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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 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 wheeled or electric wheeled compressor 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 Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • Maintaining Compressors For Cold Weather

    This video demonstrates the proper techniques for maintaining and using an air compressor in cold temperatures. (We feature a Senco PC1131 portable electric air compressor.) To see more videos, subscribe to the NGD YouTube Channel

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  • How To Buy The Right Air Compressor

    Have you found yourself asking, "How much air compressor do I really need?" If so, you've come to the right spot. Many are fooled into buying more - or less - air compressor than their tool requires. An easy solution, learn how to buy the right air compressor, by visiting Nail Gun Depot's, Nail Gun Network.
    Bostitch Compressor
    The following are points for consideration as you start your research:
    • Portability: We put portability at the top of our list, because despite performance and technical specs, if you can't take your compressor where it needs to go, it's useless. Think about the types of projects you are looking to do. Will there be room for a larger unit, or is space going to be limited? Will you have to carry the compressor up and down stairs, or will it always stay at ground level? Will you be using the compressor in a fixed work space, or will it move from job to job? A hand-carry air compressor will prove beneficial if you will be moving it up and down stairs, or if you have limited space to work with. Most DIYers will find that a hand-carry compressor will offer plenty of power for their finish nailer or stapler. These compressors are also handy for basic projects around the garage, such as inflating a tire or pumping up a basketball. Wheelbarrow compressors offer a significant increase in power, and are a better choice for heavy-duty use, but sacrifice some of the portability a hand-carry air compressor offers. Fixed compressors are large and powerful, but are not easily moved, and are not ideal outside a workshop or manufacturing facility.
    • Power & Performance: To make sure your compressor is powerful enough to handle the pneumatic tools you plan to hook up to it, check the specs on your tools to see how much air power they require. Most finish and trim nailers, staplers and the like, will require a lower Standard Cubic Feed Per Minute (SCFM) rating, while larger framing nailers and construction staplers typically need a higher SCFM rating to run. If you are planning to run multiple tools at the same time, you'll need a compressor that's designed to handle the additional load. Outside of providing power to your tools, you'll also need to decide whether you want an electric, or gas-powered air compressor. Most hand-carry compressors are only available as electric, but for larger wheelbarrow units and some fixed units, gasoline power is an option. Consider using a gas compressor if you find yourself frequently on the job without an electrical outlet available. Some gas-powered compressors will also offer increased power over their electric counterpart.
    • Pump & Tank Type: Most compressor shoppers will go straight for the motor output - without thinking about two other crucial components - the pump and the tank. The tank size - measured in gallons - determines how frequently the motor must run to keep air in reserve. Almost as crucial as the motor, the pump is responsible for moving air through the compressor. A single-stage compressor pumps air at the same output pressure, while two-stage compressors have multiple cylinders that continually compress air to provide improved tank filling capability. Be sure to note whether your compressor pump is oil-free, or if it requires regular oiling to keep moving parts lubricated. Larger compressors typically require oil lubrication as regular maintenance.
    • Reliability: The last point on our checklist, make sure the compressor you are buying has been built by a contractor-grade manufacturer. The "house-brand" compressor manufacturers come with an appealing price, but are likely to fall apart sooner than expected. In fact, most don't even come with the out-of-box quality that can be found in compressors from brands such as, RolAir, Senco, Bostitch, J-Air and similar. Buyer beware, make sure the compressor you decide on is designed to sustain several years of hard use.

    All things considered, how much air compressor DO YOU really need? The solution ultimately lies in the type of projects you work on, the pneumatic tools you are using, and the flexibility of your typical job site. Despite the size or design of the compressor you choose, keep long-term reliability in mind. Choosing a slightly more expensive, contractor-grade compressor, might pay for itself in the long run.

    RolAir Air Compressors
    Now, you won't have to worry about "blowing" your money on the next air compressor you purchase.
    ~The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • What Type Of Air Hose Do I Need For My Compressor?

