• Top 3 Framing Nailers By Comparison: Senco - Paslode - Hitachi

    Construction contractors and building framers expect to get the most from their tools. The same tools they depend on everyday to get a job done on time and on budget - with quality fit and finish. But, which tools guarantee the best bang for your buck? Today, we take a look at Nail Gun Depot's top three framing nailers by customer choice. We'll get up-close and personal with each of these framing guns, looking at similarities and differences, all while offering a comprehensive profile for each featured tool.

    Construction Framing

    Today's lineup comes from three core brands in the framing industry: Senco, Paslode and Hitachi.


    Senco FramePro 325XP


    We start with the Senco FramePro 325XP (4Z0101N). Featuring a lightweight and compact design, this Senco excels in all applications relevant to framing, sheathing, truss building, sub-flooring and deck building. Designed to drive clipped head, paper tape strip framing nails,  this air-powered framing nailer was engineered to fit between studs and joists with ease - and it shows. This Senco framing nailer is easy to handle and maneuver, perfect for tricky corners and tight working conditions.


    Oh, and did we mention it also uses less air to drive nails to their proper depth? Pair that with Senco's "TrueDrive" magazine, which reduces jams and mis-feeds, and we bet you'll fall in love at first drive. Senco backs the FramePro 325XP with a five-year XtremePro limited warranty, for added peace of mind.


    Paslode CF325XP


    Next, let's take a look at Paslode's third-generation CF325 cordless framing nailer, the CF325XP (905600). Replacing the previous generation CF325-Li (902600), Paslode's latest version of its hit cordless framing nailer definitely lives up to expectation - if not exceeding. As we've come to love with previous generation models, no hose or compressor is required - simply slide the tool's lithium ion battery into place, insert a Paslode orange framing fuel cell, and you're up and running. You'll find this Paslode framing nailer features all the great benefits of its predecessor, but with a generous 15% increase in driving power, low temperature usability (tool works in conditions down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit when using all-season fuel cell), and up to 50% longer run time per battery charge. Eligible for Paslode's 2 Year Service Promise [when registered properly with Paslode], and paired with a five-year limited warranty out-of-box, peace of mind shouldn't be an issue with this Paslode nailer.


    Other features you'll enjoy on the Paslode 905600 include aggressive teeth for toe nailing, compact design (fits between 16″ o.c. studs, joists and roof trusses), battery standby, tool-free depth of drive adjustment, utility hook, nail lockout to prevent blank drives, and a stainless steel magazine raceway for improved durability and easy loading.


    Hitachi NR90AE(S1)


    Last, but certainly not least, Hitachi recently launched their NR90AE(S1), which stacks up almost feature for feature with the previous NR90AEPR model. The difference? Look for a refreshed head guard design with exterior head bolts. The new head guard now allows for easier disassembly, which reduces downtime for maintenance. Like its competition above, the NR90AE(S1) is backed by a five-year warranty through Hitachi Tools. And at 7.5lbs, this Hitachi framing nailer is one of the lightest in its class - perfect for preventing user fatigue when used in long-duration projects. The NR90AE(S1) features a selective action trigger, two-piece aluminum magazine to minimize repair expenses, sawtooth safety for maximum grip, and tool free adjustable depth of drive.

    NR90AE(S1) Angle

    As expected, the Hitachi NR90AE(S1) plastic strip framing nailer is great for framing, sheathing, truss building, sub-flooring, decking, fencing and pallet assembly. A true construction contractor's dream... and then some.


    Final Results


    Now that we've looked at our top three picks for framing, which nail gun should you choose?

    If you're looking to cut the cord, we definitely recommend the Paslode CF325XP, as it offers time-tested reliability and industry-leading performance. But, for those who want quality without the extra expense of a cordless nailer, consider the Hitachi NR90AE(S1). The Hitachi offers contractor-grade quality at an affordable price - which is why we tend to see so many of them on the job for years and years. And, we couldn't forget the Senco FramePro 325XP, which is a best-seller on Nail Gun Depot. Packed with popular features, priced to sell, and backed by Senco's five-year XtremePro warranty - there's a reason why so many customers swear by the Senco 325XP.

    The decision is yours.


