Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – James Baxter, Bideford, Devon

February 13th, 2017

“The service I received from Kelvin Power Tools was second to none.  I posted my nail gun to yourselves on Saturday afternoon and it was back with me fully working first thing the following Wednesday morning.  Amazing service – thank you.”

James Baxter

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Turhan Suleyman, Epsom, Surrey

February 8th, 2017

“I was extremely pleased with the service I received. From the moment I phoned; pleasant and very helpful. Pick up and drop off was very good and efficient. Good value service. Will definitely use Kelvin Power Tools again in the future.”

Turhan Suleyman

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Steve Lillington, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

February 8th, 2017

“The service that we received from Adam Michie was second to none. We would not hesitate to use your company in the future.”

Steve Lillington
DS1 Construction Ltd

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Barry Ambler, Cranleigh, Surrey

February 8th, 2017

“Brilliant. Could not be more happy with the service. All the people are a pleasure to talk to. Thanks Kelvin Power Tools!”

Barry Ambler

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Jenefer Parry, Bicester, Oxfordshire

February 8th, 2017

“Very satisfied with the service and prompt response to my queries.”

Jenefer Parry
Urban & Country Developments

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Arthur Shiers, Falmouth, Cornwall

January 31st, 2017

“First class service! Thank you.”

Arthur Shiers

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Paul Warren, Redditch, Worcestershire

January 30th, 2017

“Extremely pleased with the service and advice I received from all [of] the team at Kelvin Power Tools. From the advice I received over the phone which was a positive response of wanting to help, [to] the postage service and repair which was perfect. Thank you very much for your help and would definitely recommend.”

Paul Warren

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Mark Green, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

January 25th, 2017

“The service that Kelvin Power Tools provide is brilliant. When I phoned them they were very professional and friendly. I got my nail gun back quite quickly and I am very pleased with the service I received, would definitely recommend them.”

Mark Green

 

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Battle of the Paslode Framing Nailers: IM350+ vs IM360Ci

January 24th, 2017

Paslode framing nailer reviews

Looking to buy a Paslode framing nailer?

There’s really only two models to choose from; the IM350 Plus or the IM360Ci.

As a power tool specialist and approved Paslode supplier/service centre, we have the expertise to help you choose the best first fix nail gun for your needs!

Read on for our Paslode framing nailer reviews and a side by side comparison of each model!

What is a Framing Nailer?

Paslode IM350+ or IM360CiA framing nail gun is used to fix heavy-duty nails into wooden framework and structures where a strong connection is required. This includes wooden supports in house building, roofing, decking and fencing. A framing nailer is a quicker and less fatiguing alternative to a regular hammer, making it ideal for large projects. It is often referred to as a first fix nailer.

This is opposed to a finish/finishing nailer which is used to fix shorter, slimmer nails into wooden trim like skirting boards. This is often referred to as second fix.

Paslode IM350+ vs IM360Ci: What’s the Difference?

There are currently two, well really three, Paslode framing guns on the market. There’s the IM360Ci Lithium, the IM350+ Lithium, and the IM350+ NiCad which is being discontinued.

NiCad (Nickel-cadmium) batteries are being eradicated as they are needlessly harmful to the environment. Lithium-ion batteries are not only friendlier to the environment, but they are also more powerful. The IM350+ Li-ion is the same great tool as the IM350+ NiCad; it has just been adjusted to take the new battery.

IM350+ NiCad
(Discontinued)
IM350+ Lithium
(2016)
IM360Ci Lithium
*KEY DIFFERENCE*
Nail/fuel type:

Use the same IM350 nails (clipped head)
& gas fuel

Uses different IM360 nails (full round head) & gas fuel
Battery: 1.2Ah NiCad 2.1Ah Lithium-ion 2.1Ah Lithium-ion
Battery charge time: 120 mins 90 mins 90 mins
Shots per charge: Up to 4,000 up to 9,000 up to 13,000
Nail range: SAME > 51mm – 90mm 50mm – 90mm
Impact force: SAME > 82J 105J
Max. cycle rate/sec: SAME > SAME > 2-3 nails
Max. cycle rate/hour: SAME > SAME > 1,000 nails
Magazine capacity: SAME > 55 nails (1 strip) 47 / 85 nails (standard/long)
Fuel cell capacity: SAME > 1,100 shots 1,250 shots
Vibration: SAME > 2.6 m/s² 3.9 m/s²
Sound power level: 102 dB(A) 89 dB(A) 109 dB(A)
Sound pressure level: SAME > < 130 dB(A) 138 dB(A)
Weight: 3.4kg 3.3kg 3.8kg
Size: 370 x 305 x 102mm 370 x 305 x 110mm 384 x 328 x 127mm
Materials: SAME > Wood Wood, OSB, chipboard
Applications:

 

SAME > SAME > Timber frame, stud work, roof battening, cladding, joists, floor boarding, noggins, overboarding, soffits, decking, roof decking, roofing, fencing, shuttering, packaging, panelling, truss work, hoarding, close boarding
Additional features: Rafter and belt hook On/off battery switch,
rafter and belt hook
Start & Go sensor,
battery/fuel gauge,
on/off battery switch,
rafter and belt hook

Paslode Framing Nailer Reviews

Paslode IM350+ ReviewPaslode IM350+ Review

The Paslode IM350 has been the market-leading tool in timber to timber construction for over 30 years. The IM350+ Li-ion is an upgraded version of the IM350+ NiCad. This new model has all of the same great features as its predecessor, with the addition of Lithium-ion technology for even better performance and efficiency!

