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  • First Look: Dewalt DCN890 Cordless Concrete Pinner

    Expanding on an already impressive line of cordless tools, Dewalt, in partnership with Powers Fastening, recently introduced the DCN890 cordless concrete and steel pinner. Among the first battery-only cordless concrete nailers available to contractors, the DCN890 is able to handle an array of projects, including applications in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, drywall, insulation, surface prep and more. Versatile, easily serviceable in the field, and built for contractor-grade performance, here's your first look at the all-new Dewalt DCN890 cordless concrete nailer.

    Dewalt DCN890 Cordless Concrete Nailer

    As with all other Dewalt cordless nailers, the DCN890 is available in two variations - either as a complete kit with (2) DCB205 batteries, DCB115 charger, DCN8904 standard/drywall interchangeable contact trip, and storage case (DCN890P2); or as a bare tool only, without kit (DCN890B).

    This 20V lithium ion cordless concrete nailer isn't afraid to take on both large and small projects alike, designed to drive concrete pins from 1/2" all the way up to 2-1/4" in length.

    Dewalt DCN890 Applications

    What makes the DCN890 important isn't the fact it's cordless, but rather how it's powered. Removing fuel cells and powder loads from the equation, Dewalt's cordless concrete nailer runs exclusively on 20V MAX lithium ion battery power. Not only is the DCN890 safer to operate thanks to a propellant-free design, it also provides long-term cost efficiency - eliminating recurring expense for powder loads or gas fuel. When used with DCB205 5.0Ah battery, Dewalt indicates this tool is capable of firing up to 600 shots per charging cycle.

    Dewalt DCN890 Steel To Concrete

    Featuring a flywheel based design for internal operation, reset time between shots is minimal, allowing for improved overall performance. Thanks to flywheel operation, Dewalt is also able to offer some of the lowest noise and recoil levels among its competition. And, with a propellant-free design, no licensing is required.

    Dewalt DCN890 Electrical To Concrete

    The other major benefit to Dewalt's new DCN890P2 and DCN890B, among its competition, it is the only cordless concrete nailer with a field-serviceable driver blade. Easy to service on-the-go, Dewalt says the driver can be replaced by a user in under two minutes. Specifically designed to accommodate several different applications in concrete and steel fastening, three adjustable power settings allow the DCN890 to handle projects ranging from hollow block, to hard concrete and steel.

    Dewalt DCN890 Specs

    Other features on this Dewalt battery-powered concrete nailer include a driver stall release lever, brushless motor, tool-free access points to clear jams, and an angled magazine for access in tight areas. Meanwhile, dual built-in LED lights illuminate any work surface, while providing valuable tool diagnostics to the user. And best of all, backed by a 3-Year Dewalt Guaranteed Tough warranty, any lingering concern about quality should be put to bed.

    Dewalt DCN890 Features

    Ready to accessorize? The DCN890 can also be mounted on Dewalt's DCN8905 extension pole, which can be used either as a 3' or 6' extension in hard to reach places. Owners will also have the option to order Stick-E and Magentic Stick-E nosepieces for the cordless concrete and steel pinner. And of course, the DCN890 is also compatible with Dewalt's new FLEXVOLT battery too.

    Dewalt DCN890 Assembly

    Commercial applications for the DCN890 include attaching steel track to concrete, block or steel; attaching mechanical clips and fixing to concrete, block or steel; attaching plywood to concrete or block; attaching lath to concrete, block or steel; or attaching furring strips to concrete or block. Suitable base materials for fastening include normal-weight concrete, lightweight concrete, grouted concrete masonry, hollow concrete masonry, and steel.

    Dewalt DCN890 Lath To Concrete

    Ready to order? Initial reports estimate the DCN890 kit will be available as early as October 2017, while we expect the bare tool to follow shortly after. Launch pricing on Nail Gun Depot is set at $749 for the kit, while the bare tool can be had for just under $600.

    With a growing, industry-wide demand for lithium ion tools, do you see Dewalt's new DCN890P2 and DCN890B revolutionizing the way we nail to concrete and metal? Let us know.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Can Hitachi Cordless Framing Nailers Stand Up To Competition?

