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  • The Difference Between Bump and Sequential Firing

    For the novice nailer, the difference between bump and sequential firing can spark confusion. But understanding these firing types can prevent purchasing errors—and serious accidents. (For tips on preventing nail gun mishaps, see 10 Tips for Air Tool Safety.) To shed some light on nail gun triggers, read on.

    Bump and sequential nail gun triggers are available with the PowerMaster Plus

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  • 10 Tips For Air Tool Safety

    Almost everyone who works in construction has a horror story that involves a power tool. You may have read our January 2014 blog post about a carpenter who accidentally fired a framing nail into his heart. Luckily, he survived the incident, but not without becoming a cautionary tale in Vice magazine.

    According to OSHA, nail gun accidents alone account for tens of thousands of serious injuries each year, and they account for more construction-related injuries than any other power tool. And those are only the reported ones.

    Just because you’re working on a weekend project, or using a lightweight power tool, doesn’t reduce the risk for injury.

    Nail Gun Safety

    Before You Pull the Trigger

    What are the best ways to prevent air tool accidents? Job one is to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. In fact, you should do so before even firing the tool, which we admit is hard to do when a brand new air gun is burning a hole in your tool bag.

    You’ll notice the larger part of a tool’s manual is comprised of warnings; exclamation points in rounded triangles, circles with diagonal slashes through them and occasionally curious illustrations. You’ll see “no horseplay” a lot in user manuals. The warnings are easy to gloss over, but heed them. A power tool mishap can simply ruin your day, or it can shorten your career. Before becoming a statistic, familiarize yourself with the following safety tips.

    Senco Safety

    10 safety tips to follow when using an air tool:

    1. Read the manual.
    2. Wear protective gear, including safety glasses, shoes, gloves, hard hat, face shield, ear plugs, and whatever else the task requires.
    3. Use the right fasteners for the tool. This can prevent damage to the tool as well as accidents down the line.
    4. Maintain your tool, hoses, and compressor. Occasionally inspect tools for damage, replace worn parts and use air tool oil, if need be. RolAir has some great tips for maintaining an air compressor.
    5. Store tools in a dry place and clear off any debris after using. Moisture, dust and fumes can damage tools. Read our blog on How To Avoid Destroying Your Pneumatic Nailer for more information.
    6. Keep a clean work area to avoid tripping and combustion. NEVER blast away debris from a workspace or from skin using a compressor. It can propel metal particles, fragments or chips. Air driven under the skin can cause an embolism. If you clean an object with a compressor, OSHA has specific regulations for protective gear, chip guarding and air pressure (below 30 PSI).
    7. Always use the correct air pressure required for the tool. Check the user manual for guidelines, or learn more about PSI here.
    8. Opt for Sequential over Contact fire. Reserve rapid bump firing for high-volume, high-speed applications. See our video on safe trigger use. Also, respect the rebound. After driving a fastener, allow the tool to recover before for making contact with the surface again.
    9. Keep your finger OFF the trigger until you’re ready to drive a fastener. Always refrain from pointing a tool at anyone.
    10. Turn your tools off when not in use. That includes air nailers, staple guns, air compressors, etc.

    Construction Safety

    Besides ensuring your tool is in working condition, make sure you are, too. Don’t overreach, and avoid alcohol or other substances that can cloud judgment or impair movement. Want to see more? Our friends at Senco have even more great safety tips for using power tools.

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Hitachi Power Tools To Become Metabo HPT

    Big news from an age-old brand, as Hitachi Power Tools announced they will transition the iconic "Hitachi" brand name to "Metabo HPT." The branding change is set to begin September 2018, with the launch of the company's new MultiVolt cordless platform. Hitachi anticipates existing product lines will transition no later than early 2019.

    But, what does this mean for Hitachi tool owners?

    Hitachi Power Tools Renames to Metabo HPT in North America

    Here's what we know:

    First, and foremost, Hitachi wants owners to know this transition will have no effect on the quality of their tools and service. Warranties will remain unaffected by the re-branding, so if you recently purchased a new Hitachi tool, rest assured that your warranty will not change.

    Furthermore, build quality remains the same - Metabo HPT tools will share identical parts and engineering technology as current Hitachi tools.

    So, what will change? In Hitachi's official announcement today, the company emphasizes they are simply re-branding their tools with a new name and logo. Users may see minor changes to part numbers, once the transition is complete, but will otherwise enjoy the exact same tools that built Hitachi's reputation for quality and value.

    Hitachi Metabo HPT

    Why change the name? Hitachi Power Tools USA was acquired by an investment firm, which elected to change the company name, as it is no longer affiliated with Hitachi Ltd. While Metabo HPT and Metabo are both owned by the same group of companies, each brand will operate independent of the other.

    What won't change? According to Hitachi, products will retain current brand identity: same color, same models, same warranties and the same battery interchangeability. They will be made by the same people, in the same factories, with the same specifications and focus on innovation that customers have come to expect. All products will continue to be covered and supported by the same industry-leading warranties and service. Hitachi Power Tools products will be interchangeable with Metabo HPT products, and Metabo HPT products will be interchangeable with Hitachi Power Tool products.

