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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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  • Introducing Hitachi's All-New 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless Finish...

    Hitachi Power Tools committed to cutting the cord, when they announced the newest additions to their finish nailer lineup last week. The brand proudly introduces a new series of battery-powered cordless, Brushless models; 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. All will be available starting January 2017. This series combines Hitachi’s reputation for quality pneumatic nailers, with its unique Lifetime Tool Warranty on cordless products, to deliver the quality and performance customers demand from Hitachi.

    Hitachi Cordless Finish Nailer

    Get more done with less, and experience total fastening freedom with Hitachi. Lose the air hose, the 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. This new battery has the same capacity as a conventional 3.0Ah Li-Ion battery, but benefits from a shortened height - nearly ¾ of an inch - and weighing 0.6 lbs. less (compared to Hitachi's previous battery), making the work experience lighter, more comfortable and more convenient. These batteries are also equipped with Hitachi’s Multiplex Protection Circuit to prevent over-load, over-charge and over-discharge, which further extends the lifetime of the battery. Add the fact they are fully compatible with all other Hitachi 18V Li-Ion slide type tools, for even more flexibility across Hitachi’s cordless line. Each Hitachi cordless finish nailer comes with one 3.0Ah lithium ion battery.

    The battery charger (model UC18YFSL) cools the battery during the charging cycle to prevent overheating, and comes with a red light indicator to clearly indicate the stage of charging the battery has achieved.

    Hitachi Cordless Finish Nail Gun

    Moving past the battery, all cordless nailers in this series also feature Hitachi's Brushless motor technology; for longer run time, less maintenance and increased durability. The driving system used 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.

    Each finish nailer comes with an on-tool battery charge indicator and easily adjustable tool-less depth-of-drive dial - perfect for adapting to woods of varying density. Additionally, each has a selective actuation switch that lets the user select between sequential mode or bump fire mode, when rapid nailing is preferred. A convenient tool-less, easy-to-clear nose makes it quick and simple to extract a nail should one jam during use.

    Hitachi Cordless Finish Gun

    An integrated pivoting belt hook adds convenience, and can be adjusted to fit on either side of the nailer (excludes the NT1865DMA). A no-mar nose cap protects the work surface from markings, while narrow nose pieces help facilitate nail placement in hard to reach areas and tight corners. A built-in LED light on each nailer comes in handy when working low light areas. Ergonomically formed, a soft grip handle is designed for comfort during extended use. For added safety, located on the control panel at the base of the handle is a power button. When activated, the nailer is ready for use. It automatically shuts off power after 30 minutes of inactivity. Also, a side-lock switch is incorporated to prevent accidental firing. To sum things up, Hitachi went the extra mile to ensure these cordless finish and brad guns are durable, safe and easy to use.

    To further support that notion, Hitachi is offering a Lifetime Lithium-Ion Tool Warranty on each of these cordless, Brushless finish nailers. A 2-year Lithium-Ion Battery Warranty and 1-year Lithium-Ion Charger Warranty are also included, for ultimate peace of mind.

    The NT1850DE cordless 18-gauge brad nailer accepts a versatile 5/8” to 2” range of 18-gauge brad nails. Tackle trim work, furniture assembly and other finish applications with ease, when using the Hitachi NT1850DE. At only 7.3 lbs, this brad nailer is lightweight, well-balanced, and capable of driving up to 1,650 nails per charge. A visual nail reload indicator located on the magazine turns yellow when nail quantities are getting low, to help prevent blank drives.

    Hitachi NT1850DE Finish Nailer

    The NT1865DM cordless 16-gauge finish nailer runs 1” to 2-1/2” 16-gauge finish nails, making it the perfect choice for installation of molding, chair rails, cabinetry and other finish applications. Capable of driving up to 1,500 nails per charge, and weighing in at only 7.3 lbs, this cordless finish nailer is among the lightest in its class. A dry fire lock-out feature also prevents the Hitachi NT1865DM finish nailer from activation when the nail count is low.