    Light-years ahead of the old Impulse tools from the 1990's, cordless nailing is now one of the hottest topics in construction. Efficiency concern - and in some cases questionable reliability - has kept many contractors from making the switch from air-power to battery-power, until now. Advancements in battery capacity and lithium ion technology, paired with better overall performance and durability, can be credited for the growing demand of cordless tools. With at least three leading brands ready to compete, and several others closing in on the competition, who's top dog when it comes to cordless framing guns?

    The new kid(s) on the block, Hitachi's new NR1890DR (plastic collated) and NR1890DC (paper collated) cordless framing nailers are ready to rattle cages with the longstanding cordless competition at Paslode and Dewalt.

    Hitachi Cordless Framing

    Using Hitachi Power Tools' all-new 18 volt brushless motor and Air Spring Drive System, both of these cordless nailers eliminate the need for air hose and air compressor. And, while the same can be said about comparable contenders from Paslode and Dewalt, Hitachi's lithium ion system also eliminates the use of gas fuel cartridges - a benefit not currently available with Paslode cordless nailers.

    Built from the underpinnings of Hitachi's high-quality pneumatic nail guns, the Hitachi 18V framing nailer is designed to handle like an air nailer, yet capable of delivering more than enough power to flush drive 3-1/2" framing nails with ease. This, in part, is thanks to Hitachi’s Air Spring Drive System, which uses permanently sealed compressed air to drive each nail - resulting in zero ramp up time, and driving speeds up to 2 nails per second. The list of standard features on each Hitachi NR1890 cordless framing nailer includes a tool-free depth of drive adjustment, selective actuation button, on-tool battery indicator, integrated pivoting rafter hook, and a side lock switch to prevent accidental firing.

    Hitachi NR1890DR

    Powered by Hitachi's BSL1830C compact 3.0Ah battery, these cordless framing nailers can drive up to 400 nails per charge. Each NR1890 nailer comes with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty on the tool itself, as well as Hitachi's 2-year battery guarantee, and 1-year warranty on the charger. In addition to the tool, you'll find a BSL1830C Li-Ion battery (339782), UC18YFSL fast charger, contractor bag and safety glasses in the box.

    So, how does the Hitachi NR1890 really stack up against its competition?

    For the sake of fairness, we can't really compare the NR1890DR to Paslode or Dewalt, since neither brand offers a cordless plastic strip framing nailer currently.

    However, when it comes to paper tape nailers, the Hitachi NR1890DC can definitely hold its own against the Paslode CF325XP (905600), and the Dewalt DCN692M1. Hitachi's instant advantage over Paslode, the NR1890DC requires no compressed gas fuel for operation - meaning the end user can operate independently of costly fuel cells; and without the need for compressed gas, there's no delay in firing due to ramp up. A huge benefit for productivity and efficiency.

    When we tested the Hitachi, we immediately noticed two things: the nailer is extremely fast - even compared to the Dewalt DCN692 - but can feel a little cumbersome after an extended period of time.

    Hitachi NR1890DC

    The biggest disadvantage to the Hitachi is its weight, which weighing in at 10 pounds with battery, is a pound heavier than the Dewalt DCN692, and three pounds heavier than the Paslode CF325XP. While a slightly heavier tool may pose issue to some, we're confident improved productivity and efficiency will more than make up for weight related concerns in the big scheme of things.

    When it comes to long-term build quality, we haven't had enough time with the Hitachi NR1890 to make any concrete claims, but with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty on the tool itself (excludes battery), neither Paslode nor Dewalt come close in comparison.

    Will you stick with the tried and tested Paslode, or give Hitachi's new kid on the block a shot?

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Hitachi Goes Old School With New A5 Framing Nailers

    Sometimes, making things better means stepping backward before moving forward - precisely what Hitachi Power Tools did with their refreshed line of A5 framing nailers. Replacing the expiring generation of NV83 and NR83 framing tools, new Hitachi A5 nailers feature first generation mechanics, including Hitachi's industry-leading cylinder valve drive system of the 1980's. Don't judge a tool by its cover, these Hitachi framing nailers are built for heavy construction from the inside out. Just take a look.

    Hitachi A5 Brochure

    All A5 nailers share many of the same features and benefits, including a five-year professional warranty through Hitachi - to guarantee peace of mind, and promote minimal downtime on the job site. Each A5 framing nailer also comes with a 1/4" air inlet, while sharing the same cylinder valve drive system that put Hitachi framing guns on the map in the 1980's.

