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  • The Nail Gun Network's Best Articles of 2016

    It's time to wrap up another year of new tools, project tips and video demonstrations. To capture the essence of 2016 at Nail Gun Depot, we've compiled a sampling of our top articles and videos for the year, to relive some of the Nail Gun Network's best of 2016!

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    NGD's Top Picks: Hall of "Frame"

    Viewer's Choice: Most Popular

     

    And with that, we conclude our last post of 2016. From everyone at Nail Gun Depot, we wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Stay tuned, we'll be back to blogging in January 2017!

     

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Nail Gun Depot's Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas For 2016

    Tis' the season to surprise your favorite woodworker or craftsman with the latest and greatest new tools and accessories. This year, we've included our top five picks that are certain to make for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Check out Nail Gun Depot's top gift ideas for the holidays, and steal a deal for yourself, family and friends.

    A true stocking stuffer in price and size, grab Grex's all-new edge guide and enjoy precision nailing with most Grex 23 gauge micro pinners, or 18 gauge Grex brad nailers. Available in two models, the FT230.1 is fitted to work with most Grex 23 gauge micro pin nailers, including the P635, P645, P645L, P650 and P650L; while the FT180.1 18 gauge edge guide supports both the Grex 1850GB "Green Buddy," as well as the new GC1850 cordless brad nailer. Both edge guides retail on Nail Gun Depot for $25 plus shipping, OR can be obtained for FREE when purchasing any participating Grex holiday promo bundle with respective tool and sample fasteners. Holiday bundles are limited-time and limited-quantity items, so be sure to grab a kit before they're gone!

    Grex Edge Guide FT180.1

    Looking to charge things up? A Dewalt FLEXVOLT battery may be the perfect accessory for your favorite woodworker. Don't let the $155 price "shock" you, Dewalt's FLEXVOLT System is setting a new industry standard. The DCB606 FLEXVOLT 6.0 Ah battery pack is the first of its kind, powering 20V MAX tools, 60V MAX tools and 120V MAX tools; and offering three times the power compared to the DCB9096 18V battery, and four times longer run time than the DCB201 1.5 Ah battery packs. Needless to say, we had to include it on our list. Just make sure you have a corresponding Dewalt cordless tool to use your FLEXVOLT battery with.

    FLEXVOLT Chart

    When it comes to electric staplers, Fasco's Maestri 7C-16 (63100) rules the roost. Designed with reinforced fiberglass and offering a super durable body, the 7C-16 electric stapler maximizes power and speed. Don't take our word for it, this electric upholstery stapler can fire up to 100 staples a minute! Users also benefit from a removable front plate for jams, rear-loading magazine with feeder, large trigger, and a safety device to prevent accidental firing. This 3/8” crown electric stapler is excellent for frame and picture construction, door and window frames, decorative trim, moldings, upholstery, furniture repair, cable sheathing, carpeting and more. Truly a multi-purpose device, get your own 7C-16 on Nail Gun Depot, now available for a limited-time at $149 - while supplies last. And, don't forget to add a Spotnails P-97482 heavy-duty upholstery staple remover to complete the ensemble.

    Nail Gun Depot Upholstery Stapler Sale

    For the bundler, Senco is covering Christmas with their limited-edition 3-Tool Finish & Trim Combo Kit. Only available until supplies are depleted, the Senco 1Y0060N finish combo kit is perfect for all of your finish and trim woodworking and cabinetry projects. The kit comes complete with a FinishPro 35 15 gauge finish nailer, FinishPro 18 brad nailer, SLS18 finish stapler, and canvas tool bag for storage. The best part? You currently can get all this for a special $199 extended Cyber Weekend price! And, Nail Gun Depot is throwing in a FREE Senco PC0489 Blow Gun if you order before December 23rd. Whether you give this gift to yourself - or someone else - we doubt it will disappoint.