This 1st fix nail gun can be used on wooden materials for a wide range of applications, as listed in the table above. It is powered by both a gas fuel cell and a 2.1Ah Lithium-ion battery for an outstanding 9,000 shots per charge – that’s more than twice the amount of the previous model! The nailer is compatible with standard Paslode IM350+ RounDrive nails (clipped head) and standard IM350+ fuel cells.

The IM350+ Lithium provides an impressive 82J of impact force with a delivery rate of 2-3 nails per second. It has a multi-angle toothed nose probe for additional bite, which stops the nail gun from sliding and ensures positive placement in timbers. The nailer also has easy depth of drive adjustment via a pinch and slide action, with a dual action rafter and belt hook for additional user convenience.

This new model can fire both 90mm ring nails and smooth nails, compared to the NiCad version which can only fire 90mm smooth nails. The battery’s charging time is also cut by 30 minutes for increased productivity, with a battery on/off switch for optimum runtime per charge.

Out of the three Paslode framing nailers, the IM350+ Li-ion is the lightest and has the lowest noise levels. It also has excellent balance, low vibration levels and a non-slip soft grip handle for increased user comfort and control.

Overall, the Paslode IM350+ Lithium is a great framing nailer which offers excellent power, quick work progress and low user fatigue. The introduction of Li-ion battery technology significantly increases its performance and efficiency, allowing it to successfully take over from the IM350+ NiCad.

Paslode IM360Ci ReviewPaslode IM360Ci Review

The IM360Ci is Paslode’s most advanced first fix nail gun. It can be used on wood, OSB and chipboard for a wide range of applications, as listed in the table above. The nailer is powered by both a gas fuel cell and a 2.1Ah Lithium-ion battery for an unrivalled 13,000 shots per charge! It is compatible with standard Paslode IM360Ci RounDrive nails (full round head), as well as the manufacturer’s innovative NailScrews for increased flexibility. The nail gun uses a Series-i fuel cell which provides an extra 150 shots than the IM350+ fuel cell!

The IM360Ci has the best power in its class and the best power-to-weight ratio on the market, with an outstanding 105J of impact force. It has an improved aggressive probe with an easy-to-use depth adjuster, as well as incredible cold weather performance which allows users to work down to -15°C.

In addition to a battery on/off switch, this framing nailer features a ‘Start & Go’ sensor which automatically cuts off the battery power if there is no movement of the tool for more than a minute. This intelligent, power-saving technology prevents the battery from losing charge when it is not being used for up to 25% more shots per charge! This 1st fix nail gun also features a one-touch LED indicator which shows the user the remaining fuel and battery power for increased efficiency.

Due to its extreme power, the IM360Ci is slightly bigger, heavier, and has higher noise and vibration levels than the IM350+ Li-ion. However, this is negligible in the grand scheme of things.

Overall, the Paslode IM360Ci is unrivalled when it comes to power and performance. Its intelligent technology significantly increases its efficiency for higher levels of productivity than the IM350 Plus.

What’s the Best Paslode Framing Nailer?

Best Paslode Framing NailerFor optimum power and performance; go with the Paslode IM360Ci. The IM360 can do everything the IM350 can do and more! It has more power and can be used on more materials. It’s unmatched in its number of shots per charge and, with clever features like the power-saving Start & Go sensor, the battery can go even further. Plus, the IM360 has a useful battery and fuel gauge which the IM350 is still sorely lacking.

A key consideration you need to make though; what nails are you using? The IM360 has its own set of nails which are cheaper and come in bigger box quantities than IM350+ nails. This is a great incentive to get a Paslode IM360, however if you have your nails supplied by a contractor and IM350 nails are being used on site, you’ll need an IM350+ to fire them.

Honda Generator Troubleshooting: Common Problems & Fixes

December 15th, 2016

Is your Honda generator not starting? 

Are you experiencing Honda EU20i problems?

Read on to find out why!

As an authorised Honda generator service and repair centre, we have fixed it all!

In this post, our service experts have listed the most common Honda generator problems that we repair here at Kelvin Power Tools. They explain the possible causes for each problem, how you can fix your generator and how to prevent problems from occurring.

Honda Generator Problems & Causes

Honda Generator TroubleshootingHonda generators are the market-leaders for power equipment. These generators are extremely robust and designed to withstand tough conditions. However, like any power equipment, they can still experience issues. These are the most common Honda generator problems we see.

