April 14, 2015 : What's A Palm Nailer Used For?

What's A Palm Nailer Used For?

You've probably heard of them - may have even seen one - but still don't know what a mini-palm nailer is used for. Mini-palm nailers, also known as palm nailers, are not your traditional nail gun. A member in the nailer family, palm nailers serve a different purpose than the collated nailers that most people think of when searching for a nail gun. Discover the purpose of palm nailers, how they can be used, and why you need to add one to your tool shelf - when you enter the Nail Gun Network.
 
Senco PC1195 Application 
You ask, "what's a palm nailer?" To put it simply, mini-palm nailers are small pneumatic tools that drive bulk nails individually. Most palm nailers are designed to drive large framing nails, joist hanger nails or other bulk nails that are similar in size. The biggest difference between a pneumatic framing nailer and a palm nailer - collation. Traditional air-powered framing nailers drive collated gun nails, commonly known as strip nails and coil nails. These nails are held together in collation, meaning they are adhered together in a strip or coil by various bonding agents, which include metal wire, glue, paper tape or plastic. On the other hand, palm nailers drive individual, non-collated variations of these nails. And don't forget, both types of pneumatic nailer still require an air compressor to operate.
 
Bostitch Palm Nailer 
This probably leaves you wondering, "why would I use a palm nailer instead of a collated nail gun?" Collated nailers are ideal for projects that require repetitive nailing in quick strokes, but because of their size, they are often too bulky to fit in tight, hard to reach spaces. That's where a mini-palm nailer can become the most useful tool in your systainer box. Palm nailers are designed to pick up where a collated nailer leaves off. Uses for palm nailers include framing, decking, fencing, metal connector straps, pole barn construction and much more - just think of them as a pneumatic nailer specifically designed to fit into hard to access spaces. A great example of an inexpensive, well-built palm nailer, check out the Senco PC1195.
 
Powernail Power Palm 
Some palm nailers, such as the Powernail Power Palm, take it a step further to fill gaps in niche applications. The Power Palm is designed to drive L-Cleat flooring nails, making it a must have accessory nailer for flooring installers and general remodeling contractors. A specially designed nose makes this palm nailer ideal for applications such as blind nailing, top nailing, transitions, doors and corners.
 
Your Palm Nailing Experts,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



April 7, 2015 : The Box Stapler Buying Guide For Packaging & Shipping

The Box Stapler Buying Guide For Packaging & Shipping

You might be wondering, why haven't I heard of a carton stapler before? The simple answer, unless you manage a packing, shipping, or carton assembly operation - you probably haven't come in contact with one of these tools. Want to know what a carton closing stapler is good for? Well, it's all in the name. Learn more about the different types of carton closers and box staplers, applications they excel at, and tips to consider before purchasing - available on the Nail Gun Network.
 
Bostitch Carton Closer Diagram 
Before selecting a carton stapler, you need to consider what it will be used for. Aside from the obvious - for use with cardboard - you will want to review the average volume of your operation, intervals of use, the thickness of cardboard or corrugated you are working with, and more. For business owners packing and shipping cardboard boxes in volume, most rely on their carton closing staplers to keep their operation running. Carton staplers offer increased revenue potential, efficiency, and provide a stronger seal versus other fastening agents.
 
To start, take a look at the thickness of your cardboard. Cardboard boxes are typically available in single, double or triple walls. Most carton staplers can handle single walled cardboard with ease. If you are working with double or triple wall cardboard, you will need a box stapler specifically designed for thicker applications, such as the Bostitch BTFP12182 Triple Wall Carton Closing Stapler or one of the ISM 3G Series box closing tools.
 
Bostitch Carton Staple Diagram 
Next, look at your operation's volume. For low volume packaging, a manual carton closing stapler might be sufficient to get the job done. For medium to high volume production, you will need either a pneumatic, electric or cordless carton stapler. In high volume applications, the option for roll staples versus the standard stick of staples is also available.
 
Choosing the right staple for the task is key. The wider the crown and thicker the wire - the more secure the staple will be. Pay careful attention to the type of staple required for your application - this will ultimately determine the range of carton tools you can choose from. Look at the wire dimension (thickness), the crown (width), and the leg length.
 