    Nail Gun Depot Senco 1Y0060N Kit

    If you're shopping high-end for the holidays, our premium pick for gift giving this year is none-other than Hitachi's new lineup of lithium-ion cordless finish nailers. Available in extremely limited quantities before January 1st, this exclusive new series includes the NT1850DE 18-Gauge 2” Cordless Brad Nailer, the NT1865DM 16-Gauge 2-1/2” Cordless Straight Finish Nailer, and the NT1865DMA 15-Gauge 2-1/2” Cordless Angled Finish Nailer. Lose the air hose, compressor and gas fuel cartridges; this series of Hitachi cordless finish nailers is powered exclusively by Hitachi’s all-new, upgraded 3.0Ah compact lithium-ion battery, which delivers comparable power at roughly half the weight. Not to mention, the battery is universal to all other Hitachi 18V Li-Ion slide type battery-powered tools. Pair that with Hitachi's Brushless motor technology, which adds longer run time, reduces maintenance, and improves durability - and we see each of these tools making for a happy New Year. The driving system used in these finish nailers is similar to Hitachi’s pneumatic line, featuring a unique air spring drive system that uses compressed air to drive each nail. This results in zero ramp up time, increased shooting speed, recoil that feels like a pneumatic nailer, quicker response time between fastener shots, better flush driving- even at an angle, and easy maintenance. And if you aren't sold yet, Hitachi is even supporting these tools with a limited-lifetime warranty for complete peace of mind.

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    Ready to start shopping? Don't forget to order early and avoid the last minute holiday rush.

    So, which of these items do you hope to find under the tree this year?

     

    ~Wishing A Happy Holiday Season From The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Video: Test Driving The Paslode CF325XP Cordless Framing Nailer

    Get up-close and personal with the Paslode CF325XP cordless framing nailer in this four video series. Learn about the tool's key applications, how to maximize productivity with it, and how you can benefit from the technical features on this Paslode framing nailer.

     

     

     

     

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Announcing Nail Gun Depot's New Headquarters & Distribution...

    If you haven't heard, we've moved! As many of you already know, 2016 has been a BIG year for Nail Gun Depot. In the shadow of our 15th Anniversary celebration last year, we launched a brand-new, mobile optimized website last spring, expanded our already expansive online product lineup for the summer, and have now extended our physical footprint - by 40,000 square feet - to round out the year.

    Nail Gun Depot Headquarters

    Our new headquarters and fulfillment center, located at 1740 Carillon Blvd. in Cincinnati, is our largest location yet. Boasting an expansive 50,000 square foot structure, our new facility includes a full-service repair center, corporate offices and call center, a showroom, and a spacious distribution and fulfillment center.

    NGD Warehouse

    As always, expect the same great service as before. Our website, phone and email will all remain the same, as we transition into our new home.

    So, what does this mean for you?

    With a larger distribution center, we will now have the ability to stock more products and maintain a greater inventory. Stay tuned to NailGunDepot.com for inventory additions, and be sure to subscribe to the Nail Gun Network for the latest product news and updates!

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    On behalf of everyone at Nail Gun Depot, thank you for your continued business. We look forward to growing with you in the years ahead.

     

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Tips For Comparing Brad Nailers & Pin Nailers

    The Nail Gun Network proudly presents the following guest post, adapted from Senco's "Pro Tips" Blog.

    Comparing Brad Nailers and Pinners: 18, 21 and 23 Gauge

    Senco 21 Gauge Pin Nailer

    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.

    Finish and Trim Applications

    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.

    Delicate Moldings and Pre-Finished Crown

    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.

    Senco Sample Finish Nail

    Things to Consider

     

    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.

    Senco Pin Nailer

    The 18-Gauge

    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.

    The 21-Gauge

    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.

    Senco Finish Woodwork

    The 23-Gauge

    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

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  • What Size Air Compressor Do I Need For My Tool?

    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.

    Senco PC1131 Workshop

    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.

    Senco Compressors

    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.

    Senco Compressor Chart

    Which compressor will best suit your project?

     

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • How To Maximize Air Compressor Efficiency

    The Nail Gun Network proudly presents the following guest post, originally published on "Zero Sick Days" by RolAir:

    "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.

