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We started using air nailers in our company about five years ago. Looking back, this change probably had a greater effect on our productivity than any other. Air nailers enable even the lowest skilled worker to become a high-speed money-maker. We no longer have to spend hours training recruits on the art of speed nailing — no more purple thumbs, hammer marks, or split boards. At first it seemed like a capitalist dream: The tool helped our employees to work faster and more cost-effectively. But this holds true only if you don't fail to overlook one very important issue — safety. The combination of the lowestskilled worker and a powerful air nailer