Question about Ridgid Air Tools & Compressors
My nailer has been working fine then without any notice it quit sending out nails. All I get is puffs of air. What can I do to fix this?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It can be confusing these days knowing exactly how each nailer works. For example your nailer has three different triggers available that will function differently. The black trigger is the contact trigger that will fire a nail every time the safety hits the work or (bump fire with trigger held); with the grey trigger one must depress the safety foot against the work first ~ then squeeze trigger. To fire again you must release the trigger withdraw the gun ~ re-depress the safety and squeeze the trigger to fire again. A third black trigger is available that will fire the gun with mechanical arm for production work. You can test the gun for defect by disconnecting air, removing the nails, remove the trigger retainer pin, remove the trigger. Then connect air and press the gun against wood and press the trigger pin with your finger. Not good to dry fire these guns; thats why it is necessary to place gun against wood to absorbe energy. If the gun does not fire return for exchange. Good Luck
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
Your nailer is one of many bostitch nailers that use the TVA6 trigger valve. With time, this triggering valve will wear and act as you describe. Some TVA6 valves have a green plastic pin that wears and becomes shorter. (some have a metal pin) The safety foot and trigger can also cause problems. Try the following to determine the problem:
Remove the roll pin that holds the trigger in place to expose the tva6 valve pin. Remove the nails from the gun and connect airline. Place the nose of the gun against wood or hard rubber and with a very quick motion depress the trigger pin all the way in. If the gun fires then the problem is that the safety and the trigger are not depressing the tva6 pin all the way in. Check for worn parts and replace as necessary.
If gun does not fire remove the head from the gun and check headvalve for worn orings or very tiny scratches where orings contact surfaces. Use a magnify lense to check surfaces if necessary. Use very fine sandpaper to remove scratches (300 grit). Lube orings with silicone paste (looks like vaseline, sold at Lowes in plumbing department it is used to lube faucet orings) and re-assemble. This will make your nailer regain lost power.
Finally, when the tva6 valve fails, air will leak out valve at a high rate, however as the valve wears it will become troublesome if you have a plastic pin. To replace remove trigger then remove roll pins that retain valve. Use a thick glove to catch the valve as you connect to air supply. Use caution because it will come out with force. You may want to reduce pressure to gun when you do this. Good luck with your repair and email if you have question.
Posted on Feb 24, 2009
I worked at at tool rental center while attending college and learned from the old tool masters about nails and nailers. Rental stores have many different brands of nailers to rent and customers would bring their own nails of all brands. You will notice on the case/box that your nails will /should work on many other brands however the degree or angle of the nails is not always exacly as stated on the box. You should check with protractor the exact angle of your nails and also check the exact angle of the nailer. Use straight edge on travel path of the piston and another on guide rails to check angle of the gun. You will discover that all is not as stated as in a perfect world. If the angle is off slightly, the head of the second nail will get into the path of the driver. This happens mostly with clip head because the nail heads are so close together. The full round head is spaced further apart with less jamming. If angle is off slightly, take a look at other brands of nails with protractor in hand, the angle will be different slightly or choose a slightly thicker nail. Look for the nails to fit with bottom of nail hitting the barrel first. This will move the head of the nail slightly away from the center line. Finally do not release pusher with force as this will jamb nails closer together. Good Luck!?
Posted on Jun 18, 2009
there is an o ring in the trigger valve referred to as a Purple o ring that is probably split. If you can find a air tool center that has them you will save a lot of money versus replacing the trigger valve. Let me know what you are going to do and I will help you with the removal of the valve.
Posted on Oct 06, 2009
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