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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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  • Father's Day Project: Build A Frame For Your Wall-Mount TV

    Looking for a project to do with dad this Father's Day? You've seen the gift guide, know the date (June 21st - just in case it slipped your mind), but why not take it a step further and spruce up pop's "man cave" with an easy woodworking project that's perfect for dad, son, and even grandpa to do together? That's right, if you couldn't guess from the title of this post, we're talking about crafting a frame for dad's wall-mounted flatscreen TV. Learn what it takes to make this project count, the tools you'll need, and more - right here on the Nail Gun Network.
    Let's start with the basics. You'll need an 18 gauge brad nailer and brad nails, a 23 gauge pin nailer and micro pins, some wood glue, a tape measure and a miter saw - oh, and of course, the wood for your frame and molding. Once the frame is complete, you'll probably also want to stain or paint it, and add felt strips to the inside of the box to prevent scratching the TV once it's inside. Mounting elastic bands (or something similar) to the back of the frame will help to keep the box level and prevent any slipping.
    Grex Pin Nailer
    To start the project, you'll need to measure the dimensions of the television itself. Don't forget to measure depth too, to determine how thick the frame needs to be. Dimensions should be about 1/8" larger than the television itself. Once you've cut the box, you'll use wood glue and brad nails to secure the frame.
    At this point, you have two options, you can simply stain or paint the frame, add the felt lining and elastic bands on the back to prevent slippage, and insert around the TV - or you can cut decorative trim to dress up the box frame and give it additional visual appeal.
    TV
    If you opt for decorative molding, leaving the 1/8" overlap where molding meets the frame, add twice that amount to the dimensions of molding that you cut. Make your miter cuts to the flat side of your molding - this will be integral to achieving a picture frame look for the final appearance. Use a pin nailer and micro pin nails to fasten your molding to the frame. You can also use some additional wood glue to help seal the molding where it meets at the corners of your frame.
    All that's left is to mount the television and enjoy.
    PROJECT NOTE: Remember that the TV needs to still be mounted to it's manufacturer specified mount. The decorative frame is NOT a substitute mount for the television.
    Freeman P7TRKTM
    If you're looking for a great start to this project, the Freeman Tools P7TRKTM 3-tool combo kit includes most of the items required to handle this project. With a brad nailer, pin nailer and tape measure included, give dad a new set of tools to go with his brand new flatscreen TV frame.
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
    To leave the 1/8-in. reveal where the molding overlaps the frame, so weÔÇÖre adding twice that amountÔÇöor 1/4 inchÔÇöto the dimensions we cut. These miter cuts are made on the flat side of the molding so the pieces create the picture-frame look when they all go together. The frame can be fastened to the box with finish nails. - See more at: http://extremehowto.com/flat-tv-screen-frame/?page=all#sthash.LGvTXQeY.dpuf
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  • Nail Gun Depot Now Carries Freeman Tools

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot TeamNail Gun Depot is excited to announce the addition of yet another line of pneumatic fastening tools - continuing to build on an already expansive selection of nailers, staplers and screw systems - introducing Freeman Tools. If you've visited Nail Gun Depot before, you've already exposed yourself to one of the industry's largest inventories of pneumatic fastening tools. If this is your first visit to Nail Gun Depot, take a few minutes to surf through our inventory of nearly 2,000 fastening products; now featuring a selection of Freeman nailers and staplers. You can also learn more about how these tools work, right here on the Nail Gun Network.
    Freeman Tools Logo
    If you are looking for a low-cost fastening tool that is still built with quality and integrity, consider the benefits of a Freeman nailer or stapler. Unlike several other value-brand pneumatic tools, Freeman offers a seven-year manufacturer's limited warranty on non-wearable parts - providing added peace of mind for any value seeking customer. Tools with contractor quality at a DIY price-point, purchasing a Freeman nailer or stapler often offsets the cost of renting, providing the added incentive of long-term ownership.
    With several flooring and finishing nailers that have received top consumer ratings, Freeman tools boast the following standard features, which include an anodized aluminum cylinder for additional durability, Teflon o-rings for less wear and tear on cylinders and pistons, an anodized aluminum magazine for a smoother feed, and an electro-phoresis treatment which offers superior rust and corrosion resistance. Case and point - these tools are built to last.
    Freeman 4-Tool Kit
    Among models now available on Nail Gun Depot, check out Freeman's PPPBRCK Combo Kit, which includes a PP123 23 gauge micro pinner and PBR50Q 18 gauge brad nailer. For woodworkers that need a bit more, Nail Gun Depot offers the Freeman P4FNCB Combo Kit, which includes the PP123 and PBR50Q - in addition to a PFN64 16 gauge straight finish nailer and a PST9040Q 18 gauge narrow crown stapler.
    Freeman PF18GLCN
    For those looking to install solid or engineered hardwood flooring, the Freeman PF18GLCN 18 gauge l-cleat flooring nailer is among the best in its class, designed for dense wood applications in hardwood flooring installation, such as bamboo, Brazilian teak and other exotic hardwoods - and capable of installing 3/8" - 3/4" solid or engineered wood flooring. The Freeman PDX50C 3-in-1 flooring nailer/stapler combo tool is another excellent option for either amateur or professional floor installers alike.
    Finally, the Freeman PFBC940 4-in-1 mini flooring nailer/stapler is designed for both finishing and flooring applications, perfect for any handyman that takes on a variety of different projects. What makes this 4-in-1 flooring tool unique, it offers not only the capability to install 1/4" - 1/2" solid or engineered flooring, but doubles as an 18 gauge brad nailer with the simple removal of its flooring base.
    Freeman PFBC940
    Designed for siding or fencing installation, the Freeman PCN65 coil siding and fencing nailer is perfect for cement siding installation, sheathing installation, decking installation, wall framing, fencing and more. Features on the PCN65 include a 360 degree adjustable exhaust, no-mar tip, air filter with dust cap, bump-fire trigger with lock, clear bucket, finger depth adjust, one piece drive blade, quick jam release, and magnesium body.
    Freeman PCN65
    Like what you see, let us know. You can find additional specs and details on these and other tools by visiting Nail Gun Depot. Need extra help? Just contact a customer service specialist!
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • New Year, New Fastening Tools