    Hitachi Metabo HPT Transition

    What products will transition to Metabo HPT? In the official release from Hitachi, the company states their full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America will transition to the new Metabo HPT brand name.

    When will the transition take place? While the official announcement released March 12, 2018, the company plans to kick-start the transition in September, with the launch of their MultiVolt cordless platform. For existing Hitachi products, we don't expect to see most models' branding change until December - and into the 2019 calendar year.

    Metabo HPT packaging and signage at point of sale during the transition will feature both names and logos, to clearly communicate the changeover from Hitachi Power Tools.

    As the transition approaches, stay tuned for additional details. Here's a link to Hitachi Power Tools' official news release.

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • How To Contact Your Tool Manufacturer

    Need to contact your tool's manufacturer? We can help.

    As an authorized sales and service center for Senco, Paslode and Bostitch - among several other leading brands in fastening - we understand that sometimes you still need to go straight to the source, especially for local and regional questions. For the questions we can't answer, here's a list covering most of our major brands - just in case.

    And, of course, you can always contact Nail Gun Depot by phone (1.888.720.7892), email (sales@nailgundepot.com), or live chat.

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • The Nail Gun Network's Best Articles of 2016

    It's time to wrap up another year of new tools, project tips and video demonstrations. To capture the essence of 2016 at Nail Gun Depot, we've compiled a sampling of our top articles and videos for the year, to relive some of the Nail Gun Network's best of 2016!

    Nail Gun Network Official Logo

    NGD's Top Picks: Hall of "Frame"

    Viewer's Choice: Most Popular

     

    And with that, we conclude our last post of 2016. From everyone at Nail Gun Depot, we wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Stay tuned, we'll be back to blogging in January 2017!

     

    ~The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Nail Gun Depot's Top 5 Holiday Gift Ideas For 2016

    Tis' the season to surprise your favorite woodworker or craftsman with the latest and greatest new tools and accessories. This year, we've included our top five picks that are certain to make for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Check out Nail Gun Depot's top gift ideas for the holidays, and steal a deal for yourself, family and friends.

    A true stocking stuffer in price and size, grab Grex's all-new edge guide and enjoy precision nailing with most Grex 23 gauge micro pinners, or 18 gauge Grex brad nailers. Available in two models, the FT230.1 is fitted to work with most Grex 23 gauge micro pin nailers, including the P635, P645, P645L, P650 and P650L; while the FT180.1 18 gauge edge guide supports both the Grex 1850GB "Green Buddy," as well as the new GC1850 cordless brad nailer. Both edge guides retail on Nail Gun Depot for $25 plus shipping, OR can be obtained for FREE when purchasing any participating Grex holiday promo bundle with respective tool and sample fasteners. Holiday bundles are limited-time and limited-quantity items, so be sure to grab a kit before they're gone!

    Grex Edge Guide FT180.1

    Looking to charge things up? A Dewalt FLEXVOLT battery may be the perfect accessory for your favorite woodworker. Don't let the $155 price "shock" you, Dewalt's FLEXVOLT System is setting a new industry standard. The DCB606 FLEXVOLT 6.0 Ah battery pack is the first of its kind, powering 20V MAX tools, 60V MAX tools and 120V MAX tools; and offering three times the power compared to the DCB9096 18V battery, and four times longer run time than the DCB201 1.5 Ah battery packs. Needless to say, we had to include it on our list. Just make sure you have a corresponding Dewalt cordless tool to use your FLEXVOLT battery with.

    FLEXVOLT Chart

    When it comes to electric staplers, Fasco's Maestri 7C-16 (63100) rules the roost. Designed with reinforced fiberglass and offering a super durable body, the 7C-16 electric stapler maximizes power and speed. Don't take our word for it, this electric upholstery stapler can fire up to 100 staples a minute! Users also benefit from a removable front plate for jams, rear-loading magazine with feeder, large trigger, and a safety device to prevent accidental firing. This 3/8” crown electric stapler is excellent for frame and picture construction, door and window frames, decorative trim, moldings, upholstery, furniture repair, cable sheathing, carpeting and more. Truly a multi-purpose device, get your own 7C-16 on Nail Gun Depot, now available for a limited-time at $149 - while supplies last. And, don't forget to add a Spotnails P-97482 heavy-duty upholstery staple remover to complete the ensemble.

    Nail Gun Depot Upholstery Stapler Sale

    For the bundler, Senco is covering Christmas with their limited-edition 3-Tool Finish & Trim Combo Kit. Only available until supplies are depleted, the Senco 1Y0060N finish combo kit is perfect for all of your finish and trim woodworking and cabinetry projects. The kit comes complete with a FinishPro 35 15 gauge finish nailer, FinishPro 18 brad nailer, SLS18 finish stapler, and canvas tool bag for storage. The best part? You currently can get all this for a special $199 extended Cyber Weekend price! And, Nail Gun Depot is throwing in a FREE Senco PC0489 Blow Gun if you order before December 23rd. Whether you give this gift to yourself - or someone else - we doubt it will disappoint.

