Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Craig Marshall, Cottingham, East Yorkshire

September 20th, 2016

“Top service by Kelvin Power Tools. My Paslode nail gun was picked up from my front door the day after I rang and was returned repaired at a fantastic price less then a week later. I will use again and recommend to any one.”

Craig Marshall

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Caroline Wedd, Great Shelford, Cambridge

September 13th, 2016

“Great service, prompt and efficient.  I dealt with Adam in the workshop and he kept me informed throughout the service and turned it around very quickly for me. Thank you.”

Caroline Wedd
Wedd Joinery

 

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Is Your Paslode IM350 Not Firing? Common Nail Gun Problems, Causes & Solutions

September 1st, 2016

Paslode Nail Gun Not FiringIs your Paslode IM350 not firing?

Is the light on your Paslode IM360Ci flashing red and green?

As a Paslode approved service and repair centre, we have fixed it all!

In this post, we have listed the most common Paslode repairs that we conduct here at Kelvin Power Tools.

We explain each problem, its possible causes, and how you can fix your nail gun.

So, if you are having issues with your nailer, read on to find out why!

Paslode Nail Guns: Common Problems & Causes

Paslode nail guns are the market-leading tool for timber to timber construction, offering professionals a fast and easy nailing system.

These cordless nailers are extremely robust and designed to withstand tough site conditions.

However, like any power tool, they can still experience issues.

The most common Paslode problems that we repair are:

Paslode IM350 Not Firing

The nail gun is not firing or firing intermittently

Misfiring is the most frequent repair that we conduct.

Possible causes for a Paslode nail gun not firing are:

  • A nail jam is stopping the nails from moving forward
  • The gas fuel cell is empty, out-of-date or not attached to the nailer correctly
  • The wrong type of Paslode nails are being used
  • Non-Paslode nails, gas, etc. are being used with the tool
  • The nailer needs cleaned – especially if it has been used a lot without regular cleaning

Paslode IM360Ci Problems

The light on the handle of the nail gun is flashing red and green

This indicates that there is a problem with the nailer.

Possible causes for this are:

  • A problem with the motor – in our experience, this is the most common cause
  • An electrical fault, eg. a problem with the circuit board or a loose wiring connection

The nail gun is making a strange noise

Possible causes for this are:

  • A problem with the motor
  • A problem with the fan, eg. it is hitting against something inside the tool
  • The nailer needs cleaned – especially if it has been used a lot without regular cleaning

The nail gun’s firing pin is bent

Possible causes for this are:

  • The nailer has been dropped
  • The wrong type of Paslode nails are being used
  • General wear and tear

The o-rings around the nail gun’s firing pin are broken

Possible causes for this are:

  • General wear and tear
  • The o-rings have previously been removed and not put back correctly

The nail gun’s battery contacts are damaged

Possible causes for this are:

  • The contacts have been bent, eg. from inserting and removing the battery
  • The contacts are covered in dirt or dust
  • The contacts are suffering from corrosion, eg. from water damage
  • Non-Paslode batteries are being used with the tool

How to Fix Your Paslode Nail Gun

Minor Problems

You will receive a user manual with your Paslode nailer which contains 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 solutions provided are for more minor issues, like how to clear a nail jam and how to check if a gas fuel cell is empty.

Paslode Repair

Major Problems

For more serious problems, it is highly recommended that you get your nail gun repaired at a Paslode approved service and repair centre.

That’s where we can help!

Attempting to fix a major problem by yourself can further damage the tool and it will likely be difficult to identify the specific problem(s) and conduct the appropriate repair(s).

For example, there are a large number of possible causes for a Paslode IM350 not firing and more than one fault could be contributing towards the problem.

Using a Paslode approved service and repair centre like ours will also avoid compromising your nailer’s warranty.

How to Prevent Problems with your Paslode Nail Gun

Paslode Cleaning Kit

Maintenance

One of the most common reasons why Paslode nailers experience problems is a lack of proper maintenance.

These machines require regular cleaning and lubrication to maintain their performance.

Doing so can also extend the tool’s lifetime.

At Kelvin Power Tools, we stock Paslode cleaning kits which provide everything you need to clean and lubricate your nailer properly – including instructions.

Paslode Accessories

Compatibility

Another common reason why Paslode nail guns experience problems is use with other brand’s (including fakes) batteries, nails, gas, etc.

These nailers should only be used with genuine Paslode accessories and consumables.

This ensures 100% compatibility and avoids compromising the machine’s performance and warranty.

You should also ensure that you are using the right Paslode accessories and consumables for your specific model.

