• All About The Senco FramePro 325XP Framing Nailer

    The Senco FramePro 325XP (4Z0101N) pneumatic framing nailer features a lightweight and compact design - offering improved performance in applications that include framing, sheathing, truss building, sub-flooring and decking. The Senco FP325XP runs paper tape framing nails, and is designed to fit between studs and joists with ease. Senco's "TrueDrive" magazine reduces jams and mis-feeds. Learn more about this Senco stick nailer on Nail Gun Depot:

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  • Tips For Comparing Brad Nailers & Pin Nailers

    The Nail Gun Network proudly presents the following guest post, adapted from Senco's "Pro Tips" Blog.

    Comparing Brad Nailers and Pinners: 18, 21 and 23 Gauge

    Senco 21 Gauge Pin Nailer

    There’s a lot to consider when choosing the right nailer for your job. The differences between an 18, 21 or 23-gauge system may seem slight, but can make or break your project.

    Finish and Trim Applications

    For finish and trim applications, the standard tool has been the 18-gauge pneumatic nailer. Its nails are more narrow than 15 or 16-gauge variations, and as a result, they are less likely to split narrow trim and molding.

    Delicate Moldings and Pre-Finished Crown

    When it comes to delicate moldings or pre-finished trim, pros will often switch to a 23-gauge pin nailer. In these applications, an 18-gauge has the tendency to split the wood, especially hardwoods, or leave unsightly marks. On the other hand, headless or slight-head 23-gauge pins are extremely thin and nearly invisible, eliminating the concern for splitting and damage.

    It is important to note, in some cases, 23-gauge pins may not have the holding strength required for a solid connection, and an adhesive may be necessary to assist with permanent placement.

    Senco Sample Finish Nail

    Things to Consider


    While an examination of height, weight, length and magazine size of the respective nailers will reveal more similarities than differences, there are other factors to consider when choosing the most appropriate tool.

    Senco Pin Nailer

    The 18-Gauge

    The 18-gauge brad nailer offers the most versatility across multiple applications, and is a cost-competitive option. Plus, the widespread availability of 18-gauge brads is a plus. But, there are a few drawbacks to consider. Since it requires the nose piece to be depressed for actuation, an 18-gauge brad nailer can leave a dent in softer wood. The thicker head of an 18-gauge nail can also mean more touch-up work, and because it’s the largest of the three, working with an 18-gauge nailer in tight corners can be a challenge.

    The 21-Gauge

    When compared to the 18-gauge, a 21-gauge pinner is more expensive, provides less columnar strength, and fastener lengths are much more limited. However, a 21-gauge pinner is over a third smaller. It leaves a much smaller indent than an 18-gauge brad, improving aesthetics. Plus, it’s more compact and lightweight, is easier to maneuver in tight spaces, and its ultra-thin nose improves line of sight. For example – if your project involves MDF, and an 18-gauge is just too much firing power, consider the 21 gauge pinner.

    Compared to a 23-gauge pin, a 21-gauge fastener provides better shear strength and more holding power. But, it’s about 10% bigger.

    Senco Finish Woodwork

    The 23-Gauge

    A 23-gauge micro-pinner, such as the Senco 23LXP, eliminates almost any need for touch up finishing. But, 23-gauge headless pins are not structural, and due to the reduced holding power, adhesive may be necessary to create a permanent bond. Don't let this scare you, 23-gauge pin nailers are imperative to anyone dealing with trim woodwork.

    Need some extra advice? Nail Gun Depot's expert customer service team is happy to help!


    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • What Size Air Compressor Do I Need For My Tool?

    If you're using pneumatic tools, there's no avoiding the need for an air compressor. But when it comes to compressors, you'll find they come in a variety of shapes and sizes - so how much compressor do you really need? Use these simple guidelines to determine which air compressor suits your needs best.

    In most scenarios, a portable hand-carry air compressor will provide more than enough power to keep your pneumatic fastening tool up and running. Take this for instance - a small 1HP portable unit (delivering 2.0 CFM – cubic feet of air per minute) allows a large nail gun to operate at about 15 nail drives per minute. That same compressor will run a medium-size finishing nailer at about 30 nail drives per minute, and will run a small brad nailer at over 70 drives per minute. So as you can see, the specs of the tool will ultimately dictate the air compressor's performance.

    Senco PC1131 Workshop

    Each tool takes a “breath” of compressed air, which then provides the driving force necessary to sink each fastener. The larger the pneumatic tool, the more air it requires to operate, which is also known as “air consumption per cycle”.

