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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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  • New Year, New Fastening Tools

    We're at it again, check out some of NGD's latest tool additions - including the new Grex P650LX. A new year means new tools - here on the Nail Gun Network!
    NGD New Year

    If you are using industrial packaging tools, be sure to check out our freshened lineup of Bostitch carton closing staplers and box bottom staplers (also known as post bottomer carton staplers). For low-volume, basic operations, Bostitch now offers the BTFP12180 and BTFP12181 manual carton closing staplers. Both feature a second handle for comfort and are ideal for applications where the stapler will be shared between several different work stations. Manually operated, these carton closing staplers present one of the most versatile options available for low volume carton closing applications. Penetrating clinchers are adjustable for either through or blind clinching and each tool comes with a one-year warranty. The only difference between the two models, the BTFP12180 drives 1-1/4" crown C-Wire staples from 5/8" & 3/4" in length, while the BTFP12181 drives 1-3/8" crown SW9040 Series staples from 5/8" to 7/8" in length.

    Bostitch BTFP12180
    Looking for something a bit more powerful? The Bostitch BTFP12182 Triple Wall Carton Closing Stapler is designed for high-volume, heavy-duty use. Features on the BTFP12182 include adjustable clinchers for different thicknesses of cardboard and clinch tightness, as well as the ability to blind fasten double and triple wall cartons. This tool is capable of driving staples up to 1-1/2" in length for up to 1" total cardboard thickness, using 1-1/4" crown SW9060 Series staples.
    Bostitch 12182 Triple Wall Carton Closing Stapler
    A game changer for high-volume corrugated assembly, the FC96EC electric box bottomer stapler covers a vast range of cardboard closing applications - driving 1/2", 5/8" and 3/4" SWC coil staples. Perfect for high-volume carton bottom closing, this box bottom stapler runs 4000 count coil staples designed for high production environments. This staple gun features 24" throat and 40" anvil post height allows most boxes to be stapled in one motion. A clear plastic shield with electrical interlock feature disables the machine when its guard is raised - also featuring an auto-shutoff to reduce machine wear and saves energy. Just plug this post bottomer in and see the difference. Bostitch also offers the F84-138 manual box bottomer for smaller, less costly operations.
    Bostitch FC96EC
    Specific to the floral and dry cleaning industries, Bostitch has added the P3-IND and O-2245 plier staplers. Using a fine wire, lightweight staple, the Bostitch P3-IND is perfect for dry cleaner garment tagging, drugstore bag closure, price tag to garment stapling, flower wrapping, badge and ribbon fastening, and packaging. Similarly, the 0-2245 is designed for fastening applications within the dry cleaning and floral industries. Both tools are rugged and durable - made to handle several applications.
    Bostitch P3-IND
    For pallet and crate builders, Hitachi has released two new tools, the NV65AN and NV75AN coil pallet nailers. The NV65AN coil pallet nailer is designed to drive 15 degree 1-1/2" to 2-1/2" wire coil nails, from .090 to .099 in diameter. Hitachi's latest offering, this pallet and crate building nail gun comes with a five-year limited warranty from the manufacturer. Bringing power, precision and convenience to the pallet manufacturing industry, this nail gun boasts a lightweight design at only 5.7 lbs. - and is capable of driving nails as large as 2-1/2" x .099 at a rate of 3 per second, making the NV65AN both powerful and efficient. A side load magazine and open nose design offer convenience for reloading and jam removal, while its plastic shield offers safety, deflecting wire collation away from the user. Features such as the 360 ° adjustable air deflector and high capacity magazine bring additional convenience to any pallet manufacturing facility. The slightly larger NV75AN weighs-in at 6.3 lbs., and drives 15 degree 1-3/4" to 3" wire collated pallet nails, from .099 to .131 in diameter. The biggest difference between the two tools - range of fastener. You can find both of these pallet nailers here.
    Bostitch NV65AN
    Last, but not least, we are pleased to announce the pre-release of Grex's all-new P650LX 23 gauge headless micro pinner. An updated and upgraded design, the P650LX boasts the following key features: a one-touch override button that allows use of the 10 remaining reserve pins, a more powerful motor with improved contact safety, auto lock-out to prevent dry firing - includes auto lock-out override, easy load magazine, no-mar tip, rear exhaust with silencer, double trigger safety lock, lightweight aluminum body, swivel air coupler, narrow nose design, and rubber handgrip. Suggested applications for the Grex P650LX micro pinner include light wood assembly, finish and trim work, molding and decorative trim, dowel and joint pinning, mirror and picture frame assembly, lightweight paneling, external softwood trim, rattan furniture, glazing strips, craft work, window beading, signage and more.
    Grex P650LX 23 Gauge Pin Nailer
    The P650LX will not ship until Spring 2015, but in offering the best customer support possible, Nail Gun Depot will accept pre-order reservations from all avid woodworkers who are interested in receiving this pinner as soon as it is available.
    Your New Tool Experts,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • How To Select The Right Finish Nailer For Your Project

