August 19, 2014 : The MAX Tools Buying Guide on Nail Gun Depot

The MAX Tools Buying Guide on Nail Gun Depot

This year, MAX Tools USA is celebrating its 20th anniversary of serving the construction, renovation and manufacturing trades of North America. A brand recognized for the quality, integrity and durability of its tools, MAX is among the best power fastening tool manufacturers within the industry. Learn about some of MAX's top tools to own, right here on the Nail Gun Network.

 
MAX 20th Anniversary

Let's start small and work our way up, as we introduce MAX's line of finish nailers and staplers.The MAX NF565/16 16 gauge finish nailer, weighing in at only 3.5 lbs., is among the lightest in its class. A powerful motor and patented drive system ensures consistent driving - despite the intensity of an application. The NF565/16 features a selectable trigger for sequential or bump fire operation, on board depth control, easy jam clearing system, belt hook and 360 degree adjustable exhaust - to direct air away from user. Applications for this tool include door and window casings, decorative boards, panel assembly, moldings, furniture assembly, case back fastening, blind pinning and cabinet assembly.

 
MAX Finish Tools

Likewise, the MAX NF255F/18 18 Gauge Brad Nailer features a thread style driver unit, high composite bumper, and slim body - easily reaching into tight quarters. A selectable trigger allows this tool to fire sequentially or upon contact. As with most brad nailers, the MAX NF255F/18 excels at applications including: door and window casings, plywood, decorative boards, interior finish work, panel assembly, moldings, subflooring, furniture assembly including drawer case-back nailing, blind pinning, cabinet assembly and other finishing projects. 

 

 

Shifting gears, finish staplers are quickly becoming a popular alternative to finish nailers. The MAX TA238A/18-6 narrow crown finish stapler is no exception to this trend. Featuring a one-inch slim nose, rapid fire trigger valve, lock out mechanism, fastener window, rear exhaust, trigger lock and comfortable rubber grip - you'll definitely want to keep an eye on this pneumatic stapler. Keep in mind, finish staplers are perfect for door and window casings, molding, underlayment, cabinet assembly and soffits - among other finishing projects.
 
MAX Finish Tool

Moving on to larger tools, MAX offers a wide selection of framing, roofing, pallet and concrete nailers to choose from. While we don't have the space to cover each product, the following products are a few industry favorites.

 
MAX Logo

Looking for a lightweight framing nailer? Look no further than the MAX SN883RH2Featuring a patented, double-fire mechanism for increased safety, an adjustable depth control, maintenance free end cap filter, aggressive sawtooth safety, comfortable rubber hand grip, trigger lock and magnetic nose - this tool sits at the top of our list for quality, affordable framing tools. Don't take our word for it, see what Tools of the Trade Magazine says about the SN883RH2.

 
MAX SN883RH2

If you are manufacturing pallets or crates, check out the MAX CN70 coil pallet nailer. Available with or without a magazine assembly, depending on the application it is being used for, the CN70 features a heavy-duty dust cover, body protector, adjustable exhaust, metal nail tray, narrow nose for accurate nail placement, comfort grip and tough nylon magazine - making it perfect for pallet building, crating, fencing, framing, sheathing, subflooring and more.

 

MAX NGD Ad

Last, but certainly not least, refreshed and updated, the MAX CN565S2 SuperSider coil siding nailer is lighter weight, more durable and less expensive that its predecessor. At only 5 lbs., this tool is easy to handle for extended periods of time, and features a maintenance free end cap filter - to prevent dust and debris from entering the tool, easy-load magazine, adjustable depth of drive, adjustable exhaust, anti-double fire mechanism and non-marring contact tip. Look to use this pneumatic tool for high-volume siding, fencing, exterior trim, sheathing, subfloor, roof decking, exterior decking, furring and strapping applications. 

 

Getting You The Max Out Of Your MAX,

The Team At Nail Gun Depot




August 12, 2014 : What's A Cap Stapler/Nailer - And Why Should I Use One?

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



August 5, 2014 : Which Woodworking Tool Do I Need For My Project?

Which Woodworking Tool Do I Need For My Project?