    Keep reading to take a closer look at each tool.

    We start with the Hitachi NV83A5, Hitachi's latest take on the coil framing nailer. Bringing forth a strong sense of nostalgia, the NV83A5 shares many of the same aesthetics and components made popular by the original Hitachi NV83A. Capable of driving 2" to 3-1/4" full head wire collated coil nails, the NV83A5 features a tool-free depth of drive adjustment, selective actuation trigger for bump or sequential fire, rapid response cylinder valve drive system, side load pop-out magazine, open nose design, plastic shield, rubber grip, and rafter hook. A hardened claw tip resists wear, and grips more for driving nails at different angles.

    Hitachi NV83A5

    New and improved features for the NV83A5 include an easier to maintain design, interchangeable parts with the original NV83 tool, less parts in the trigger (eliminating composite parts altogether), and the addition of a rafter hook. Relying on the same cylinder valve drive system as the original NV83A, the NV83A5 offers both rapid response - paired with serious power. Light enough to hold in one hand during use, this Hitachi coil nailer is excellent for a variety of high production tasks in framing, sheathing, decking, sub-flooring and pallet assembly. The NV83A5 is a direct replacement for the NV83A4 and its predecessors.

    On the other hand, the Hitachi NR83AA5 drives clipped head paper tape nails from 2" to 3-1/4" in length, and offset round head paper strip nails from 2" to 3-1/4" in length. Despite the difference in nail collation, many of the NR83AA5's underpinnings are shared between the other A5 framing nailers. Lightweight and well-balanced, this Hitachi framing nailer is not only easy to maneuver, but capable of driving into the toughest materials. The NR83AA5 shares Hitachi's cylinder valve drive system, offering rapid response firing - paired with sufficient driving power for quick and consistent sinking. Standard features on the NR83AA5 include a selective action trigger, to switch between contact and sequential operation, as well as a rear loading aluminum magazine, open nose design, hardened claw tip (to reduce wear and drive nails at different angles), rafter hook, tool-free depth adjustment, and a comfortable rubber grip.

    Hitachi NR83AA5

    With selective actuation now located on the trigger, just as with the NV83A5, Hitachi not only reduced the total number of parts in the trigger, but also eliminated all composite parts. The Hitachi NR83AA5 is intended for applications ranging from framing to sheathing, truss building, sub-flooring, decking, fencing, pallet building and more. The Hitachi NR83AA5 replaces all previous generation NR83AA tools, including the NR83AA3 and NR83AA4.

    And last, but certainly not least, we have the NR83A5 and NR83A5(S).

    Taking the refreshed NR83A5 plastic strip framing nailer back to its roots, Hitachi re-employed first generation components and mechanics. The NR83A5 round head framing nailer drives plastic collated strip nails from 2" to 3-1/4" in length, and also features selective actuation on its trigger. With a selective action trigger to easily switch between contact and sequential operation, the Hitachi NR83A5 also comes with a two-piece steel magazine, tool-free adjustable depth of drive, comfort rubber grip, hardened claw tip (for driving nails at different angles), and an open nose design for easy jam removal. Featuring a top load magazine, the NR83A5 also comes with a rafter hook and safety glasses; and is positioned as a direct replacement for the NR83A, NR83A2, and NR83A3.

    Hitachi NR83A5(S)

    Almost identical to the NR83A5, the Hitachi NR83A5(S) offers all of the same features (as the NR83A5), with the exception of depth adjustment. That's right, the NR83A5(S) does not come with adjustable depth, but is otherwise identical to its counterpart, the NR83A5.

    Our take, if you don't need depth of drive adjustment, we'd suggest saving a few bucks and considering the A5(S).

    All four nailers are expected to launch early September 2017, and should be readily available to ship within the month.

    This leaves us with one last question. Which one would you choose?

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Introducing The Grex H850LX 21 Gauge Micro Brad Nailer

    When you think Grex Power Tools, your first thought is probably a 23 gauge micro pinner - or even an 18 gauge brad nailer. Grex wants to change your thinking, as the brand recently introduced its all-new H850LX 21 gauge micro brad nailer, the first of its kind to wear a green Grex badge.

