Senco finishpro 41xp
Keywords: tools, reviews, power tools, woodworking, diy, triton, multi-stand, multistand, multi stand, roller stand
Description: Tool manufacturers, or manufacturers/developers of almost any other product on the market are notorious for ramping up their product to attract consumer attention. It's the nature of the game and
Tool manufacturers, or manufacturers/developers of almost any other product on the market are notorious for ramping up their product to attract consumer attention. It's the nature of the game and one manufacturer's product (in their eyes at least) will always be better than their competitors. So how does the poor consumer at the local hardware or woodworking store make a purchase decision when every box or product blurb he/she reads claims they are the best? It certainly is a quest on its own.
Very few products, however, can actually live up to their marketable box blurbs, which in the end frustrates the consumer and leads to bad publicity. Let's be fair though, products or manufacturers that claim the world AND actually deliver are those companies that sit high on top of woodworker's, trades-people's and DIY enthusiast's product wish lists. These are the companies that, ultimately, are successful in most instances.
Marketing is a tough game and I was interested to read the above quote on the Senco website regarding the claims they make about the 41XP. Well, this is exactly what we are here to find out. whether the 41XP is the ideal tool for the most demanding Pro!
Personally, I like to think that quality shows its playing card well before you have used your tool for the first time. Either your local woodworking/hardware shop (that has a credible and knowledgeable salesperson) has recommended the tool based on experience, or the product itself is well presented, packaged and complete. I'll be the first to admit that you can certainly buy flashy looking products which end up becoming scrap metal soon after. I've purchased these in the past, so have many others. A good indicator of a quality tool is a quality printed manual. Without a quality manual, setting up your tool could not only be difficult, but also frustrating and potentially dangerous. Many budget brand import tools lack good manuals, and some you cannot make heads or tails of due to very low quality graphics, poor printing or language translation that is very sub-standard. I am happy to report that the 41XP scores well in this area. The 41XP is shipped in its own molded carry case, which not only protects the tool during transport and shipping, but also helps eliminate problems like rust, accidental damage and essential bits and pieces going walkabout! Like a business briefcase, your tool case should also carry around important elements necessary to complete your work. The 41XP case houses not only your 41XP, but its various attachments (which we will look at next) and a well thought-out molded 'pocket' area to keep the manuals and documentation securely seated away. No one likes opening up a tool case and having all the paperwork fly out all over the place, which then requires your effort to stuff it all back in.
The manual included is a generic manual that addresses a variety of Senco nail guns (FinishPro32, SFN30, SFN40, Finish Pro 41XP) and a variety of languages (English, Spanish, French). As a result, you can get yourself lost looking for the right part at times. While this is no real drama if you have used similar nail guns before (the basics are generally the same), a new user may get a little lost, but it is certainly no point-deducting issue. All graphics in the manual seem to be vector-based illustrations, which makes them ultra-clear and easy to follow. The manual covers all the basics of using and operating the 41XP and it answered all my initial questions right off the bat. Along with the 7-page operation manual is a 6-page Safety Instructions booklet. This will only take you a few minutes to read, but could save you from a disaster that could last a lifetime, so it's a wise choice to read it carefully.Since we don't need to worry about oil maintenance, we can get straight on to loading the nails. As mentioned above, the 41XP uses 15 gauge finish nails and is capable of driving such nails from 1-1/4" to 2-1/2" in length. This range allows the nail gun to be used across a variety of applications including: