleading, this glue gun is "Top of the Line" for the serious hobbiest, although not intended for the Home Building Industry. Keeping in mind that this gun shuts off in approximately 15 minutes after trigger activation, I had no problems with trigger malfunctioning. Forcing trigger on cold glue stick, will cause problems with most all guns. My wife and I have used this gun, everyday for the past week and it has performed flawlessly. We

    highly recommend it for the serious and skilled hobbiest. The extra extended tips and dual heat ranges are extremely handy and useful. ... Read more


    17. Stanley 33-430 30' Powerlock Tape Rule
    list price: $28.99
    our price: $17.99
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    Asin: B00002X2GS
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley
    Sales Rank: 12553
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Protected with Mylar to reduce friction
    • Heat treated spring
    • Handy write-on label
    • Easy-to read numerals

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stop borrowing your dad's
    and just buy one already. I got sick of running to my parents' garage or my landlord's shed to fetch a tape rule for any job a yard stick couldn't handle.

    This was the best buy for quality and price. I am quite destructive with tools, and yet, have not managed to damage this one so far (1 yr of frequent use). The tape is also very easy to use -- just this weekend I was measuring my apartment rooms by myself and marveled at how manageable the tape is, even when controlled by one person from across the room. The cheaper brands I've owned have been far too flimsy to do so at all.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Guess I've Just Plain Grown Used to Stanley Tape Measures
    I really don't consider myself an old time construction man yet... But I have been using Stanley 30' Tapes for 26 years now. Nothin else feels right. Even when Stanley came up with bigger and better, the Powerlock 30' is what I buy and will continue to buy, for a good piece of time to come. The only reason I gave this tool just 4 Stars is that I can beat tools up pretty bad and they just CAN'T last forever. Stanley will give ya a good run for your money though. ... Read more


    18. Stanley 33-425 Powerlock Tape Rule 25' x 1" Blade
    list price: $24.00
    our price: $12.95
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    Asin: B00002X2GQ
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley
    Sales Rank: 5297
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Belt clip fastened on back of case
    • Mylar coated blade for added durability
    • Heat treated spring for longer life
    • Positive blade lock will not creep while taking measurements
    • Graduated in 16ths of an inch

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stanley is the best!
    I have been using Stanley products for years. Very dependable,long lasting and very useful around the house. I would never use anything but Stanley!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Stanley's Tape Measure
    Stanley's is a name that I know to be of good quality. I have used mine for years and has held up exceptionally well, however it is time to replace it. I live in the southeast and it is starting to rust.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great product
    I real into working around the house and this too is great! Light weight and durable. I bought two of them. ... Read more


    19. Stanley 12-920 Contractor Grade Block Plane
    list price: $54.58
    our price: $35.95
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    Asin: B0000223QY
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley
    Sales Rank: 761
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Lifetime warranty
    • 6-inch length
    • 1-5/8-inch cutter width
    • Fully adjustable cutter
    • Mouth adjustment

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars stanley tools
    Stanley tools will always be held in high regard.If you look after this equipment it give good service for years.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Solid tool with a few rough edges
    This is a solidly built block plane that will give you years of service once you spend a little time and tune it up right. Nearly every plane made requires some fine adjustment out of the box so that should not be considered a negative when purchasing this item.

    The cap iron may need a little lapping at the front bottom to fit smoothly against the plane iron. The blade comes with a serviceable factory edge but I honed mine nonetheless. Check the blade for flatness and lap the back if necessary. The bottom of the plane should be checked for flat and the sides for square before you commit to using this on your finer projects.

    Again, most planes need this kind of tuneup as they come out of the box. The only fault I have with this plane is that the rear adjustment screw has a bit too much free play (a sixteenth of an inch) between the adjustment screw collar and the blade adjustment. I fixed that by disassembling the mechanism and fitting a brass shim around it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Plane insane if you don't have one!
    I held off buying a plane for a long time. How foolish! This little plane has saved me lots of sandpaper, and it's really fun to use. I shaved the high spots off of some old drawers that I had to install some slides on, and took some layers of paint off the edges of some old cabinet doors. The old paint was really tough to get off the bottom of the plane, since I didn't have any solvent. I finally tried spraying a little carburetor cleaner on it and it came off pretty easily.