    Grex H850LX

    At first glance, you can hardly tell the difference between the H850LX and its 23 gauge cousin, the P650LX. A closer look at the Grex 21 gauge pin nailer however, reveals a much different story.

    Grex H850LX Posit-Lock Nose Cover

    Drawing on more than 16 years' engineering excellence, the Grex H850LX offers a perfect compromise between nail diameter (represented by visual penetration marks on the wood surface), and holding strength (represented by pin length and width). While 18 gauge brad nails offer improved holding power, they tend to leave larger holes and markings wherever the nail is applied. On the other hand, a 23 gauge pin leaves a smaller blemish on the wood surface, but compensates with a smaller nail diameter - which reduces holding strength.

    Finish Nail Comparison Chart

    This leaves you with 21 gauge pins (also referred to as micro brads), which sit right in the middle. Micro brads provide better holding power than 23 gauge micro pins, but leave a less noticeable mark after each drive, as compared to 18 gauge brad nails. Compare the Grex H850LX to other popular 21 gauge nailers, including the Everwin PT850EA, the Senco FinishPro 21LXP and the Cadex V2/21.55.

    Grex H850LX Magazine

    When it comes to features, the Grex H850LX will not disappoint. Standard features on the H850LX include internal aluminum parts, one-piece driver design with tapered tip (for minimal marking), auto trigger lockout, one-touch lock-out over-ride, on-board integrated edge guide with holder, extruded aluminum magazine, narrow nose design, removable no-mar rubber tip, Posit-Lock nose cover (to reduce jamming), steel belt hook, rear exhaust, large fastener indicator window, allen key storage, swivel air coupler, and rubber hand grip. Weighing in at 3.6 lbs., the H850LX is capable of driving 3/8" to 2" 21 gauge slight headed micro brads, such as Senco ZX Series pins. Versatile and efficient, first impressions indicate Grex has hit one out of the park with their H850LX.

    Grex H850LX Internal Parts

    Priced at the top of its competition, just under $300 at launch, it's too soon to tell if the additional expense will be justified in improved build quality, durability and features. But, based on our experience with Grex 23 gauge nailers, we're confident this tool will be successful among the woodworking crowd.

    What do you think?

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Everything To Know About Galvanized Nails - And Using Them

    Why use galvanized nails? The quick answer, to slow down the process of rusting and corrosion, by protecting the nail with a zinc coating. Galvanized steel nails will eventually rust (use stainless steel nails to completely prevent rust), but the galvanization (zinc coat) will prolong the nail's lifespan - as compared to non-coated alternatives. Because the cost of stainless steel is often two or three times that of galvanized steel, many contractors elect for the galvanized product in regions where building code doesn't specify otherwise.

    So, you've decided to use a galvanized nail, but now need to determine which type of galvanized coating to use.

    There are two main types of galvanized nail that you'll find on Nail Gun Depot, either Hot-Dip Galvanized (HDG), or Electro-Galvanized (EG). Other types of galvanization can include tumbler hot galvanizing and mechanical zinc plating (also known as peen-plating). You may also see certain galvanized products listed as 1000 hours galvanized, which indicates those items are rated to withstand 1000 hours - or more - of salt spray testing.

    Hot Dipped Galvanized nails are the highest quality of galvanization available, offering 1.7 mils minimum zinc coating thickness, evenly covering all nail surfaces from head to tip - and offering a 30-50+ year lifespan. The process for hot-dip galvanizing includes cleaning the steel body, submerging the nail into molten zinc, and spinning it to remove excess coating. Perfect for use indoor and outdoor, HDG nails provide a good balance of cost and quality. And, an added benefit, the coarse zinc particles offer added "cling" to whatever surface they come in contact with - providing additional holding strength.

    For the highest quality galvanized nail, look to see if it is ACQ approved, which indicates the nail can be used with ACQ pressure treated lumber. For HDG nails, ensure the nail meets ASTM A153 specifications for hot dipped galvanizing.

    For applications where lower quality galvanization is suitable, Electro-Galvanized nails are among the thinnest coating, at 0.36 mils maximum. Ideal for indoor applications, the EG coating has an average lifespan of 5-10+ years depending on the environment. Similar to HDG, Electro-Galvanized nails are also bathed in zinc, but with an electric current that charges the zinc acid and attaches it to the nail's body.

