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Construction contractors and building framers expect to get the most from their tools. The same tools they depend on everyday to get a job done on time and on budget - with quality fit and finish. But, which tools guarantee the best bang for your buck? Today, we take a look at Nail Gun Depot's top three framing nailers by customer choice. We'll get up-close and personal with each of these framing guns, looking at similarities and differences, all while offering a comprehensive profile for each featured tool.
We start with the Senco FramePro 325XP (4Z0101N). Featuring a lightweight and compact design, this Senco excels in all applications relevant to framing, sheathing, truss building, sub-flooring and deck building. Designed to drive clipped head, paper tape strip framing nails, this air-powered framing nailer was engineered to fit between studs and joists with ease - and it shows. This Senco framing nailer is easy to handle and maneuver, perfect for tricky corners and tight working conditions.
Oh, and did we mention it also uses less air to drive nails to their proper depth? Pair that with Senco's "TrueDrive" magazine, which reduces jams and mis-feeds, and we bet you'll fall in love at first drive. Senco backs the FramePro 325XP with a five-year XtremePro limited warranty, for added peace of mind.
Next, let's take a look at Paslode's third-generation CF325 cordless framing nailer, the CF325XP (905600). Replacing the previous generation CF325-Li (902600), Paslode's latest version of its hit cordless framing nailer definitely lives up to expectation - if not exceeding. As we've come to love with previous generation models, no hose or compressor is required - simply slide the tool's lithium ion battery into place, insert a Paslode orange framing fuel cell, and you're up and running. You'll find this Paslode framing nailer features all the great benefits of its predecessor, but with a generous 15% increase in driving power, low temperature usability (tool works in conditions down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit when using all-season fuel cell), and up to 50% longer run time per battery charge. Eligible for Paslode's 2 Year Service Promise [when registered properly with Paslode], and paired with a five-year limited warranty out-of-box, peace of mind shouldn't be an issue with this Paslode nailer.
Other features you'll enjoy on the Paslode 905600 include aggressive teeth for toe nailing, compact design (fits between 16″ o.c. studs, joists and roof trusses), battery standby, tool-free depth of drive adjustment, utility hook, nail lockout to prevent blank drives, and a stainless steel magazine raceway for improved durability and easy loading.
Last, but certainly not least, Hitachi recently launched their NR90AE(S1), which stacks up almost feature for feature with the previous NR90AEPR model. The difference? Look for a refreshed head guard design with exterior head bolts. The new head guard now allows for easier disassembly, which reduces downtime for maintenance. Like its competition above, the NR90AE(S1) is backed by a five-year warranty through Hitachi Tools. And at 7.5lbs, this Hitachi framing nailer is one of the lightest in its class - perfect for preventing user fatigue when used in long-duration projects. The NR90AE(S1) features a selective action trigger, two-piece aluminum magazine to minimize repair expenses, sawtooth safety for maximum grip, and tool free adjustable depth of drive.
As expected, the Hitachi NR90AE(S1) plastic strip framing nailer is great for framing, sheathing, truss building, sub-flooring, decking, fencing and pallet assembly. A true construction contractor's dream... and then some.
Now that we've looked at our top three picks for framing, which nail gun should you choose?
If you're looking to cut the cord, we definitely recommend the Paslode CF325XP, as it offers time-tested reliability and industry-leading performance. But, for those who want quality without the extra expense of a cordless nailer, consider the Hitachi NR90AE(S1). The Hitachi offers contractor-grade quality at an affordable price - which is why we tend to see so many of them on the job for years and years. And, we couldn't forget the Senco FramePro 325XP, which is a best-seller on Nail Gun Depot. Packed with popular features, priced to sell, and backed by Senco's five-year XtremePro warranty - there's a reason why so many customers swear by the Senco 325XP.
The decision is yours.
~The Team At Nail Gun Depot
The Senco FramePro 325XP (4Z0101N) pneumatic framing nailer features a lightweight and compact design - offering improved performance in applications that include framing, sheathing, truss building, sub-flooring and decking. The Senco FP325XP runs paper tape framing nails, and is designed to fit between studs and joists with ease. Senco's "TrueDrive" magazine reduces jams and mis-feeds. Learn more about this Senco stick nailer on Nail Gun Depot:
The Nail Gun Network proudly presents the following guest post, adapted from Senco's "Pro Tips" Blog.
There’s a lot to consider when choosing the right nailer for your job. The differences between an 18, 21 or 23-gauge system may seem slight, but can make or break your project.