    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Introducing The Paslode F-350P PowerMaster Pro

    It's not every day we get excited about a new tool coming to market, but when Paslode announced the F-350P PowerMaster Pro framing nailer was on its way, we already had our RounDrive framing nails in hand and ready to load. Get the first glimpse of this all-new paper strip framing nailer from Paslode, right here on the Nail Gun Network.

    As we've come to expect from Paslode, the F-350P PowerMaster Pro framing nailer (515000) is designed to drive nails consistently, minimizing downtime and maximizing productivity and efficiency. Designed to drive a complete range of 2" to 3-1/4" 30 degree RounDrive framing nails, the PowerMaster Pro features a lightweight and well-balanced design for improved usability and handling compared to previous models.

    Paslode PowerMaster Pro 515000

    Contractor-grade durability is a given for this 30 degree stick nailer. Not only designed to withstand the rigors of regular use, the Paslode F-350P PowerMaster Pro is built to handle what you throw at it. Additional features to help get the job done right include a dual finger trigger (choose between bump and sequential fire), rear loading magazine to reduce downtime, thumbwheel depth of drive, and work contact element with aggressive teeth to improve accuracy and installation time.

    The Paslode 515000 has a simple design with fewer moving components to ensure reliability and serviceability. To ensure downtime won't be an issue, the Paslode PowerMaster Pro comes with a manufacturer's one-year full warranty, which applies to all parts except those covered by its five-year extended limited warranty - which covers all housing and cap assembly castings.

    Paslode Tools

    According to Paslode, the all-new F-350P has been named the designated replacement tool for Paslode's 50th Anniversary F-350S (511990) framing nailer, which will be phased out in the coming months.

    Would you give this new Paslode a shot?


    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Paslode Transitions To Lithium-Ion Cordless Power

    Remember when Paslode first released its industry-changing cordless Impulse nailers? Nailing was never the same.

    Yet again, Paslode is raising the stakes, taking their cordless nailers into the 21st Century with lithium-ion power. Just like before, each Paslode cordless tool still requires a fuel cell to operate; but now offers better range and improved ergonomics. The transition was recently completed, when Paslode released their IM200-Li cordless brad nailer.

    Paslode IM200-Li

    "Why Choose Paslode Cordless? Paslode Cordless offers durable and lightweight solutions to your everyday work. Not only does Paslode Cordless offer more balance and control, but it was made to withstand the tough jobsite conditions. Paslode Cordless Systems were built to keep up with you." ~

    Paslode IM250S-Li

    Let's take a closer look at the full Paslode Li-Ion cordless lineup:

    When it comes to framing, Paslode's cordless framing nailer has enjoyed one of the longest running success stories in the business. The current generation Paslode CF325XP, which recently replaced the CF325-Li, offers the same benefits as its predecessor, but with 15% increased driving power, low temperature usability (tool works in conditions down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit - when using all-season orange fuel cell), and up to 50% longer run time per battery charge. Eligible for Paslode's 2 Year Service Promise, the CF325XP (905600) is also backed by a standard five-year warranty. This Paslode framing nailer is tried, tested - and now better than ever before.

    Paslode CF325XP

    Paslode doesn't stop with framing. Now boasting a full line of Li-Ion cordless finish and trim nailers, the Paslode brand has come full circle. Choose between a 16 gauge straight IM250S-Li (916000), 16 gauge angled IM250A-Li (902400), and the most recent addition - an 18 gauge brad nailer IM200-Li (918000). All lithium-ion - all ready to work.

    Paslode 916000

    Like the CF325XP, these Paslode Li-Ion cordless finish nailers are lighter weight (easier to carry and use), can be recharged quicker, and hold their charge for a longer range of time. Don't forget, these Paslode cordless finish nailers do still require a small yellow fuel cell to operate.

    Paslode Cordless Nail Gun Depot Promotion

    To celebrate this milestone, for a limited time get a FREE Paslode Yellow Finish Fuel (816007) or Orange Framing Fuel Cell (816008), when purchasing ANY Paslode lithium-ion framing or finish nailer on Nail Gun Depot. Deal starts Friday (7/22/16) and runs while supplies last.


    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Win Your Nail Gun Depot Wishlist!

