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  • The 2018 Holiday Tool Buying Guide

    Somehow, December's crept up and it's already time to grab a holiday deal for your favorite woodworker! If you've got a tool nut on your list, we've got you covered.

    NGD Christmas Guide

    You can find an affordable gift for the carpenter, flooring installer, upholsterer or all-around handyman in our holiday tool guide, below. Psst: Special sale prices—and stocking stuffers—are only around while supplies last.

    Now, without further delay, Nail Gun Depot’s 2018 Gift Guide...

    Under $150—Flooring Tool, Micro-Pinner, & Upholstery Stapler

    We love the Freeman PFBC940 Mini 4-in-1 Flooring Tool, not just because it doubles as nailer/stapler, but also because it's completely affordable. The versatile tool drives narrow-crown staples and brad nails from 5/8” to 1-5/8” in length. So you can switch from woodworking to flooring like a boss.

    Stocking Stuffer: Free 50’ air hose, complete with fittings.

    Grex tools' dependability and power are practically legendary. The robust P635 23-gauge headless nailer features an auto-adjust fastener mechanism and a rear-exhaust with silencer. Part of a special holiday gift set, this micro-pinner's industrial-grade, yet lightweight design, is suitable for craft projects, decorative trim, and light furniture assembly.

    Stocking Stuffer: Free edge guide, a $30 value.

    Powerful but lean at 1.7” wide and 2 lbs., the German-made. BeA 71/16-421 upholstery stapler drives 1/4" to 5/8" staples with gusto. Great for handling trim work, bedding, upholstery, and cabinetry, this dexterous little tool is reliable and reasonably priced.

    BeA 71 16-421 stapler

    $150 to $300—Fencing Staplers, Brad Nailer, & Tool Belt

    Freeman pneumatic staplers make installing (and repairing) fences more efficient, and easier on the user. The 10-1/2-gauge Freeman PFS105 fence stapler and 9-gauge PFS9 fence stapler feature ergonomic engineering, quick jam releases and top-loading magazines, not to mention they're relatively lightweight. The 9-gauge nailer includes an optional T-handle for greater control.

    Stocking Stuffer: Free 50” hose with fittings & special holiday price.

    For those who appreciate the quality and dependability of Hitachi/Metabo tools, the NT50A5 PRO 18-gauge brad nailer is a great choice for the carpenter. Ideal for crown molding, paneling, and window casing, it's powerful and versatile. The NT50A5 even has a thumb-actuated duster for easy cleanup.

    Stocking Stuffer: Free stainless steel insulated tumbler.

    Really, just take your pick of Occidental Leather's awesome gear. Their hand-crafted tool holders are made here in America, in Sonoma County, California. The leather is top-grain cowhide and reinforced with copper rivets. For the greatest flexibility, we suggest the OxyLight Adjust-to-Fit Belt, which has a high-mount hammer holder. 

    Occidental Leather Adjust-To-Fit Tool Belt

    $300 and Above—Finish and Framing Nailers, & Air Compressor

    Senco's Fusion series eliminates the need for fuel cells, potentially saving hundreds of dollars per year. The 16-gauge F-16S Finish Nailer features a fast-charging battery and nose-mounted LED light. This powerful straight nailer is perfect for molding, furniture and cabinet framing, and paneling. 

    For framing, the brawny Paslode CF325XP Cordless framing nailer offers impressive battery life and runs in temps as low as 14°F. For finishing, the Paslode IM250A-Li finish nailer has an angled magazine lets you navigate challenging areas. Each tool comes with a carrying case, battery, charger, and more.

    Stocking Stuffer: Free spare battery, plus two fuel cells. 

    Finally, we suggest the AIRSTAK Systainer compressor from RolAir. This compact cubical wonder is ideal for carpentry work that requires mobility and a quiet output (70 dB). The compressor rests in a Systainer case with pull-up handle, and has a removable cord that can be stored inside. The compressor weighs about 30 lbs and delivers 2CFM at 90 PSI.

    Stocking Stuffer: Free RolAir T-shirt and limited-time sale pricing on select models.

    Rolair AIRSTAK Systainer Compressor

    ~The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Cyber Weekend Alert! Our Hottest Deals of the Season

    Mark your calendars; Nail Gun Depot's Cyber Weekend starts November 23! That's when our biggest sales drop, so sink your nails into a few of the previews, below.

