Tool Review: Gearing Up for Summer

Makita’s Coil Roofing Nailer Completes Any Toolbox

by Ali Turner, editorial assistant


We’re going to go out on a limb and say that roofing contractors are gearing up for a busy summer, especially as the stay-at-home orders are lifted across the West and business gets back to normal. The first few months of the year can sometimes be slow, but as soon as the rain and snow subside, homeowners and building owners begin flooding your phones with roof repair jobs. Roofing professionals need to be able to rely on powerful and reliable tools that allow them to get from one job to another quickly and smoothly. Makita┬« has you covered with its 1-3/4″ Roofing Coil Nailer AN4540.

Makita has consistently been providing some of the most reliable and rugged tool solutions for roofing professionals. Over 100 years old, the power tool manufacturer provides a variety of jobsite solutions, including cordless and pneumatic products, fasteners, drills, saw, vacuums, and much more. The company’s line of nailers and drills has always been a favorite of roofing contractors, and the new 1-3/4″ Coil Roofing Nailer has raised the bar once again.

Large carbide inserts on the nose piece allow the tool to provide long-lasting performance on a jobsite. A built-in magnet ensures that each nail is driven effectively, including the last one. Powered by compressed air, this pneumatic tools delivers a consistent, long-lasting runtime.

Coil nailers are an efficient choice for most jobs, since the tool allows users to choose a variety of different nail types, and they can be loaded into the gun rather than carried in a pouch. Makita’s 1-3/4″ Roofing Coil Nailer accepts standard .120 shank diameter coil roofing nails from 3/4″ to 1-3/4″ nails in length. A tool-less depth adjustment is engineered for more precise control and flush nailing. The adjustable canister system is easy to open, allowing for quick reloading.

Our team tested out Makita’s 1-3/4″ Roofing Coil Nailer on a few squares of asphalt shingles, and we were impressed not only by the ease of use, but also the light weight of the tool. At just 5.2 lbs., we were able to install the entire project without stopping. Often, a bulkier tool can cause arm and back fatigue, meaning more frequent stops and a delayed timeline. In addition to its light weight, the ergonomic handle makes it even more user friendly for those long days on the roof. When the tool does need to be laid down, oversized steel wear plates are engineered on the device to reduce abrasion on the tool’s body.

This is the season to reevaluate your toolbox and make sure you have the best products on the market for your upcoming jobs. The last thing you need is to be bogged down with slow, inefficient, and cumbersome roofing tools. This 1-3/4″ Roofing Coil Nailer is lightweight, yet durable, and helps to keep boots on the roof and projects on schedule. Look to Makita for your next upgrade, and trust us, you won’t regret it.

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