For finish and trim applications, the standard tool has been the 18-gauge pneumatic nailer. Its nails are more narrow than 15 or 16-gauge variations, and as a result, they are less likely to split narrow trim and molding.
When it comes to delicate moldings or pre-finished trim, pros will often switch to a 23-gauge pin nailer. In these applications, an 18-gauge has the tendency to split the wood, especially hardwoods, or leave unsightly marks. On the other hand, headless or slight-head 23-gauge pins are extremely thin and nearly invisible, eliminating the concern for splitting and damage.
It is important to note, in some cases, 23-gauge pins may not have the holding strength required for a solid connection, and an adhesive may be necessary to assist with permanent placement.
While an examination of height, weight, length and magazine size of the respective nailers will reveal more similarities than differences, there are other factors to consider when choosing the most appropriate tool.
The 18-gauge brad nailer offers the most versatility across multiple applications, and is a cost-competitive option. Plus, the widespread availability of 18-gauge brads is a plus. But, there are a few drawbacks to consider. Since it requires the nose piece to be depressed for actuation, an 18-gauge brad nailer can leave a dent in softer wood. The thicker head of an 18-gauge nail can also mean more touch-up work, and because it’s the largest of the three, working with an 18-gauge nailer in tight corners can be a challenge.
When compared to the 18-gauge, a 21-gauge pinner is more expensive, provides less columnar strength, and fastener lengths are much more limited. However, a 21-gauge pinner is over a third smaller. It leaves a much smaller indent than an 18-gauge brad, improving aesthetics. Plus, it’s more compact and lightweight, is easier to maneuver in tight spaces, and its ultra-thin nose improves line of sight. For example – if your project involves MDF, and an 18-gauge is just too much firing power, consider the 21 gauge pinner.
Compared to a 23-gauge pin, a 21-gauge fastener provides better shear strength and more holding power. But, it’s about 10% bigger.
A 23-gauge micro-pinner, such as the Senco 23LXP, eliminates almost any need for touch up finishing. But, 23-gauge headless pins are not structural, and due to the reduced holding power, adhesive may be necessary to create a permanent bond. Don't let this scare you, 23-gauge pin nailers are imperative to anyone dealing with trim woodwork.
Need some extra advice? Nail Gun Depot's expert customer service team is happy to help!
~The Team At Nail Gun Depot
The first of its kind, the Grex GC1850 cordless brad nailer is powered by 2 AAA batteries and fuel cell only. Capable of driving 18 gauge brad nails up to 2" in length, the Grex GC1850 is the only cordless brad nailer that is as small as a traditional air-operated finish nailer. An industry first, this cordless brad nailer is powered by 2 AAA alkaline batteries - that last at least 50,000 shots; and a fuel cell that lasts approximately 1,300 shots per cartridge. This Grex brad nailer eliminates battery related downtime - without sacrificing power. Watch and compare it to the competition here.
If you work in or around the U.S. roofing industry, an age-old question you are bound to hear - which is better, nailing or stapling roofing shingles? Get expert advice on both options, as well as tips to calculate materials usage and more!
Let's start with stapling.
In the past, when it came to the debate of roofing nails versus staples, the industry was split down the middle. After all, it's no surprise roofers loved staples for attaching shingles to roofing. Staples cost less than nails, offer exceptional holding strength, and cover a greater area of space with a more versatile and compact collation. Paired with the fact staplers are typically easier to handle than a coil nailer - and a stapler is less complex to repair - it's easy to see why stapling would be the preferred method for fastening shingles.
PRO TIP: When estimating nail or staple usage for your roofing project, you should budget 400 nails or staples per square. Breaking it down further, you'll typically use four fasteners per 3-tab shingle. However, always consult your local building authority for exact code requirements.
Flash forward to present day, where coil roofing nails dominate the market. But what changed?
Within the last two decades, the roofing industry has shifted its preference toward the roofing nail. What's ironic, it can actually be argued the staple has better holding power compared to the nail. Nonetheless, here's why coil roofing nails have gained such popularity over staples.
While many factors have led modern roofers to use nails more often than staples, the strongest argument doesn't actually involve the quality of either fastener, but rather depends on the patience and precision of the end user. The problem with attaching a shingle to roof using staples, if the positioning of the staple is not perpendicular to the shingle itself, holding strength is greatly compromised. Staples are also much easier to over-drive, or under-drive, both scenarios that can further contribute to holding issues. With roofing nails this issue doesn't exist, because the nail has a round head - just make sure the nail gets driven straight into the shingle.