    Despite the benefits to using a galvanized nail, there are certain types of wood, such as cedar or redwood, where galvanized nails (especially those with a lower quality galvanization) will quickly rust and streak the surface, due to a chemical reaction with the wood. We typically recommend using stainless steel nails if working with these types of wood, for a guaranteed high-quality finish.

    When ordering, if you're looking specifically for Hot Dipped Galvanized nails, pay close attention to the product description. More often than not, if a nail is labelled as galvanized, but does not specifically indicate Hot-Dip Galvanized (HDG) anywhere, the nail is probably coated with a lesser quality galvanization, such as Electro-Galvanized (EG).

    Most nails offered through Nail Gun Depot are listed specifically by the type of material, coating, or galvanization they are manufactured with. For additional questions regarding which type of nail or staple is best for your project, consult a product specialist here. You can also learn more by visiting the American Galvanizers Association.

    Of course, always know the building codes and requirements for the area with which you are planning to work.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Top 5 Woodworking Gifts For Father's Day 2017

    Having a hard time shopping for Dad? Skip the macaroni art and surprise him with a gift he can actually use. Priced for budgets of all sizes, take a look at our Top 5 Woodworking Gifts For Father's Day 2017.

    Small budget? Shopping for the Dad that has it all? Consider an accessory or attachment for the tool(s) he has already. If he prefers to use air-powered tools, consider a new air hose. With prices ranging from $29 to $100+, there are plenty of options to choose from. For the tech savvy Dad, going cordless, consider a spare battery for his cordless nailer or stapler.

    If shopping with a slightly larger budget, consider getting Dad a complete cordless kit. Thanks to Hitachi, from now through July 31, 2017, you can get a FREE DS18DSAL cordless drill kit via mail-in form, when purchasing any of Hitachi's all-new Li-Ion cordless finish nailers (models include NT1850DE, NT1865DM, and NT1865DMA). Even better, we're throwing in an additional spare Li-Ion nailer battery instantly with participating tool purchase. Free mail-in drill kit includes DS18DSAL cordless driver drill, Li-Ion cordless LED job light, 2 Li-Ion batteries, and battery charging base. All-in, Dad will get 4 Hitachi Li-Ion batteries, a cordless drill, LED work light - and of course, the Hitachi cordless nailer. Whether you split this kit up, keep part for yourself, or give him the full package, Dad won't find a deal like this anywhere else.

    Hitachi Cordless Nailer Sale

    Maybe finish woodwork isn't Dad's thing? If he's into heavy carpentry, consider a framing nailer for Dad. For a limited-time, Nail Gun Depot is offering the Dewalt DCN692M1 at its lowest price yet - click here to see more - while supplies last. You can also check out our full catalog of framing nail guns here.

    Dewalt DCN692M1 Framing Nailer

    Dad stocked up on fastening tools? A "must-have" in every woodshop, make sure Dad has an accurate measuring level. With options ranging from $10 to $1,000+, Stabila offers premium quality construction levels and laser levels - ensuring Dad the precision his projects demand. Choose from a wide variety of levels and lasers, including a full selection of spirit levels, mason levels, magnetic levels, plate levels, pocket levels, torpedo levels, exact length levels, electronic levels and more.

    Stabila Tech Level

    Last, but certainly not least, for the Dad that's getting started in woodworking, consider a tool and air compressor combo kit, such as the Senco PC0947 brad nailer and compressor combo set, or the Bostitch BTFP72646 3-tool finish kit with air compressor. The beauty to combo kits, such as these? They include everything Dad will need, to get started with woodworking. Simply plug in the compressor, hook up the tool, and he's ready to go.

    A Father's Day gift to all, use promo code FIVEOFF during checkout to receive 5% off your entire order!

    Wishing A Happy Father's Day To You & Yours,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • New Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Nailers & Staplers On The Way

    Dewalt is yet again raising the bar in cordless fastening, expanding their already impressive line of 20V MAX cordless nailers and staplers. Like most Dewalt cordless models, customers have a choice between the bare-bones tool, or a full kit with battery, charger and storage bag included. No doubt, Dewalt's new cordless nailers and staplers are certain to shake things up, as they become available for delivery throughout Summer 2017.