Now that we know the basics in choosing a carton stapler, let's look at the different types of packaging staplers that are available.
 

Top Carton Staplers

 
Generally speaking, top carton staplers are the most common box closing staplers - especially in low to medium volume packing and shipping facilities. Top carton staplers are excellent for high and low volume carton closing and packaging. Depending on the set up of your workspace, several businesses utilize cordless carton closers, such as the 12-Volt battery powered models by Bostitch, to decrease production time and improve versatility (remember, no hoses or cords).
 
Bostitch Box Staplers 

Plier Staplers 

 
These self clinching staplers are designed for industrial applications in packaging, bedding, displays, set up boxes and more. Recommended for light assembly, packaging, corrugated construction and shoe-making. Plier staplers are primarily intended for manufacturing. Choose between models from Klinch-Pak, Senco, BeA, Bostitch and more.
 
Senco Clinch Stapler 

Post Bottomer Carton Staplers

 
Post bottom carton staplers are strictly industrial in their function. These box staplers are designed to tackle a variety of cardboard and corrugated stapling applications on assembly lines, or in designated work stations. Post bottomers are too heavy and bulky to be moved around frequently, so they are generally only used in businesses where production is in a fixed location. Choose between manually operated models, which include several options from Josef Kihlberg, or pneumatic models such as the Bostitch F84-138 manual box bottomer carton stapler.
 
Josef Kihlberg Post Bottomer 

Bench Mounted Carton Staplers

 
Bench mounted carton staplers are designed for light assembly, typically in manufacturing. They are excellent for clinching end flaps together, five-panel folds, overlap box closure, bag closure, tagging, shoes, and other cardboard applications requiring light assembly. Nail Gun Depot features a variety of BeA bench mounted carton staplers.
 
BeA Bench Mounted Carton Stapler 
 
Your Source For Carton Closing Knowledge,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



March 31, 2015 : How To Choose The Correct Screw For Your Project

How To Choose The Correct Screw For Your Project

Collated screws from Senco, Quik Drive and other manufacturers come in several shapes and sizes - each intended for a specific use. Every collated screw is designed to fulfill its own niche application. Find out which screw is right for you when you enter the Nail Gun Network.
 
How To Choose A Screw 
Just like you would classify a nail, a screw can be broken down by its head, thread and tip. Screws can be divided down further by coating, material and color. Considering this, here's a break down of typical screw features based on the application of its intended use.
 

Drywall

Drywall screws need to provide enough holding power to keep drywall board firmly in its place, but don't necessarily need the same rigidity and coating as a screw that would be used for an exterior application. Most drywall screws will have a bugle head with a Phillips drive. The bugle head allows the screw to sink flesh with the drywall board surface. The thread and tip will determine the type of material the drywall board is being fastened to. For drywall to wood screws, a sharp point tip paired with coarse threads is relatively common. For drywall to steel, a drill point tip is more common.
 
Senco Drywall Screw Diagram 

Decking

For an exterior application, such as decking, screws need to not only provide the appropriate holding power - they also need to be durable enough to stand up to the outside elements indefinitely. Collated deck screws from Senco or Quik Drive generally feature a square drive, with either flat or capped heads. A sharp point tip and thicker threads will increase holding power and ease of drive. Because these screws will be exposed to moisture and other outside particles, most deck screws come with a manufacturer specific coating to help delay the weathering process. In coastal regions, many builders are required to use stainless steel screws for exterior applications to further prevent deterioration of the fastener.
 
Senco Deck Screw Diagram 

SubFloor & Underlayment

With wood to wood applications, you will typically find that most available screws will have a sharp tip with a flat head and twin threads for additional holding strength. Either zinc, phosphate, galvanization or some form of coating will most likely also be present. The coating will help to improve the overall durability of the screw if it becomes exposed to moisture.
 
Quik Drive SubFloor Screw 

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing screws are a little bit different than those used for wood applications. Metal to metal screws, particularly those used for metal roofing, will have a raised head with threads that run from head to tip. For extra heavy-duty metal roofing applications, you might even find the screw has a washer at the base of its head to help provide even greater holding strength.
 
