Bostitch GFN1564K – 15 Gauge FN Angled Finish Nailer Review
Bostitch GFN1564K Angled Finish Nailer
This summer the folks at Bostitch announced a new line of gas-powered nailers including three finish nailers. They recently sent us the all new GFN1564K 15 Gauge FN Angled Finish Nailer to review. In addition to the this nailer they also introduced a 16 gauge straight nailer and an 18 gauge straight nailer.
Bostitch GFN1564K Features
- Lightweight construction at 4.2 lbs
- Precision Balanced with battery inline for ergonomics and control
- Tool-Free Depth Control for precise fastener placement
- Low Nail Lock-Out prevents dry fire and extends tool life
- Tool-Free Jam Clearance reduces downtime
- Over-Molded Grip for comfort and control
- Utility Hook
- Range: 1-1/4″ – 2-1/2″ FN Style
- Weight: 4.2 lbs (w/battery)
- Battery: 3.6 volts (Li-ion)
- Charging Time: 1 Hour
The GFN1564K Kit includes the nailer, battery pack, wall charger, car charger and the sturdy carrying case. The kit does not come with gas cartridges or nails so be sure you pick some up if you purchase this new nailer.
Bostitch GFN1564K Review
I’ve been using Bostitch nailers for years so when I heard about the new line of cordless gas-powered nailers I was really excited to try them.
15 gauge finish nailers are a staple in the finish carpentry arena for doing product trim work like window, door and base trims. So having a reliable, powerful, finish nailer that works without a loud compressor can be a nice advantage for some carpenters. These type of nailers are also great for job-sites that lack electric service.
Power & Fuel System
The GFN1564K Finish Nailer consistently delivered enough power to drive the 15 gauge finish nails in all the trim materials that we tested it on. We tested the nailer on pine, oak and poplar trim with consistent results.
The gas cartridge is similar to the other brands on the market with no real big surprises. In order to use the cartridge you must remove the clear plastic cover and install the black nozzle pictured above. I will say that snapping on the nozzle takes some effort and seems a bit unnerving at times the first time I tried it.
Installing the gas cartridge into the nailer is very straight forward. As you can see in the adjacent photo the top of the nailer opens up, then you just drop the cartridge in and then close the top.
The GFN1564K comes with several nice features that I wanted to point out. The first feature that I found very useful was the easy to use depth of drive adjustment. As you can see in the photo above they have a really nice graphic showing which direction to turn the adjustment in order to increase or decrease the depth of drive. Most nailers offer a depth of drive adjustment but most do not have the graphic and I often find myself shooting multiple nails testing which direction to turn the knob.
Another nice feature is the metal utility hook. The hook is great for hanging the tool from a tool belt or ladder. I like that it’s built of metal compared to some nailers on the market that use plastic hooks.
Lastly I really like that both the nailer and the case have clear markings with information about the tool. As you see above they have included information about the fasteners and fuel needed for the nailer. The fuel cells are color coded as well (see yellow above) which matches the gas cartridges.
The Bostitch GFN1564K 15 Gauge FN Angled Finish Nailer is a very well built, functional finish nailer. Ultimately what impressed me most was this gas-powered cordless nailer functions and operates just like my other Bostitch air powered finish nailer. Kudos to their engineers for creating this cordless version that doesn’t compromise on the performance that many of us have come to appreciate from their traditional air powered nailers. If you are in the market for a cordless finish nailer then I highly recommend you give this one a place on your short list.
Where To Buy
The Bostitch GFN1564K 15 Gauge FN Angled Finish Nailer is already available to purchase for around $300. Check with your local Bostitch dealer or you can buy one online at one of the two links below.
- From Tool King for $299.99 plus shipping: Stanley Bostitch GFN1564K Cordless Angled Finish Nailer
- From Amazon for $313.79 with Free Shipping: Bostitch GFN1564K 15-Guage Cordless Angled FN Finish Nailer
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