    Shopping for a new finish nailer can be a daunting task if you haven't done your homework first. While many models look and feel very similar, there are certain features that set one finish nailer apart from the other. Depending on your needs, this can play a major role in making an informed decision - leading to a purchase. Let's take a look at the differences between certain types of finishing nail guns.
    Bostitch Smart Point
    Let's start with 15 gauge finish nailers. These tools are ideal for projects such as cabinet and furniture building, picture frame assembly, trim and molding installation, and upholstery trim applications. Look for an angled nail magazine on most 15 gauge finish nailers. While there aren't many cordless 15 gauge models available, the Senco F-15 Fusion fills the void - quite well - eliminating the need for an air compressor with its 18V Lithium Ion Battery. Furthermore, the Senco Fusion (available in 15 gauge, 16 gauge - straight and angled, and 18 gauge variations) recently took top honors in a comparison test conducted by Popular Mechanics Magazine.
    Senco Fusion
    Similarly, 16 gauge finish nailers are ideal for many of the same applications as their 15 gauge counterpart. This includes projects such as installing door and window trim, baseboards, paneling, crown modeling, door jambs and more. The biggest difference between the two tools, 16 gauge finish nailers are generally smaller and lighter. Because 16 gauge nails have a slightly smaller diameter, many believe that the 15 gauge nail provides more holding power - depending on the type project you are looking to complete. You can find a wide variety of both angled and straight magazine 16 gauge finish nailers. Another cordless tool that ranks highly with contractors, the Paslode IM250A-Li drives 16 gauge angled finish nails and comes with a five-year warranty from Paslode.
    Paslode IM250A-Li
    Arguably, the most popular among finish nailer buyers who are purchasing a tool for DIY or occasional-use, 18 gauge brad nailers are built to handle trim, paneling, furniture repair and so much more. Brad nailers act as the catch-all tool for finish and trim applications. Keep in mind, brad nailers that can handle a 2" or larger fastener lend the most versatility. One of our favorites, Bostitch recently launched its Smart Point line of finsh and brad nailers. These tools are pneumatic, which means you'll need an air compressor, but offer some of the most precise nail placement available. The advantage to Smart Point, a narrow nose allows the user to access hard to reach areas with ease - while also reducing surface damage caused during firing. Similar to the Fusion family, Bostitch offers a Smart Point nailer in 15 gauge (DA and FN), 16 gauge, and 18 gauge variations.
    Bostitch Smart Point Nose
    Last in the finish fastening family, pin nailers offer the least holding power, but are perfect for projects that require a small nail, such as those used in birdhouse building, small trim, picture frame work, and light wood assembly. Commonly available in either a 21 gauge or 23 gauge variation - 23 gauge being most popular - pin nailers are ideal for any application that requires a narrow fastener. Pin nails are also available in both headless and headed variations, just be sure that the tool you are using is compatible with the fastener you are intending to use. When it comes to pin nailers, Grex maintains a commanding share of the market - offering six different models of 23 gauge pin nailer. Affordable and reliable, Grex pin nailers are a safe choice for any first-time buyer.
    Grex 23 Gauge Pin Nailers
    Now that you know the difference between finish, brad and pin nailers - which one best suits you?
    Your Finish Nailer Experts,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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