    For more specials, see the Cyber Weekend Catalog at Nail Gun DepotGet 'em before they're gone! Offers start November 23, 2018, and run through November 26, 2018 - while supplies last.

    Nail Gun Depot Cyber Weekend Sale

    A Deal a Day = One Excellent Weekend

    5% off NailGunDepot.com Site Wide

    A Hat You Won't Forget

    Cyber Weekend - Free Beanie with Framing Nailer

    Your Coffee's Coolest Keeper

    Free Insulated Tumbler with Any Metabo HPT/Hitachi purchase

    FREE Spares Are The Best Kind

    Free Battery with any Dewalt 20V Max Nailer/Stapler Kit

    Your Favorite Tunes—Even On a Roof

    Free Bluetoth speaker with a MAX framing or roofing nailer

    A Blade or a Hose... Can't Decide? Get Both!

    Blade & Hose Promo

    Winter is Coming.

    Free Cold Air Tool Oil With Senco Framing Nailer or Heavy-Wire Stapler

    To Err is Human, To Remove it is Divine

    Free Staple Remover with Purchase of BeA Upholstery Stapler

    Good Fence Staplers Make Great Fences
    Freeman Fence Stapler Deep Discount

     It's Like the LotteryBut With Tools

    Power Tool Giveaway for Nail Gun Depot Cyber Weekend Sale

    For more Cyber Weekend specials on Cadex, Grex, Makita, Metabo HPT/Hitachi, MAX, Paslode, Senco, and more, see Nail Gun Depot's Cyber Weekend page.

    Know someone else who likes a sweet deal? Share the cyber sale news on Facebook or Twitter!

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  • Prevent Burnout By Oiling Your Air Nailer Or Stapler

    Considering how much they can cost, and how hard they work, air tools are really an investment. That’s why oiling your air nailer (or stapler) is so important. It ensures a return on your investment--and that wearable parts, like O-rings, aren't prematurely fried. It's also super easy to do.

    We've tackled a few "burning questions" about oiling air tools to keep them running for years to come.  

    OilingNailer2

    How often should I oil my tool?

    Daily. And if you’re working on an extended project, oil the tool before you start working and again mid-way through the day (after a lunch break, for instance). If the nailer's sat unused for a while, you definitely want to oil it before using it again.

    What kind of oil should I use?

    Only use lubricating oil made specifically for pneumatic tools, such as Senco Pneumatic Tool Oil or Paslode Lubricating OilOther oils lack the correct viscosity or contain ingredients that can destroy the seals, disintegrate O-rings, or may even cause combustion. Keep the WD40, compressor oil, motor oil, transmission fluid, etc. out of your air tools.

    Also, if you’re working in below-freezing conditions, you'll need a tool oil that's formulated for temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit and contains anti-freeze. Try Paslode Cold Weather Tool Oil.

    What oil not to use on an air nailer

    How much oil do I need?

    All you need is 5-10 drops of oil. Drop the oil into the air inlet, the nozzle where your air hose attaches to the tool.

    What happens if I don’t use tool oil?

    The O-rings in the tool will dry up, causing the tool to malfunction. It will also cause unnecessary wear on its components, and potentially cause corrosion. To learn more about maintaining your nail gun, read our post on How to Avoid Destroying Your Pneumatic Nailer

    Pro Tips:

    • Make sure the air tool is OFF before adding oil.
    • Do not oil the tool's magazine, as this attracts dust and dirt. You definitely don’t want any debris stuck in the magazine, which can cause fastener jams.
    • Drain the air compressor at the end of each day. This keeps condensation from building up in the compressor, entering the tool, and then corroding it.

    Have questions? Just contact NGD's knowledgeable customer service.

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • How To Find The Correct Air Staples For A Staple Gun

    Why can’t I order staples for my pneumatic stapler by dimension?

    Unlike nails, staples are often sold by series, which doesn't tell you much about size. Furthermore, staples are not "one-size-fits-most," contrary to most categories of collated nails. Staples are instead measured not only by leg length and wire gauge, but also by crown width.

    Pro Tip: If you’re having trouble deciding on a staple gun, see “Choosing A Staple Gun For Your Project.”