Each Paslode nailer is compatible with certain types of nails, gas, etc.

For example, the IM65A can only be used with angled brad nails.

You can check which specific accessories and consumables your Paslode nail gun is compatible with by looking on their box or on Paslode’s website.

Kelvin Power Tools: Paslode Repair Service

Paslode Repairs

As mentioned, we are a Paslode approved service and repair centre.

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

Why should you use our Paslode service?

  • It’s recommended! See what our customers say!
  • UK-wide collect and return! We will collect and return your nailer from any location in the UK – FREE collection (worth £12) until 31/10/16!
  • 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 tool.
  • We are Paslode approved! Our fitters have been trained by Paslode and our service is conducted as the manufacturer recommends, with only genuine parts used.

Visit our website for more information about our Paslode Service and to book your nail gun in for a service or repair!

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Power Tool Dust Extraction: Are You Using the Right Filter Class?

August 25th, 2016

Construction Dust

Health and safety is key within the construction industry.

There are numerous hazards in this type of work, and employees’ personal health and safety can often be at serious risk.

One of the main hazards that workers face is construction dust created by power tools.

Exposure to this type of dust can be controlled effectively via on-tool extraction, which removes and captures the dust as it is produced.

In this post, we have summarised everything you need to know about power tool dust extraction!

We explain the different dust extractor filter classes and clarify which one you should be using as recommended by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

So, if you want to maintain a safe work environment and ensure that you are meeting legal requirements, then read on!

Health and Safety Risks of Construction Dust

A lot of construction jobs create high levels of dust, especially when operating power tools like saws, sanders, breakers, etc.

Regularly breathing in construction dust can seriously damage your health and cause diseases like lung cancer, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and silicosis (silica is the second biggest killer of construction workers after asbestos).

Generally, there are three main types of dust found on construction sites:

Types of Construction Dust

Power Tool Dust Extraction

Bosch Power Tool Dust Extraction

One of the most effective ways to control exposure to construction dust is on-tool extraction.

This involves fitting a local exhaust ventilation (LEV) system directly on to a power tool to extract and capture any dust that it produces.

A LEV system is comprised of numerous individual parts:

  • Captor hood: captures dust as it is produced
  • Extraction unit: removes dust from the captor hood
  • Tubing: connects the captor hood to the extraction unit

Dust Control Legal Requirements

Metabo Power Tool Dust Extraction

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 requires employers (including those who are self-employed) to “ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work” of their employees and anyone else who may be affected by their activities.

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) also requires employers to prevent workers from being exposed to substances that are hazardous to their health.

If this is not feasible, then exposure must be adequately controlled.

Power tools pose a much higher health risk than manual tools as they produce a lot more dust.

In order to provide adequate control for employees, COSHH requires the cost and effort of supplying power tool dust extraction to be proportionate to the health risk.

The higher the risk; the higher the standard of extraction needed.

To cater to these different standards, dust extractors have different filter classes.

These filter classes establish performance limits for the maximum amount of particular hazardous dusts that can penetrate through the filter back into the work environment:

Dust Extractor Filter Classes

On-tool extraction now requires an L class or M class filter!

As illustrated in the table above, class M and H units are designed for higher hazard dusts which pose a more serious health risk.

The HSE proposes that a minimum of a class M unit is used as part of on-tool LEV systems for silica and wood dust in the workplace.

minimum of a class L unit should be used for mixed/lower toxicity dusts.

Are you using the right filter class?

Failure to comply with these recommendations can lead to enforcement by the HSE, including appropriate legal action.

Choosing a Dust Extraction System

As mentioned above, your dust extractor should be suitable for the dust type of the material(s) that you will be working with.

For example, if you are sawing wood on site, your dust extraction system should be a minimum class M unit.

There are numerous other factors that should also be taken into account, such as:

  • Tool type: high-energy tools, like saws and breakers, tend to produce a higher amount of dust in a shorter amount of time
  • Work area: the more enclosed the space, the more dust will build up
  • Time: the longer the task, the more dust produced
  • Frequency: regularly conducting the same tasks increases dust exposure

Most power tool manufacturers sell complete dust extraction systems for use with their machines.

However some parts, like extraction units, can be used with other tool brands and models.

Power Tool Dust Extractors

To ensure the best level of dust control, it is crucial that you choose parts that are compatible and work well not only together, but with the tool also.

Here at Kelvin Power Tools, we stock a great range of L and M class dust extractors from the best trade brands, including Bosch, Festool and Metabo.