    Imagine this scenario. 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, when you enter the Nail Gun Network.
    Before getting into the different types of air hoses for an air compressor, you'll need to determine which size fitting your compressor requires. Most hoses for air compressors range in size from 1/4" to 1" in diameter. You should be able to find which hose diameter is suitable by looking at your air compressor. Some air compressors will allow you to use several different sized hoses, simply by switching out the hose fitting (where the hose and air compressor connect). Another point to think about, larger tools will require more air to power them, which means you'll need a compressor with more power.
    Coilhose Air Hose Fitting
    Next, you'll want to think about hose length. For a workshop, where the compressor and air tool(s) are kept close together and do not require extra reach, consider a 25' or 50' air hose. If you're a contractor on the construction site, 50' to 100' hoses typically work out better. Keep in mind, you'll still need the correct fittings to connect your air hose to the tool and compressor.
    The last thing to consider - also the area that offers the most "flexibility" in choosing an air hose - the material it's made from. Most air hoses on Nail Gun Depot are made from either polyurethane or rubber. For applications working with pneumatic tools, we generally recommend either of these materials. PVC and nylon air hoses are also available, but are generally less durable and are not intended for high-pressure usage. Rubber compressor hoses are fairly common, generally for home workshop use. Rubber material handles temperature change well, making it a suitable choice for powering an air tool. For more intense use, contractors generally prefer polyurethane air hoses, which also do well in extreme temperatures (warm and cold), but offer added flexibility with less risk of damage. Polyurethane has been found to stand up better to cuts, kinks and more, as a long-term investment.
    Coilhose Polyurethane Air Hose
    Interested in upgrading? Choose from a selection of air hoses, fittings and other pneumatic accessories from premium manufacturers such as Coilhose, Senco, RolAir and others. Our bet, you won't regret it.

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • The Nail Gun Depot Father's Day Gift Guide 2015