    BeA Heavy Wire Stapler

    Crown Size

    The crown is the bridge, otherwise known as the horizontal part of a staple that joins the legs. Crown sizes are typically segmented into wide, medium and narrow designations. This can become tricky, as some manufacturers measure the inside of the crown, while others measure the outside (or exterior) of the crown.

    Staple crown type can vary by application. For example, some staples come with a flat top, while others have a round or "U-shaped" crown. However, we'll take a closer look at the various crown types in a later article.

    Leg Length

    While a staple series is typically determined by gauge and crown (which we'll cover later in this article), leg length can vary significantly - even within the same series of staple. See the different leg lengths for the 7/16” crown staple, for example, below.

    Staple with measurements

    There are a couple rules of thumb with regard to staple length:

    1. Leg length requirements vary by application type, as well as the base material you are driving the staple into. The staple has to be able to fully penetrate and clasp to form a tight bond.

    2. The longer the staple legs, the greater the hold or withdrawal strength.

    Pro Tip: Never try to force a staple into the wrong tool. Not only can this create a jam, but it could break the staple or damage the tool.

    Getting To The Point

    Most staples have chisel points, which taper to a point on both legs. This lets the staple legs drive directly into the base material.

    Another variation is the divergent-point staple, where the tips taper to opposing points. This forces the legs to bend outward in different directions. Divergent point staples are more difficult to pull out, providing greater holding power.

    Wire Gauge

    As with nails, staples are categorized by different wire gauges or thicknesses. Gauge is determined by the wire diameter, a standard set in the early half of the 20th century by American Wire Gauge standards. It might seem counter-intuitive, but the thinner the wire, the higher the gauge number. The smallest gauge staple wire we carry here at Nail Gun Depot is a 23-gauge staple for upholstery applications, while the largest is 9 gauge for wire fence building.

    Generally speaking, the thicker the wire gauge, the more rugged the application. For finer applications, like fastening upholstery to a furniture frame, a thinner gauge staple is preferable.

    What’s In A Staple Series?

    Finally, let’s talk staple series. Is there a rhyme or reason for the different series numbers?

    In short, yes, it’s true that tool manufacturers want you to use their staples -- and they do make proprietary fasteners to drive the point. Most staple series are determined by the staple's crown size (width) and gauge (thickness).

    One way many manufacturers make staple shopping easier, they may designate a particular "series" of staple that is compatible with their tool. Each staple series makes it easier to find the exact staple you need, without having to know all of the dimensions—or how the crown is measured.

    In order to consistently get the right staples for your tool, rely on the staple gun itself. More often than not, staple dimensions are printed on a staple gun's magazine.

    Types of Air Staple

    Finding The Right Fasteners

    To help you find the right series, we’ve created the Fastener Finder tool on Nail Gun Depot. Just choose your stapler brand/model from the drop-down menu, and we'll do the rest.  Even if you’re using an older model of air stapler, we can help identify the correct staples for your tool.

    Have other questions? Contact us here.

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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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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  • How To Load Top vs. Bottom Loading Staple Guns

    For projects in upholstery, woodworking and more - if you're using a staple gun - loading the magazine with staples is the first step, before real work can begin. Depending on the manufacturer and model of your tool, it may require loading staples into the magazine from the top, or the bottom. As always, consult your owner's manual first, for exact step-by-step instruction. However, for most air-powered and electric staple guns, the following tips demonstrate how to load both top and bottom feed staplers.

    One of the easiest ways to identify top, versus bottom loading staple guns, is by determining the type of staple gun.

    Bottom loading magazines can be found on the majority of cordless staple guns, as well as most fine wire and upholstery staplers. On the other hand, top loading staple gun magazines have been in use much longer than bottom load, and are still predominantly found on large-body, medium and heavy wire pneumatic staplers.

    **Pro Tip: If you don’t know whether your staple gun is top or bottom loading, look at the staple exit point on the tool. Then, find the release button. The magazine feed release is usually located on the opposite side of where the staples are fired.

    There’s also a general pattern between staple gauge (thickness), and magazine loading type. In terms of light wire staples, 20 gauge, 22 gauge and other similar thicknesses are typically used with bottom load staple feeds, whereas 16 gauge, 18 gauge and larger wire staples are mostly used with top loading systems.