Other benefits to using coil roofing nails include higher capacity magazine load, adjustable depth of drive on most roofing nailers, and most roofing nails maintain a universal design for ease of compatibility.
In some areas of the U.S. today, staples have even been banned from shingle to roof installation, due to the likelihood of improper installation. Depending on region, other regulations may dictate type of galvanization or coating, or even require stainless steel in coastal areas. As always, please confirm code requirements with your local building authority prior to starting a project.
~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot
Big news coming from Alabama, as Fasco has finally announced a cordless fencing stapler is on its way. Nail Gun Depot has the scoop before anyone else. Keep reading on the Nail Gun Network to learn more.
If you're a fence builder, you've probably heard of Fasco's F46 40-315 pneumatic fence stapler, as it currently dominates the U.S. wire fencing industry. Up until now though, U.S. wire fence installers have been fairly limited in the fastening tools available to them - particularly when talking about cordless staplers. Fasco promises to change that.
The first of its kind from Fasco, the 11616F cordless fence stapler brings cordless technology to the U.S. fence building industry. Designed to drive the same 10.5 gauge fencing staples as its air-powered sibling, the Fasco 11616F cordless stapler operates via combined use of battery-power and fuel cell. Capable of firing 5,200 shots per battery charge, and 1,200 shots per fuel cartridge, Fasco's cordless fence staple gun offers the best in utility, reliability and performance.
Most features from the Fasco F46 40-315 air-powered fencing stapler will carry over into the cordless model. In essence, it appears you'll get the same tool, but without the limitations of an air compressor and hose.
Users will enjoy a laundry list of features on the Fasco 11616F cordless fencing stapler, some of which include a top load magazine, single-shot actuation, adjustable depth of drive, and comfort grip. Ideal for all types of wire fencing attached to wood, including chain link fences, barbed wire, hi tensile wire, animal cages, live stock panel closures and much more, this is the cordless fencing stapler we've been waiting for. And, you get a carrying case, spare battery, battery charger and two fuel cells included with the tool, compliments of Fasco.
Don't forget. The Fasco 11616F does require both fuel cell and battery to operate. However, Fasco fuel cartridges can be interchanged with the Paslode 816000 IMCT red framer fuel cells.
More to come, once we've put this tool through its paces in the field. Look for the Fasco 11616F to officially hit the market sometime in late Fall 2016. In the meantime, would you trade your air hose and go cordless with this new Fasco fencing stapler?
~The Team At Nail Gun Depot
There's a lot of "generic" competition when it comes to hardware and power tools. For the most part, these brands quickly earn a reputation for cheap, disposable products. But, every now and again, you find someone that gets it right. Those few select companies that can engineer a tool or fastener to name-brand specification, but still maintain bargain-brand pricing. Over the years, we've seen our share of winners - and losers - but two of our best finds yet are just now gaining the notoriety they deserve, especially when used together. That's right, we're talking about Everwin Pneumatic tools - paired with our top-quality lineup of SureFit fasteners.
Here's why these two should be on YOUR radar.
Everwin Pneumatic may be relatively new to market, but they are far from inexperienced. In fact, the concept for Everwin was born in 2012, when several veteran tool engineers realized they could manufacture a pneumatic nailer, comparable in quality to products from Bostitch, Hitachi, MAX and others of the like, but without the vast overhead their competitors embrace.
To date, Everwin has branched into several new categories of collated fastening tools, including wide and medium crown construction staplers, siding nailers, and carton closing staplers. Despite growth, Everwin's core product line, industrial coil nailers, remains the backbone of their business. Launching with the PN57 and PN70 model pallet nail guns, Everwin now offers more than ten industrial coil nailers, mostly pallet coil nailers for both handheld and automated use. To see Everwin's full selection of tools, click here.
Take the plunge, we promise you'll love your Everwin just as much as its brand-name counterpart. With money to spare. But wait, there's more...
You'll need a quality fastener to go with your quality tool. We recommend SureFit fasteners, designed and built to brand-name specification - but available at a fraction of the cost. With a selection of collated framing nails, coil nails, roofing nails, hanger nails, finish nails, brads, carton staples, stick staples and several other series' to choose from, we suggest SureFit for any compatible nailer or stapler. Don't forget to add a box of SureFit nails or staples to your order!
