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  • Top Resources For Tool Testing & Comparison

    Looking for a comprehensive overview of features, quality and value for your next fastening tool? Want an expert opinion? Getting the answers you need can be easier than many think - especially in the Internet Age. Let's take a look at some of NGD's favorite sources for tool and fastener reviews. Tested first by the pros - so you can get the best in quality and value.
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    For those that still rely on print publications for tool news, these magazines have become a "staple" in workshops across the country:
    Journal of Light Construction - One of the most trusted sources for tool reviews, the Journal of Light Construction (JLC) provides construction industry insight - with a heavy emphasis on the tools that power your projects. Get tips, tricks and unbiased knowledge from the pro's of this industry. JLC covers a wide variety of tools, including reviews for Senco, Bostitch, Hitachi, MAX and other key players within the fastening tool segment. Issues reflect specific industries including roofing, flooring, framing and more.
    Tools of the Trade - A sister publication to JLC, Tools of the Trade (TOTT) strictly focuses on the tools that power construction, renovation and manufacturing operations. Also recognized as a trusted source, TOTT is only published twice per year. However, its online database keeps content available year-round, should you have a specific tool you are researching. Both TOTT and JLC offer in-depth, rigorous tool comparison tests.
    Pro Tool Reviews - Another publication that shares its space in print as well as online, Pro Tool Reviews features reviews and analysis of many popular tools within the fastening industry. Covering all tool segments, Pro Tool Reviews is a great source for tool information - from manual hand tools to power fastening devices. They are also known for their annual innovation awards, where they recognize the best of the best newly launched tools each year.
    Maybe you are more in-tune with the blogosphere? For those that are tech savvy, there's a plethora of tool blogs to choose from - including our own of course! While we have a laundry list of great choices to recommend, we have selected three that frequently review and reference nail guns, staple guns, screw guns, air compressors and other tools pertinent to fastening. A few of our top picks, be sure to check out Tool Skool, Tool Box Buzz and HomeFixated. All three of these online resources are run by industry experts - so you can rest assured you are getting an accurate and educated representation of the tools you need. With project ideas, tool reviews and much more available - be sure to take some time to see what the bloggers have to say about your tool too.
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    Looking for expert knowledge specific to nailers, staplers and screw fastening systems? You can find new tool releases, how-to projects, tool demos, buyer's guides and more - right here on Nail Gun Depot's very own Nail Gun Network. We combine the best tool and fastener information available - announcing up-to-date facts and features on new product-lines, right as they launch. Whether you are looking for a new project to tackle, tips on getting the most out of your tools, or simply want to stay current on tool and fastener news - we've got it all.
    Have an idea or suggestion for the Nail Gun Network? Let us know at Sales@NailGunDepot.com.
    Your Nailer News Experts,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • What's A Cap Stapler/Nailer - And Why Should I Use One?

    If you work with housewrap or roofing underlayments, and you are still using a standard hammer-tacker, it's time to think about an upgrade that can improve the quality of your work - and ultimately increase productivity on the job. If you saw the title, you already know we're talking about adding a cap tool (stapler or nailer) to your arsenal. There are quite a few options available, including tools from Bostitch, Senco, Hitachi and Paslode, but one brand that specializes in cap nailers and cap staplers, Stinger Cap Systems' specifically designs their tools for applications that require a cap nail or cap staple.
     
    Stinger CN100
    What's the benefit of a cap fastener over a standard staple? The cap helps to protect and expand the surface area (holding power) of the fastener - which means the fastener is better able to withstand harsh weather conditions - protecting the housewrap or fabric from separating or tearing. Many manufacturers require capped fasteners be used with their wrap or felt, due to the increased strength and protection they provide. Cap tools can also be used for a variety of other applications including foam board installation, carpet padding and more. In other words, these tools are perfect for any material that is thick, but maintains a soft consistency.
     
    Stinger Cap Tool
    If you are looking at cap nailers, there are a couple good options available, which include the Hitachi NV50AP3 and Bostitch N66BC-1; if you are looking to drive a larger and wider range of fasteners. If you are looking for a smaller cap nail (1" to be precise), we suggest the Stinger CN100. Similar to a cap stapler, these tools are designed for roofing, sidewall and insulation board - check with the material manufacturer to determine whether a nail or staple is required for your application.
     
    Senco BC58
    Moving into cap staplers, a few of the more popular options, look to Senco's BC58 cap button stapler, Paslode's CS150 cap stapler, Pneu Tools Rap-A-Cap 58 (RC-58), and of course, Stinger brand cap tools - including the CH38 (manual fire), CH38A (auto fire) and CS150 (air-powered) cap tools. Depending on the material - and surface it is being installed to - you will need to determine whether a nail or staple is necessary for your application.
     
    Paslode CS150
    Before you buy a cap tool, be sure to consider these factors: manual vs. auto-firing tool; the role that tool weight and balance plays on your application; and the level of maneuverability required for the job. For heavy-duty, high-volume use, you will most likely choose an auto-fire cap tool. The benefit to a manual cap stapler, such as the Stinger CH38, the tool is lightweight and smaller in size - which makes it easier to maneuver. For most pneumatic variations of cap stapler, plan on any of the tools previously mentioned weighing between four and five pounds - before caps and staples have been loaded. Pneumatic tools also require an air compressor to operate, another factor that should be taken into consideration depending on the flexibility of your jobsite.
     
    Stinger CH38
    Need additional help? Let one of our trained technicians guide you to the perfect cap tool for your project.
     
    Capping Your Fastening Tool Knowledge,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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