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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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  • Grex GC1850 Cordless Brad Nailer Video Comparison

    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.

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  • Video Spotlight: Hitachi NV90AG(S) Coil Framing Nailer

    The Hitachi NV90AG(S) air-powered coil framing nailer drives 15 degree coil framing nails from 1-3/4" to 3-1/2" in length. An all-new head guard design allows for quicker disassembly during maintenance. This Hitachi framing nailer features a selectable trigger, tool free depth of drive, side load magazine with tilting tray, open nose design for easy jam clearing, and a wide range of nail compatibility. This NV90AG(S) is excellent for applications in framing, pallet assembly, sheathing, deck building, siding installation, fencing and sub-flooring. The NV90AG(S) is a direct replacement for the previous generation Hitachi NV90AG coil nailer. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2cNaYqD.

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  • Name-Brand Quality On Budget - Everwin & SureFit Make A...

    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.

    Everwin Tri-App

    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.

    Everwin Tools

    The outcome? A rapidly growing selection of pneumatic nailers and staplers, built to match the name-brand build quality a contractor or assembler requires, but offered at a fraction of the cost.

    Everwin Pneumatic

    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.

    Everwin Construction Stapler

    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...

    Everwin Pallet Nailer

    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!

    SureFit Nails

    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

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  • Introducing The Paslode F-350P PowerMaster Pro

    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.

    Paslode PowerMaster Pro 515000

    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.

    Paslode Tools

    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

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  • Nail Gun Depot Offers Discount Factory-Reconditioned Tools

    Nail Gun Depot is proud to announce its expansion into Factory-Reconditioned Tools. The launch of this pre-owned program – featuring a regular rotation of lightly-used, factory-reconditioned nailers, staplers and screw guns - is rolling out the "red" carpet with several Senco tools in its inaugural run. The perk to this program; customers can now own a like-new tool at a fraction of the cost.

    But, what about quality?

    The tools that come in as factory-reconditioned have only seen light use, often only used by a Weekend Warrior for a project or two, then returned. Prior to sale, each of our refurbished tools are inspected and serviced by trained technicians at the manufacturer. If required, repairs are made and factory-replacement parts are installed. These factory-reconditioned tools may show slight signs of use, but are sold in like-new working condition.

    Take a look at Nail Gun Depot's first batch of reconditioned tools:

    For heavy-duty construction, the Senco WC200XP (4Y0001R) factory-reconditioned wide crown stapler has a lightweight, well-balanced, and extremely durable design – making it a true workhorse. The WC200XP includes a new firing valve design for fast and powerful operation, EZ clear latch for fast jam removal, tool-free adjustable depth of drive, high-strength composite magazine, and durable exhaust cap for superior damage resistance. This heavy-duty stapler is excellent for lathing, attaching corrugated to skids, butt joints, furniture and cabinet frames.

    Senco 4Y0001R

    If you're looking for something a bit smaller, but still packing a punch, we have the Senco Fusion F-16S (6U0001R) factory-reconditioned cordless li-ion finish nailer. The 6U0001R features Senco’s innovative "Fusion" technology, eliminating the need for expensive fuel cells without compromising performance. Additional features include optional sequential or bump-fire operation, nose mounted LED light, adjustable and reversible belt hook, depth of drive, rugged aluminum magazine, and patented reflex shot design for instant firing. This Senco cordless finish nailer is excellent for molding, furniture, cabinet frames and more.

    Senco 6U0001R

    If you prefer the feel (and price) of a pneumatic finish nailer, consider the Senco FinishPro 18BMg (9B0001R) factory-reconditioned brad nailer. The Senco 9B0001R is designed with a lightweight magnesium body that improves user comfort and enhances durability. This brad nailer requires minimal maintenance thanks to its oil-free operation. Additional features include a nose-mounted LED light, narrow nose for tight spaces, metal cylinder for increased durability, and an EZ Clear latch that protects against fastener jams. The 9B0001R is great for cabinets, casing, paneling, woodworking and more.