Still need an extra push? How about discount freight shipping, delivered to your door. Your volume fastener order may qualify for special freight shipping rates on Nail Gun Depot. Check best available rates to your area during checkout.
~The Team At Nail Gun Depot
If you're using pneumatic tools, there's no avoiding the need for an air compressor. But when it comes to compressors, you'll find they come in a variety of shapes and sizes - so how much compressor do you really need? Use these simple guidelines to determine which air compressor suits your needs best.
In most scenarios, a portable hand-carry air compressor will provide more than enough power to keep your pneumatic fastening tool up and running. Take this for instance - a small 1HP portable unit (delivering 2.0 CFM – cubic feet of air per minute) allows a large nail gun to operate at about 15 nail drives per minute. That same compressor will run a medium-size finishing nailer at about 30 nail drives per minute, and will run a small brad nailer at over 70 drives per minute. So as you can see, the specs of the tool will ultimately dictate the air compressor's performance.
Each tool takes a “breath” of compressed air, which then provides the driving force necessary to sink each fastener. The larger the pneumatic tool, the more air it requires to operate, which is also known as “air consumption per cycle”.
PRO TIP: If you divide the air consumption per cycle into the CFM of any given air compressor, you will determine the possible drives per minute. This simple calculation should tell you if the compressor is able to properly power the tool you are intending to use.
All that's left to do is determine how quickly you're planning to run the tool. A professional construction contractor may need the extra juice to operate one - or more - large tools at a high rate of speed. In this instance, a wheelbarrow compressor (either gasoline or electric depending on preferred power source) will provide the necessary power required. If similar output is required, but the application is in a fixed location (think assembly line), a large stationary compressor may also work.
For those running one or two smaller air tools, a portable electric compressor should provide more than enough energy - especially if used with an additional expansion (holding) tank of air. If you are running several small to medium-size air tools, you'll want a compressor rated for 4.0+ CFM. If you're looking to run a finish and trim tool (or similar) individually, a 2.0+ CFM compressor should provide ample power.
For easy reference, we've included this handy chart below, provided by Senco.
Which compressor will best suit your project?
~The Team At Nail Gun Depot
It's not every day we get excited about a new tool coming to market, but when Paslode announced the F-350P PowerMaster Pro framing nailer was on its way, we already had our RounDrive framing nails in hand and ready to load. Get the first glimpse of this all-new paper strip framing nailer from Paslode, right here on the Nail Gun Network.
As we've come to expect from Paslode, the F-350P PowerMaster Pro framing nailer (515000) is designed to drive nails consistently, minimizing downtime and maximizing productivity and efficiency. Designed to drive a complete range of 2" to 3-1/4" 30 degree RounDrive framing nails, the PowerMaster Pro features a lightweight and well-balanced design for improved usability and handling compared to previous models.
Contractor-grade durability is a given for this 30 degree stick nailer. Not only designed to withstand the rigors of regular use, the Paslode F-350P PowerMaster Pro is built to handle what you throw at it. Additional features to help get the job done right include a dual finger trigger (choose between bump and sequential fire), rear loading magazine to reduce downtime, thumbwheel depth of drive, and work contact element with aggressive teeth to improve accuracy and installation time.
The Paslode 515000 has a simple design with fewer moving components to ensure reliability and serviceability. To ensure downtime won't be an issue, the Paslode PowerMaster Pro comes with a manufacturer's one-year full warranty, which applies to all parts except those covered by its five-year extended limited warranty - which covers all housing and cap assembly castings.
According to Paslode, the all-new F-350P has been named the designated replacement tool for Paslode's 50th Anniversary F-350S (511990) framing nailer, which will be phased out in the coming months.
Would you give this new Paslode a shot?
~The Team At Nail Gun Depot
"The key to optimal air compressor efficiency is to maintain the integrity of your entire pneumatic system. This includes the air compressor, fittings, air hose, and tools. An efficient pneumatic system will ensure that you’re getting the air you need, when you need it. An inefficient one will cost you time and money. Follow the steps below to make sure your pneumatic system keeps operating the way it was intended to.
Like anything else in the trades, a little bit of planning and preparation up front will pay dividends in the end. If you plan out your pneumatic system prior to each job and add steps 4 and 5 to your preventative maintenance plan, you’ll avoid a few headaches and maximize the lifespan of your equipment. If you feel like your pneumatic system is not performing like it should, give us a call and one of our service reps will help you troubleshoot the issue."
Give these tips a shot and let us know if you see improved performance!
~The Team At Nail Gun Depot