    Father's Day is just a month away - hard to believe, right? Make sure dad gets a gift he will be able to use all year long. It's time to ditch the macaroni art and get dad tools he will love. Whether he's a contractor or an amateur woodworker, check out our top picks that are certain to give any dad a very happy Father's Day.
    Nail Gun Depot Father's Day Guide
    1. Freeman P7TRKTM: A special order kit just for Father's Day, introducing the Freeman P7TRKTM 3-tool finish & trim kit w/ tool belt, tape measure and sample fasteners. At only $139, this kit is great to give as a gift to your favorite woodworker, featuring the Freeman PBR50 18 gauge brad nailer - perfect for applications that include decorative trim installation, window casings, picture frame assembly, furniture trim, molding and more. The PBR50 brad nailer features 360 adjustable exhaust, air filter, aluminum magazine and cylinder design, one-piece drive blade and double spring magazine. The kit also includes the Freeman PP123 23 gauge pin nailer - excellent for small trim, cabinet doors, picture frames, craft building and more. The PP123 headless pinner features an aluminum magazine and cylinder, internal air filtration, comfort grip handle, and safety lock - among other features. Rounding out the kit, Freeman Tools' PST9032 18 gauge narrow crown stapler features a 360 exhaust, anodized aluminum rail and cylinder, air filter, one-piece drive blade, no-mar pad, teflon o-rings, reversible belt hook, reload indicator, oil and wrenches. The Freeman PST9032 is ideal for decorative trim, cabinetry, cabinet backing and crafts. For added peace of mind, all Freeman tools come with a seven-year manufacturer's warranty.
    2. Senco PC1010At 20 lbs., the Senco PC1010 oil-less air compressor features an extremely lightweight and ultra quiet design. The perfect compressor for dad's garage or basement workshop, this hand carry compressor also features an electric direct drive motor for increased efficiency, aluminum cylinder, oil-less pump, 1/4" coupler, and cushioned hand grip. The PC1010 is great for finish and trim work, upholstery, hobbies and crafts. Only $119 at Nail Gun Depot.
    3. Hitachi WH18DL: The Hitachi WH18DL 18V lithium ion cordless impact driver packs plenty of power to handle the big - and small - DIY projects dad throws at it. With a five-year manufacturer's warranty, this cordless impact driver includes (2) 3.0ah lithium ion batteries (backwards compatible with other 18V Hitachi models), quick charger, and carrying case. This lightweight Hitachi impact driver features a class leading 1,330 inch pounds of torque, unique cool flow system for steady air flow to the motor, two step speed switch for ultimate control, easy carbon brush access, five position belt hook with built-in LED, and compact design to increase overall usability. The WH18DL is ideal for sinking deck screws, hanging doors, installing cabinets, windows and much more. Now $270 on NGD.
    4. Bostitch BTFP12233: The Stanley Bostitch BTFP12233 18 gauge pneumatic brad nailer is designed with Bostitch's patented Smart Point technology, perfect for any dad that loves to work with wood. Smart Point utilizes a special nose that is capable of reaching into tight spaces, improves visibility, and reduces work surface damage by eliminating the need to push against a surface to actuate the tool. The BTFP12233's nose is 80% smaller than other, current Bostitch nailers. Other features on the BTFP12233 brad nailer include oil-free operation, front and side bumpers, tool-free jam release, selectable trigger, rear exhaust, dial-a-depth control and a tool-free adjustable belt hook. Tool comes with carrying case, sample fasteners, 1/4" fitting, 3 no-mar tips and a belt hook with pencil sharpener - all for $119! The BTFP12233 also includes Bostitch's 7-year warranty. This 18 gauge brad nailer is perfect for installing baseboard, cabinets, casebacks, chair rail, furniture trim and much more.
    5. Paslode IM250A-Li: When it comes to Paslode's IM250A-Li lithium ion angled cordless finish nailer, no hose or compressor is required. With a five-year manufacturer's warranty, dad gets a rugged plastic carrying case, one battery, charger, safety glasses, hex wrench - and of course, the finish nailer. New lithium ion battery technology allows for more power, faster recharge times and more shots per charge. The Paslode IM250A-Li features an on/off battery lock to conserve battery life, swivel belt hook, adjustable depth of drive for precise control of nail depth, no-mar tip to protect trim surfaces and finishes, and angled magazine for easier access in tight areas. This Paslode cordless finish nailer is excellent for door and window trim, paneling, baseboard, casing, crown molding, cabinetry and door jambs. Don't forget, it does require a fuel cell and battery to operate. Get one for dad today, $355 on Nail Gun Depot.
    6. Freeman P4FNCB: For the value-minded woodworker, Freeman Tools' P4FNCB four-tool finish and trim combo kit is the perfect bundle for the DIY'er in dad. At $229, and backed by a seven-year limited manufacturer warranty, the Freeman P4FNCB includes one 16 gauge straight finish nailer (PFN64), 18 gauge 2" brad nailer with quick release (PBR50Q), 18 gauge 1-5/8" narrow crown stapler with quick release (PST9040Q), 23 gauge 1" headless micro pin nailer (PP123), 200 fasteners for each tool, safety glasses, belt hooks for each tool, oil, wrenches and manuals - all to be stored in a heavy-duty canvas bag. The Freeman PBR50Q 18 gauge brad nailer is perfect for applications that include trim installation, cabinet building, panel installation, furniture repair, baseboard mounting and more. The PBR50Q brad nailer features 360 adjustable exhaust, air filter, aluminum magazine and cylinder design, finger depth adjustment, quick jam release, and no-mar tip. The Freeman PP123 23 gauge pin nailer is excellent for small trim, cabinet doors, picture frames, craft building and more. The PP123 headless pinner features an aluminum magazine and cylinder, internal air filtration, comfort grip handle, and safety lock - among other features. The PFN64 finish nailer is designed for furniture trim, crown molding, baseboards, chair rails, window casings and more. The PFN64 features an oil-free design, no-mar tip, quick release for jams, air filter, adjustable depth, and aluminum magazine and cylinder. The PST9040Q narrow crown stapler is capable of stapling decorative trim, cabinetry and backing, and craft works. The PST9040Q offers many of the same features as its nailer counterparts - including finger depth adjustment, quick jam release, reload indicator, 360 exhaust, no-mar tip, air filter, and aluminum magazine and cylinder construction.
    7. Grex P650LX: (Replaced by the P650LXE) Give dad the latest and greatest with the all-new Grex P650LX 23 gauge headless pin nailer, available on NGD for $308. Boasting the following new features: a one-touch override button that allows use of the 10 remaining reserve pins, a more powerful motor with improved contact safety, auto lock-out to prevent dry firing - includes auto lock-out override, easy load magazine, no-mar tip, rear exhaust with silencer, double trigger safety lock, lightweight aluminum body, swivel air coupler, narrow nose design, and rubber handgrip - suggested applications for the Grex P650LX micro pinner include light wood assembly, finish and trim work, molding and decorative trim, dowel and joint pinning, mirror and picture frame assembly, lightweight paneling, external softwood trim, rattan furniture, glazing strips, craft work, window beading, display work, signage and more. This item comes with a one-year limited warranty from Grex.
    8. Hitachi C7SB2: (We now carry the newer model C7SB3) At only $99, the Hitachi C7SB2 was voted the best-value circular saw by Tauton Press. Includes a five-year manufacturer's warranty. Comes complete with rugged plastic carrying case, 24 tooth carbide tipped blade and wrench. The C7SB2 features a powerful 15 amp electric motor, bevel capacity from 0-55 degrees, one piece heavy-duty aluminum alloy base with easy to read front and side measurement scales, and non-slip rubber grip for added comfort. This Hitachi circular saw is excellent for cutting OSB, 2x4's, plywood and more -  a great addition to dad's woodshop.
    9. Bostitch BTFP72646: Perfect for any dad who loves finish and trim woodworking, the Bostitch BTFP72646 3-tool finish & trim combo kit with air compressor is designed with the DIY'er or amateur woodworker in mind. Get a complete set of pneumatic finish tools at one great price - now only $299 on Nail Gun Depot. The Stanley Bostitch BTFP72646 kit includes: SB-1664FN - 16 ga. straight finish nailer, SB-1850BN - 18 ga. brad nailer, BTFP71875 - heavy-duty 3/8" crown stapler, BTFP02011 - 6 gallon oil-free air compressor, 1/4" x 25' heavy-duty airline with fittings and sample fasteners. The BTFP72646 combo kit is ideal for interior trim, crown molding, baseboard, shoe molding, staircases, cabinetry, paneling, housewrap, screening, upholstery, dust containment, insulation and felt paper. Includes one-year warranty from Bostitch.
    10. Senco PC1195: For $49, the Senco PC1195 mini palm nailer rounds out our list, as a cost-effective gift for dad that still packs a punch. Weighing in 50% lighter than the competition, this palm nailer features a magnetic nose for accurate nail placement, as well as a compact design for easy storage. The PC1195 is excellent for driving nails into tight spaces - for applications including joist hanging, framing, hurricane straps, fencing, decking and more.
    Don't make Father's Day more expensive than it has to be. Use promo code: FIVEOFF to receive a 5% discount off your order total.
     