    Nail Gun Depot is celebrating its new website with a “Win Your Wishlist Giveaway.” That's right, we're giving away $1,000 toward your Nail Gun Depot wishlist! All you have to do is log in or create an account on Nail Gun Depot, fill out the entry form, and start building your dream wishlist.

    Nail Gun Depot Win Your Wishlist

    We kicked things off July 1st, and will continue through September 30th, 2016 - so there's plenty of time to get your entries in! But, the sooner the better - there's more than the grand prize up for grabs!

    We'll be giving away several small prize packs, as we count down to the grand prize drawing for $1,000.00 in Nail Gun Depot store credit. Our grand prize winner will have the opportunity to purchase items directly from their personalized Nail Gun Depot wishlist.

    Nail Gun Depot Wishlist

    Don't forget, the grand prize drawing will take place on September 30th!

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • What Cordless Nail Gun Should I Buy?

    It's hard to ignore the increasing presence of cordless tools coming to market. Today, let's take a look at those different types of cordless nailers. We'll look at brand, product application, and variation(s) of cordless technology available. Let's start by breaking down the core categories of cordless.

    Senco Cordless Battery

    Framing Nailers & Metal Connecting Nailers


    Cordless framing nailers have improved quite a bit since the first Paslode Impulse tool was released in July of 1986 - nearly 30 years ago to the day. Today, Paslode cordless tools have improved in every possible way: lighter body, longer battery life, quicker recharge time and more. The CF325XP (905600) is Paslode's current contender in a long running legacy of cordless framing tools. Powered by lithium-ion battery and orange framing fuel cell, the CF325XP is designed for heavy-duty, everyday use.

    Paslode CF325XP

    While Paslode has dominated this segment of the market for many years, another key player is quickly gaining notoriety for their contractor-grade cordless technology. That's right, we're talking about our friends at Dewalt. Currently on their second generation lithium-ion framing tool, Dewalt's MAX XR battery boasts more power and longevity than ever before. Dewalt has also managed to eliminate the need for a fuel cell, without compromising performance. Dewalt's system is as simple as plug-and-play. With the recent release of their DCN693M1 cordless metal connecting nailer - the first of its kind - we've got a hunch this won't be the last cordless nailer from Dewalt.

    Our Recommendation:

    If you don't mind occasionally replacing a fuel cell, Paslode has led cordless framing sales for decades. For tried and tested quality, Paslode is a sure shot.

    Dewalt DCN693 App

    If you're looking for the latest technology, there's no doubt that Dewalt offers a game changer. The MAX XR battery system eliminates the need for fuel cell, and offers improved driving force and length of time between charging cycles.


    Finish & Brad Nailers


    Unlike the cordless framing market, you'll see a lot more competition when comparing cordless finish and trim nailers. Two main factors dictate the widespread growth for this segment of the industry - market share and tool design. Generally speaking, the market for finish and trim nailers is infinite. Between contractors, weekend warriors, and woodworking hobbyists, there is always a demand for finish nailers. Paired with the fact they require much less energy to drive small finish or brad nails into place, you have a recipe for success.

    Grex Cordless Comparison Side-By-Side

    Just like the framing nailers above, most cordless finish nailers come in the same two variations, either with fuel cell and battery, or powered by battery only. Grex recently launched the GC1850 cordless brad nailer, which is powered by fuel cell and AAA battery power only! Don't worry about constantly replacing those AAA's in the Grex either, this cordless brad nailer is rated to run up to 50,000 shots per battery cycle.

    Looking at fuel cell finish nailers, Paslode once again leads the industry with its lineup of lithium-ion tools. Introduced to replace the aging line of Paslode Impulse nailers, these new lithium-ion powered tools are lean and efficient. The most recent addition to Paslode is their all-new 18 gauge brad nailer, the IM200Li (918000). Featuring several benefits over its predecessor, the Paslode IM200-F18 (901000), the IM200Li lithium-ion brad nailer offers a lightweight design, long-range battery life, battery standby position to conserve charge, tool free depth adjustment, reversible belt hook, and no mar tip - among other benefits.

