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The Complete Guide on Purchasing Nail Guns for Beginners

Kyle Brink

02 February 2018

If you are planning to buy a nail gun perhaps you have been brainwashed with loads of B-horror movies. It could be that you have been thinking that your next project will include excessive manual hammering of the nails. Picking the best nail gun to suit your needs should be the ultimate thing to do at the moment, as you have been planning to get one soon. You will get a better experience when shopping for what you are looking for from either the online shops or hardware stores if you are already equipped with at least the basic knowledge.

Right now let’s discover some of the common versions of nail guns, their varied utilization, the variable power usage, what the triggers are and the common features helpful in making your projects more simplified. By having adequate knowledge you’ll likely experience great satisfaction in terms of having the best choice of equipment to get the job done.

Reasons for Purchasing a Nail Gun

When you buy a nail gun most importantly you need to know your reasons of purchasing it. Nail guns are available in a lot of varieties and functions you can ever imagine. Your task is to visualize the breadth of your usage. Will it be used to produce a booth with a craft theme for your wife? Are you planning to create a new garage? Are you in a major project of constructing a hundred garages in one year? In order to ensure that your money is spent wisely knowing what you will use it for is crucial before you proceed to the next step.

Choosing between Coil and Stick Nail Magazines

The main point differentiating the types of nail guns is ‘coil and stick’. When nails are held in long, flexible strips and they are gripped in a coil, say 150 to 350 nails, this refers to coil nail magazines. When long nails are held in strips of twenty to forty increments, this refers to stick nail magazines. Different guides may recommend the use of one better than the next. Some people choose to use the coil nailer as it holds more nails, easier to maneuver and does not have to deal with a ‘stick’ magazine which is poking in nature. Additionally, coils are comprised of standardized nails more than customized. Coil guns are priced more expensively compared to stick nailers. Therefore, get your buying reasons right before deciding on which one to buy.

Where to Use Nail Guns – For Roofs, Frames, Floorings, Finishes, Staples and Brads

Nail guns are primarily produced in four main applications, and this includes roofing nailers. A roofing nailer is used to nail shingles, frames, nailing a lot of nails into hard and thick substances, floorings (such as wood flooring), nailing finishes, which is the lightweight version used frequently in making delicate furniture, and staples or brads whenever fine finishes and precision are needed in the final output.

It is vitally important that you refer to the nailer’s manual when you buy a nail gun as a huge variety can be found even in its own similar range. For instance some nailers for finishes can be used for light framing in a pinch but some can’t.

Pneumatic Vs Cordless – Looking at the Power of Nail Guns

Nail gun power is available in two versions, i.e. pneumatic (air driven) and cordless (managed by small gas explosions just like a vehicle). The pneumatic version needs to rely on air compressor (make sure you research more on this), hoses and other tools associated to air usage. The second version is cordless and it is powered by gas. It uses a spark to ignite a little amount of gas produced by the use-and-throw cartridge.

The explosion provides enough momentum to the nail to move forward and into the targeted materials. They are great to use in scenarios where mobility is an important concern.

The Various Mechanisms for Nail Gun Triggers

Commonly there are three kinds of mechanisms for nail gun triggers. First, it’s the bump fire where the trigger needs to be pressed and the nail gun to be bumped to the targeted spot. Second, it’s the one-for-one version where each pull of trigger is meant for driving one nail; this is typically useful for brad or staple nailers. Third, it’s the squeeze-and-release version used mainly for professional projects; these are delicate in nature and rather sensitive – they might deliver a handful of nails at a time if it is used by an amateur. Most triggers are available in different settings. It’s good to buy a nail gun that has a big trigger so that it would be easy to use it even when you put on your gloves.

The Best Criteria of a Nail Gun

1) Swivel tube intact. When you want to use a pneumatic nail gun having the swivel tube connector is crucial to prevent the tube from tangling up; it also reloads a lot simpler.

2) Simple clear-off of jammed nails. Sometimes, nail guns have the tendency to jam. You want to get to the nail feed quickly and easily to prevent slowing down whenever a jam occurs.

3) Easy to adjust the depth of nails. It’s crucial to be able to control the depth of your nails. Finish nail guns can benefit a lot from this feature. Take note that some nail guns can be adjusted more easily than some others.

4) Easy to adjust the size of nails. Nails are typically available in various sizes. If you are using different sizes of nails in a single project it is crucial to buy a nail gun that can accommodate to different nail sizes.

5) There you go – it’s the end of the complete guide on buying nail guns for beginners. When you purchase your tools, refer to their manuals and don’t forget to abide by their safety rules. Enjoy working, but be safe at the same time.