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
     
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  • 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. If at all possible, it's best to avoid using pneumatic tools in temperatures below freezing - however, for contractors that depend on their tools for a living, there are measures that can be taken to help protect the integrity and performance of your tools or compressor from the freezing cold. Find out more - right here on the Nail Gun Network.
     
    Cold Weather Tool & Compressor Maintenance
    Let's start with cold weather maintenance tips for an air compressor. As an air compressor runs, moisture builds up in the tank from compression taking place. While it is good practice to make sure the tank is drained after every use (particularly in damp, humid climates), it is especially important in cold or freezing temperatures, as this water moisture can freeze and seize up the entire unit. To drain your compressor, simply release the drain valve, which is typically located on or near the bottom of the tank. Make sure you do this while the tank is under some pressure - then, take care to close the valve or valves until the air stops leaking. NOTE: never twist the valves with pliers.
     
    Other cold weather tips for your compressor, consider using heat lamps to keep the compressor regulator from freezing. You can also put your compressor on a continuous run cycle, if available on the model you own. Need help picking out a compressor? You can visit Nail Gun's Introduction To Air Compressors.
     
    Now that your compressor is running, let's take a look at cold weather maintenance for pneumatic tools. First and foremost, make sure you are lubricating your tool with cold weather tool oil, such as Senco's PC1295 Moisture Shield cold weather air tool oil. Using a cold weather lubricant such as this one, is great preventative maintenance that is easy and inexpensive. You can apply a manufacturer approved cold weather tool oil to the tool itself - and the air line.
     
    Senco PC1295 Cold Weather Pneumatic Tool Oil
    Other cold weather tips for your pneumatic tool, when starting use in freezing temperatures, as the compressor builds up, WITHOUT fasteners in the tool, hook up your pneumatic nailer or stapler to the compressor and fire @ 40 PSI to help warm up the tool before use. NOTE: Make sure the tool has no fasteners in its magazine before/during firing to avoid damaging the tool or work surface and prevent injury.
     