    Senco 9B0001R

    For the roofer, we have the Senco RoofPro 455XP (3D0101R) factory-reconditioned coil roofing nailer. The Senco 3D0101R features a tool-free adjustable depth of drive, adjustable shingle guide, aluminum body for longer life, and steel wear plates to reduce shingle wear on the tool. This RoofPro nailer is designed for installing asphalt and fiberglass shingles, waterproof tar paper, insulation board, re-roofing and new roofs.

    Senco 3D0101R

    Installing drywall on a budget? No problem with the Senco DuraSpin DS235-AC (7T0001R) auto-feed screw system. The Senco DS235-AC features a fast 5,000 RPM motor – designed for contractor grade drywall installation. This corded (electric) screw gun is designed with a tool-free adjustable nose piece for different length screws, patented corner fit feed system for easy wall and corner access, adjustable depth of drive with depth lock, variable speed trigger with lock and reverse, rubber comfort grip, quick bit release, and 10 foot rubber cord. The 7T0001R is ideal for applications in drywall, subfloor, underlayment, cement board, sheathing to steel, metal framing and more.

    Senco 7T0001R

    Again, please remember that Nail Gun Depot's inventory of reconditioned tools will be constantly changing, as new factory-reconditioned items become available, and existing items are depleted. Be sure to order early to ensure availability - and check back often to see new items added.

    Are you ready to try recon?

     

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Paslode Transitions To Lithium-Ion Cordless Power

    Remember when Paslode first released its industry-changing cordless Impulse nailers? Nailing was never the same.

    Yet again, Paslode is raising the stakes, taking their cordless nailers into the 21st Century with lithium-ion power. Just like before, each Paslode cordless tool still requires a fuel cell to operate; but now offers better range and improved ergonomics. The transition was recently completed, when Paslode released their IM200-Li cordless brad nailer.

    Paslode IM200-Li

    "Why Choose Paslode Cordless? Paslode Cordless offers durable and lightweight solutions to your everyday work. Not only does Paslode Cordless offer more balance and control, but it was made to withstand the tough jobsite conditions. Paslode Cordless Systems were built to keep up with you." ~ Paslode.com

    Paslode IM250S-Li

    Let's take a closer look at the full Paslode Li-Ion cordless lineup:

    When it comes to framing, Paslode's cordless framing nailer has enjoyed one of the longest running success stories in the business. The current generation Paslode CF325XP, which recently replaced the CF325-Li, offers the same benefits as its predecessor, but with 15% increased driving power, low temperature usability (tool works in conditions down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit - when using all-season orange fuel cell), and up to 50% longer run time per battery charge. Eligible for Paslode's 2 Year Service Promise, the CF325XP (905600) is also backed by a standard five-year warranty. This Paslode framing nailer is tried, tested - and now better than ever before.

    Paslode CF325XP

    Paslode doesn't stop with framing. Now boasting a full line of Li-Ion cordless finish and trim nailers, the Paslode brand has come full circle. Choose between a 16 gauge straight IM250S-Li (916000), 16 gauge angled IM250A-Li (902400), and the most recent addition - an 18 gauge brad nailer IM200-Li (918000). All lithium-ion - all ready to work.

    Paslode 916000

    Like the CF325XP, these Paslode Li-Ion cordless finish nailers are lighter weight (easier to carry and use), can be recharged quicker, and hold their charge for a longer range of time. Don't forget, these Paslode cordless finish nailers do still require a small yellow fuel cell to operate.

    Paslode Cordless Nail Gun Depot Promotion

    To celebrate this milestone, for a limited time get a FREE Paslode Yellow Finish Fuel (816007) or Orange Framing Fuel Cell (816008), when purchasing ANY Paslode lithium-ion framing or finish nailer on Nail Gun Depot. Deal starts Friday (7/22/16) and runs while supplies last.

     

    ~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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