    If you haven't used a plane before, this is a good one to start with. It takes a bit of practice to adjust it properly, but it's easy to tell when you get it right.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A nice tool once you get it tuned up
    I purchased one of these planes a few weeks ago. I was impressed by the smoothness of the moving mechanisms, and the sole appears to be of good quality. The cutting iron was not flat but I guess this is typical. It took some work to get it flat. I don't have a diamond sharpening stone so I was using sandpaper - pretty slow because I didn't want to use a heavy grit to get it down. Using various grades of wet/dry sandpaper I was able to get it nice and sharp. The sole was pretty flat, but it was cupped in the middle just a bit. I lapped it flat as well. While not as critical as other components, the cap iron left much to be desired. I was not at all pleased with the quality here. The edge that meets the cutting iron was not straight. It was all lumpy. I thought maybe it was just thick excess paint, but when I ground it flat with some rough sandpaper I had to go through the paint to the bare metal. It was a terrible casting. It wasn't too hard to make it flat, but I had to take off quite a bit of material before I had solid metal from edge to edge - it was that bad. You might want to open the box and inspect the plane before buying it. It is unbelievable that a so-called quality tool would have such a defect. Having said that, I must say that overall I am pleased with the tool. I knew it was going to take some tuning to make it worth using. It does a great job now. Very handy to have around. Don't expect it to perform well right out of the box.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good buy
    Stanley has been making planes for a long time. They do know what they are doing. I have a few of these around for general purpose work . I also have some Lie Nielsons and I love them but I keep them safe and out of reach of others'. I don't care who uses the Stanleys. I know if they get ruined , I'm not out much. With a little tuning a stanley will do a respectable job. Lap the sole and the iron ,put a good bevel on it and it will cut aggressively or produce a fine shaving. The adjustable throat is a must for avoiding tearout. I like the low angle version of this plane a little better. It is easier to control .It also makes a finer cut. It won't cut as deep however. To get a better plane you will have to spend at least twice as much so this is not a bad deal. ... Read more


    20. Stanley 12-960 Contractor Grade Low Angle Plane
    list price: $51.89
    our price: $33.95
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    Asin: B0000223QX
    Catlog: Home Improvement
    Manufacturer: Stanley
    Sales Rank: 277
    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Cutter adjusts endwise with knurled screw
    • 6 inches long by 1-3/8-inch cutter width
    • Cutter angle 12 degree/easy to plane edge grain
    • Mouth adjustment for coarse or fine work
    • Finger grips on side

    Reviews (8)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Better than one would expect
    I have had my Stanley low angle block plane for a year now. It is a good plane. It took about one hour to tune up. It is very good for the money. Is it a Bridge City plane? no. However, it is also affordable.

    This would be the first plane for the woodworker using power tools. A number 4 or 5 plane is very useful also.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Plane
    I was very pleasantly surprised when I received this plane. It's solid, well made, and easy to use. The plane needed some tune-up but nothing exceptional. The blade is tempered and keeps an edge for an acceptable period of time. Adjustments are easy - unlike a previous reviewer, I can retract the blade after use without problem.

    All-in-all, an excellent plane for the price.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Modern crap
    This is an example of modern crap!
    It is the most poorly designed machined hand tool I have ever seen with the name Stanley on it.
    The excentric cam (it tightens the blade) on my old stanley low slope broke and I thought I'd replace it (knowing I'd never be able to by the part...through it away and replace, we don't "fix" anything any more) I purchased this item. What junk ! I regret owning this. After much filing I can now actually retract the blade for storage and extend it for use without having to take it apart. The adjusting and tightening mechanisms have been redesigned and function lousey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good tool at a great price
    No matter how many power tools you have in your builder's or cabinetmaker's kit, you need a block plane, and the Stanley delivers 90% of the performance of the high-end tools at a fifth of the cost. I've used mine for heavy duty work, like triming new window casings flush with walls, as well as for delicate trimming in repairing musical instruments.

    The bases of the Stanley tools may not be as perfectly flat as those of the expensive Lie Nelsons, but that's easily rectified in short order with some sandpaper and a sheet of glass. A fine tool at an excellent price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars top of the line
    I'm a carpenter's apprentice and as I purchase tools to add to my collection, I always consult the guys on the job beforehand. This block plane, without a doubt, received their absolute recommendation. It's a great tool to have around, as I learned, for hardwood flooring. When cutting the last few pieces in a field, it is imperitive to have a block plane that is up to snuff and this one is and then some. It's also an invaluable tool for doing basesboard when you need to scribe the 2 by lumber to the floor. This is a tool of professional quality that will be enormously helpful to those who are pros and those who are the regular family handyman or weekend warrior. 5 stars!!! ... Read more


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