    For the floor installer, Dewalt introduces the world’s first battery-powered floor stapler, the DCN682M1. This cordless flooring stapler kit is designed for engineered wood flooring. The Dewalt DCN682M1 trigger-pull cordless flooring stapler can install 3/8” to 5/8” hardwood flooring with ease, all while featuring a tool-free adjustable base, high visibility tongue engagement for fast installation, and no-mar profiling tips to prevent scratching of floor surfaces. The DCN682M1 has a built-in paddle trigger, allowing for easy use in multiple orientations. A tool-free selectable trigger on the Dewalt DCN682 allows the user to switch between sequential and rapid sequential actuation modes without hassle. The full DCN682M1 cordless flooring gun kit includes a DCB204 lithium ion battery, DCB112 charger and bag.

    Dewalt DCN682 Flooring Stapler

    Just want the tool? Take a look at the DCN682B. Dewalt's pair of flooring staplers should be available for delivery by Mid-Summer 2017.

    For finish and trim woodworking, the DCN680D1 18 gauge cordless brad nailer kit may be the ticket. When paired with a Dewalt 2.0Ah 20V lithium ion battery, the Dewalt DCN680D1 can shoot up to 1200 nails between charging cycles. The full kit includes a DCB203 battery pack, DCB112 charger and kit bag. Designed with a micro nose, the Dewalt DCN680D1 provides improved line of sight and nail placement accuracy, as compared to the outgoing Dewalt DC608 brad nailer. Other features on the DCN680D1 include tool-free depth adjustment, tool-free jam release, selectable trigger, low nail lockout to prevent dry firing, and multi-functional LED lights. Consider the Dewalt DCN680D1 for fastening decorative molding, cabinetry, furniture, crown molding and flooring underlayment.

    Dewalt DCN680 Nose Tip

    Don't need the full kit? Consider the DCN680B bare tool. Both models should be available Early Summer 2017.

    Need to install large kitchen crown molding? No problem for the Dewalt DCN650D1 15 gauge cordless angled finish nailer kit. With a Dewalt 2.0Ah lithium ion battery, the DCN650D1 can fire up to 800 nails per charge. This DA angled finish nailer kit comes complete with a DCB203 battery pack, DCB112 charger and kit bag. Featuring an inline magazine for easy use in multiple orientations and tight spaces, other features on the DCN650D1 include a tool-free depth adjustment for precise countersinking of nails, tool-free stall release lever, and multi-functional LED lights - to provide additional work space illumination. This cordless finish gun is excellent for crown molding, baseboards, door and window casings, and hardwood floor installation.

    Dewalt DCN650 LED Work Lights

    As with the two previous models, if you just want the tool, Dewalt also offers the bare DCN650B as well. Look for a Mid-Summer official launch date from Dewalt, on both DCN650 nailers.

    Similar to the DCN682, Dewalt will also offer the DCN681D1, an 18 gauge cordless finish stapler kit. Almost identical to the DCN682, the Dewalt DCN681D1 narrow crown finish stapler runs the same L-Series staples, but eliminates the flooring shoe. The DCN681D1 kit includes a DCB203 20V lithium ion battery, DCB112 charger and kit bag; and is capable of driving up to 1000 staples per battery charge with 2.0Ah battery. The Dewalt DCN681D1 features an integrated tool-free stall release lever, allowing the user to reset its driver blade in case stalling occurs. This Dewalt cordless finish stapler comes with multi-functional LED lights for work space illumination, and low nail lockout to prevent dry firing - and damage to the wood surface. Other features of the DCN681D1 include a tool-free selectable trigger, adjustable belt hook, tool-free depth adjustment, and bottom load magazine for quick removal of jammed fasteners. The Dewalt DCN681D1 is perfect for cabinetry, furniture, paneling and underlayment. For the bare tool, Dewalt has the DCN681B, both models available starting Mid-Summer 2017.

    Dewalt DCN681 Narrow Crown Stapler

    Keep in mind, each Dewalt cordless tool listed above is compatible with any Dewalt 20V MAX lithium ion battery, including the FLEXVOLT system.

    Built with Dewalt’s patented brushless motor, and powered by high-quality lithium ion batteries, Dewalt's new cordless nailers and staplers are ready to run - without the hassle of using an air compressor, hose or fuel cells. From flooring to finish, Dewalt cordless power combines the consistency of air with the freedom of cordless.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Top 5 Essential Air Compressor Accessories

    Using an air compressor to operate any air-powered nailer, stapler, or other pneumatic tool is common knowledge, but many don't realize it's not simply the air compressor that brings their pneumatic tool(s) to life. Get the most out of any air tool with these top five essential air compressor accessories.

