What’s Old is New Again: Bostitch Pallet Plus and the New IC60-1 Coil Nailer


Bostitch, a leader in innovation, is always looking to revolutionize the pallet industry, and with the release of the new IC60-1 coil nailer, the bar has been raised. In conjunction with the Pallet Plus™ fasteners, this combination is putting Bostitch one step closer to that revolution.

Beyond just saving money on material costs, the pallet industry is also looking for ways to reduce workplace injuries and improve uptime, and with the new IC60-1 tool, that desire becomes a reality.  With a weight of just 5.7 lbs. repetitive motion claims can be greatly reduced, and this low weight doesn’t have to mean a compromise on durability.  The new IC60-1 tool has a new longer lasting nose design as well as twice the life on wear parts compared to the previous generation tool, all leading to a more productive work environment.

But what good is a high performance tool without a high performance fastener to run through it?  The Center For Unit-Loaded Design at Virginia Tech University did some tests on the Bostitch Pallet Plus nails compared to standard 2” x 0.99” Screw Shank Pallet nails, and had some surprising results, shown below:

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End Board Resistance Impact 264% greater 264% greater 264% greater
Diagonal Rigidity 17% greater 17% greater 17% greater
Shear 52% greater 41% greater 40% greater
Withdrawal Capacity 38% greater 37% greater 35% greater
Pull Through 22% greater 14% greater 25% greater

How is the Pallet Plus fastener achieving all of these incredible results?  Let’s take a look at some of the specs:

Fat Head

  • Nail head is 19% larger
  • Maximizes shear and pull through performance
  • Head is foundation for diagonal rigidity and board impact resistance

Royal Purple coating

  • Polymer coating
  • Increases depth of drive
  • Improves anti-withdrawal performance
  • Easy identification

“No Voids” Shank

  • 100% deep screw in active plane area
  • Absence of voids for collation wire to interfere
  • Contributes to withdrawal performance

Precision Point

  • Blunt Diamond and Blunt Chisel
  • Reduces splitting of hardwoods

No stone was left unturned by Bostitch’s research team when designing this fastener. It’s not hard to see how this nail, along with the new IC60-1 tool, is changing the game in the pallet industry. If you want to improve your pallet performance and create a more productive and safe work environment, please visit our website today, or contact us for a site-needs analysis with one of our fastening specialists.

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SCRAIL – The Perfect Combination Fastener

What is SCRAIL?

The perfect combination fastener, SCRAIL has the speed and low labor cost of a nail with the holding power of a screw, so quality is never sacrificed for cost. With over 2,000 colors available to perfectly match the final product, SCRAIL fasteners are versatile and can be easily driven with any pneumatic nailer.

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These fasteners are an extremely useful, efficient fastening solution for any job, big or small. The diverse selection of fasteners SCRAIL offers means that it can be used for almost any job.

The wide variety of uses includes:

·       Decking·       Fencing

·       Sub-flooring

·       Crafting

·       Framing

·       Concrete Forms·       Scaffolding

·       Decking

·       Outdoor Furniture

·       Railing


Each job needs fasteners that are designed specifically to ease its completion. That’s where SCRAIL comes in. Below you’ll find a few charts to show the different application of SCRAIL fasteners, and get a better idea of what their best uses would be.


Different Fastener Types

Name Application Benefit
BeckDeck® Decking, Flooring, Fencing, Railing Double threaded, prevents mushrooming
SubLoc™ Subfloors Special coating, virtually eliminated squeaky subfloors
SteelThread Light Gauge Steel Construction Shot in like a collated nail to connect gypsum or wood to metal with ease
Mini-SCRAIL® Light Duty Furniture, Millwork, Crafting, Better support than nails or screws for small jobs and DIY handiwork

Different Thread Types

Name Specs Benefit
Fine inner .113, outer .120 Best withdrawal values
Coarse inner .113, outer .134 Best removal performance
BeckDeck® Double inner .120, outer .138 Prevents mushrooming
SteelThread inner .099, outer .113 Holding power, up to 16 guage steel studs
SubLoc™ inner .113, outer .120 Super adhesive, twice withdrawal, eliminates subfloor squeaking


All of these state-of-the-art fasteners have the option of five different types of heads. Each of these provides a unique hold, but all can be driven in and screwed out with absolute ease.

