Automatic - See Trips
BCS - Actually stands for Bostitch
Calwire Staple; named after a company we bought in the
early 60's that put us in the nailing business. These letters
simply indicate that the fastener is heavy duty.
Bumper - Special rubber like
material that absorbs extra energy from the piston at the
bottom of its stroke. Its purpose is to prevent tool damage
from high pressure.
Breathing Magazine - New staplers
have magazines that breathe. That means they can move back
enough to allow a jammed staple to be expelled. Bottom line...they
Canister - Part of the tool
that holds coils of nails in coil nailers
CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute)
- Measurement of air volume either used by a tool or produced
by the compressor. For compressors it represents the output
if the compressor were perfect (i.e. no friction, etc.) Also
Coating - Special proprietary
polymer coating that acts as a lubricant as the fastener is
driven and then adds extra holding power once driven. Most
heavy duty fasteners are coated for extra holding power.
Coil Nails - Nails that are
collated in a coil, usually by wire or plastic.
Collated - How fasteners are
held together in coils or strips. Mostly either wire, glue,
plastic or tape. We use primarily wire or glue
Contact Trip - See Trips
Contractor Night - Similar
to the Demo Day except this is usually a private, invitation
only affair that is scheduled after hours when the store closes
for the day. Purpose is to demo products and show latest revisions,
accessories, specialty trips, etc.
Crown - Distance from one leg
to another in a staple.
Cylinder - Highly polished
cylinder in which the piston/driver assembly moves up and
Demo Day - Day set aside at
the dealer allowing the Stanley-Bostitch rep a chance to demonstrate
products to contractors or anyone else who shows up. Often
combined with other vendors as well. Refreshments are usually
Dial-A-Depth - Device that
allows the operator to dial the depth to which the fastener
can be driven.
Double Fire - Tools are very
fast and sometimes if not used properly, can be made to drive
two fasteners in rapid sequence so fast that it seems only
one has been driven.
Driver - Internal part of the
tool that drives fastener.
Exhaust - Where the air leaves
the tool during the upstroke of the piston.
Head (nail) - Top part of the
nail that sits on the surface. There are full head, notched
head clipped head and others. We use full round heads on coil
nails and a notched heads on wire collated stick nails
Head Valve - Assembly in the
tool cap that opens when the trigger is pulled, allowing air
to enter the cylinder.
Jam - When a fastener become
wedged or stuck in the nose of the tool. Usually caused by
trying to drive the wrong fastener or by driving one fastener
on top of another.
Laddering - Term used to describe
a situation in which each successive nail stands up a little
more than the previous one. Usually a result of too little
Leg - The part of the staple
that penetrates the wood.
Magazine - Part of tool that
holds fasteners in stick nailers and staplers.
Pawl - Special pusher used
in coil nailers, usually attached to small air piston. It
feeds nails into the nose.
Penny - It is derived from
pence (d), an old term used in England. Referred to the cost
of 100 nails. Today, we use penny in reference to length only.
Piston - Attaches to the driver
that moves up and down to drive nail.
Point - The end of the nail
or staple leg that penetrates the wood. Most common points
are diamond, blunt diamond, chisel, blunt chisel, and divergent
Power - Level Amount of power
designed in each tool. Higher power level, more power.
Pressure - Amount of force
used to push air through system. Measured in PSI or pressure
per square inch.
Pressure Drop - Similar to
voltage drop in electricity. Air is forced through the system
(airflow) by pressure. There is a pressure drop (a drop in
pressure - PSI) in proportion to the length and diameter the
airline. The formula looks like this:
Length of Airline X Velocity of air squared /25000 X Diameter
Pusher - Spring loaded device
that pushes fasteners into place regardless of angle of tool.
Repair Day - Day set aside
at the dealer to perform preventative maintenance on tools.
Contractors are notified in advance to bring tools in. If
they buy one box of fasteners, then they can get the rubber
parts (O rings, bumpers, etc.) at no additional cost. Usually
performed by at least two people: the rep, and either another
Stanley-Bostitch rep or a participating Warranty Repair Center.
SCFM (Standard Cubic Feet Per
Minute) - Air volume actually delivered at the discharge area
of the compressor. Use this to evaluate compressors.
Sequential Trip (See Trips)
Stan-Tech - Product line (sub-brand)
created to sell through tool houses and distributors who sell
to the industrial markets. Stan-Tech is now obsolete.
Stick Nails - Nails that are
collated in strips or “sticks" with either wire
Tacker - Another name for light
duty stapler or brad nailer.
Trigger - Device that when
pulled activates the Head Valve and which starts the cycle.
Trigger Actuated (See Trips)
Trips - Device on nose of
tool that prevents tool from being activated unless it is
in contact with the material.
- Automatic Tool is automatic. Just hold the
trigger and the machine will continue to drive fasteners
at speed set by the operator.
- Contact Trip Won't activate when trigger
is pulled but will activate when trigger is pulled AND tool
is tapped along the surface.
- Sequential Trip Won't activate unless tool
is in contact with the material and the trigger is pulled.
In that sequence. Usually, identified with a -2 or ST in
- Trigger Actuation Tool activates by simply
pulling the trigger. No trip of any kind is on the tool.
This trip is never used on more powerful tools like nailers,
Volume Amount of air that can
go through a tool or system. Similar to airflow, measured
in CFM or cubic feet per minute.