January 27, 2015 : How To Choose Stainless Steel Fasteners

How To Choose Stainless Steel Fasteners

Growing in popularity and demand, stainless steel nails, staples and screws are quickly becoming the fastener of choice for premium-quality construction projects. While these fasteners are costlier than those made of other materials - they provide the best protection against rust and other deterioration causing agents. Find out how to select the right grade of stainless steel for your project - here on the Nail Gun Network.
 
Stainless Steel Deck Screw 
Before we start, let's take a brief look at stainless steel itself. Stainless steel is composed of high amounts of chromium, the element that provides corrosion resistance and additional strength to stainless. It is chromium that gives the steel its rough, adherent, corrosion resistant surface. Its self-healing properties (if oxygen is present) provide further enhancement. A popular metal for its appearance, stainless steel is now becoming an integral component in quality-construction projects - particularly in coastal regions.
 
There are several different grades of stainless steel fastener, however, most contractors will be most familiar with three main classes: 302, 304 and 316. The lower grade option, 302 stainless steel has a greater carbon count, reducing its corrosion resistance. A less expensive form of stainless steel, 302 is softer and more likely to strip. This type of stainless is best used in projects where corrosive agents are less prominent - such as interior projects.
 
 Stainless Steel Fasteners
The next major classification, 304 stainless steel is the most widely recognized stainless product available. Known for its balance of nickel and chromium, 304 grade stainless steel is more durable and offers better corrosion resistance than 302 grade. Less expensive than its 316 grade cousin, 304 stainless steel fasteners typically offer the best balance of corrosion resistance, versatility and cost. This grade of stainless steel typically provides an adequate amount of strength and protection in most instances.
 
304 Stainless Steel 
An even stronger form of stainless steel, 316 grade stainless is the preferred grade for projects where exposure to high chloride salt is prevalent. Popular in coastal regions, 316 stainless is resistant to chloride corrosion - and is recommended for all seaside applications. The downside to 316 grade stainless, it is costlier than its lower-grade counterparts.
 
316 Stainless Steel 
In addition to these three grades, look for 18-8 as a generic grade for stainless steel. The grade of 18-8 can refer to grades ranging from 302-305. Generally, you will not want to go below the rating of 18-8 in terms of stainless steel fasteners.
 
Make sure to select the appropriate grade of stainless steel for your project. Depending on the environment of your application, choosing the right grade of stainless steel can determine the long-term quality of your project. To find the appropriate stainless steel fasteners for your tool on Nail Gun Depot, simply search the applicable category of fasteners and choose from items labeled as stainless. Be sure to check back often, as we continue to expand our stainless steel nail, staple and screw product lines.
 
Your Guide To Stainless Steel Fasteners,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



January 20, 2015 : Maintaining Pneumatic Tools & Compressors For Cold Weather

Maintaining Pneumatic Tools & Compressors For Cold Weather

If you live in a region susceptible to winter weather, as most North Americans do, it's crucial that your pneumatic tools and air compressors are properly maintained for the cold. If at all possible, it's best to avoid using pneumatic tools in temperatures below freezing - however, for contractors that depend on their tools for a living, there are measures that can be taken to help protect the integrity and performance of your tools or compressor from the freezing cold. Find out more - right here on the Nail Gun Network.
 
Cold Weather Tool & Compressor Maintenance 
Let's start with cold weather maintenance tips for an air compressor. As an air compressor runs, moisture builds up in the tank from compression taking place. While it is good practice to make sure the tank is drained after every use (particularly in damp, humid climates), it is especially important in cold or freezing temperatures, as this water moisture can freeze and seize up the entire unit. To drain your compressor, simply release the drain valve, which is typically located on or near the bottom of the tank. Make sure you do this while the tank is under some pressure - then, take care to close the valve or valves until the air stops leaking. NOTE: never twist the valves with pliers.
 
Other cold weather tips for your compressor, consider using heat lamps to keep the compressor regulator from freezing. You can also put your compressor on a continuous run cycle, if available on the model you own. Need help picking out a compressor? You can visit Nail Gun's Introduction To Air Compressors.
 
Now that your compressor is running, let's take a look at cold weather maintenance for pneumatic tools. First and foremost, make sure you are lubricating your tool with cold weather tool oil, such as Senco's PC1295 Moisture Shield cold weather air tool oil. Using a cold weather lubricant such as this one, is great preventative maintenance that is easy and inexpensive. You can apply a manufacturer approved cold weather tool oil to the tool itself - and the air line.
 
Senco PC1295 Cold Weather Pneumatic Tool Oil 
Other cold weather tips for your pneumatic tool, when starting use in freezing temperatures, as the compressor builds up, WITHOUT fasteners in the tool, hook up your pneumatic nailer or stapler to the compressor and fire @ 40 PSI to help warm up the tool before use. NOTE: Make sure the tool has no fasteners in its magazine before/during firing to avoid damaging the tool or work surface and prevent injury.
 
You can also rotate pneumatic tools - while keeping the idle tools warm. Using pipe insulation that fits over a coupler is another method that helps create a barrier between the tool and cold air. Can't decide which pneumatic tool is right for your application, check out Nail Gun's Construction Tool Index here.
 
Cold Weather Construction 
We can't guarantee all of these tips will work for everyone, but if used appropriately, they might save you some major repair expense and downtime on the job. Tools and compressors that are not maintained or used as the manufacturer specifies are susceptible to damage and destruction - so save yourself time, money, and a major headache, and prepare your equipment for responsible use.
 