    When it comes to loading staples, top loading is generally the slower of the two processes. Bottom loading is faster and more convenient in most instances, except when the tool is being used with a mount, such as when used in high-volume production work. During loading, bottom feed systems require the stapler to be turned upside down, which prevents the staples from falling out.

    The differences between top loading and bottom loading staple guns are minimal, but important for problem-free operation. Check out the following step by step images demonstrating how to load both top - and bottom - feed staple gun magazines.

    TOP LOAD: STEP BY STEP DEMONSTRATION

    Hitachi Top Load Stapler

    Hitachi Top Load Stapler

    How To Load Top Load Stapler

    Hitachi Top Load Stapler

    BOTTOM LOAD: STEP BY STEP DEMONSTRATION

    Senco How To Load Bottom Load Stapler

    How to load bottom feed staple gun step 1

    How To Bottom Load Stapler Step 2

    Loading Bottom Load Stapler

    How To Load Bottom Feed Stapler Closing Magazine Feed

    Bottom Load Senco Stapler Upside Down

    Need more? Be sure to consult your owner's manual for exact maintenance and operation procedure before use.

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Cost-Efficient, High-Quality Tools For 2017 Holiday Gifting

    The holidays are here, and Nail Gun Depot wants to make sure you’re giving a gift that will stay productive well beyond the holiday season. Check out our top picks for cost-efficient (quality-assured) tools and accessories for the holidays:

    First on the list, the Fasco-Maestri 7C-16 3/8” Crown Electric Stapler is great for everything upholstery. This 100% electric fine wire stapler, designed with super durable reinforced fiberglass, is ideal for any picture frame construction, decorative trim, upholstery, carpeting, furniture repair, cable sheathing, and many more projects. Pairing maximum power with high fastening speed, you’ll have no trouble getting the most from any project.

    Pairing nicely with the Fasco-Maestri electric stapler, the Spotnails P-97482 Heavy-Duty Upholstery Staple Remover does a great job removing fine wire upholstery staples. The perfect accessory for anyone working with upholstery, Spotnails’ staple remover is designed specifically to reduce the risk of snagging fabric. Its compact size and price also make for a great stocking stuffer.

    Back by popular demand, for finish and trim woodworkers, grab a Grex Holiday Bundle:

    Grex is offering several holiday gift sets this year. The first, a Grex P635 23 Gauge Headless Pinner Holiday Gift Set, for $148, includes a P635 headless pin nailer plus a FREE FT230.1 edge guide – a $70 value, but only available through Christmas! Give the gift of green, and still have some left in your wallet too. The Grex P635 pin nailer is lightweight, powerful, and has an industrial strength design for added durability. It’s the perfect reliable tool for light wood assembly, finish work, decorative trim, and craft work, among other projects.

    Grex Holiday Bundles

    The second set, a Grex 1850GB 18 Gauge Brad Nailer Holiday Gift Set, is $168 (until Christmas), and includes a 1850GB 18 gauge brad nailer and FREE FT230.1 edge guide. If you’re shopping for someone who loves projects working with trim and moldings, cabinet and light wood assembly, window beading, or jig fixtures, you can’t beat this special holiday bundle. This Grex “Green Buddy” features an extremely slim nose for extra precision in tight-to-reach areas.

    We’re also offering a Grex P650L Headless Pinner Holiday Gift Set. Currently listed at $248 for the 2017 holiday season, you get a P650L headless pin nailer and FREE FT230.1 edge guide, with savings added up to $70. This Grex bundle is an excellent gift for anyone who works with light wood assembly, rattan furniture, craft work, or mirror and picture frame assembly. For the little details, Grex’s FT230.1 edge guide allows for even greater precision on the job.

    Gifting for the level-headed? Stabila is offering a couple “Best of Three” bundles – great for anyone’s workshop:

    The first, a Stabila 48370 Classic Set, includes a 37448 48” type 196 spirit level, a 37424 24” type 196 spirit level, a 25100 torpedo level, and a carrying case. Built for quality and durability, and featuring a limited-time only price of $199.99, this deal is a steal. Made in Germany, these levels house crystal clear vials that will never leak, break, fog, or need recalibration. In fact, the vials are guaranteed for life. Talk about a gift that will last a lifetime.