Quik Drive Metal Roofing Screw 
For the average homeowner, you typically won't use anything beyond basic drywall, decking or wood screws. For contractors, depending on the applications you work with, the possibilities are endless.
 
Providing The Knowledge To Prevent A Screw Up,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



March 24, 2015 : Everything You Need To Know About Cordless Nailers

Everything You Need To Know About Cordless Nailers

Are you looking for a cordless nailer, stapler or screw gun? Maybe you don't like the noise or cord restrictions that come with an air compressor? While pneumatic tools will always have a place in the construction industry, several contractors and DIYers have come to adopt cordless fastening tools over their air-powered counterpart. The biggest benefit to cordless, it goes anywhere you need it to. No hoses, no compressor, no hassle - as long as you have the tool charged that is. Find out what types of cordless nail guns, staple guns, and screw fastening systems are available, when you visit the Nail Gun Network.
 
Cordless Nail Guns 
Cordless technology in the fastening industry is improving daily. As battery technology and tool engineering continues to enhance itself, nailers are becoming more powerful, holding a longer charge, yet building the same reputation for durability and ruggedness that pneumatic tools have earned. With cordless framing nail guns, finish nailers, carton closing staplers, and screw guns available - there are several cordless options to choose from.
 

Nail Guns

 
Cordless nailers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. From framing nailers such as the Paslode CF325Li, to finish and trim nailers such as the Senco Fusion, contractors and DIYer's have come to love these tools for their increased versatility and quiet operation. One big thing to remember if you are considering a cordless nailer - several models require the use of a fuel cell in addition to a battery pack. A fuel cell is a small canister of compressed gas that releases energy in conjunction with the tool's trigger being fired. This is especially necessary in larger nailers that require more energy to fire. Taking it one step further, keep in mind that one size doesn't fit all when talking about fuel cells. Each manufacturer will specify the correct fuel cell for their tool. Smaller finish and trim nailers, such as the Senco Fusion line, do not require fuel cells since they do not require as much energy to sink a nail to its proper depth.
 
Cordless Brad Nailers 
Spoiler Alert: Grex has announced the launch of an all-new 18 gauge cordless brad nailer, powered by battery and long-life fuel cell. This tool is lightweight and nimble - we anticipate it to be extremely competitive with other similar models currently on the market. Expect an official release sometime in 2015.
 

Staple Guns

 
Cordless staple guns are growing in popularity, but are not as common as their not-so-distant relative, the nail gun. Bostitch recently released three new cordless carton closing staplers, the DSW-3522, the DSW-3519 and the DSC-3219. These cordless staplers run on a 12 volt lithium-ion battery, capable of securing 800 staples per 45 minute charge. In general, these Bostitch tools are particularly useful in high-production packing and shipping facilities. For those looking to avoid a power supply completely, there are also several manually operated models.
 

Screw Guns

 
Quite possibly the most popular cordless option of the three types of fastening tools we've covered, cordless screw gun sales are growing at a rapid pace. In particular, Senco's DuraSpin cordless screw system(s) are among the most recognized collated screw guns in the industry. Senco DuraSpin cordless models are powered by the same 18 volt battery pack that can be found on the Senco Fusion, designed to drive between 500 and 700 collated DuraSpin screws per charge. Simpson Strong-Tie also recently partnered with Fein, to release the first cordless screw gun motor for their Quik Drive auto-feed screw system. The Fein motor is compatible with all Quik Drive auto-feed attachments.
 
Senco DuraSpin Cordless 
In wrapping things up, it's only fair to cover the counterpoints in going cordless too. The biggest downside to cordless - the cost. Plan to spend anywhere from $100 to $300 more for a cordless nailer, stapler or screw gun, over the cost of its pneumatic or electric counterpart. If you are only using cordless tools, part of this cost can be offset by eliminating the need for an air compressor. The other point to consider before switching to cordless, be sure to plan for enough battery charge to keep your tool running throughout the duration of your project. Keep a car charger or spare battery on hand for larger projects, especially if you are planning to use the cordless tool for extended periods of time. If required, keep an extra fuel cell handy too.
 
All that's left to decide, are you ready to cut the cord?
 
Your Fastening Tool Experts,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



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