    Dewalt DCN660D1 App

    Moving away from the fuel cell, Senco and Dewalt continue to battle for control of the battery-only market. A long-time leader in innovation, the Senco Fusion is available in four cordless variations ranging from 15 gauge finish nailer down to 18 gauge brad nailer. The Senco Fusion cordless system continues to receive praise for its innovative features and proprietary design. However, Dewalt recently answered the demand for better, more powerful batteries when they introduced the 20V MAX lithium-ion battery pack. Built to compete with Senco's Fusion, we've seen a growing demand for Dewalt's new product(s) - which includes their DCN660D1 16 gauge cordless finish nailer.

    The Verdict:

    Only time will tell the ultimate winners in this extremely competitive segment of cordless tools. As new technology continues to emerge, we expect to see several new products come to market in the next calendar year. We also predict a full transition to lithium-ion batteries, for those brands still offering NiCad models or similar.

    Senco Fusion F-15

    And, if you're a diehard air tool enthusiast, there's good news for you too. Despite advancements in cordless technology, we don't foresee pneumatic tools fading into the abyss any time soon. With a network of contractors and tradesmen that swear by pneumatic nailers and staplers, we have a hunch these tools will also benefit from enhanced technology and performance.

    So, would you consider cordless?


    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Not Your Father's - Father's Day Gift Guide 2016

    Having a hard time picking out the perfect gift for Dad? Break from the norm and surprise him with a gift he can actually use - something that bundles tech savvy features and functional form. Unfortunately, that means no personalized coffee mugs on our list this year - we had to make room for these popular new gadgets. With price points that meet both large and small budgets, take Dad into the 21st Century with one of our top picks for Father's Day 2016.

      • Cadex Digital Regulator ($55): Budget friendly and compact, the Cadex DAR-02E digital air pressure regulator is perfect for Dad's workshop. Easy to mount and built for precision control, this Cadex regulator can connect directly to air tools and pneumatic spray guns. Designed to regulate the air coming through an air hose, this digital system features an impact resistant housing, electronic gauge shutoff for battery preservation, and a 1/4" universal thread swivel nut that fits most spray guns, nailers and air tools. A 1/4" universal thread male inlet fitting can be found on the opposite end of the DAR-02E.

    cadex digital regulator

      • Senco DuraSpin SG2510 Screw Gun Motor ($105): Next on our list, the Senco DuraSpin SG2510 (6X0002N) electric-powered screwdriver is designed for applications in drywall, wood fastening, and steel - perfect for the dad that has his hands in a variety of projects. This high-performance screw gun motor features a high-torque, 0-2500 RPM variable-speed motor for heavy-duty use. The SG2510 is constructed from industrial-grade metal, rugged enough to handle contractor-grade projects when needed. Features such as a trigger lock for continuous operation and an industrial-grade 10" cord round out the package. A member of the Senco DuraSpin family, the SG2510 screw gun works with Phillips and Square drive bits.

    Senco 6X0002N screw gun motor

    • Stabila 24" Tech Level ($249.99): Not your Father's level, the Stabila 24" Tech/Electronic IP65 level features electronic measuring technology, two digital displays, an audible inclination guide, IP 65 dust and waterproof housing, and removable shock-absorbing end caps with anti-slip wall grips. Get precise slope measurements as needed for ADA 4.8.2 handicap ramp compliance. A dual screen set-up (front & top) allows easy viewing from any angle. Electronic displays illuminate for easy viewing in low light conditions, and include five display modes. Other features include instant measurement conversion to any scale, audible tones for sight free use, one button calibration, and carrying case. Snap in two AA batteries and Dad will be ready to go.

    Stabila Tech Level

    • Dewalt DCN660D1 Cordless Finish Nailer ($399): A big step in cordless nailing, the Dewalt DCN660D1 runs on 20V lithium-ion battery power exclusively - in other words, no more fuel cells. This cordless finish nailer is compatible with 1-1/4” to 2-1/2” 16 gauge angled finish nails. Featuring Dewalt's first-ever 20V MAX brushless motor - enjoy better run-time, a lighter-weight body (27% lighter than the current DC618), and a more compact design for hard to reach areas. Did we mention it drives up to 4 nails per second? Other features include a tool-free depth adjustment, tool-free jam release, tool-free stall release, multi-functional LED lights, select actuation (choose between bump and sequential fire), adjustable belt hook, no mar tips, and trigger lock-out. The DCN660D1 comes with one battery, charger, manual and carrying case - so Dad can plug it in and go straight to work.