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    1. Use 3/8″ air hose whenever possible. All hoses cause some degree of frictional loss. While 1/4″ air hose is lighter and generally easier to work with, the smaller diameter restricts air flow more than a 3/8″ diameter hose would. If the CFM requirements of the tool(s) being operated is close to the air compressor’s limits, every bit of pressure counts. To ensure you’re getting the maximum amount of pressure to the tool, opt for a larger diameter hose. To get an idea of how air hose diameter affects working pressure, check out this handy Air Flow Calculator.
    2. Use shorter lengths of air hose. The idea here is similar to #1. The farther the air has to travel, the more pressure you lose. We completely understand that situations will arise when you are forced to use long runs of small diameter hose. When that happens, refer to the next step.
    3. Use an auxiliary tank. Adding an auxiliary tank in between two lengths of hose allows the user(s) to maximize distance from the compressor while minimizing frictional loss. For example, if you were to use two 3/8″ x 100′ air hoses, you’d be able to work 200′ from the compressor, but only lose pressure over the length of one 100′ section. The icing on the cake is the fact that the Air Keg can go where the compressor can’t, like on a pitched roof.
    4. Lubricate your pneumatic tools regularly. Just be careful what you put in them. The wrong type of lubricant can cause more harm than good by damaging o-rings and other internal components. The correct type of oil will be labeled as a tool lubricant and will contain special additives to promote long life for pneumatic tools. Of course, the obvious question is “How often?” That depends on the type of tool and how hard it’s being used, but for tools that get used daily, applying 4-5 drops at the start of each shift is a good rule of thumb.
    5. Check the system for leaks. This includes the entire air compressor, all fittings, air hoses and tools. Simply allow the compressor to build to top pressure with the air hose and all other tools and components hooked up. Once the compressor has stopped pumping, watch the tank pressure gauge and listen closely. If the needle stays put, you’ve got a leak-free system. If the needle starts to drop continuously (a slight drop is normal as the air cools) or you hear a hiss of air, you’ve got a leak. Excessive leaks in the system can cause your compressor to run more often than necessary, which leads to premature wear. If you have a difficult time locating the leak, we recommend spraying a soap and water solution on the hose and all fittings. A leak will cause the solution to bubble.

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    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

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  • How To Clear A Nail Jam From Your Framing Nail Gun

    If you own a nail gun (or staple gun), it's inevitable that you'll eventually have to clear a jam from your magazine. Not to worry, with a few simple steps you can have your tool up and running again - without the down time and expense of taking it in for service.

    Nail Gun Nose

    Here's what you have to do:

    1. Depending on the framing nailer you have, you may need to access the tool's magazine. To do this, you will need to consult your manufacturer's owner manual for guidance, as this step may vary based on the model of tool you have. For example, some Senco FramePro stick nailers feature rear magazine mounting screws, which might need removal to allow proper access.
    2. To get to the jam, you'll need to first pull the magazine track away from the framing nailer's nose.
    3. Then, using a screw driver or hammer (we've also found success using a nail punch), gently strike the driver past the jammed nail. You should now be able to remove the jammed nail(s).
    4. Now, reassemble your magazine, and reinstall any mounting screws or other components altered during Step One.

    Unfortunately, there's a good chance you'll experience a jam or two - even with a top-tier nailer or stapler. To help prevent the issue, only use fasteners that meet the specification of your tool. You should also verify the tool is loaded properly, and always use the manufacturer's recommended air pressure for pneumatic models.

    Still in a jam? Contact Nail Gun Depot's service experts for further advise.

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Win Your Nail Gun Depot Wishlist!

    Nail Gun Depot is celebrating its new website with a “Win Your Wishlist Giveaway.” That's right, we're giving away $1,000 toward your Nail Gun Depot wishlist! All you have to do is log in or create an account on Nail Gun Depot, fill out the entry form, and start building your dream wishlist.

    Nail Gun Depot Win Your Wishlist

    We kicked things off July 1st, and will continue through September 30th, 2016 - so there's plenty of time to get your entries in! But, the sooner the better - there's more than the grand prize up for grabs!

    We'll be giving away several small prize packs, as we count down to the grand prize drawing for $1,000.00 in Nail Gun Depot store credit. Our grand prize winner will have the opportunity to purchase items directly from their personalized Nail Gun Depot wishlist.

    Nail Gun Depot Wishlist

    Don't forget, the grand prize drawing will take place on September 30th!

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • What Cordless Nail Gun Should I Buy?

    It's hard to ignore the increasing presence of cordless tools coming to market. Today, let's take a look at those different types of cordless nailers. We'll look at brand, product application, and variation(s) of cordless technology available. Let's start by breaking down the core categories of cordless.