    Hitachi NT1865DM Finish Nailer

    Last, but certainly not least, the NT1865DMA cordless 15-gauge angled finish nailer drives a range of 15-gauge DA type angled finish nails from 1-1/4” to 2-1/2” in length. Not only is the Hitachi NT1865DMA capable of driving up to 1,100 nails per charge, but weighing in at only 7.5 lbs., this cordless finish nailer is also among the lightest in its class. Furthermore, the 34° angle of its magazine allows a user to reach into corners or tight spaces with ease; and an open magazine allows fasteners to be easily viewed, so blank drives can be avoided. As with the 16-gauge model, a dry fire lock-out prevents the NT1865DMA from activation when the nail count is low.

    Hitachi NT1865DMA Angled Finish Nailer

    For the contractor, remodeler or weekend warrior seeking a quality cordless finish nailer to deliver convenience and reliable performance, look no further than Hitachi’s all-new cordless, Brushless lithium-ion finish nailers.

    To learn more, we've included a brief video tutorial below:

    ~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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The First-Ever AAA Battery-Powered Nailer Is Here

    A game changer in finish and trim woodworking, have you heard about Grex Power Tools' all-new GC1850 cordless brad nailer? An industry first, the Grex cordless brad nailer boasts a compact design – without sacrificing power, quality or versatility.

    Grex GC1850

    Innovative yet practical, the GC1850 is powered by 2 AAA alkaline batteries and an individual fuel cartridge. The tool is rated to run at least 50,000 shots per battery life-cycle, while each Grex fuel cartridge holds approximately 1,300 shots of odorless compressed gas – with no expiration date. Eliminating a bulky battery, the Grex GC1850 is comparable in size and weight to most other pneumatic brad nail guns.

    Grex Cordless Comparison Side-By-Side

    Protected by a robust metal body, and engineered for easy, low-cost maintenance, this Grex 18 gauge brad nailer also features the following key points:

    • Self-lubricating piston ring and cylinder; Easy driver replacement
    • All-metal body for better durability, reliability and heat dissipation
    • Power to sink two inch brad nails into two inch thick Oak
    • Safety nose with No-Mar tip
    • Anti dry-fire lock-out with ability to adjust driving power

    Grex Cordless Comparison

    The GC1850 addresses an age-old concern among trim carpenters and woodworkers - the need for a lightweight, cordless finish nailer. One matching the benefits of other competing models – without sacrificing the ergonomics of an air tool. This Grex cordless is the first to do both.

    Grex GFC01 Fuel Cell

    MSRP for the Grex GC1850 is $499, though you can find it on Nail Gun Depot with a $438 launch price. Fuel cells are available in packs of four, which run about $25.

    Need to see more? Check out this "Quick Start" video tutorial demonstrating how to use the Grex GC1850.

    So, is it time to get your Grex on?

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Everything You Need To Know About Senco's Fusion Nailers

    For anyone in renovation or remodeling, the name Senco Fusion is certain to ring a bell. One of the most recognized cordless finish and trim nailers in its class, the Senco Fusion packs innovation, technology and power - all in one handy cordless tool. Find out why you should try Senco Fusion - here on the Nail Gun Network.
    Senco Fusion Baseboard
    If you read up on tools and fasteners, you've seen the Senco Fusion line featured in magazines such as Popular Mechanics, Journal of Light Construction, Tools of the Trade, This Old House and many more. A tool that is recognized for its features, performance and quality, the Senco Fusion is much more than a basic finish tool, it's a new way of doing construction.
    Senco Fusion Drive
    Want to know what sets the Senco Fusion apart from its competition? Take a look:
    • Senco Fusion tools feature an 18V lithium ion battery, which guarantees longer charge life with less down time. With a quick-charge system in place, you can renew 80 percent of your battery charge in only 15 minutes. Drive up to three nails per second with no waiting period!
    • Features include a safety time out, precise depth of drive adjustment, bump fire operation, reversible belt hook, and LED work light.
    • Cordless design allows access in hard to reach areas without cords or hoses. Snap the battery into place, and you are ready to nail a range of applications from finish and trim, to baseboards, cabinets, paneling and more.
    • The Senco Fusion is available in four different model types, a 15 Gauge Finish Nailer, 16 Gauge Straight Finish Nailer, 16 Gauge Angled Finish Nailer, and 18 Gauge Brad Nailer.
     
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