    Dewalt DCN660

    • Paslode CF325XP Cordless Framing Nailer ($399): For the dad that dabbles in heavy carpentry, Paslode has our vote for best Father's Day present. The new Paslode CF325XP (905600) Li-Ion cordless framing nailer combines the latest cordless technology with a tried-and-tested design. No hose or compressor required - the CF325XP runs on lithium ion battery-power with orange framing fuel cell. Similar to the Paslode CF325-Li, the CF325XP offers the same benefits from Paslode, but with 15% increased driving power, low temperature usability (tool works in conditions down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit when using all-season fuel cell), and up to 50% longer run time per battery charge. This tool is also eligible for Paslode's 2 Year Service Promise, when registered properly with Paslode. For added peace of mind, the CF325XP also comes with a five-year limited warranty through Paslode. Other features on this Paslode 905600 cordless framing nailer include aggressive teeth for toe nailing, compact design – fits between 16″ o.c. studs, joists and roof trusses, battery standby, tool-free depth of drive adjustment, utility hook, nail lockout to prevent blank drives, and a stainless steel magazine raceway for improved durability and easy loading. This Paslode cordless framing nailer comes with rugged plastic carrying case, rechargeable lithium ion battery and charger, safety glasses, owner's manual and 5/32" hex wrench - and is excellent for applications in framing, sheathing, floor decking and more.

    Paslode CF325XP

    • Grex GC1850 Cordless Brad Nailer ($438): For that sweet spot between the Dewalt finish nailer and the Paslode framer, give Dad a different kind of cordless nailer this year. The first of its kind, the Grex GC1850 cordless brad nailer is powered only by 2 AAA batteries and fuel cell; designed to drive 18 gauge brad nails up to 2" in length. The Grex GC1850 is the only cordless finish nailer that is as small as a traditional air operated finish nailer, while also offering a light-weight metal body, the power to sink 2” brad nails into 2” thick red oak, and a low cost of ownership. Powered by 2 AAA alkaline batteries - capable of lasting at least 50,000 shots - and a fuel cell that lasts approximately 1,300 shots per cartridge, this cordless brad nailer eliminates the downtime that comes with charging a battery - without sacrificing power. Easy to maintain, the GC1850 features a self-lubricating piston ring and cylinder, as well as easy driver replacement. An all-metal body proves best for improved durability, reliability and heat dissipation. No compressor required, the Grex GC1850 cordless brad nailer also features a safety nose with no-mar tip, anti dry-fire lock-out, power adjustment and reversible belt hook. A handy tool for any dad that enjoys weekend woodworking projects including trimwork, cabinet assembly, jig fixtures, light wood assembly, paneling, window beading, door and window casings, or picture frame assembly.

    Grex GC1850

    A Father's Day gift to all, use promo code FIVEOFF during checkout to receive 5% off your entire order!

    Wishing a Happy Father's Day to you and yours,
    The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Introducing The All-New Nail Gun Depot Website

    Welcome to the all-new Nail Gun Depot - your everything source for fastening and construction supply. Whether you're looking for a tool, fastener, how-to advice or expert tips - we've got it all. With competition online as fierce as ever, we're going the extra mile for our customers - ensuring you get the right product for your project, at a competitive price.

    Nail Gun Depot Website

    Don't take our word for it, check out some of the great new features all visitors can enjoy on Nail Gun Depot:

    • Search The Nail Gun Network: The new Nail Gun Network has truly become a site within a site. More than a blog, choose between how-to articles, video demonstrations, manufacturer bulletins, tool news, expert tips and so much more. We've listened to you, and have designed our Nail Gun Network to offer each user a personalized experience.


    • Navigate On Your Smartphone: We've finally gone mobile. Shop Nail Gun Depot from any smartphone or tablet via our new mobile layout. Get the same great information from your desktop computer - now at the tip of your finger.


    • Shop By Project Type: For customers that don't quite know what they need, but know what they need to do, visit Nail Gun Depot's new product recommendation tool - Shop By Project. Another way to search for products, we've sorted items by the applications they are designed to excel at. With categories for concrete, decking, upholstery and more, let our Shop By Project tool pair you with the right items for your job.