    Senco Air Accessories

    1. Air Hose

     

    Available in 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch inside diameters, the air hose is not only our most common accessory on this list - but also the most crucial. RolAir recommends using a 3/8 inch air hose whenever possible, as it allows for optimal air flow - despite being slightly less nimble versus a comparable 1/4 inch air hose.

    Air hoses come in a variety of lengths and materials. Typically found in 25 foot increments, make sure your air hose is long enough to reach the distance required. For a workshop or garage, 50 feet may suffice - whereas a roofer or framer may require 100+ feet of air hose while on the job.

    When it comes to selecting the best air hose material, it really depends on the type of environment the hose will be used. Options for air hoses include rubber,  polyurethane, or a rubber and polyurethane blend (commonly referred to as a "Hybrid Hose"). Rubber material handles temperature change well, but for more intense use, contractors generally prefer polyurethane air hoses, which also do well in extreme temperatures (warm and cold), but offer added flexibility with less risk of damage. Polyurethane has been found to stand up better to cuts and kinks too. Hybrid air hoses offer added durability, but at a more desirable price point as compared to traditional polyurethane air hoses.

    You can learn more on what type of air hose you need, by clicking here.

     

    2. Oils & Lubricants

     

    Most new air compressors that are not oil-free come with a fresh reservoir of oil, but once that oil has reached the extent of its lifespan, you'll need to make sure the compressor pump is properly lubricated.

    Before you start, make sure your compressor is not an oil-free model. Assuming it requires oil, prior to daily operation, make a habit of checking the air compressor's oil level for the compressor pump and engine (if compressor is gas-powered). Every direct-drive, hand-carry air compressor has a dipstick to check and maintain the proper oil level. RolAir belt-driven air compressors are equipped with a sight gauge to make the task of checking oil levels easier. Always maintain the oil level to read 2/3 full on the sight gauge.

    As a general rule, RolAir recommends changing air compressor oil once a month - though depending on usage this interval may change. If measuring based on hours, 10WT and 30WT compressor oil should be changed every 200-400 hours, while semi-synthetic air compressor oil can go 1,000 to 2,000 hours, and full synthetic compressor oil can run 2,000 to 4,000 hours between changing. Always use oil specified for use with air compressors, ONLY.

     

    3. Air Hose Fittings

     

    Thanks to their size, air hose fittings are probably the easiest air compressor accessory to forget; but while the fittings may be small, their purpose is significant. Depending on your set-up, you'll be able to choose between connectors, couplers, elbows, manifolds, splicers and more. Most of the fittings on Nail Gun Depot are anodized, which means they are resistant to rust and corrosion. Simply learn the proper size fitting for your air tool configuration before shopping.

     

    4. Air Regulators, Filters & Lubricators

     

    The following three air compressor accessories aren't necessarily mandatory, but can improve operation in many ways. Air regulators are pretty straightforward in their purpose - to regulate air flow. Filters help to keep the compressor motor running more efficiently, by removing unwanted moisture and debris from compressed air; however, if filters are allowed to get clogged, they actually lead to adverse results - reducing the compressor's lifespan and performance. The lubricator helps to ensure a long, trouble free service life, lubricating the entire compressed air system and eliminating the need to add oil to each tool individually, in some instances.

     

    5. Air Compressor Expansion Tank

     

    Need more air than your air compressor's built-in storage tank can hold? You'll probably need to invest in an air expansion tank for your compressor. Compressor expansion tanks are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are designed to hold a surplus of air - providing added pressure and performance between your compressor and pneumatic tool(s). Try to find an air reserve tank that is certified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), ensuring compliance with the laws and regulations of the United States.

    rolair compressor at jobsite

    Have a question about what you need for your air tool - air compressor configuration? Send us a message, or check out this Nail Gun Network exclusive video on "How To Connect An Air Compressor Hose."

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Choosing The Best Fastener For Drywall - Nail Vs. Screw

    Thanks to modern fastening tools and techniques, hanging sheets of drywall is easier than ever.

