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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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  • Nailing Versus Stapling For Roof Shingles

    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.

    Senco RoofPro 455XP Roofing Nailer

    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.

    Bostitch Roofing Nailer

    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.

    Hitachi NV45AB2 Coil Roofing Nailer

    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.

    Stinger Cap Coil Roofing Nailer

    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

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  • First Look: Fasco Introduces A Cordless Fence Stapler

    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.

    Fasco Cordless Fence Stapler

    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.

    Fasco Fence Staples

    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.

    Fasco Cordless Fence Stapler Specs

    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.

    Fasco 11616F

    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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

    RolAir Compressors Banner

    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.

    Rolair on Nail Gun Depot

    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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  • 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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  • Corded Power – Cordless Freedom – Dewalt FLEXVOLT

    The folks at Dewalt have outdone themselves again, introducing an entirely new line of cordless batteries – coined the FLEXVOLT System. The first of their kind, these Dewalt batteries feature an intelligent design, capable of changing voltage when you change tools. The FLEXVOLT system is compatible with 20V MAX, 60V MAX and 120V MAX tools.

    FlexVolt Lightning

    The Dewalt DCB606 20V/60V MAX FLEXVOLT 6.0 Ah battery pack is designed with fifteen 4V MAX cells. Designed to run in either parallel or series mode, this battery is currently the most versatile in its class. In parallel mode, three sets of five cells connect in a parallel circuit. Each set provides 2 Ah (Amp Hour). Keep in mind, Ah is the amount of energy charge in a battery. This mode gives you a total of 20V MAX and 6 Ah for an increased run time.

    FLEXVOLT Chart

    The FLEXVOLT battery is engineered to run four times longer than a compact 20V MAX battery. To see a quick video demonstration of FLEXVOLT, click here.

    Dewalt FlexVolt Text Promo

    The series mode works a bit different. All 15 cells connect in a series to provide power for 60V MAX tools. The DCB606 automatically switches to this mode when you slide it into Dewalt’s 60V MAX brushless tools.

    parallel_battery

    The DCB606 battery pack can power all Dewalt 20V MAX cordless tools, including the DCN693B cordless metal connector nailer (DCN693M1 model if purchased with 20V battery), DCN692B cordless framing nailer (DCN692M1 model if purchased with 20V battery), DCN660B cordless finish nailer (DCN660D1 if purchased with 20V battery), as well as 60V and 120V MAX cordless tools. Additional features on this FLEXVOLT battery include an LED display that shows you the state of charge, single piece cell holder, and durable construction.

    series_battery

    For a quick, 60-minute charge of the FLEXVOLT battery, we recommend the Dewalt DCB118 fan-cooled fast charger. This battery charger is compatible with all 20V MAX batteries.

    FLEXVOLT HD 6AH Battery

    Dewalt has combined the power of corded with the freedom of cordless. Not just convenient, longer run time and more power translates to increased productivity and revenue. The FLEXVOLT system eliminates the constant hassle of charging and recharging your batteries, reducing downtime significantly. The Dewalt DCB606 is now available for pre-order only, with an anticipated release toward the end of August 2016.

    Will you power up with FLEXVOLT?

     

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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