    PRO TIP: If you divide the air consumption per cycle into the CFM of any given air compressor, you will determine the possible drives per minute. This simple calculation should tell you if the compressor is able to properly power the tool you are intending to use.

    Senco Compressors

    All that's left to do is determine how quickly you're planning to run the tool. A professional construction contractor may need the extra juice to operate one - or more - large tools at a high rate of speed. In this instance, a wheelbarrow compressor (either gasoline or electric depending on preferred power source) will provide the necessary power required. If similar output is required, but the application is in a fixed location (think assembly line), a large stationary compressor may also work.

    For those running one or two smaller air tools, a portable electric compressor should provide more than enough energy - especially if used with an additional expansion (holding) tank of air. If you are running several small to medium-size air tools, you'll want a compressor rated for 4.0+ CFM. If you're looking to run a finish and trim tool (or similar) individually, a 2.0+ CFM compressor should provide ample power.

    For easy reference, we've included this handy chart below, provided by Senco.

    Senco Compressor Chart

    Which compressor will best suit your project?


    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Nail Gun Depot Offers Discount Factory-Reconditioned Tools

    Nail Gun Depot is proud to announce its expansion into Factory-Reconditioned Tools. The launch of this pre-owned program – featuring a regular rotation of lightly-used, factory-reconditioned nailers, staplers and screw guns - is rolling out the "red" carpet with several Senco tools in its inaugural run. The perk to this program; customers can now own a like-new tool at a fraction of the cost.

    But, what about quality?

    The tools that come in as factory-reconditioned have only seen light use, often only used by a Weekend Warrior for a project or two, then returned. Prior to sale, each of our refurbished tools are inspected and serviced by trained technicians at the manufacturer. If required, repairs are made and factory-replacement parts are installed. These factory-reconditioned tools may show slight signs of use, but are sold in like-new working condition.

    Take a look at Nail Gun Depot's first batch of reconditioned tools:

    For heavy-duty construction, the Senco WC200XP (4Y0001R) factory-reconditioned wide crown stapler has a lightweight, well-balanced, and extremely durable design – making it a true workhorse. The WC200XP includes a new firing valve design for fast and powerful operation, EZ clear latch for fast jam removal, tool-free adjustable depth of drive, high-strength composite magazine, and durable exhaust cap for superior damage resistance. This heavy-duty stapler is excellent for lathing, attaching corrugated to skids, butt joints, furniture and cabinet frames.

    Senco 4Y0001R

    If you're looking for something a bit smaller, but still packing a punch, we have the Senco Fusion F-16S (6U0001R) factory-reconditioned cordless li-ion finish nailer. The 6U0001R features Senco’s innovative "Fusion" technology, eliminating the need for expensive fuel cells without compromising performance. Additional features include optional sequential or bump-fire operation, nose mounted LED light, adjustable and reversible belt hook, depth of drive, rugged aluminum magazine, and patented reflex shot design for instant firing. This Senco cordless finish nailer is excellent for molding, furniture, cabinet frames and more.

    Senco 6U0001R

    If you prefer the feel (and price) of a pneumatic finish nailer, consider the Senco FinishPro 18BMg (9B0001R) factory-reconditioned brad nailer. The Senco 9B0001R is designed with a lightweight magnesium body that improves user comfort and enhances durability. This brad nailer requires minimal maintenance thanks to its oil-free operation. Additional features include a nose-mounted LED light, narrow nose for tight spaces, metal cylinder for increased durability, and an EZ Clear latch that protects against fastener jams. The 9B0001R is great for cabinets, casing, paneling, woodworking and more.

    Senco 9B0001R

    For the roofer, we have the Senco RoofPro 455XP (3D0101R) factory-reconditioned coil roofing nailer. The Senco 3D0101R features a tool-free adjustable depth of drive, adjustable shingle guide, aluminum body for longer life, and steel wear plates to reduce shingle wear on the tool. This RoofPro nailer is designed for installing asphalt and fiberglass shingles, waterproof tar paper, insulation board, re-roofing and new roofs.

    Senco 3D0101R

    Installing drywall on a budget? No problem with the Senco DuraSpin DS235-AC (7T0001R) auto-feed screw system. The Senco DS235-AC features a fast 5,000 RPM motor – designed for contractor grade drywall installation. This corded (electric) screw gun is designed with a tool-free adjustable nose piece for different length screws, patented corner fit feed system for easy wall and corner access, adjustable depth of drive with depth lock, variable speed trigger with lock and reverse, rubber comfort grip, quick bit release, and 10 foot rubber cord. The 7T0001R is ideal for applications in drywall, subfloor, underlayment, cement board, sheathing to steel, metal framing and more.

