How To Choose A Nail Gun For Your Project

You've decided to use a nail gun on your next project, but what type of nailer do you need? Nail guns come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the project you need it to complete. To learn what makes each type of nail gun unique, let's look at some of the main ones homeowners use:

  • Framing nail gun - This type of nail gun is used for larger projects such as fencing, deck building, sub-flooring and (of course) framing. These nailers are also excellent for projects involving plaster, as hammering can crack and loosen plaster.
  • Finish nail gun - This nail gun drives either 15 or 16 gauge nails - depending on the finish nailer - and is used for crown molding, baseboards, cabinets, chair rails, wood furniture, decorative trim, millwork, caskets, hardwood flooring, furniture and paneling. Finish nails are sturdy enough to hold these larger pieces, but small enough that they can be puttied over for the finished product.


  • Brad nail gun - A brad nailer drives even smaller, 18 gauge brad nails, versus a finish nailer. Brad nailers are used for smaller trim, as larger nails can split the wood. Using a hammer to drive brad nails can be frustrating due to their ultra-thin pins that can bend easily.

Hitachi NT50AE2

Now you need to decide how to power your nail gun:

  • Gas-powered - This nail gun uses a fuel cell with a rechargeable battery. This nailer does not require an air compressor, hose or cord - which makes it convenient. However, this is a more costly way to power your nailer.
  • Air powered or pneumatic - This is the most popular choice for power fastening tools, as it is a cheap, powerful and convenient way to power your nail gun. This nail gun uses compressed air to drive nails. If you choose pneumatic, make sure that the air requirement for the nail gun and the compressor match - ensuring your nail gun will work properly.
Bostitch Pneumatic Finish Nailer

Don't forget to consider the brand when making your decision, trusted brands such as Stanley Bostitch, Hitachi, Senco or Paslode will usually lead to less jams and repairs. Nail guns can speed up a job, allow you to drive nails into hard to reach areas, and drive smaller nails without the frustration of bending or breaking. offers a wide selection of nailers, so check us out - and good luck on your next project!

Nail Your Next Project,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • Frederick Farol July 28, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Does the Bostutch 16 gauge finish nailer fire nails longer than one inch?How do you load nails longer than one inch? My friend has a Porter Cable finish nailer and he can't figure out how to feed the longer nails into the slot. I am considering buying a Bostitch nailer if I get a good response from you. Thanks.

    • Nail Gun Depot July 29, 2016 at 5:08 AM

      Frederick, we do offer several Bostitch 16 gauge finish nailers that run larger than 1". In fact, most of them do. They should load the same way as normal. Here is a link to all of our Bostitch finish, brad and pin nailers:

      We don't carry Porter Cable so I'm not certain how their product is set up, or what the exact fastener range would be for your friend's tool.

      Please feel free to contact a customer service technician for more detail, at

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