    • Browse The Fastener Finder: Along with the rest of Nail Gun Depot, we've given our one-of-a-kind Fastener Finder app a face-lift. Know which tool you own, but not sure what fasteners will work with it? Simply select the brand and model of your tool from the drop down menu, and let our Fastener Finder do the rest. With an expanded selection of both late-model tools and new release items, choose between more than 7,500 different product combinations.


    • Explore Our Freight Shipping Program: Want to buy in bulk, but not pay standard shipping rates? We have a solution for that. Nail Gun Depot now offers common-carrier, freight shipping options during checkout. Buying a skid of nails? Simply choose the freight quote that best suits you during checkout. Our logistics team will do the rest - making sure your products arrive without hassle.


    • Enjoy Enhanced Customer Profiles: The new Nail Gun Depot is designed to optimize user experience from top to bottom. We've gone the extra mile to make sure our customers enjoy a seamless experience while visiting the site. Store contact information, reorder with the click of a button, manage customer preferences, submit product reviews, save products to order later, and more.


    • Build A Custom Wishlist: Want a new tool, but not quite ready to place an order? Save it for later with Nail Gun Depot's new wishlist builder. Located within your user profile, store any product on the site for later, save comments on each item, and even share your wishlist with others via email.


    Want more? We've only just begun. Stay tuned as we continue to expand our product selection, and roll-out new features on Nail Gun Depot. Whether you're a contractor, expert, DIYer, amateur - or anywhere in between - we've got something for everyone on Nail Gun Depot and The Nail Gun Network.

    Have questions, comments or feedback, drop us a line at


    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • The Nail Gun Network's Most Memorable Posts - 2015

    At last - the end of 2015. What better way to capture the essence of 2015 at Nail Gun Depot, than to take a look at some of the Nail Gun Network's most influential blog posts of the year. Check out some of our most popular posts from 2015!
    Best of Nail Gun Network 2015
    NGD's Top Picks: Hall of "Frame"
    1. Nail Gun Depot Is Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary: It's hard to believe Nail Gun Depot has been around for 15 years. Launched in 2000, the site has played its part in the explosion of Internet and e-commerce. From nailers to staplers, screw guns and fasteners, we've got something for everyone.
    2. The Nail Gun Network Media Guide - We're Expanding To Video: The majority of our Nail Gun Network subscribers have come to expect weekly - and the occasional bi-weekly - blog updates announcing tool news, product demonstrations, tutorials and project tips. Now, they can expect even more, as we are pleased to announce the launch of our NGN video blog.
    3. 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. Protect the integrity and performance of your tools or compressor from the freezing cold.
    4. Why Every Contractor Needs A Laser Level: The principles of measurement in the construction industry have remained unchanged for hundreds - if not thousands - of years; but materials, assembly procedures, the interaction between various trades - not to mention time and cost pressures, have changed. The precise reason why every contractor should be using laser measuring instruments now, more than ever.
    5. Choosing A Staple Gun For Your Project: Learn the difference between gauge and crown, what makes one type stapler different from another, and most importantly, which stapler is the best one for you. We'll explore applications, tools, fasteners and more.
    Viewer's Choice: Most Popular
    1. Everything You Need To Know About Cordless Nailers: Are you looking for a cordless nailer, stapler or screw gun? While pneumatic tools will always have a place in construction, several contractors and DIYers have come to adopt cordless fastening tools over their air-powered counterpart.
    2. How To Avoid Destroying Your Pneumatic Nailer: Take a look at some professional tips to extend the life of pneumatic tools. Learn how to protect your air fastening tools - here on the Nail Gun Network.
    3. Introduction To Air Compressors: If you use pneumatic fastening tools, an air compressor will bring them to life. Air compressors provide power to your pneumatic nail guns, staple guns and other air-driven tools. The applications you need an air compressor for determine the type of compressor required.
    4. Introducing Dewalt's DCN660 Series Cordless Finish Nailer: Dewalt fans rejoice. Introducing the widely anticipated DCN660, 20V MAX 16 gauge cordless angled finish nailer, by Dewalt. A game changer for the brand, the DCN660 series runs exclusively on lithium-ion battery power - eliminating the need for fuel cells, regular cleaning and related maintenance. Just snap the battery into place and start working.
    5. What Type Of Air Hose Do I Need For My Compressor: You've purchased a new pneumatic tool, go to hook the tool up to your air compressor, only to find out you don't have the right air hose to connect your tool. You ask, what type of air hose do I need for my compressor? The question is simple - the answer, a bit more complex. Let's explore what type of air hose will suit your application best.
    And with that, we conclude our last post of 2015. Don't worry, we're only taking a break from blogging for a few weeks - making time to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, AND launch the Nail Gun Network's all-new home. Look for an all-new, refreshed and revitalized Nail Gun Network - coming January 2016!