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SCRAIL fasteners can assist with all of the jobs listed above, and much more. With a full line of SCRAILers to help get the job done, these revolutionary products are clearly the best choice for quality, efficiency, and financial savings. You can find R.V. Evans’ SCRAIL fastening solutions here.

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Trigger Happy…the Low Down on Bostitch Triggers

Ever wonder what the different colored triggers on your Bostitch tools mean? Here is the low down from our friends at Bostitch a Division of Stanley Black & Decker.

Bostitch offers two types of triggers for pneumatic tools: Contact Trip (black trigger), Sequential Trip (silver-gray trigger) and Selectable Trigger. Each trigger has specific advantages. For example:

  • The Contact Trip is best suited for high-volume, rapid nailing or stapling where exact placement of the fastener is not important.
  • The Sequential Trip is best suited for applications where rapid nailing is not required or where the exact placement of the fastener is important.
  • You should evaluate your industrial fastening or construction project to determine which trigger type is best for you. Tools equipped with selectable trigger allow easy selection of contact or sequential trip with the turn of a dial.


  • A Bostitch tool with the Contact Trip (black trigger) installed will drive a nail whenever bot the trip and the trigger are depressed at the same time.
  • The tool can be used to rapidly drive nails by holding the trigger pulled and repeatedly bumping the trip against the work to be nailed. This is also known as Bump Firing or Bump Nailing. A nail is driven each time the trip is bumped against the work.
  • The Contact Trip will not prevent a nail from being accidentally driven if the trigger is held/pulled and the trip is bumped against any object or person. Never hold or carry the tool with your finger on the trigger unless driving fasteners into the work surface.
  • The Contact Trip can also be operated by holding the tool against the work with the trip depressed and then pulling the trigger (Place Nailing). When using a Contact Trip for Place Nailing, the tool may bounce due to recoil, and if the tool is allowed to contact the work surface while you are holding the trigger pulled, a second nail will be driven. The operator should allow the tool to recoil far enough to release the trip and avoid a second cycle. Don’t push the tool down extra hard; let the tool do the work.


  • The Sequential Trip (silver-gray trigger) offers a positive safety advantage since it will not accidentally drive a nail if the tool is bumped against any surface or anybody while the operator is holding the tool with the trigger pulled.
  • It also allows Place Nailing without the possibility of driving a second nail on recoil as described under “Contact Trip.”
  • The Sequential Trip gets its name from the “sequence” required to operate the tool. To drive a nail, the operator must first depress the trip against the work and then pull the trigger. To drive a second nail, the operator must lift the tool from the work, release the trigger, and then repeat the above sequence.

A couple of important reminders when operating pneumatic or cordless nailing and stapling tools…

  • You, and others working around you, can be seriously injured by fastener driving tools if you do not follow the instructions provided on the tool and in the operations manual. Used properly, these tools provide easy, safe, and efficient methods for driving nails and staples for all kinds of industrial fastening and construction projects.
  • Refer to your Operations Manual and or parts list
  • Eye protection which conforms to ANSI Z87.1 specifications and provided protection against flying particles both from the FRONT and SIDE should ALWAYS be worn by the operator and others in the work area when connecting to air supply, loading, operating, or servicing fastener driving tools. Eye protection is required to guard against flying fasteners and debris, which could cause severe eye injury.

A Trigger Tip: Bostitch designates trigger types in its tool nomenclature.

  • Dash 1 at the end of a tool part number means “CT” or Contact Trip
  • Dash 2 at the end of a tool part number means “ST” or Sequential Trip
  • Dash 3 at the end of a tool part number means “TO” or Trigger OperatedDCF 1.0

So if you are looking at a 15 degree Coil Siding Nailer model number N66C-1, this tool has a Contact Trip trigger.

