August 26, 2014 : Must-Have Flooring Tools & Accessories

Must-Have Flooring Tools & Accessories

If you remodeled or built a home recently, you've probably considered hardwood or laminate flooring for at least one room of the house. A must-have feature in new home construction and older home renovation, hardwood and laminate flooring has grown significantly in popularity throughout the last 10-15 years. We've shown you "How To Install A Hardwood Floor," but what about the best tools to get the job done efficiently and effectively?
 
Hardwood Floor 
To begin, let's recap the two traditional flooring tools that are available, flooring nailers or flooring staplers. For an in-depth look at the difference between these tools, check out our post on "The Difference Between Floor Nailers & Flooring Staplers."
 
Bostitch Floor Tool 
Determining which type of flooring tool to use is up to you. Today, we're just looking at a few of the best tools from each category, available for use on hardwood and laminate flooring applications.
 
Powernail Stapler 
Let's start with flooring staplers. If you are looking for a top-of-the-line hardwood stapler, Bostitch offers an industry-leading line of flooring staple guns to choose from. Pneumatic or air-powered, two top-selling models include the Bostitch MIIIFS and the Bostitch EHF1838K. The biggest difference between these models, the MIIIFS is mallet-actuated (meaning you must strike the tool with a rubber mallet to drive the staple), whereas the EHF1838K is trigger-actuated. The MIIIFS is considered the flagship model of Bostitch floor staplers, but for many, the trigger-actuated firing of the EHF1838K is more desirable - especially for DIY users.
 
Bostitch MIIIFS 
If you are looking for a less expensive option, 3 PRO is an up-and-coming brand that offers less expensive, durable flooring staplers. Models such as the 3 PRO S9032P and 3 PRO S9040P are inexpensive hardwood tools that are designed to compete with higher-end models from well-known manufacturers. The 3 PRO FSN50 not only drives flooring staples, it can also be used as a hardwood nailer.
 
3 PRO FSN50 
Moving into floor nailers, you have the option to choose between manual or pneumatic powered tools. Just to refresh, as we mentioned earlier, pneumatic tools are powered by an air compressor, whereas a manual floor nailer is powered strictly by human force. Bostitch and Powernail offer a few popular manual tools, but many opt for the easier to operate, pneumatic variations.
 
Wood Floor Thickness 
Two popular pneumatic floor nailers, the Bostitch MIIIFN (the nailer variation of the MIIIFS) and the Powernail 2000 come recommended by many users. Again, the MIIIFN is mallet-actuated - as are most pneumatic hardwood nailers and staplers - whereas the Model 2000 relies on a trigger to fire. 
 
Powernail 2000 
A secondary tool that's worth considering, palm nailers are also frequently used to secure the initial floor board at the base of a wall. Don't underestimate the versatility of these tools - though we don't recommend using a palm nailer for bulk nailing applications. Built specifically for flooring applications, the Powernail Power Palm face nailer is designed with a special nose that allows it to accept flooring nails, an excellent option for hardwood flooring.
 
Powernail Power Palm 
There are many other flooring tools to choose from, so don't feel limited to these models - including many others that also come highly-recommended - so be sure to look at all of your available options before selecting a tool. Also, keep in mind that each of these tools runs a specific range and type of fastener, so be sure that the range is relevant to the application you are installing. 
 
NGD Ultimate Construction Kit 
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Your Floor Tool Experts,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



August 19, 2014 : The MAX Tools Buying Guide on Nail Gun Depot

The MAX Tools Buying Guide on Nail Gun Depot

This year, MAX Tools USA is celebrating its 20th anniversary of serving the construction, renovation and manufacturing trades of North America. A brand recognized for the quality, integrity and durability of its tools, MAX is among the best power fastening tool manufacturers within the industry. Learn about some of MAX's top tools to own, right here on the Nail Gun Network.