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Announcing Pro Tool Reviews 2015 Innovation Awards

    Every year, Pro Tool Reviews recognizes the latest and greatest tool technology, showcasing the best of the best with their annual Pro Tool Innovation Awards. This year was no different. As a 2015 sponsor, Nail Gun Depot - and the Nail Gun Network - had a chance to get up-close and personal with some of the winners.
    Pro Tool Innovation Awards Logo
    See what the editors at Pro Tool Reviews say about their favorite fastening tools:


    Winner - Nailers: Roofing

    Beck Fastener Group Roofloc SCRAIL System

    What they said: The Roofloc SCRAIL Metal Roof System from the BECK Fastener Group is a revolutionary new system for attaching metal to wood, featuring new SteelThread SCRAIL. Steelthread is a groundbreaking feature for metal roof fasteners, delivering holding power exceeding 400 lbs. They include a leak-proof washer and FasCoat coating, specifically formulated for improved corrosion resistance for exterior applications under all but extreme salinity and humidity conditions, and are available in an array of colors. Additionally, Roofloc SCRAIL fasteners offer unprecedented speed and versatility because they can be driven pneumatically, using the FASCO F58AC Roofloc L-75 tool, at a rate twice as fast as collated screws and eight times faster than bulk screws. Roofloc SCRAIL fasteners can also be easily removed using a rechargeable drill if necessary.

    Fasco RoofLoc

    What we say: SCRAIL and FASCO teamed up to create yet another innovative system that was a no-brainer for our Roofing Nailer Award. For metal to wood roofing, SCRAIL's SteelThread fasteners offer 400+ pounds of holding strength installed by pairing them with FASCO's F58AC Roofloc L-75. Threaded holding power with pneumatic delivery - we love the time savings. Even mistakes are easily fixed with a drill.


    Winner - Cordless Nailers: Fuel Cell Finish, 7.4V

    Paslode 16 Ga Straight Cordless Li-ion Finish Nailer

    What they said: Paslode upgraded its 16 Ga Straight Cordless Li-ion Finish Nailing System to run on a 7.4-volt Li-ion battery platform, replacing the NiCd version. The nailer allows for unparalleled power and precision, so remodeling jobs are finished right the first time. Upgrading to the 7.4-volt Li-ion battery drastically improves productivity by driving up to 12,000 nails per charge, which enables the nailer to last days without needing a recharge. At just 4.6 pounds, the Cordless Finish Nailer is lighter than most competitive power nailers, offering comfort and control when doing overhead work on door and window casings.


    Paslode 16 Gauge Li-Ion Straight Cordless Finish Nailer

    What we say: Paslode is the unquestioned leader in fuel cell nailers and the upgrade to a lithium-ion battery is significant. Because the power draw is so small compared to pure battery powered nailers, there has been no rush to go to a lithium-ion platform. It's here now, so Paslode lithium-ion packs will get significantly more run time and no battery memory associated with Ni-Cad packs.


    Here's to another successful year of fastening - and beyond. Be sure to keep watch for Nail Gun Depot's "2015 Holiday Guide" and "Top Tools of 2015" report. For a full list of the 2015 Pro Tool Innovation Award winners, click here.
    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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  • Choosing A Staple Gun For Your Project