Getting ready to start a woodworking project? Maybe you aren't sure what tool(s) you need to complete your project? Let's take a look at some of the tools you might need to tackle woodworking - whether you are starting your first project or adding a new tool to your collection.
 
Bostitch Finish Nailer 
There isn't one specific woodworking tool that is more important than another for your workshop - it really just depends on the project you are looking to take on. Unless you get a battery-powered, cordless fastening tool, you will need an air compressor to power any nail gun or staple gun you purchase. If you get a screw gun, such as Senco DuraSpin, you can choose between battery or electric power - in other words, no need for an air compressor.
 
Bostitch Compressor 
If you are just getting into woodworking or DIY projects around the home, you will probably want to start with a finish, brad or pin nailer, as these tools are most commonly selected for smaller woodworking projects such as furniture and cabinet building, trim work and craft projects.
 
OMER 12.40 
Looking for something a bit larger to build? For sheds, home additions, tree houses - or anything else that requires a structural frame - you will need a framing nailer. These nail guns have the power to drive large framing nails, which are minimum-mandatory for any structural project. Once a structure has been framed, you might find a screw gun useful for adding any finishing touches to your project, such as drywall, deck boards, subfloor and more.
 
 
Similar to a finish nailer, you might also consider a finish stapler - depending on the small project you are working on. Staple guns can be particularly useful for furniture and upholstery projects. Upholstery staplers are an absolute must-have tool if you are considering refinishing a chair or sofa.
 
Duo-Fast Furniture 
Last, but not least, don't rule out a palm nailer as a viable option for less intense projects - particularly ones that require touch-up with hard to reach areas. A palm nailer is typically used for framing, decking, fencing, pole barns, metal connector straps and other similar applications. While palm nail guns don't offer the benefit of a collated drive to hold a large capacity of fasteners, palm nailers are small, and capable of reaching hard to access areas - where a large tool would not be able to fit. Another benefit to palm nailers, you can find most priced below $100.
 
Senco Palm Nailer 
Ready to start your project? Need more help? Our trained customer service team is ready to pair you with the perfect fastening tool for your project.
 
Your Woodworking Experts,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



July 29, 2014 : How To Get The Most From Your Pneumatic Staple Gun

How To Get The Most From Your Pneumatic Staple Gun

Are you learning how to use a pneumatic stapler? Get the most out of your staple gun - find out how right here on the Nail Gun Network, by Nail Gun Depot.
 
Let's start with loading the tool. Loading a staple gun can vary from tool to tool; however, the following provides general instruction for loading a typical pneumatic stapler.

Before you start, it's crucial that you have the proper staples. The type of staple that your tool takes will vary from model to model, and manufacturer to manufacturer. Check your tool's specs or manual if you are confused about the type of staple it takes.You can also search for your tool's staples using the Fastener Finder on NGD.

 
 

Once you have identified the correct staples, you need to load them. Most staple guns come in either a top or bottom loading variation. Medium and heavy wire pneumatic staplers generally load from the top, while most fine wire staplers load from the bottom.

 
 

Before loading, be sure to disconnect the air supply and keep the stapler pointed away from you at all times - as you should for any firing tool. 

For a top loading stapler, pull the magazine follower back until it locks into position. After the follower is locked into position, place the strip of staples over the magazine rail. The staples should move freely, back and forth on the rail. The last step is to unlock the follower and release it – so that it pushes the staples into the nose of the staple gun for firing.

 
Grex Upholstery Stapler

If you have a bottom load stapler, locate the release first – which is generally found at the rear of magazine. Depress the release and slide the magazine rail away from the nose. Turn the stapler upside down and insert the staples into the channel, towards the nose of the stapler. Make sure the pointed ends of the staples are loaded – so they will fire into your application. After the staples have been loaded, slide the magazine rail back, towards the nose, until it locks into place. Now you are ready to connect your air supply and test fire. 

 
Staple guns are designed for a variety of applications, from upholstering furniture to decking and siding applications. With more than 200 available options on NGD, we're confident you can find the right stapler to get your project done right.
 
 Senco Finisher Frenzy
 
If you are looking for a new finish stapler, look no further than our Senco Finisher Frenzy, which will launch this Friday.
 
Your Source For Staple Gun Knowledge,
The Team At Nail Gun Depot



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