    Senco 7T0001R

    Again, please remember that Nail Gun Depot's inventory of reconditioned tools will be constantly changing, as new factory-reconditioned items become available, and existing items are depleted. Be sure to order early to ensure availability - and check back often to see new items added.

    Are you ready to try recon?


    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • How To Clear A Nail Jam From Your Framing Nail Gun

    If you own a nail gun (or staple gun), it's inevitable that you'll eventually have to clear a jam from your magazine. Not to worry, with a few simple steps you can have your tool up and running again - without the down time and expense of taking it in for service.

    Nail Gun Nose

    Here's what you have to do:

    1. Depending on the framing nailer you have, you may need to access the tool's magazine. To do this, you will need to consult your manufacturer's owner manual for guidance, as this step may vary based on the model of tool you have. For example, some Senco FramePro stick nailers feature rear magazine mounting screws, which might need removal to allow proper access.
    2. To get to the jam, you'll need to first pull the magazine track away from the framing nailer's nose.
    3. Then, using a screw driver or hammer (we've also found success using a nail punch), gently strike the driver past the jammed nail. You should now be able to remove the jammed nail(s).
    4. Now, reassemble your magazine, and reinstall any mounting screws or other components altered during Step One.

    Unfortunately, there's a good chance you'll experience a jam or two - even with a top-tier nailer or stapler. To help prevent the issue, only use fasteners that meet the specification of your tool. You should also verify the tool is loaded properly, and always use the manufacturer's recommended air pressure for pneumatic models.

    Still in a jam? Contact Nail Gun Depot's service experts for further advise.

    ~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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  • Tools For Your Trade - The Complete List

    Ever find yourself looking to purchase a new tool, but not quite sure which one will suit your project best? Instead of forcing a square peg into a round hole, take a look at Senco's tool and trade chart below. Then, find the corresponding tools by visiting Nail Gun Depot's "Shop By Project" application builder.

    Step One: Identify Your Application

    Senco Tools For Trades

    Step Two: Narrow Down The Right Tool Using Our "Shop By Project" Application Builder

    Nail Gun Depot Shop By Project

    Finding and comparing the right tool for your project is easier than ever on Nail Gun Depot. Give it a shot, and let us know what you think below!

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Q & A: The Difference Between Brad vs. Finish Nails

    Question: "What's the difference between a brad nail and a finish nail? Which one is the best choice for my job?"

    Answer: To start, let's consider the differences between brads (brad nails) and finish nails.

    Brad nails are formed from a fine 18 gauge wire, which means they are smaller in diameter and typically have less holding strength. The benefit to an 18 gauge brad is its size. Thanks to a smaller head and diameter, brad nails are easier to conceal in small pieces of wood trim. With a smaller head size, it's possible that the insertion point may not even need to be concealed with wood putty. Their size also helps prevent surface splitting, which could occur if the fastener is too large for the material it is being nailed into. In other words, 18 gauge brad nails provide a cleaner look without extra touch-up.

    Senco Brad Nails

    The downside to a brad is its holding power. Finish nails are made from heavier 15 or 16 gauge wire, which means they can handle a greater payload. For larger trim, such as baseboards or crown molding, a finish nail is more suitable. Because it leaves a more visible hole in the surface, a fully driven finish nail almost always requires followup attention - which includes being puttied over to conceal the "shiner" [a term representing the exposed insertion point of a nail]. In all, the finish nail offers increased support and withdrawal resistance versus the brad nail, making it the better choice when installing larger trim and woodwork.

    Senco DA Finish Nails

    According to SENCO, "The initial tool purchased by most consumers is typically some kind of brad nailer for attaching finish molding. Most who have used a hammer to drive small brads know the frustration when these nails bend - not to mention the possibility for damage if using too much force. The brad nailer makes these small trim jobs a breeze, with high-quality results."

    Brad vs. Finish Nail Comparison

    The fact is, most carpenters use a combination of finish and brad tools. If you're just getting started, it's probably best to compare your application against the tools you are considering. From there, consider the tool that will suit your overall needs best.

    Want more on these tools and their applications? Be sure to check out our video on brad vs. finish nailers, or you can read more from the Nail Gun Network.

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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