    You can also rotate pneumatic tools - while keeping the idle tools warm. Using pipe insulation that fits over a coupler is another method that helps create a barrier between the tool and cold air. Can't decide which pneumatic tool is right for your application, check out Nail Gun's Construction Tool Index.
     
    Cold Weather Construction
    We can't guarantee all of these tips will work for everyone, but if used appropriately, they might save you some major repair expense and downtime on the job. Tools and compressors that are not maintained or used as the manufacturer specifies are susceptible to damage and destruction - so save yourself time, money, and a major headache, and prepare your equipment for responsible use.
     
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • Introduction To Air Compressors

    Welcome back to a new year of the Nail Gun Network! We hope you had a relaxing holiday break - but alas, it's time to get back to work. Easing into the routine swing, let's start 2015 with a breakdown and categorization of air compressors - so you can find the right compressor to handle your projects.
    Senco Air Compressors
    If you use pneumatic (air-powered) fastening tools, you have to use an air compressor to bring them to life. Air compressors provide power to your pneumatic nail guns, staple guns, paint sprayers, ratchets and other air-driven tools - they can also be used to inflate tires, blow dust or debris, and more. The application(s) you need an air compressor for, will determine the type of compressor you require.
    Senco Compressor Kit
    First, let's take a brief look at how an air compressor works. Air compressors feature a motor, which forces air into a storage tank. Depending on the type of compressor, a user will attach their tool(s) to the compressor via an air hose or hoses. Every time the user fires their pneumatic tool, air in the storage tank is released through the air hose - activating the tool. As the storage tank depletes its air, the motor kicks-in and returns the tank to a designated air pressure. For some compressors, such as MAX's AKHL1250E (replaced by the AKHL 1260E), an expansion tank is also available.
    MAX Expansion Air Tank
    Smaller projects - with low volume use - can typically get by with a smaller, single-stage compressor. Single-stage compressors feature one-piston motors, which force air into their storage tank for consumption. As the compressor depletes its supply of air, the motor kicks back on to replenish it. These compressors are typically useful for small workshops, residential garages, or DIY applications. Because they are typically smaller in size, they are also useful for renovation and remodeling projects, where space might be limited. Keep in mind, these compressors are not designed to power multiple tools at once - or tools that require a good amount of energy to fire, such as framing nailers. Finish and trim nailers and fine wire staplers are typically intended for this type of compressor.
    Bostitch Trim
    For heavy-duty applications in construction or manufacturing, such as home-building, assembly line work and more, two-stage compressors should be a better fit for use. Two-stage air compressors feature a second piston - providing quicker refill times to the storage tank. The storage tank is also typically larger in size, allowing more air to be stored during use. Two-stage compressors are also designed to power multiple tools at once - improving operation efficiency. The downside to these compressors, they typically weigh more, are more expensive, and make more noise during operation.
    Bostitch Pneumatic Framing
    When shopping for an air compressor, consider the manufacturer required pressure for the tool(s) you are looking to power. Every manufacturer should provide the CFM and PSI required to operate safely. The CFM or Cubic Feet per Minute determines how many tools can be run at once on an air compressor. The PSI or Pounds per Square Inch directs the maximum range of operating pressure with which an air compressor can run properly. Disregarding either of these factors can lead to permanent damage to your tools and/or air compressor - as well as possible injury to the user. When selecting an air compressor, choose a model with a higher CFM rating than the tool or tools you are planning to operate - this will allow for a margin of error.
    Senco PC1010N
    When you start shopping for a compressor, you will also notice the difference in design between certain models. Depending on your application, there are four main designs available for portable air compressors. Generally, the most basic option available, most hot dog shaped compressors have small, cylindrical tanks - this style is generally the easiest to transport, but offers the least power. Models such as the Senco PC1010 exemplify a well-built, popular compressor within this segment. Similar in size, a pancake compressor features an oblong tank that resembles the shape of a tire. Bostitch offers the BTFP02011 pancake compressor (replaced by Bostitch BTFP02012) as part of a 3-tool combo kit for finish and trim. Still capable of being carried by hand, twin-stack compressors feature two tanks (generally one above the other), which allows them to restore maximum air pressure quicker than a single-tank design, such as the hot dog or pancake. A great example of the twin-stack compressor, RolAir offers its FC2002 model - also known as "The Bull" for its rugged nature. One of the heaviest-duty designs for portable compressors, wheelbarrow compressors are too heavy to carry by hand, but feature a single-wheel design with handles - allowing this type of compressor to be rolled from jobsite to jobsite. J-Air is a reliable, popular manufacturer of this style compressor. For fixed workstations that require high-volume use, stationary compressors are also available. There is also a selection of other wheeled compressors available for heavy-duty use, that function similarly to the wheelbarrow design.
    RolAir Bull Compressor
    One final point to consider, determine the source of power that will work best for your compressor. For almost every hot dog, pancake or twin-stack compressor, electric power is your only available option. However, larger compressors, such as wheelbarrow models, generally are available with either the option for gasoline or electric power. Crews in new construction tend to favor gas power, as it can sometimes be hard to find electric on a jobsite. Many gas-powered compressors also feature more powerful motors. Depending on the application - and if electric is easily accessible - you might prefer the emission-free design of electric compressors though.
    J-Air Compressors
    If you work in cold climates, make sure you shop for a compressor with a cold start valve. Many compressors include this feature out of the box, but if not, you could have a hard time starting your air compressor in frigid temperatures. Standard on many new compressors, an oil-free pump design reduces wear and tear maintenance. For high-volume use, check to make sure the compressor includes more than one connection for pneumatic air hoses - to ensure you can run several tools at once. Also, make sure the compressor has the proper cooling systems installed to handle the applications you plan to use it for - this will help to avoid overheating or damage to the compressor motor.
     
