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  • Why Buy A Cordless Nailer?

    When it comes to cordless power tools, options are far from scarce. As of recent, this is especially true for woodworkers and their nail guns. An industry traditionally powered by pneumatics, cordless nailing has quickly gained a reputation for longer-lasting, more powerful batteries. Without a doubt, cordless nailing has earned its place as a serious contender for the traditional air compressor - air hose configuration.

    So why buy a cordless nail gun?

    For some, a legacy of durability, power and quality is enough to keep long-time woodworkers, carpenters and building framers happy with their air-powered tools. And, for those who tested the first prototype cordless nailers of the late 1980's or 1990's, they wouldn't be wrong having reservations. The difference now, cordless technology has evolved to a comparable level of reliability and power - as compared to the same pneumatic tools responsible for making collated fastening systems what they are today.

    Senco Fusion Internal View

    With battery-powered tools no longer a concern for quality, rest assured that your cordless nailer is completely capable of the challenges ahead. New technology includes a variety of long-lasting, lightweight 18V batteries from Hitachi, Senco and others of the like. Dewalt recently launched their FLEXVOLT cordless system, which offers up to four times a traditional battery charge, with 6.0 Amp Hours of power stored up. Grex even offers a cordless brad nailer, which runs on regular AAA batteries and fuel cell.

    What's the benefit to cordless?

    Versatility. The number one benefit to cordless - besides looking tech savvy - is limitless boundaries in where the tool can be used. As long as the battery is charged, your cordless nailer has no restrictions. No hose. No cord. Pure freedom. Whether you need the extra length an air hose can't provide, or you need to squeeze into a tight corner, cutting the cord eliminates these limitations. With car charger adapters, and quick-charge stations, most major brands in cordless are able to stay up-and-running with minimal delay.

    Dewalt FLEXVOLT Battery

    While cordless technology has advanced tremendously in the last few years, there are certain areas where air-powered tools have an edge on cordless. The main downside to cordless - cost. Look to spend over $100 more on cordless nail guns, when compared against a comparable pneumatic model. If you shop right, you may find a deal, such as Nail Gun Depot's Finish Nailer Face-Off, where you can find added value in buying cordless, like a free spare battery or similar.

    With weight, size and driving power typically no longer an deterrent for cordless, thanks to slimmer batteries with improved lithium-ion cells, there should be little concern. However, expect a cordless nailer to be slightly heavier than a pneumatic nailer of comparable design.

    Cordless Finish Nailer Comparison

    One last area to consider, some brands, such as Paslode and Grex, require compressed gas fuel cells in addition to battery power. While the industry seems to be gradually shifting away from use of fuel cells, some brands still require them. Fuel cells range in lifespan and cost, but typically aren't a deal breaker for someone going cordless.

    Is now the time to cut the cord? Let us know.

     

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Do I Need A Finish Nailer Or Brad Nailer?

    Debating which tool in the Finish Nailer Face-Off is right for your project? Let us help.

    For detailed woodwork and trim, where you need more holding strength than a micro pin can provide, a brad nailer is typically the top choice among contractors and weekend warriors alike. Brad nails are formed from a fine 18 gauge wire, which means they are smaller in diameter and typically have less holding strength. The benefit to an 18 gauge brad is its size. Thanks to a smaller head and diameter, brad nails are easier to conceal in small pieces of wood trim. In fact, there's a good chance you won't even need carpenter's putty to conceal a brad nail after installation. A brad nail's size helps prevent surface splitting, which could occur if the fastener is too large for the item it is nailed to. The only real downside to using a brad nailer and nails, these fasteners do not have the holding strength required for larger, heavier projects - such as large crown molding or baseboards.

    Hitachi Cordless Finish Gun

    While the downside to a brad is its holding power, finish nails are made from heavier 15 or 16 gauge wire, which means they can handle a greater payload. For larger trim, such as baseboards or crown molding, a finish nail is the more suitable choice. However, because it leaves a larger hole in the wood surface, a fully driven finish nail almost always requires followup attention - which includes being puttied over to conceal the "shiner" or exposed insertion point of a nail. A finish nail offers increased support and withdrawal resistance when compared to the brad nail.

    Finish nailers will run 15 or 16 gauge finish nails, in both angled and straight varieties depending on the tool. Be sure to confirm whether your tool uses a straight, or angled magazine type. Especially important for 15 gauge finish nailers, determine whether your tool runs "FN" or "DA" type nails, as these fasteners are not interchangeable. Cordless models, such as the Hitachi NT1865DM or the Senco Fusion F-16S (6U0001N), are both excellent examples of 16 gauge straight magazine finish nailers. As mentioned earlier, the one risk to using a finish nailer on small trim; an increased probability for wood splitting and formation of imperfections on the wood surface.

    Senco Fusion F-15

    According to Senco, "The initial tool purchased by most consumers is typically some kind of brad nailer for attaching trim molding. Most who have used a hammer to drive small brads know the frustration when these nails bend - not to mention the possibility for damage if using too much force. The brad nailer makes these small trim jobs a breeze, with high-quality results."

    The fact is, most carpenters use a combination of finish and brad tools. If you're just getting started, it's probably best to compare your application against the tools you are considering. From there, consider the tool that will suit your overall needs best.

    Want more on these tools and their applications? Be sure to check out our video on brad vs. finish nailers; or read more on the difference between finish and brad nailers here.

     

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Everything To Know For The Finish Nailer Face-Off

    Do you remember the Screw Gun Showdown? Love woodworking? If the answer to both is yes, then we bet Nail Gun Depot's exclusive, Finish Nailer Face-Off, will spark life in your workshop.

    Don't let winter's cold slow down productivity. Instead, why not take your work indoors?

    An exclusive deal through Nail Gun Depot, we're throwing in a FREE spare battery with your Senco Fusion or Hitachi cordless - making sure recharging is no longer an excuse for downtime. The premise is simple; and now is the time to invest in cordless nailing with a Senco Fusion or Hitachi Li-Ion finish nailer.

    Better yet, each spare battery is interchangeable with other cordless tools from the same manufacturer, which means your Hitachi BSL1830C or Senco VB0155 can keep other cordless tools up and running too.

    Nail Gun Depot Finish Nailer Faceoff

    Still need some inspiration? We're here to help.

    During the Face-Off, we'll take a look at each brand's strengths, explain which tool is best suited for your project, and offer up project tips that will put your tool to the test.

    Want to start checking out the competition? Take a look at these articles:

    The Finish Nailer Face-Off showcases several advancements in cordless nailing, in a duel between two of the best in the business, Senco and Hitachi. To keep things interesting, we're even giving away a grand prize to one lucky Senco customer, AND one lucky Hitachi customer.

    So, the only question left is, are you Team Green or Team Red?

     

    The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • How To Contact Your Tool Manufacturer

    Need to contact your tool's manufacturer? We can help.

    As an authorized sales and service center for Senco, Paslode and Bostitch - among several other leading brands in fastening - we understand that sometimes you still need to go straight to the source, especially for local and regional questions. For the questions we can't answer, here's a list covering most of our major brands - just in case.

    And, of course, you can always contact Nail Gun Depot by phone (1.888.720.7892), email (sales@nailgundepot.com), or live chat.

     

    The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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