    Stabila Level Bundles

    Stabila is also offering a 48380 Type 96M Magnetic Level Set. This set includes one 38648 48” type 96M magnetic level, one 38624 24” type 96M magnetic level, a 25100 diecast magnetic torpedo level, and a carrying case. As the name implies, every level in this set is magnetic – ideal for jobs that require hands-free work with metal. If you’re looking for a new level set for the holidays, don’t pass this deal up!

    For pneumatic fanatics, we have a couple awesome bundles to consider:

    Our Senco PC1342 23 Gauge Micro Pinner Kit includes an 8F0001N FinishPro 23SXP 23 gauge headless pin nailer, and a PC1010N air compressor. This deal, for the 2017 holidays, is still in stock at $229. The Senco FinishPro pinner is ideally suited for any intricate, light finish wood work and wood assembly. Powerful and precise with an ultra-narrow nose, this tool doesn’t split wood. The perfect mate, Senco’s PC1010N air compressor uses an oil-free pump and induction motor, cutting back on noise and reducing maintenance.

    Cadex Bundle

    Receiving an honorable mention this year, Cadex has the ultimate finish and trim bundle, exclusive only to Nail Gun Depot. Our Cadex V2/BUNDLE, which includes both 21 and 23 gauge Cadex pin nailers, an air compressor, 75’ air hose and sample pin pack. Priced at $599 with free shipping included, this package deal is only here until supplies run out.

    MAX out the volume with a new Bluetooth speaker:

    MAX USA Tools is making some noise, and while supplies last, you can too. For a limited-time, get a FREE Bluetooth speaker with ANY MAX framing nailer. This deal includes top-selling models like the SN883RH3 Full Round Head Framing Nailer and SN890CH3/34 Clipped Head Framing Nailer, among others. For roofers, and siding installers, we’re including a FREE tool bucket bag with purchase of ANY MAX roofing or siding nailer – while supplies last.

    Max Speaker Tool Deal

    And finally, for the high tech woodworker on a budget, it’s time to cut the cord:

    The Hitachi NT1850DE Li-Ion 18 Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer is a fantastic gift for those who don’t want the hassle of hoses and cords. Equipped with brushless motor technology – this Hitachi brad nailer delivers increased power at reduced weight, a longer tool life, and longer run time per charge compared to most competing cordless brad nailers. As a special holiday bonus, while supply lasts, Hitachi is including a FREE spare battery with this tool!

    Hitachi Cordless Promo

    One more tough-as-nails cordless, battery-only nailer in our holiday line-up, take a look at the new Bostitch BCN680D1 20V MAX 18 Gauge Brad Nailer Kit. Priced just under $299 for the holidays, this brad nailer pairs Bostitch brand quality with the latest cordless technology. Certain to bring cheer Christmas day and beyond.

    Be sure to note, our shipping experts recommend ordering no later than December 14, 2017 for delivery before Christmas.

    Which gift on this list would make you merry?

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • How To Use A Decorative Nailer

    An essential accessory for anyone in the furniture building or upholstery trade, the decorative nailer eliminates hours of hammering decorative tacks into furniture - vastly reducing production time.

    Ready to get started? Keep reading to learn how to use a decorative nailer.

    UFFY Deco Nailer

    To provide some background, decorative nails are typically found along the edge or seam of an upholstered piece of furniture. Deco nails look similar to a thumbtack, but have a cupped head (resembling an umbrella) when viewing from the side. Before the deco nailer was an option, decorative tacks were hammered into upholstered furniture one by one; a process both time consuming and tedious.

    Decorative Nails

    Thankfully, Uffy Tools introduced the TH-T-DECO1 pneumatic decorative upholstery nailer, which eliminates the redundant hammering of deco nails into upholstery trim. What really makes this Uffy deco nailer unique is its operation. Simply add a handful of correct size (7/16" head by 1/2" shank) deco nails into the magazine, and the tool will sort out the rest during operation.

    What happens inside the magazine is something similar to a tornado, as the tool aligns each decorative nail into an automatically fed magazine.

    No more expensive collated tacks. No manual alignment.

    The beauty of this Uffy - it does all the work for you. Just make sure you have an air compressor that can provide 6.72 CFM at 90 PSI.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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