Maintenance is very essential to all equipment and tools. It is the key to prolong the life of tools with complicated components like motors. In this case, we are talking about best framing nailers. Some people use them for light work. Others use them as heavy-duty tools. But how many of them know that it takes less than thirty minutes to clean the nailer to keep it perform like the best framing nailer you bought at the first day.
Materials that you are going to need, in order to clean, are an allen wrench, lint free rag, tool oil, and tool cleaner. After gathering all what you need, one thing that you have to keep in mind is safety. No matter what you are doing, be careful and conscious.
The maintenance will be broken down into three parts: magazine, cylinder, and motor.
To begin with, before started cleaning process, you have to remove all fasteners, battery, and fuel, for your safety. The first step is separating the handle-magazine assembly from the motor part. You do this by unscrewing the two screws at the nose piece. After that, take out the grille and air filter from the top of cylinder cap and clean them with soapy water.
Next, you unscrew the cap and carefully pull the handle-magazine apart from the motor assembly to make sure that the fan is not damaged.
Cylinder head part
After taking the two main pieces apart, you may see that there are some dirt getting stuck at the cylinder head. You can clean this by spraying the cleaner over the head and let the debris drip off. Then use the free lint rag to wipe the dirt and left over cleaner off the head. Lastly, put the oil on the seal rings and make sure it covers entire rings.
Motor assembly part
To clean the motor part, first, find a stick of clean wood to push the piston to the down position. After that, you spray the cleaner inside the sleeve and combustion chamber. Then, you drain out the dirt and the cleaner fluid. Clean all the cleaner and dirt with lint free rag. If you still see some dirt left inside, try repeating spraying step again.
After cleaning the big area, move to smaller area like the lower part of the combusting chamber by adding about 5 drops of oil. Roll the entire motor part around to let the oil spread all over the inside. Also, use your fingertip to apply oil on top of combusting chamber.
When finishing all the cleaning, reassemble all parts together. Make sure that all screws are tightened for your safety. And you should also test it before using the nailer in your real project so that you can be certain there is nothing going wrong. A little smoke may come out at the first use due to the burning of oil left inside. But don’t worry. This is normal.
It is only main three parts to clean with a few cleaning items. You can do this by all yourself without going to the shop and pay the extra money. It does not take much time and this is even required every six months. So if you want your nail gun to still be the best framing nailer, don’t forget to take care of it.