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Pistorius VN-S V-nailer - manual/advice?

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by Andrew Lenz Jr., Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Andrew Lenz Jr.

    Andrew Lenz Jr. MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    LONG VERSION:

    Back around 1990, give or take, a local frameshop went out of business and we purchased a number of their pieces of equipment including a second V-nailer for use in our warehouse . . . a Pistorius VN-90066 according the information plate mounted on the unit as transcribed by one of my staff.

    About 15-20 years ago, we had a frame cutter using this second V-nailer to put together pre-made frames. The problem is that the V-nailer wasn't driving the wedges deep enough into the frames and we ended up with hundreds of pre-made frames with the V-nails sticking dangerously out by about 1/16". (You'd think he would have asked about that, but alas.)

    We haven't used the thing for years (we keep a more serious Casesse here at our main building) but we're gearing up to make pre-made frames in our warehouse again.

    ABRIDGED VERSION:

    Bottom line, is there an adjustment on this Pistorius for the depth that the V-nail is driven into the moulding?

    The compressor is working fine, so I'm figuring it must be something on the V-nailer itself.

    Thanks,
    Andrew
     
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  2. Al B

    Al B CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

    Andrew,
    We have a Pistorius VN-A - it has an adjustable pressure regulator for a nail drive cylinder, so the v-nail driver can be adjusted for the type of wood. There is a black knob under the gauge on the top of the machine. I don't know what the gauge looks like on yours. You may also have to adjust the clamp pressure. Also, since it has been sitting so long, it would be a good idea to make sure it is lubricated. I can attach a diagram of our machine if you think it would help, but I don't know the difference in the models. I hope this helps. Al
     
  3. Andrew Lenz Jr.

    Andrew Lenz Jr. MGF, Master Grumble Framer

    I had my frame cutter send me a photo. It's not a VN-90066 as he originally said. It's a VN-S. (S as in sam.) That makes far more sense. I should have double-checked first. (i'll see if I can get a moderator it edit the subject line.)

    Al, thanks for your suggestion. Being it's the same manufacturer, it may be the same as your VN-A.

    Thanks,
    Andrew
     
  4. Al B

    Al B CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

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  5. Andrew Lenz Jr.

    Andrew Lenz Jr. MGF, Master Grumble Framer

  6. Al B

    Al B CGF, Certified Grumble Framer

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