    We're at it again, check out some of NGD's latest tool additions - including the new Grex P650LX. A new year means new tools - here on the Nail Gun Network!
    NGD New Year

    If you are using industrial packaging tools, be sure to check out our freshened lineup of Bostitch carton closing staplers and box bottom staplers (also known as post bottomer carton staplers). For low-volume, basic operations, Bostitch now offers the BTFP12180 and BTFP12181 manual carton closing staplers. Both feature a second handle for comfort and are ideal for applications where the stapler will be shared between several different work stations. Manually operated, these carton closing staplers present one of the most versatile options available for low volume carton closing applications. Penetrating clinchers are adjustable for either through or blind clinching and each tool comes with a one-year warranty. The only difference between the two models, the BTFP12180 drives 1-1/4" crown C-Wire staples from 5/8" & 3/4" in length, while the BTFP12181 drives 1-3/8" crown SW9040 Series staples from 5/8" to 7/8" in length.

    Bostitch BTFP12180
    Looking for something a bit more powerful? The Bostitch BTFP12182 Triple Wall Carton Closing Stapler is designed for high-volume, heavy-duty use. Features on the BTFP12182 include adjustable clinchers for different thicknesses of cardboard and clinch tightness, as well as the ability to blind fasten double and triple wall cartons. This tool is capable of driving staples up to 1-1/2" in length for up to 1" total cardboard thickness, using 1-1/4" crown SW9060 Series staples.
    Bostitch 12182 Triple Wall Carton Closing Stapler
    A game changer for high-volume corrugated assembly, the FC96EC electric box bottomer stapler covers a vast range of cardboard closing applications - driving 1/2", 5/8" and 3/4" SWC coil staples. Perfect for high-volume carton bottom closing, this box bottom stapler runs 4000 count coil staples designed for high production environments. This staple gun features 24" throat and 40" anvil post height allows most boxes to be stapled in one motion. A clear plastic shield with electrical interlock feature disables the machine when its guard is raised - also featuring an auto-shutoff to reduce machine wear and saves energy. Just plug this post bottomer in and see the difference. Bostitch also offers the F84-138 manual box bottomer for smaller, less costly operations.
    Bostitch FC96EC
    Specific to the floral and dry cleaning industries, Bostitch has added the P3-IND and O-2245 plier staplers. Using a fine wire, lightweight staple, the Bostitch P3-IND is perfect for dry cleaner garment tagging, drugstore bag closure, price tag to garment stapling, flower wrapping, badge and ribbon fastening, and packaging. Similarly, the 0-2245 is designed for fastening applications within the dry cleaning and floral industries. Both tools are rugged and durable - made to handle several applications.
    Bostitch P3-IND
    For pallet and crate builders, Hitachi has released two new tools, the NV65AN and NV75AN coil pallet nailers. The NV65AN coil pallet nailer is designed to drive 15 degree 1-1/2" to 2-1/2" wire coil nails, from .090 to .099 in diameter. Hitachi's latest offering, this pallet and crate building nail gun comes with a five-year limited warranty from the manufacturer. Bringing power, precision and convenience to the pallet manufacturing industry, this nail gun boasts a lightweight design at only 5.7 lbs. - and is capable of driving nails as large as 2-1/2" x .099 at a rate of 3 per second, making the NV65AN both powerful and efficient. A side load magazine and open nose design offer convenience for reloading and jam removal, while its plastic shield offers safety, deflecting wire collation away from the user. Features such as the 360 ° adjustable air deflector and high capacity magazine bring additional convenience to any pallet manufacturing facility. The slightly larger NV75AN weighs-in at 6.3 lbs., and drives 15 degree 1-3/4" to 3" wire collated pallet nails, from .099 to .131 in diameter. The biggest difference between the two tools - range of fastener. You can find both of these pallet nailers here.
     