 
MAX 20th Anniversary

Let's start small and work our way up, as we introduce MAX's line of finish nailers and staplers.The MAX NF565/16 16 gauge finish nailer, weighing in at only 3.5 lbs., is among the lightest in its class. A powerful motor and patented drive system ensures consistent driving - despite the intensity of an application. The NF565/16 features a selectable trigger for sequential or bump fire operation, on board depth control, easy jam clearing system, belt hook and 360 degree adjustable exhaust - to direct air away from user. Applications for this tool include door and window casings, decorative boards, panel assembly, moldings, furniture assembly, case back fastening, blind pinning and cabinet assembly.

 
MAX Finish Tools

Likewise, the MAX NF255F/18 18 Gauge Brad Nailer features a thread style driver unit, high composite bumper, and slim body - easily reaching into tight quarters. A selectable trigger allows this tool to fire sequentially or upon contact. As with most brad nailers, the MAX NF255F/18 excels at applications including: door and window casings, plywood, decorative boards, interior finish work, panel assembly, moldings, subflooring, furniture assembly including drawer case-back nailing, blind pinning, cabinet assembly and other finishing projects. 

 

 

Shifting gears, finish staplers are quickly becoming a popular alternative to finish nailers. The MAX TA238A/18-6 narrow crown finish stapler is no exception to this trend. Featuring a one-inch slim nose, rapid fire trigger valve, lock out mechanism, fastener window, rear exhaust, trigger lock and comfortable rubber grip - you'll definitely want to keep an eye on this pneumatic stapler. Keep in mind, finish staplers are perfect for door and window casings, molding, underlayment, cabinet assembly and soffits - among other finishing projects.
 
MAX Finish Tool

Moving on to larger tools, MAX offers a wide selection of framing, roofing, pallet and concrete nailers to choose from. While we don't have the space to cover each product, the following products are a few industry favorites.

 
MAX Logo

Looking for a lightweight framing nailer? Look no further than the MAX SN883RH2Featuring a patented, double-fire mechanism for increased safety, an adjustable depth control, maintenance free end cap filter, aggressive sawtooth safety, comfortable rubber hand grip, trigger lock and magnetic nose - this tool sits at the top of our list for quality, affordable framing tools. Don't take our word for it, see what Tools of the Trade Magazine says about the SN883RH2.

 
MAX SN883RH2

If you are manufacturing pallets or crates, check out the MAX CN70 coil pallet nailer. Available with or without a magazine assembly, depending on the application it is being used for, the CN70 features a heavy-duty dust cover, body protector, adjustable exhaust, metal nail tray, narrow nose for accurate nail placement, comfort grip and tough nylon magazine - making it perfect for pallet building, crating, fencing, framing, sheathing, subflooring and more.

 

MAX NGD Ad

Last, but certainly not least, refreshed and updated, the MAX CN565S2 SuperSider coil siding nailer is lighter weight, more durable and less expensive that its predecessor. At only 5 lbs., this tool is easy to handle for extended periods of time, and features a maintenance free end cap filter - to prevent dust and debris from entering the tool, easy-load magazine, adjustable depth of drive, adjustable exhaust, anti-double fire mechanism and non-marring contact tip. Look to use this pneumatic tool for high-volume siding, fencing, exterior trim, sheathing, subfloor, roof decking, exterior decking, furring and strapping applications. 

 

Getting You The Max Out Of Your MAX,

The Team At Nail Gun Depot




August 12, 2014 : What's A Cap Stapler/Nailer - And Why Should I Use One?

What's A Cap Stapler/Nailer - And Why Should I Use One?

If you work with housewrap or roofing underlayments, and you are still using a standard hammer-tacker, it's time to think about an upgrade that can improve the quality of your work - and ultimately increase productivity on the job. If you saw the title, you already know we're talking about adding a cap tool (stapler or nailer) to your arsenal. There are quite a few options available, including tools from Bostitch, Senco, Hitachi and Paslode, but one brand that specializes in cap nailers and cap staplers, Stinger Cap Systems' specifically designs their tools for applications that require a cap nail or cap staple.
 
Stinger CN100 
What's the benefit of a cap fastener over a standard staple? The cap helps to protect and expand the surface area (holding power) of the fastener - which means the fastener is better able to withstand harsh weather conditions - protecting the housewrap or fabric from separating or tearing. Many manufacturers require capped fasteners be used with their wrap or felt, due to the increased strength and protection they provide. Cap tools can also be used for a variety of other applications including foam board installation, carpet padding and more. In other words, these tools are perfect for any material that is thick, but maintains a soft consistency.
 
