Must-Have Winter Workshop Tools

Here are two must-have winter workshop tools that make winter projects a breeze: The Reconnx Nail Kicker NR-101 and the Oneida Dust Deputy. If you want to use reclaimed lumber for a project, but it’s full of nails, the Reconnx Nail Kicker will save you loads of time. The Oneida Dust Deputy hooks up to your shop vac and stores the dust, preventing clogs.

| December 2007/January 2008

Cut down on time and dust in your workshop with these must-have winter workshop tools. The Reconnx Nail Kicker will save you loads of time. The manufacturer claims that it speeds the nail removing process by 400 percent! Tired of dealing with sawdust? Use the Oneida Dust Deputy. Airborne dust generated in the workshop or home is more than just a nuisance, it’s also a serious health hazard.

The first thing I built on my homestead was an outhouse. I made it from a pile of used lumber, and it took me almost as long to remove all the nails as it did to raise that first roof over my head. But that was 20 years ago, and things have changed. We now have the Reconnx Nail Kicker NR-101.

At first glance, the Nail Kicker looks like a compressor-driven finishing nailer. But in place of the usual magazine and nosepiece, it has a long, hollow tube. Place the tube over the point of a nail, then pull the trigger. A solid metal driver pounds the nail down backwards, often right out the other side of the board — much better than hammering old nails down, flipping the board over and using a crowbar to pull them out.

At $249 plus shipping, the NR-101 costs more than a comparable finishing nailer. But if you’ve got enough de-nailing to warrant a power tool (and already own a compressor), then the time saved by this machine is worth it. The manufacturer claims that it speeds the process by 400 percent. But when working with 2x lumber, I found that it wasn’t always powerful enough to completely eject the nail from the board. Still, you can expect the Nail Kicker to help you work at least twice as fast. Doubtful? Learn about the “Try-and-Buy” program at; (303) 554-8557.

Though almost as annoying as nail-ridden lumber, airborne dust generated in the workshop or home is more than just a nuisance, it’s also a serious health hazard. That’s why a lot of folks buy shop vacs. But even good shop vacs fill quickly when cleaning up wood shavings and the internal filter clogs whenever you’re dealing with dust. A “cyclone” can help, and the Oneida Dust Deputy is one of the smallest, yet most effective models.

In the world of dust collection, a cyclone separates and stores dust particles before they overwhelm your shop vac. The storage capacity of the system gets a boost and the filter lasts much longer.

11/19/2008 11:15:53 AM

Why not try a palm nailer instead. One of the most useful tools I've ever bought when framing construction, $39,

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