    Bostitch NV65AN
    Last, but not least, we are pleased to announce the pre-release of Grex's all-new P650LX 23 gauge headless micro pinner (replaced by the P650LXE). An updated and upgraded design, the P650LX boasts the following key 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, signage and more.
    Grex P650LX 23 Gauge Pin Nailer
    The P650LX will not ship until Spring 2015, but in offering the best customer support possible, Nail Gun Depot will accept pre-order reservations from all avid woodworkers who are interested in receiving this pinner as soon as it is available.
     ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • How To Select The Right Finish Nailer For Your Project

    Shopping for a new finish nailer can be a daunting task if you haven't done your homework first. While many models look and feel very similar, there are certain features that set one finish nailer apart from the other. Depending on your needs, this can play a major role in making an informed decision - leading to a purchase. Let's take a look at the differences between certain types of finishing nail guns.
    Bostitch Smart Point
    Let's start with 15 gauge finish nailers. These tools are ideal for projects such as cabinet and furniture building, picture frame assembly, trim and molding installation, and upholstery trim applications. Look for an angled nail magazine on most 15 gauge finish nailers. While there aren't many cordless 15 gauge models available, the 15-gauge Senco F-15 Fusion fills the void - quite well - eliminating the need for an air compressor with its 18V Lithium Ion Battery. Furthermore, the Senco Fusion (also available in 16-gauge straight and 18 gauge variations) recently took top honors in a comparison test conducted by Popular Mechanics Magazine.
    Senco Fusion
    Similarly, 16-gauge finish nailers are ideal for many of the same applications as their 15 gauge counterpart. This includes projects such as installing door and window trim, baseboards, paneling, crown modeling, door jambs and more. The biggest difference between the two tools, 16 gauge finish nailers are generally smaller and lighter. Because 16-gauge nails have a slightly smaller diameter, many believe that the 15-gauge nail provides more holding power - depending on the type project you are looking to complete. You can find a wide variety of both angled and straight magazine 16 gauge finish nailers. Another cordless tool that ranks highly with contractors, the Paslode IM250A-Li drives 16-gauge angled finish nails and comes with a five-year warranty from Paslode.
    Paslode IM250A-Li
    Arguably, the most popular among finish nailer buyers who are purchasing a tool for DIY or occasional-use, 18 gauge brad nailers are built to handle trim, paneling, furniture repair and so much more. Brad nailers act as the catch-all tool for finish and trim applications. Keep in mind, brad nailers that can handle a 2" or larger fastener lend the most versatility. One of our favorites, Bostitch recently launched its Smart Point line of finsh and brad nailers. These tools are pneumatic, which means you'll need an air compressor, but offer some of the most precise nail placement available. The advantage to Smart Point, a narrow nose allows the user to access hard to reach areas with ease - while also reducing surface damage caused during firing. Similar to the Fusion family, Bostitch offers Smart Point nailers in 15 gauge (BTFP72155 DA and BTFP72156 FN), 16 gauge, and 18 gauge variations.
    Bostitch Smart Point Nose
    Last in the finish fastening family, pin nailers offer the least holding power, but are perfect for projects that require a small nail, such as those used in birdhouse building, small trim, picture frame work, and light wood assembly. Commonly available in either a 21 gauge or more popular 23 gauge variation, pin nailers are ideal for any application that requires a narrow fastener. Pin nails are also available in both headless and headed variations, just be sure that the tool you are using is compatible with the fastener you are intending to use. When it comes to pin nailers, Grex maintains a commanding share of the market - offering six different models of 23 gauge pin nailer. Affordable and reliable, Grex pin nailers are a safe choice for any first-time buyer.
    Grex 23 Gauge Pin Nailers
    Now that you know the difference between finish, brad and pin nailers - which one best suits you?
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • Nail Gun Depot's Construction & Manufacturing Tool Index