    Bostitch 3-Tool Combo Kit
    Last, but not least, consider the manufacturer of your future compressor. There are several reliable brands available, some of which we recommend, including compressors from Senco, RolAir, J-Air, MAX and Bostitch. Be sure to compare each compressor's features prior to making a purchase.
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • Nail Gun Depot's Most Memorable Blog Posts Of 2014

    We're finally here - the end of 2014. A time to celebrate, reflect and look toward the future. What better way to capture the essence of 2014 at Nail Gun Depot, than to take a look at some of the Nail Gun Network's most influential blog posts of the year. Take a second to check out some of our most popular posts of 2014!
    BeA Upholstery Stapler
    NGD's Top Picks: Hall of "Frame"
    1. How To Install Hardwood Floors: Perfect for the first-timer or budding expert, get start-to-finish tips for installing hardwood flooring. Learn which tools work best for the job and what it takes to lay beautiful new floors.
    2. Choosing An Air Compressor For Pneumatic Tools: If you use a pneumatic (air-powered) tool, you must use an air compressor to make it operate - but do you have the right air compressor for your tool? Find out in this blog.
    3. NGD Construction & Manufacturing Tool Index: For the DIYer or casual woodworker, find out which tools power the fastening industry. From construction and remodeling to manufacturing - we've got you covered.
    4. American Made Fasteners - A Senco Tradition: Not many manufacturers can boast the phrase "Made In America." At Senco, these words represent more than 80% of the fasteners they produce. Learn more about what makes Senco unique.
    5. How To Build & Install Your Own Kitchen Cabinets: Getting the kitchen cabinets you dream about can be more cost effective than one might think. Find out what you need to know to get the job done right.
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    Viewer's Choice: Most Popular
    1. What's The Difference Between Brad Nailers & Finish Nailers?: An age-old question, get the answers you need on the Nail Gun Network.
    2. What's The Difference Between A Floor Nailer & Flooring Stapler?: Don't use the right tool for the wrong job. Discover which flooring tool is best for your application with Nail Gun Depot.
    3. What Type Of Nail Is Correct For My Application?: Get the inside scoop on which nail you need for your project. From framing to finishing, we've got an answer for everyone.
    4. The Nail Gun Buyer's Guide: Shopping for a nail gun? Maybe you aren't familiar with what's out there. Find out which nailer is the right one for you.
    5. How To Choose The Right Upholstery Stapler: If you work with upholstery, an upholstery stapler is a must-have tool in your arsenal. In this article, find out which features are best for different upholstery applications.
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    And with that, we conclude our last post of 2014. Don't worry, we're only taking a break from blogging for the next two weeks - making time to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. Look for an all-new Nail Gun Network post January 6, 2015!
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • What's In The Ultimate Construction Kit?