    Senco Cordless Battery

    Framing Nailers & Metal Connecting Nailers

     

    Cordless framing nailers have improved quite a bit since the first Paslode Impulse tool was released in July of 1986 - nearly 30 years ago to the day. Today, Paslode cordless tools have improved in every possible way: lighter body, longer battery life, quicker recharge time and more. The CF325XP (905600) is Paslode's current contender in a long running legacy of cordless framing tools. Powered by lithium-ion battery and orange framing fuel cell, the CF325XP is designed for heavy-duty, everyday use.

    Paslode CF325XP

    While Paslode has dominated this segment of the market for many years, another key player is quickly gaining notoriety for their contractor-grade cordless technology. That's right, we're talking about our friends at Dewalt. Currently on their second generation lithium-ion framing tool, Dewalt's MAX XR battery boasts more power and longevity than ever before. Dewalt has also managed to eliminate the need for a fuel cell, without compromising performance. Dewalt's system is as simple as plug-and-play. With the recent release of their DCN693M1 cordless metal connecting nailer - the first of its kind - we've got a hunch this won't be the last cordless nailer from Dewalt.

    Our Recommendation:

    If you don't mind occasionally replacing a fuel cell, Paslode has led cordless framing sales for decades. For tried and tested quality, Paslode is a sure shot.

    Dewalt DCN693 App

    If you're looking for the latest technology, there's no doubt that Dewalt offers a game changer. The MAX XR battery system eliminates the need for fuel cell, and offers improved driving force and length of time between charging cycles.

     

    Finish & Brad Nailers

     

    Unlike the cordless framing market, you'll see a lot more competition when comparing cordless finish and trim nailers. Two main factors dictate the widespread growth for this segment of the industry - market share and tool design. Generally speaking, the market for finish and trim nailers is infinite. Between contractors, weekend warriors, and woodworking hobbyists, there is always a demand for finish nailers. Paired with the fact they require much less energy to drive small finish or brad nails into place, you have a recipe for success.

    Grex Cordless Comparison Side-By-Side

    Just like the framing nailers above, most cordless finish nailers come in the same two variations, either with fuel cell and battery, or powered by battery only. Grex recently launched the GC1850 cordless brad nailer, which is powered by fuel cell and AAA battery power only! Don't worry about constantly replacing those AAA's in the Grex either, this cordless brad nailer is rated to run up to 50,000 shots per battery cycle.

    Looking at fuel cell finish nailers, Paslode once again leads the industry with its lineup of lithium-ion tools. Introduced to replace the aging line of Paslode Impulse nailers, these new lithium-ion powered tools are lean and efficient. The most recent addition to Paslode is their all-new 18 gauge brad nailer, the IM200Li (918000). Featuring several benefits over its predecessor, the Paslode IM200-F18 (901000), the IM200Li lithium-ion brad nailer offers a lightweight design, long-range battery life, battery standby position to conserve charge, tool free depth adjustment, reversible belt hook, and no mar tip - among other benefits.

    Dewalt DCN660D1 App

    Moving away from the fuel cell, Senco and Dewalt continue to battle for control of the battery-only market. A long-time leader in innovation, the Senco Fusion is available in four cordless variations ranging from 15 gauge finish nailer down to 18 gauge brad nailer. The Senco Fusion cordless system continues to receive praise for its innovative features and proprietary design. However, Dewalt recently answered the demand for better, more powerful batteries when they introduced the 20V MAX lithium-ion battery pack. Built to compete with Senco's Fusion, we've seen a growing demand for Dewalt's new product(s) - which includes their DCN660D1 16 gauge cordless finish nailer.

    The Verdict:

    Only time will tell the ultimate winners in this extremely competitive segment of cordless tools. As new technology continues to emerge, we expect to see several new products come to market in the next calendar year. We also predict a full transition to lithium-ion batteries, for those brands still offering NiCad models or similar.

    Senco Fusion F-15

    And, if you're a diehard air tool enthusiast, there's good news for you too. Despite advancements in cordless technology, we don't foresee pneumatic tools fading into the abyss any time soon. With a network of contractors and tradesmen that swear by pneumatic nailers and staplers, we have a hunch these tools will also benefit from enhanced technology and performance.

    So, would you consider cordless?

     

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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