    Nail Gun Depot Senco 1Y0060N Kit

    If you're shopping high-end for the holidays, our premium pick for gift giving this year is none-other than Hitachi's new lineup of lithium-ion cordless finish nailers. Available in extremely limited quantities before January 1st, this exclusive new series includes the NT1850DE 18-Gauge 2” Cordless Brad Nailer, the NT1865DM 16-Gauge 2-1/2” Cordless Straight Finish Nailer, and the NT1865DMA 15-Gauge 2-1/2” Cordless Angled Finish Nailer. Lose the air hose, compressor and gas fuel cartridges; this series of Hitachi cordless finish nailers is powered exclusively by Hitachi’s all-new, upgraded 3.0Ah compact lithium-ion battery, which delivers comparable power at roughly half the weight. Not to mention, the battery is universal to all other Hitachi 18V Li-Ion slide type battery-powered tools. Pair that with Hitachi's Brushless motor technology, which adds longer run time, reduces maintenance, and improves durability - and we see each of these tools making for a happy New Year. The driving system used in these finish nailers is similar to Hitachi’s pneumatic line, featuring a unique air spring drive system that uses compressed air to drive each nail. This results in zero ramp up time, increased shooting speed, recoil that feels like a pneumatic nailer, quicker response time between fastener shots, better flush driving- even at an angle, and easy maintenance. And if you aren't sold yet, Hitachi is even supporting these tools with a limited-lifetime warranty for complete peace of mind.

    hitachi cordless finish nailers

    Ready to start shopping? Don't forget to order early and avoid the last minute holiday rush.

    So, which of these items do you hope to find under the tree this year?

     

    ~Wishing A Happy Holiday Season From The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Announcing Nail Gun Depot's New Headquarters & Distribution...

    If you haven't heard, we've moved! As many of you already know, 2016 has been a BIG year for Nail Gun Depot. In the shadow of our 15th Anniversary celebration last year, we launched a brand-new, mobile optimized website last spring, expanded our already expansive online product lineup for the summer, and have now extended our physical footprint - by 40,000 square feet - to round out the year.

    Nail Gun Depot Headquarters

    Our new headquarters and fulfillment center, located at 1740 Carillon Blvd. in Cincinnati, is our largest location yet. Boasting an expansive 50,000 square foot structure, our new facility includes a full-service repair center, corporate offices and call center, a showroom, and a spacious distribution and fulfillment center.

    NGD Warehouse

    As always, expect the same great service as before. Our website, phone and email will all remain the same, as we transition into our new home.

    So, what does this mean for you?

    With a larger distribution center, we will now have the ability to stock more products and maintain a greater inventory. Stay tuned to NailGunDepot.com for inventory additions, and be sure to subscribe to the Nail Gun Network for the latest product news and updates!

    NGD Offices

    On behalf of everyone at Nail Gun Depot, thank you for your continued business. We look forward to growing with you in the years ahead.

     

    ~The Nail Gun Depot Team

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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 Nail Gun Depot Team

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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.

    NGN NEW SITE

    • 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.

    MOBILE NEW SITE

    • 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.

    SBP NEW SITE

    • 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.

    FF NEW SITE

    • 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.

    LTL NEW SITE

    • 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.

    ACCOUNT NEW SITE

    • 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.

    WISHLIST NEW SITE

    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? Feel free to contact us

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Nail Gun Depot Is Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary

    It's hard to believe, but did you realize Nail Gun Depot has been around for 15 years? Launched in 2000, the site has played its part in the explosion of the Internet and e-commerce - surviving several events that have shaped the world we live in today. The NGD site we have come to know has lived through several refreshes and reconfigurations, the addition of new tools and technology, and the demise of outdated products. With annual visitors in the millions, Nail Gun Depot offers one of the largest, most comprehensive collections of fastening products available. From nailers to staplers, screw guns and fasteners, we've got something for every application. Don't take our word, see it for yourself!
    Nail Gun Depot 15th Anniversary
    Did you know Nail Gun Depot isn't just an e-commerce site, it's an information database? Choose from several resources to help pair the correct tool or fastener with your application. For example, the Fastener Finder feature on Nail Gun Depot let's you choose your tool - searching the site and matching your query with the appropriate fasteners. Need a bit more? Visit the Nail Gun Network blog and content database for how-to projects, tool news, maintenance tips, and virtually everything else you need to know about power fastening tools.
    Nail Gun Network Logo
    But wait, there's more! Without loyal customers, Nail Gun Depot would be nothing. We want to take a second (or year) to thank all of our customers and visitors, whether you have purchased from us once - or visit the site weekly - thank you for your continued support. To remain one of the best in customer service, we are excited to announce a refreshed, mobile-friendly Nail Gun Depot is on its way. Look for the new Nail Gun Depot to launch later in 2015. Other initiatives on the way include a 15th Anniversary Giveaway - featuring Nail Gun Depot's "Bleed Orange Bundle" - as well as several other smaller giveaways and promotions throughout 2015 to thank our customers for 15 years in business. Look for a more extensive, larger Nail Gun Network too!
    Nail Gun Depot Brands
    It's customers like you that keep Nail Gun Depot alive and growing - so thank you again from the entire staff at Nail Gun Depot.
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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