    But, which fastener is best for drywall - nail or screw?

    Choosing the best fastener for drywall doesn't have to be hard, if you know what to look for. Builder-grade projects typically use a drywall nail, selected for its budget friendliness and ease of installation. If using drywall nails, space them about 7" apart during installation - or double nail every 12" for an easier finishing job. Before you start, you may decide to invest in a drywall nailer, specifically designed for this type of application.

    How To Fasten Drywall

    What drywall nailing benefits in reduced cost and improved productivity, it lacks in holding strength and versatility. One issue with nailing drywall, you can't use a nail when attaching drywall sheets to steel.

    However, an even bigger issue that often presents itself after nailing drywall. Over time, the nail may begin to work itself out of position - leading to nail pops and breakthroughs.

    You can learn more about repairing a nail pop here, but why not prevent the issue altogether?

    Sample Nail Pop

    To prevent nail pops, we suggest using a drywall screw, such as those by Senco DuraSpin or Simpson Quik Drive. Instant benefits to using a drywall screw include significantly improved holding strength, and the versatility to attach drywall onto a variety of surfaces - including wood and steel.

    Even with drywall screws, you'll still have to decide between thread type and length.

    Coarse thread screws are more common in residential drywall, as they are specifically intended for use in drywall to wood applications, and most residential construction is wood frame. On the other hand, fine thread drywall screws are made specifically for drywall to steel applications, as found mostly in commercial construction. While fine thread screws can technically be used in drywall to wood applications, it is not recommended since coarse thread screws offer a stronger grip once embedded in the wood stud. However, it's even more important to note that coarse thread screws SHOULD NOT be used when attaching drywall to steel framing - always use fine thread only.

    Quik Drive Drywall

    Once you've figured out thread, you'll also need to determine an appropriate length of drywall screw. Commonly found in 1-1/4" and 1-5/8" variations, drywall screws can run in size from as small as 1" up to 2-1/2" in length. Keep in mind, the shorter the screw, the easier it is to drive; just make sure your drywall screw is long enough for the thickness of drywall being installed. For 1/2" or 5/8" drywall, 1-1/4" drywall screws will suffice. For double layer drywall, plan to use a 1-5/8" drywall screw at minimum - with potential to go all the way up to 2" length depending on sheet thickness.

    PRO TIP: Make sure the screw shank is long enough to sink at least 1/2" into the wood stud - or steel frame.

    Because drywall screws offer superior holding strength compared to nails, you'll be able to sink each screw about 12" apart - compared to the 7" spacing suggested for drywall nails. That translates to approximately four or five screws per stud, when hanging 48" drywall sheets.

    Senco DuraSpin Drywall

    When it comes to the tools for installing drywall screws, we recommend investing in a collated screw gun, or a screw gun attachment for your driver motor. A variety of products are available, but we've received particularly good feedback for screw guns by Senco DuraSpin, Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive, and Grabber Construction Products.

    Ready to get started? Learn how to install flawless drywall on the Nail Gun Network.

     

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • How To Use A Decorative Nailer

    An essential accessory for anyone in the furniture building or upholstery trade, the decorative nailer eliminates hours of hammering decorative tacks into furniture - vastly reducing production time.

    Ready to get started? Keep reading to learn how to use a decorative nailer.

    UFFY Deco Nailer

    To provide some background, decorative nails are typically found along the edge or seam of an upholstered piece of furniture. Deco nails look similar to a thumbtack, but have a cupped head (resembling an umbrella) when viewing from the side. Before the deco nailer was an option, decorative tacks were hammered into upholstered furniture one by one; a process both time consuming and tedious.

    Decorative Nails

    Thankfully, Uffy Tools introduced the TH-T-DECO1 pneumatic decorative upholstery nailer, which eliminates the redundant hammering of deco nails into upholstery trim. What really makes this Uffy deco nailer unique is its operation. Simply add a handful of correct size (7/16" head by 1/2" shank) deco nails into the magazine, and the tool will sort out the rest during operation.

    What happens inside the magazine is something similar to a tornado, as the tool aligns each decorative nail into an automatically fed magazine.

    No more expensive collated tacks. No manual alignment.

    The beauty of this Uffy - it does all the work for you. Just make sure you have an air compressor that can provide 6.72 CFM at 90 PSI.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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