We recently learned that Estwing, probably best known for their hammers, is branching out into outdoor knives. That was surprising, but not as much as what we learned next.
Estwing is also now entering the pneumatic nailers market. Their new air tools will be manufactured and distributed in partnership with Prime Global Products, and should be available starting mid July 2016. They’ll be sold by current Estwing retailers, and online at Costco, Home Depot, Amazon, Nail Gun Depot, and CPO.
Estwing will be introducing:
- 2 framing nailers
- 2 flooring nailers
- Mini palm nailer
- 5 gallon air compressor
- 100′ hose
This is everything you need to get started, except for the nails.
Update: We’re told that other nailers and accessories will be coming out, until Estwing offers a complete pneumatic product assortment.
When we asked Estwing about pricing, they had this to say:
Our pricing strategy is to be the opening price point among the national brands such as DeWalt, Bostitch, Paslode, and Hitachi while providing features such as padded storage bags, integrated rafter hooks, and a five year warranty.
We’re not quite sure what this means, but are guessing that they’re aiming for pro-level competitive pricing and hoping that the included padding tool bag, features, and warranty will help seal the deal. Some of the new offerings are also boasted to have industry-first features, which will probably also influence some purchasing decisions.
Estwing 21° Full Head Framing Nailer
The Estwing full head framing nailer, model EFR2190, has a magnesium body and an anodized aluminum magazine and cylinder to reduce its weight to 8.6 lbs. It has features that you’d expect on a framing nailer, such as a non marring tip, adjustable driving depth, integrated rafter hook, and an anti-dry fire mechanism.
Estwing is also touting the nailer’s air filter/anti-dust cap, select fire trigger, one piece drive blade, and a 360° adjustable exhaust.
Here are the specs:
- 8.6 lbs weight
- 20″ x 6.5″ x 14.25″ size
- 70-115 operating PSI
- 55 nail capacity
- Accepts 2″ to 3-1/2″ fastener lengths
- Works with (0.113″ to 0.131″ GA) 20° – 22 ° plastic collated full round head framing nails
The kit includes the nailer, required hex wrenches, tool oil, 1/4″ Milton/industrial plug, and a padded tool bag.
Estwing 34° Clipped Head Framing Nailer
There will also be a clipped head framing nailer, model EFR3490, which is very similar to the full head framing nailer. The only difference is that it takes 30°-34° paper collated clipped head framing nails (0.113″ to 0.131″ GA).
Estwing 18 Gauge L-Cleat Flooring Nailer
Estwing says that their flooring nailers are the first tools of their kind to have a quick jam release mechanism. Their new 18 gauge L-cleat flooring nailer, model EF18GLCN, features an anodized aluminum magazine, one-piece drive blade, extended reach handle, light strike bumper, non marring foot, and air filter/anti-dust cap.
- 9.6 lbs weight
- 70-115 operating PSI
- 120 fastener capacity
- Accepts 1-1/4″ to 1-3/4″ 18 ga L-cleats
- Interchangeable base plates (3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″)
The kit includes the nailer, necessary hex wrenches, tool oil, 1/4″ NPT swivel plug, interchangeable baseplates, fiberglass mallet, and a padded tool bag.
Clarification about the “industry first” part:
The industry first tool-free quick-release flooring nailer is not specific to Estwing, but is an “industry first” developed by PGP that is seen in a limited number of new PGP products.
Estwing 3-in-1 Flooring Nailer
The new Estwing 3-in-1 flooring nailer, model EDX50Q, is very similar to the 18 gauge L-cleat flooring nailer, except that it can accept 1-1/2″ to 2″ 16 ga L-cleats, 16 ga T-cleats, and 15-1/2 ga crown staples.
Estwing Mini Palm Nailer
Estwing’s says that their model EMPN palm nailer has the industry’s first depth adjustment on a palm nailer. It also features a magnetic nail holder, rubber grip, air filter/dust cap, and a 1/4″ NPT swivel plug.