The generator will not start

Possible causes for a Honda generator not starting are:

  • An engine fault, eg. it has seized
  • The engine oil level is too low
  • There is not enough fuel in the tank, the wrong type of fuel has been used, and/or fuel has been left sitting in the tank for a long time without use
  • A problem with the carburettor, eg. it is clogged
  • A problem with the battery or the battery needs charged (not all Honda generators have a battery)
  • The fuel valve, choke and/or engine stop switch are turned off
  • A blockage in the air filter
  • The spark plug is fouled, eg. it is dirty
  • The generator is being used in the wrong environment, eg. there is not enough air flow or it is on an unlevel surface

The generator is not putting out power

Possible causes for the engine running but the generator not putting out power are:

  • Overloading has caused the alternator to cut out
  • An electrical fault, eg. damage to the stator, a short circuit or loose wiring connection
  • A problem with the capacitor

The generator runs for a few seconds then stops

Possible causes for this are:

  • Overloading
  • The engine oil level is too low/high
  • An engine fault
  • An electrical fault
  • A problem with the capacitor
  • A problem with the carburettor
  • A problem with the battery and/or the battery needs charged
  • The choke is turned on
  • A blockage in the air filter
  • The spark plug is fouled
  • The generator is being used in the wrong environment

The generator’s engine/power is fluctuating up and down

This is otherwise known as hunting or surging. Possible causes for this are:

  • Overloading
  • An engine fault
  • An electrical fault
  • A problem with the carburettor
  • The choke is turned on
  • A blockage in the air filter
  • The spark plug is fouled
  • The generator is being used in the wrong environment

Fuel is leaking from the generator

Possible causes for this are:

  • The gasket and/or seals are worn
  • Wear and tear in the fuel hose
  • A problem with the carburettor

There is smoke coming from the generator

Possible causes for this are:

  • The wrong type of fuel has been used
  • The engine oil level is too high or the wrong type of engine oil has been used
  • There is an oil leak, eg. the seals on the oil tank are worn
  • The valve guide seal and/or the cylinder bore are worn
  • The piston rings are broken/worn, eg. oil is leaking in the piston head
  • A problem with the carburettor
  • Carbon has built up in the exhaust muffler
  • The generator has been tipped on its side, eg. there is oil in the housing, filter, muffler, etc.

The generator’s starter mechanism is sticking/seized

Possible causes for this are:

  • The recoil is broken
  • The engine is seized

The wrong type of fuel has been put in the generator

This problem is self-explanatory. It is easy to accidentally use the wrong fuel.

How to Fix Your Honda Generator Problems

You will receive a user manual with your model which contains Honda generator troubleshooting information. If you do not have access to your manual, you can download one for free here. Read the manual and see if a solution is provided for your problem.

The manual will walk you through a checklist for each problem to ensure that you have tried everything possible to resolve the issue. For example, if you are experiencing Honda EU20i problems, the manual will ask you to check that there is enough fuel in the tank, oil in the engine, the engine switch is on, etc.

If the manual does not resolve your issue, Honda recommends that you get your generator repaired at an authorised service centre.

That’s where we can help!

Honda Generator Problems

Kelvin Power Tools: Honda Generator Repair Service

We are one of only three authorised Honda generator dealers and repair centres in Scotland! This means that we have been approved by Honda to supply and repair their power equipment as we meet the high standards they set in service and expertise.

We will service, clean, test and repair your Honda generator as necessary, then return it to you working LIKE NEW again!

Why should you use our Honda generator service?

  • It’s fast! Don’t wait weeks for a repair – we offer a quick turnaround of around 2-4 working days from when we receive your generator.
  • We are authorised by Honda! Our fitters have been trained by Honda and our service is conducted as the manufacturer recommends, with only genuine parts used.
  • Don’t compromise your warranty! An annual service is required to maintain your 5 year warranty (domestic use only). This service must be conducted by an authorised Honda generator service centre like us.

Note: Due to the nature of the product, this is a local service only. You must be able to bring your generator to our service centre in Glasgow.

Visit our website for more information about our Honda service and to enquire about a generator service or repair!

How to Prevent Honda Generator Problems

Our experts warn that one of the most common reasons why Honda generators experience problems is a lack of proper maintenance. This power equipment requires regular maintenance to uphold its performance. Doing so can also extend the generator’s service life.

As mentioned, an annual service should be conducted by an authorised Honda generator repair centre to keep your warranty valid.

Honda EU20i ProblemsIn addition to this, you should conduct the following regular maintenance:

  • Change the engine oil
  • Clean the filter
  • Check and clean the spark plug

Your Honda generator troubleshooting manual contains instructions regarding how to conduct this maintenance and how often.

It is also crucial that you drain the fuel if your generator is being stored for an extended period of time. Ideally, you should let the fuel run down after each use to avoid contamination.

Lastly, our experts warn: NEVER tip your generator on its side! Doing so can cause an unbelievable amount of problems.