    The Ultimate Construction Kit is here, find out why it could be the best thing to happen to your workshop - right here.

     

    So you've seen the banners and read the news, but what exactly makes the Ultimate Construction Kit... ultimate? A comprehensive collection of tools, this kit includes some of the best-selling, hottest new items Nail Gun Depot has to offer. Whether you are a contractor or a DIYer, this kit includes the tools you need to get your woodworking project done right. From framing to finishing, the Ultimate Construction Kit has you covered.

     

    Let's take a look at the tools that make this kit a hit:

     

    We start with the MAX Finish & Trim Combo Kit. A pair of MAX nailers and a stapler, the MAX NF255F/18 18 gauge brad nailer drives brad nails from 5/8" to 2-1/8" in length and features a compact and well balanced design, durable thread style driver unit, high composite bumper and slim body. This brad nailer is excellent for door and window casings, plywood, decorative boards, interior finish work, panel assembly, moldings, subflooring, furniture assembly including drawer, case back nailing, blind pinning, cabinet assembly and other finishing works. (Update: The NF255F/18 has since been replaced by the Max NF255FA/18). 

     

    Next in the lineup, the MAX TA238A/18-6 narrow crown finish stapler (replaced by the Max TA238B/18-6) drives 1/4" crown 18 gauge staples from 3/4" to 1-1/2". Like most MAX tools, this finish stapler offers a powerful, lightweight and durable design. A one-inch slim nose allows for precise fastener placement. Additional features include a rapid fire trigger valve, lock out mechanism, fastener window, rear exhaust, trigger lock and comfortable rubber grip. The MAX TA238A/18-6 is excellent for door and window casings, molding, underlayment, cabinet assembly, soffits and many other finish applications. .

     

    Last of the MAX tools, the NF565/16 straight finish nailer (replaced by the Max NF565A/16) drives 16 gauge finish nails from 1-1/4" to 2-1/2" in length. At only 3.5 pounds, this compact finishing nailer is among the lightest in its class. A powerful motor and patented drive system ensures consistent driving - despite the application. The NF565/16 features a selectable trigger for sequential or bump fire operation, on board depth control, easy jam clearing system, belt hook and 360 degree adjustable exhaust to direct air away from user or application. 

     
    We couldn't call this the Ultimate Construction Kit without including a Paslode tool. With the company celebrating its 50th anniversary of service to the construction industry, we thought, what better tool to include than the Paslode 50th Anniversary Framing Nailer (replaced by Paslode PowerMaster Pro Framing Nailer - 515000).
    Paslode's 50th Anniversary F-350S air-powered framing nailer, drives paper tape framing nails, and is designed with a unique Paslode orange color scheme. It runs both Paslode clipped head and RounDrive nails - featuring a compact design that fits between joists, studs and rafters, and a new valve design for durability and increased power - carried over from the F-350S. The 50th anniversary model also features a built-in rafter hook, comfortable molded hand grip, and adjustable depth of drive to control nail depth - perfect for framing, wall sheathing, roof sheathing and floor decking.
     
    For small trim work, we've included the Grex P630, a 23 gauge headless micropinner that drives pin nails ranging from 3/8" to 1-3/16" in length. The Grex P630 also features an auto-adjust fastener mechanism, comfortable hand grip, and double trigger to prevent accidental firing - perfect for rattan furniture production, light wood assembly, finish and trim work, decorative trim, window beading, picture frames, craft work and more.
     
    Now that you have all these pneumatic fastening tools, how are you going to power them? Introducing the Senco PC1280, 6 gallon pancake air compressor. Electric powered, it creates 2.8 SCFM of power at 90 PSI. The PC1280 features an oil free pump design, is fully shrouded to protect components, draws only 12 amps to avoid tripping circuit breakers, has dual couplers to run two hoses at the same time, includes integrated control panel with highly visible gauges, and boasts a pancake tank design to keep the compressor compact and balanced. This Senco air compressor is excellent for finish and trim - just hook up your pneumatic tools.
     