Stinger Cap Tool 
If you are looking at cap nailers, there are a couple good options available, which include the Hitachi NV50AP3 and Bostitch N66BC-1; if you are looking to drive a larger and wider range of fasteners. If you are looking for a smaller cap nail (1" to be precise), we suggest the Stinger CN100. Similar to a cap stapler, these tools are designed for roofing, sidewall and insulation board - check with the material manufacturer to determine whether a nail or staple is required for your application.
 
Senco BC58 
Moving into cap staplers, a few of the more popular options, look to Senco's BC58 cap button stapler, Paslode's CS150 cap stapler, Pneu Tools Rap-A-Cap 58 (RC-58), and of course, Stinger brand cap tools - including the CH38 (manual fire), CH38A (auto fire) and CS150 (air-powered) cap tools. Depending on the material - and surface it is being installed to - you will need to determine whether a nail or staple is necessary for your application.
 
Paslode CS150 
Before you buy a cap tool, be sure to consider these factors: manual vs. auto-firing tool; the role that tool weight and balance plays on your application; and the level of maneuverability required for the job. For heavy-duty, high-volume use, you will most likely choose an auto-fire cap tool. The benefit to a manual cap stapler, such as the Stinger CH38, the tool is lightweight and smaller in size - which makes it easier to maneuver. For most pneumatic variations of cap stapler, plan on any of the tools previously mentioned weighing between four and five pounds - before caps and staples have been loaded. Pneumatic tools also require an air compressor to operate, another factor that should be taken into consideration depending on the flexibility of your jobsite.
 
Stinger CH38 
Need additional help? Let one of our trained technicians guide you to the perfect cap tool for your project. 
 
Capping Your Fastening Tool Knowledge,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



August 5, 2014 : Which Woodworking Tool Do I Need For My Project?

Which Woodworking Tool Do I Need For My Project?

Getting ready to start a woodworking project? Maybe you aren't sure what tool(s) you need to complete your project? Let's take a look at some of the tools you might need to tackle woodworking - whether you are starting your first project or adding a new tool to your collection.
 
Bostitch Finish Nailer 
There isn't one specific woodworking tool that is more important than another for your workshop - it really just depends on the project you are looking to take on. Unless you get a battery-powered, cordless fastening tool, you will need an air compressor to power any nail gun or staple gun you purchase. If you get a screw gun, such as Senco DuraSpin, you can choose between battery or electric power - in other words, no need for an air compressor.
 
Bostitch Compressor 
If you are just getting into woodworking or DIY projects around the home, you will probably want to start with a finish, brad or pin nailer, as these tools are most commonly selected for smaller woodworking projects such as furniture and cabinet building, trim work and craft projects.
 
OMER 12.40 
Looking for something a bit larger to build? For sheds, home additions, tree houses - or anything else that requires a structural frame - you will need a framing nailer. These nail guns have the power to drive large framing nails, which are minimum-mandatory for any structural project. Once a structure has been framed, you might find a screw gun useful for adding any finishing touches to your project, such as drywall, deck boards, subfloor and more.
 
 
Similar to a finish nailer, you might also consider a finish stapler - depending on the small project you are working on. Staple guns can be particularly useful for furniture and upholstery projects. Upholstery staplers are an absolute must-have tool if you are considering refinishing a chair or sofa.
 
Duo-Fast Furniture 
Last, but not least, don't rule out a palm nailer as a viable option for less intense projects - particularly ones that require touch-up with hard to reach areas. A palm nailer is typically used for framing, decking, fencing, pole barns, metal connector straps and other similar applications. While palm nail guns don't offer the benefit of a collated drive to hold a large capacity of fasteners, palm nailers are small, and capable of reaching hard to access areas - where a large tool would not be able to fit. Another benefit to palm nailers, you can find most priced below $100.
 
Senco Palm Nailer 
Ready to start your project? Need more help? Our trained customer service team is ready to pair you with the perfect fastening tool for your project.
 
Your Woodworking Experts,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



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