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Source: Bostitch Industrial Tools & Fasteners Catalog

3 Things You Should Know About Carton Closing

Carton Closing Stapler

Carton Closing Stapler

There are a variety of ways to close and seal a carton. The method that you choose to close the cartons in your packaging process can greatly affect the condition of the product when it arrives to your customer. If the product arrives in poor condition, it not only runs the risk of being returned with a complaint, but it hurts your company’s brand. Using the correct method to close and seal cartons can reduce material costs as well as increase shipping conditions.

There are a variety of methods for closing your cartons including staples, tape, and plastic strap. All are designed for different applications. Some of the most common use of staples and plastic strap is to keep cartons sealed that may contain heavier items that would normally rip tape, whereas tape may be used in applications where higher volume production is present.

These are very basic examples of applications where these carton closing methods would be used, in all truth, each application is unique. There are a variety of factors that must be taken into consideration in order to achieve the optimal carton closing method. 3 important factors are:

1)   Storage and Shipping

One factor that comes into play is; what is happening to the product after it is packaged and the carton is closed? If it is immediately going into ground shipment and it is a heavier item, then staples may be required to ensure that the product stays in the carton. If the product is going off of the packaging line and being placed on a skid to be stacked, you may be able to get away with tape to close the carton.

2)  Production Volume

Another factor is the volume of packaging that is occurring in the application. If you are operating with very low volume, using stick staples in a carton closing stapler may be adequate. As packaging volume increases, your method needs to change to meet the demand. Staples can also come in roll format; these are collated rolls of up to 5,000 on most Bostitch rolls. If volume increases even more, tape systems can meet the demand of higher throughput. Systems like the Wexxar BEL250 are designed to seal up to 25 cases per minute.

3)  Environmental Factors

Another factor to take into consideration is the environment in which the carton is being closed. Dirty and dusty environments can leave residue on the corrugated container making it more difficult for tape to seal, but does not affect carton closing staples. Also, if there is a void around the product, you may risk damaging the product with staples.

There are a plethora of factors that come into play when deciding whether to use tape or staples. Using the correct method will provide better results, reduce wasted material and cut down on costs. Take time to identify some of the factors that may affect your end product to ensure that you are using the correct carton closing method.

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Is There a Difference in Strapping Joint Strength?

rv-evans-joint-strength-strappingA question that we hear a lot here at the R.V. Evans Company when discussing strapping is; “Is there a difference in joint strength between strapping materials?” This is often times brought on by the difference in appearance between steel strap and polyester strap. Naturally, you would think that the steel strap would be stronger, but in reality, the joint strength of strapping material is very similar.

Sealless Joint types

Sealless joints can be made with manual or pneumatic combination tools for steel strap. Using interlocking keys, the sealless joints provide static joint strength equal to that of notch-type joints. The reverse lock sealless joint features one reversed interlocking key for added security in impact conditions.

Basic seal joint types

Notch Joint

The most commonly used joints for steel strapping are down and reverse notch. One way to lock strap ends is to cut, or “notch” the seal and the strapping it joins to form tabs at the edges. These tabs are bent down (down notch joint) or bent up (reverse notch joint). The strength of the notch joint comes from the mechanical interlock between the seal and strapping. Notch joints are typically used on waxed steel strapping in packaging and unitizing applications.

Crimp Joint

Another way to seal the ends of strapping is to press or “crimp” undulations into the seal and strapping ends. The strength of the crimp joint comes from the deformed seal creating high frictional forces. Crimp joints produce high static and dynamic joint strengths and are used on applications in which the strapped load is subject to severe impact.  This style of joint is used in plastic applications as well.

Friction Weld

Polyester strapping uses friction seals to weld the strap, eliminating the need for metal seals. Additional savings can be gained via polyester’s low strap cost per foot and through reduced product damage from seals or staining. 


In conclusion, there is no strength lost from switching between steel and polyester strap with a properly specified strap recommendation. It is a general rule that you can expect 75-80% of the listed joint strength of strap. This rule holds true whether you are talking about battery powered hand tools or pneumatic hand tools for strapping. Though different types of strap are designed for different applications, there are benefits to each type and the joint type used. Contact the R.V. Evans Company to ensure that you are using the right type for you specific application.

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