Your Tool Tip Experts,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



January 13, 2015 : New Year, New Fastening Tools

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



January 6, 2015 : Introduction To Air Compressors

Introduction To Air Compressors

Welcome back to a new year of the Nail Gun Network! We hope you had a relaxing holiday break - but alas, it's time to get back to work. Easing into the routine swing, let's start 2015 with a breakdown and categorization of air compressors - so you can find the right compressor to handle your projects.
 
Senco Air Compressors 
If you use pneumatic (air-powered) fastening tools, you have to use an air compressor to bring them to life. Air compressors provide power to your pneumatic nail guns, staple guns, paint sprayers, ratchets and other air-driven tools - they can also be used to inflate tires, blow dust or debris, and more. The application(s) you need an air compressor for, will determine the type of compressor you require.
 
Senco Compressor Kit 
First, let's take a brief look at how an air compressor works. Air compressors feature a motor, which forces air into a storage tank. Depending on the type of compressor, a user will attach their tool(s) to the compressor via an air hose or hoses. Every time the user fires their pneumatic tool, air in the storage tank is released through the air hose - activating the tool. As the storage tank depletes its air, the motor kicks-in and returns the tank to a designated air pressure. For some compressors, such as MAX's AKHL1250E, an expansion tank is also available.
 
MAX Expansion Air Tank 
Smaller projects - with low volume use - can typically get by with a smaller, single-stage compressor. Single-stage compressors feature one-piston motors, which force air into their storage tank for consumption. As the compressor depletes its supply of air, the motor kicks back on to replenish it. These compressors are typically useful for small workshops, residential garages, or DIY applications. Because they are typically smaller in size, they are also useful for renovation and remodeling projects, where space might be limited. Keep in mind, these compressors are not designed to power multiple tools at once - or tools that require a good amount of energy to fire, such as framing nailers. Finish and trim nailers and staplers are typically intended for this type of compressor.
 
Bostitch Trim 
For heavy-duty applications in construction or manufacturing, such as home-building, assembly line work and more, two-stage compressors should be a better fit for use. Two-stage air compressors feature a second piston - providing quicker refill times to the storage tank. The storage tank is also typically larger in size, allowing more air to be stored during use. Two-stage compressors are also designed to power multiple tools at once - improving operation efficiency. The downside to these compressors, they typically weigh more, are more expensive, and make more noise during operation.
 
Bostitch Pneumatic Framing 
When shopping for an air compressor, consider the manufacturer required pressure for the tool(s) you are looking to power. Every manufacturer should provide the CFM and PSI required to operate safely. The CFM or Cubic Feet per Minute determines how many tools can be run at once on an air compressor. The PSI or Pounds per Square Inch directs the maximum range of operating pressure with which an air compressor can run properly. Disregarding either of these factors can lead to permanent damage to your tools and/or air compressor - as well as possible injury to the user. When selecting an air compressor, choose a model with a higher CFM rating than the tool or tools you are planning to operate - this will allow for a margin of error.
 
Senco PC1010N 
When you start shopping for a compressor, you will also notice the difference in design between certain models. Depending on your application, there are four main designs available for portable air compressors. Generally, the most basic option available, most hot dog shaped compressors have small, cylindrical tanks - this style is generally the easiest to transport, but offers the least power. Models such as the Senco PC1010 exemplify a well-built, popular compressor within this segment. Similar in size, a pancake compressor features an oblong tank that resembles the shape of a tire. Bostitch offers the BTFP02011 pancake compressor as part of a 3-tool combo kit for finish and trim. Still capable of being carried by hand, twin-stack compressors feature two tanks (generally one above the other), which allows them to restore maximum air pressure quicker than a single-tank design, such as the hot dog or pancake. A great example of the twin-stack compressor, RolAir offers its FC2002 model - also known as "The Bull" for its rugged nature. One of the heaviest-duty designs for portable compressors, wheelbarrow compressors are too heavy to carry by hand, but feature a single-wheel design with handles - allowing this type of compressor to be rolled from jobsite to jobsite. J-Air is a reliable, popular manufacturer of this style compressor. For fixed workstations that require high-volume use, stationary compressors are also available. There is also a selection of other wheeled compressors available for heavy-duty use, that function similarly to the wheelbarrow design.
 
RolAir Bull Compressor 
One final point to consider, determine the source of power that will work best for your compressor. For almost every hot dog, pancake or twin-stack compressor, electric power is your only available option. However, larger compressors, such as wheelbarrow models, generally are available with either the option for gasoline or electric power. Crews in new construction tend to favor gas power, as it can sometimes be hard to find electric on a jobsite. Many gas-powered compressors also feature more powerful motors. Depending on the application - and if electric is easily accessible - you might prefer the emission-free design of electric compressors though.
 
J-Air Compressors 
If you work in cold climates, make sure you shop for a compressor with a cold start valve. Many compressors include this feature out of the box, but if not, you could have a hard time starting your air compressor in frigid temperatures. Standard on many new compressors, an oil-free pump design reduces wear and tear maintenance. For high-volume use, check to make sure the compressor includes more than one connection for pneumatic air hoses - to ensure you can run several tools at once. Also, make sure the compressor has the proper cooling systems installed to handle the applications you plan to use it for - this will help to avoid overheating or damage to the compressor motor.
 
Bostitch 3-Tool Combo Kit 
Last, but not least, consider the manufacturer of your future compressor. There are several reliable brands available, some of which we recommend, including compressors from Senco, RolAir, J-Air, MAX and Bostitch. Be sure to compare each compressor's features prior to making a purchase.
 
Blowing Away Your Air Compressor Knowledge,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



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