Operating Power Tool Dust Extraction

In order to effectively control dust risks, your LEV system must be operated properly.

You should receive instructions from the manufacturer(s) of your dust extraction system regarding how to do this.

Not all systems operate in the same way, so make sure you follow the specific instructions for your equipment carefully.

Before operating your dust extraction system, you should be adequately informed/trained on how to:

  • Use the system correctly: it is crucialPower Tool Dust Extraction that you know how your specific LEV system works and how to apply it to the task(s) that you are conducting.
  • Empty the extraction unit: never empty or recycle the disposable waste bag – always seal it and place it in the appropriate waste container
  • Conduct pre-use checks: ensure the dust extractor is in good working order (not damaged) before you start working
  • Maintain the system: see below
  • Spot common faults/problems with the equipment and what action to take when they occur

Maintaining a Dust Extraction System

To achieve the best level of dust control, your LEV system needs to be properly maintained.

You should receive instructions from the manufacturer(s) of your dust extraction system explaining how to do this.

Not all systems will require the same level of maintenance, so make sure you follow the specific instructions for your equipment carefully.

Ensure that your dust extractor works properly the first time, every time. If it doesn’t, then a formal maintenance check should be conducted to source the issue.

Formal maintenance checks should be conducted on your extraction system at least once a week. You might have to do this more often if there is a high risk of the equipment being damaged.

Some common maintenance issues that you might encounter are:

  • Is the captor hood as close to the work surface as possible?
  • Does the tubing have a good connection to the captor hood and extraction unit? If needed, use an adapter. Never use tape.
  • Is the extraction unit’s air flow working properly? Check that the airflow indicator and any built-in cleaning mechanism are working as they should be.
  • Festool Power Tool Dust ExtractionAre any parts of the system damaged? Always repair or replace the part straight away.
  • Does the equipment need cleaned? Wipe the equipment down daily and don’t let dust build up on working parts.
  • Does the filter need replaced?
  • Does the extraction unit need emptied?
  • Are the correct disposable waste bags being used?

Proper servicing and testing should also be conducted on your LEV system for a more thorough examination. This will ensure that the equipment can continue to perform as intended.

PAT testing is the most efficient way to do this. Full details regarding PAT testing can be found on our website here.

Conclusion

We hope that we have helped you understand the ins and outs of power tool dust extraction a bit better.

Maintaining a safe work environment is crucial within the construction industry and LEV systems are a great contribution towards this!

It is crucial that your dust extractor has the correct filter class as recommended by the HSE, as this will provide the best level of dust control and allow you to meet legal requirements.

It is also important that you are operating and maintaining the dust extraction system correctly to ensure optimum performance.

Kelvin Power Tools

Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Bernadette Paver, Wimbledon, London

August 2nd, 2016

“The whole experience was easy and very straightforward. When I first contacted Kelvin Power Tools I was designated to one person in the workshop who saw the whole job through and who remained my point of contact. The service and repair itself was done in a few days and the power tool was returned to me by the courier at the time and on the date specified. Tracking the whole process was made very easy by the fact that whenever I phoned Kelvin Power Tools, I was always able to speak to the same person. The cost was reasonable and the invoice specific about the work done.”

Bernadette Paver

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Martin Adams, Kineton, Warwick

August 1st, 2016

“Very pleased with the service provided & Paslode is working like new.”

Martin Adams

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Richard Workman, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire

July 13th, 2016

“Excellent service provided. Very attentive staff and very helpful. Within 1 hour of booking [I] received a text message to uplift the gun. It was repaired within 48 hours and updated via text message with regard to repair and return. Very happy and would have no hesitation using this service again.”

Richard Workman

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Roger Gilden, Tenterden, Kent

July 13th, 2016

“Very efficient. Email updates keep customer in touch. Quick quotation helps in making repair decision. Paslode framer working fine now. [I’m] based in the South of England and Kelvin Power Tools in Scotland – not a problem.”

Roger Gilden

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Charles Gannon, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

July 12th, 2016

“We would like to take the opportunity [to] thank you for the professional service you provided in repairing our Paslode IM350 nail gun. The service was well organised and simplistic, you had it back to us within a week without fuss or complaints, the repair team got on with the task [at] hand. The most impressive part of the service was knowing we needed the tool back urgently, they got on with it and sent it back. Fantastic service. Definitely use again.”

Charles Gannon

 

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Paslode Service & Repair Testimonial – Andrew Foot, South Petherton, Somerset

June 22nd, 2016

“Thought your service was first rate, and I have and will recommend your services.”

Andrew Foot

 

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