    A final, yet very important addition to the Ultimate Construction Kit, we've included Senco's top-of-the-line DS312-18V DuraSpin Screw Gun. This cordless, collated screw gun works with a wide range of DuraSpin screws, making it the perfect choice for a variety of applications. The DS312-18V drives 1" to 3" Senco DuraSpin collated screws and comes complete with two 18V Li-ion batteries, charger, two drive bits, drywall and wood nosepiece, and storage bag. Features include tool-free screw length adjustment, quick slide button bit release, high torque 2,500 RPM motor, patented corner fit feed system for wall and corner accessibility, precision adjustable depth of drive with depth lock, variable speed trigger with lock, belt hook and comfort hand grip. This Senco DuraSpin screw gun is excellent for drywall (to wood or steel studs), subfloor, cement board, wood decking, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, structural steel, decking and rigid foam insulation.
     
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • The Nail Gun Buyer's Guide

    If you've come to the Nail Gun Depot, chances are you know what a nail gun is, what it does, and how it is used. Nailers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, designed to fulfill tasks that range from framing to finishing to flooring - depending on the user's needs. With a variety of options available, which tool is right for you? Find out the features you need, to take on the projects you want to build, right here.

     

    Types of Nail Guns

    From top-to-bottom, the largest of the nail gun family is the framing nailer. Framing nailers are built to tackle large jobs that require heavy duty fasteners (nails) - such as framing, fencing and pallet building. The industries that benefit most from this type of tool include home-building, construction and manufacturing. Similar to the framing nailer, roofing nailers are almost identical in appearance, however these nail guns are designed specifically to fastening roofing shingles.

    For projects that are a bit less intense, finish nailers are recommended for jobs such as door and window trim, paneling, baseboard, casing, crown molding, furniture, shelving and cabinetry. A close relative to finish nail guns, brad nailers drive an even smaller - brad - nail, and are designed for small trim work and furniture repair. Typically, using a brad nail gun will prevent the need for wood putty to cover up a hole where the fastener has been driven - but these nailers can only be used on lighter-duty projects, since the fastener is not as large as a finish nail. Last but not least, a pin nailer might be your best option for crafting or small trim projects, such as cabinet doors and bird house building. For anyone in renovation or remodeling, having a good finish and brad nailer is key to success.

    Designed specifically for hardwood and laminate floor installation, floor nailers are the last of the commonplace nail guns that most contractors or DIYer's will require. These nailers are built to install a variety of hardwood floor sizes and thicknesses. Typically activated with a mallet, floor nailers are only built for flooring applications. 

     

    Pneumatic or Cordless Nailer?

    The age old debate between contractors, do I want a cordless nailer or a pneumatic, air-powered nail gun? Most heavy-duty nail gun users swear by pneumatic tools, as they are generally a bit more reliable and do not require re-charging on the job site. The downside to a pneumatic tool, it requires the use of an air compressor. For workshop woodworkers, using nailers such as finish, brad and pin models, a small compressor will be more than capable. For heavy-duty, high-intensity use on a construction site, look to a larger compressor, as it has a larger tank and is capable of providing enough air-pressure for larger tools - including framing nailers.

    If you choose a cordless nail gun, you will need to keep a battery charger handy to keep your tool running - once the battery wears down. Cordless framing nailers also require a fuel cell to provide the necessary pressure to drive a fastener. The benefit to a cordless tool, you can reach beyond the length of an air hose and can get into tighter, hard to reach areas. You also eliminate the need for an air compressor with a battery-powered nailing tool. This is generally the appeal that makes these types of tools desirable to DIY builders.

     

    Nail Gun Features

    You'll more than likely encounter some - or all - of the following terms, when comparing nailers. One of the most important features you will want to look for, an adjustable depth of drive lets you select how far you want your nail (or other fastener) driven into the object you are fastening. Another option to look for, directional exhaust plates allow you to select the direct your tool shoots it's exhaust - this feature is particularly beneficial in dusty areas. Last, but not least, you will also want to be sure your nailer has a jam clearing feature - to avoid lost time and/or costly repairs if/when your tool jams.

    Depending on the job your are working on, pay attention to features such as trigger size (if you wear gloves while working), easy adjustment for different nail or fastener sizes, and a rugged exterior design to handle the projects you throw at your nailer.

    Keep an eye out for the length of warranty offered by a manufacturer. Most brands will come with a one-year limited warranty, but certain tools go above and beyond - such as Senco's XP (XtremePro) line of nailers that include a five-year limited warranty, or Bostitch's seven-year limited warranty that is offered on select tools.

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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