- 1.38 lbs weight
- 2.75″ x 5″ x 4.375″ size
- 80-100 operating PSI
- 2″ to 4″ nail range
- Can be used for 6D-16D framing nails (0.113″ to 0.346″)
Update: Estwing and Prime Global Products have clarified that the new palm nailer is not the first to have depth adjustment, but that the way depth adjustment is handled is unique to the tool.
Estwing’s model provides a continuous scale of depths to choose from, as opposed to a few standard options.
Estwing 5 Gallon Air Compressor – Delayed Until 2nd Round of Product Launches
The new Estwing 5 gallon air compressor, model E5GCOMP, is oil lubricated for extended life and reduced noise. It comes with two brass fittings and a ball drain valve. Estwing touts its ergonomically engineered handle, which we hope means the compressor is balanced for carrying so it doesn’t bang you in the hip.
Here are the specs:
- 120V, 14A
- 4 CFM @ 90 PSI
- 145 PSI Max
1/4″ x 100′ Braided Polyurethane Hose
Their new 100′ foot, 1/4″ hose can withstand up to 300PSI, while only weighing 2.1 lbs. It is supposed to keep it’s flexibility in cold weather and it has bend restrictors, which sound like some sort of anti-kinking technology. They list an operating temp range of -30°F fo 150°F.
The hose uses brass fittings and has field-repairable ends.
Air nailers seems like a natural market for Estwing to expand into. And by partnering with a company like Prime Global products to manufacture and sell the tools, they can come out with products that should be able to compete with what’s already on the market.
You may not have heard of Prime Global Products before, but they also distribute pneumatic nail guns and accessories sold under the Freeman and Numax brands.
The 3-in-1 flooring nailer seems interesting.
Freeman nailers get pretty decent reviews – especially considering their bargain price points – so its hopeful that the Estwing nailers will perform well too – and offer some competition.
BTW our go to flooring nailer was from PowerNail – we liked their cleat nailers – with rollers:
Industry’s first depth adjustment on a palm nailer? I think not.
Yeah, I thought the same thing, but I was careful to write Estwing says…
Do you have an example of another palm nailer with depth adjustment? For Instance I’m looking at the manual for the Senco PC0781 which is “adjustable,” but you have to place and remove shims.
Whereas it looks like you can adjust the depth on the Estwing by turning the collar.
I’ve used Rigid palm nailers that have adjustable depth by turning the collar as well. It’s a very simple mechanism and works great.
There are a number of them. Even my 15 year old Craftsman model has an adjustable depth stop that shuts off the air once the nail is driven home and is adjusted by turning the collar. Here’s a model from Rigid:
I was very surprised Estwing made the claim theirs was the first. When palm nailers became the popular tool de jeur for homeowners they got cheaper and cheaper until most models omitted the automatic depth stop. Now that’s the norm and most use changes in air pressure to set the depth. Maybe Estwing assumes everyone forgot the depth stop was once a standard feature expected on any model.
I wonder if this is why some Dewalt nailers just went on clearance at Home Depot stores the prices went down fast too. HD resets their pneumatic nailguns all the time compared to Lowes. It’s how retail works though companies buy for a spot on the shelf now. Honestly I don’t think they will be too successful as the pneumatic market is pretty entrenched with guys that have their favorite brand already. I’m surprised Milwaukee got into the pneumatic nailgun game to be honest.
Will the be USA made?
I’m sure if they were they would be stating it all over the press release.
If I researched correctly, PGP, imports there stuff from China. I’ve looked at all their nailers and private labels all appear to be made in China. I had a Husky brand nailer from Home Depot, lasted through one house before it started leaking air internally, it was imported for home depot by PGP. What is interesting some of their nailers and my Husky look just like my 30 year old Halstead/Bostich nailer.
Wonder what that compressor weighs? My DeWalt 6-Gallon 165 PSI pancake weighs in at around 30 lbs..
Yours is the only in-depth overview I’ve found on these products and, as usual, it’s a dandy. Thanks.
Since Estwing is known primarily for making hammers, I was initially surprised they opted for the 360° exhaust-cap instead of the hammer-crown. But I’m sure they’d rather you use your trusty Estwing hammer to flush those proud nails.
This has financial catastrophe written all over it. I wonder who approves of these types of bankruptcy inducing decisions.