    Everything you need to know about staple guns. Learn the difference between gauge and crown, what makes one type stapler different from another, and most importantly, which stapler is the best one for you.
    BeA Upholstery Stapler
    What Type Of Staple Gun Do I Need?
    • Construction Stapler: When you think of a staple gun, the first thought that might come to mind is a construction stapler - in other words, not your average office stapler. Most construction staplers look very similar to a nail gun, and they typically aren't far off in operation - that is, until you load your fasteners into the magazine. Construction staplers vary in size, depending on the project you need them for. Finish staplers are great for trim work - while heavy-duty construction staplers can be used for sheathing, cabinet framing, furniture construction and more.
    • Upholstery Stapler: Upholstery staplers and fine wire construction staplers maintain similar characteristics - in fact, there's even a slight category overlap in some 20 gauge models - so it's important that you make sure the tool you purchase is intended for the correct application. Some upholstery staplers are intended specifically for upholstering applications, while others leave some room for versatility. To make upholstering easier, some models of upholstery stapler come with a long nose, for reaching into tight spaces.
    • Flooring Stapler: Flooring staplers, again, look very much like their flooring nailer counterpart. Flooring staplers are designed for the installation of hardwood and engineered wood flooring. Hardwood floor staplers come in two variations - either mallet actuated or trigger actuated. A mallet actuated flooring stapler requires the strike of a rubber mallet to drive the staple into place. Carpet staplers are more of a mixture between hammer staplers and upholstery staplers.
    • Packing Stapler: Carton closing staplers - also known as packaging staplers - are designed specifically for corrugated box closing applications, typically associated with packing and shipping. Carton closing staplers come in several variations, ranging from air-powered (pneumatic), to cordless battery - or even manual - operation. The size of corrugate you are intending to staple will determine the size of staple and stapler you require. For applications in manufacturing or assembly line production, packaging staplers are also available in bench-mounted and clinch stapling variations, designed for repetitive, high-volume use.
    • Hammer Stapler: Hammer staplers, also known as hammer tackers or slap staplers, are manually actuated tools that require the striking of a surface to operate - in the same manner as a hammer. Hammer staplers are generally used in carpet, insulation, housewrap and roofing felt installation.
    • Cap Stapler: Cap staplers are most commonly found in the roofing industry. These specialty staplers operate the same as a regular staple gun, but also drive a plastic cap in tandem with the staple. The cap provides greater holding power and offers added protection for the staple. Cap staplers are used for roofing felt, housewrap, foam board and other select applications.
    Stinger Cap Stapler
    What Crown Stapler Should I Choose?
    • Narrow Crown: Narrow crown staplers are generally used for finish and trim applications, such as molding, trim, cabinets, drawers, fascias and other fine-grained applications. The smaller crown allows the stapler to penetrate a surface without being overly noticeable.
    • Medium Crown: Medium crown staplers are preferred in subflooring, pallet building, vinyl siding, furniture assembly, sheathing and similar applications. A medium crown offers a wider range of clinch, but is not quite as rugged as a wide crown.
    • Wide Crown: Wide crown staplers and staples are intended for heavy-duty use - primarily in construction, for projects in truss building, housewrap, roofing, lathing and more. Look to use a wide crown stapler for many of the same applications as a medium crown, but where it doesn't matter if the staple affects the appearance of your project. Wide crown staples are bulkier, but offer greater holding capability.
    C-Wire Staples
    What's The Difference In Wire (Gauge) Type?
    • Fine Wire: Fine wire staples are the thinnest variation of staple, generally ranging from 20 - 22 gauge in thickness. It's important to note, that the gauge and crown of staple are two different things. The gauge is the thickness of the staple, whereas the crown is the width.
    • Medium Wire: Medium wire staples are generally measured in the 18 - 19 gauge range of thickness. Medium wire will provide more holding power than a fine wire staple, but is not the best option for heavy-duty applications in construction.
    • Heavy Wire: Heavy wire staples are the thickest variation of staple, mostly found in 15 - 16 gauge thickness. Heavy wire will provide the greatest holding power of the three, but will also take up the most area when fastened. Heavy wire staples are good for applications that require stapling to a thick surface.


    Other clamp fastening tools serve as extended family to the staple gun, such as hog ring pliers, corrugated fastening tools and flaring staplers; however, these specialized tools are typically intended for industrial use or manufacturing.
    Bostitch Cordless Carton Stapler
    Just as you should with any other power tool, be sure that safety is your top priority when using a staple gun. Always be aware of your surroundings, how you handle the tool, and make sure you are equipped with the proper safety gear.
    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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