I can’t say I have installed thousands of hardwood floors, but I have done quite a few. When it comes to click and lock or engineered flooring, I haven’t done too many. I do know that dealing with the glue or the hollow sounds of click and lock and engineered flooring can be a huge deterrent from installing them. Well things have changed. A large company approached one of the top brand nailers, Powernail, and said they needed a way to give alternative ways to install their flooring. That’s when Powernail developed the 20 gage 2000.
If you are familiar with Powernail, you know they make quality nailers. The 2000 doesn’t seem any different. In fact, this is the industries first trigger pull 20 gage cleat nailer. The nailer has a fully adjustable Flex Foot that allows a user to install products that range from 5/16″ to 9/16″. One great thing about this nailer is you can use it to install engineered products or solid wood, which makes this versatile. You can even use it to install woven Bamboo which is pretty amazing. One of the reasons is because of the unique design of the drive blade and also the strength of the 20 gage Power Cleats. The nailer uses 1″ and 1-1/4″ gage L-Cleats. Okay all sounds great, but what about the locking systems? Yes, this can be used to install a variety of click and lock systems. As we saw when we visited Powernail, it even will penetrate some of the densest of MDF cores without bending, curling or folding.
The nailer weighs about 3 lbs. Now one thing you have to note is you don’t use this like a traditional finish nailer, you still hold it like a floor nailer. One thing I do like about this nailer is the ability to clear jams. With some of the bigger models, it does take time to clear a jam and when opening up the nailer, you can mess up some of the alignment. With the 2000, you still need a hex wrench to open it, but it is simple and you don’t have to worry about anything getting out of alignment.
The Powernail 2000 includes:
- Tap Block
Again , I don’t install a lot of click and lock systems or many engineered flooring, but I can see how this nailer can have a huge impact. The ability to not have to glue a floor down or not having to hear the hollow sounds of a floor is pretty cool. I have removed some floors that were glued down and it’s a pain. I would much rather rip out a floor that was nailed down, instead of glued. All in all this is a great addition to the Powernail line of tools. For anyone who works with click and lock and engineered flooring, this seems like it was designed for you. Making your life easier and less hassle, who can complain about that?