    Shopping for a particular tool or fastener? Need to find what you're looking for quickly? You've come to the right spot. Welcome to Nail Gun Depot's construction and manufacturing industry index for tools! This week, let's take a look at some of the larger industries we serve - giving you a fast pass to the tools and fasteners you need.
    Framing Nailer
    General Construction:
    Framing: Need a nailer for framing or sheathing? Choose from a selection of paper strip, wire strip, plastic strip, wire coil and Roundrive framing nailers and nails.
    Drywall: Do you drywall frequently? Get the best in auto-feed screw guns for drywall and more. Battery-powered and electric variations available.
    Decking: Collated and single drive deck screw guns available from CAMO, Senco, QuikDrive and others.
    Floor Installation: Choose between hardwood nailers, flooring staplers and carpet staplers for flooring installation. You can even find specialty attachments for some of your favorite flooring tools.
    Roofing: From roofing nailers to hammer tackers, we've got the roofing tools you need. Don't forget to check out our selection of cap button staplers for roofing felt and housewrap!
    Siding: Similar to a roofing nailer or coil framing nailer, a siding (or fencing) nailer is ideal for fence board, siding, decking and other structural applications.
    Sheathing & Insulation: We offer a wide variety of medium crown staplers and wide crown staplers to choose from, for sheathing and more.
    Concrete | Steel Nailing: Choose from a wide variety of concrete | steel T-Nailers and pinners. Now available, Nail Gun Depot has recently added fastening tools for foam board to concrete and steel applications.
    Rebar Tying: For heavy-duty concrete fastening, rebar tiers are perfect for pre-cast concrete products, building foundations, road & bridge construction, floors & walls, retaining walls and swimming pool walls.
    Senco Fusion Finish Nailer
    Renovation and Remodeling:
    Finish & Trim: Need a finish, brad or pin nailer for molding, furniture assembly or light woodworking? We have more than 60 models to choose from. And don't worry if you prefer a finish stapler, we have over 30 fine wire staplers and narrow crown staplers to choose from too.
    Upholstering & Fabric Fastening: Choose from a variety of electric and pneumatic upholstery staplers at Nail Gun Depot. For hard to reach areas, a selection of long nose upholstery staplers are also available!
     
    Bostitch Cordless Carton Closer
    Manufacturing:
    Pallet & Crate Assembly: Another member of the framing nailer family, pallet and crating nailers are designed specifically for the assembly and repair of pallets and crates. These nailers are also commonly used in manufacturing or high-volume production environments.
    Packaging: Managing a shipping facility of fulfillment center? Save time, energy and expense with packaging tools such as top carton closers (also known as carton closing staplers), plier staplers and more. Choose between cordless, pneumatic and manual box closing tools.
    Bedding: For box spring and a mattress assembly, a bedding stapler is an absolute must-have tool. These tools are designed for spring to frame fastening.
    Corrugated: A hybrid design in fastening, corrugated fastening tools work great for butt joints in cabinet and furniture frames, truss construction, picture frames, wood boxes, pallets and pallet repair.
    Bag Closing & Automotive Upholstery: For mass assembly, including automotive upholstery and bag closing applications, hog ring pliers (also known as C-ring tools) are designed to clamp a variety of fabric and metal materials together. These tools are perfect for tagging.
    Specialty: From tube closing clinch staplers to bar code and label staplers, Nail Gun Depot is continually expanding its selection of specialty tools from fabricators and niche manufacturers.
     
    ~ 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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  • Paslode's 50th Nailer, Senco's 21 Gauge Pinner & Other Tools

    While we've been busy talking about spring projects, some of our favorite brands have been updating their lineup of nailers, staplers and fastening tools. Part of Nail Gun Depot's commitment to serving the latest tools and technology to our customers, we are excited to announce the following new and updated products that are now available to NGD customers.

    If you've been working in the construction trade for some time, you have most likely used a Paslode tool at some point. For those who are true to the brand, you'll be excited to hear Paslode is commemorating their 50th Anniversary of service to the construction and building industry in a very special way. To celebrate, Paslode will now offer a Special Edition 50th Anniversary Framing Nailer (511990); it's a beefed up version of the F-350S Framing Nailer. You'll notice it is sporting an all-new, Paslode orange color scheme. The 50th Anniversary Framing Nailer joins the reliability and durability of the Paslode brand, paired with the manufacturer's unique brand characteristics. (Update: The 511990 has since been replaced by Paslode F-350P PowerMaster Pro Framing Nailer)

    Another important manufacturer with a rich history in construction and renovation, Senco has just announced the release of its all-new Finish Pro 21LXP Pin Nailer. The 21LXP is designed to fill the gap between 18 gauge brad nailers and 23 gauge pin nailers - capable of driving 5/8" to 2" 21 gauge headed pins and 21 gauge headless pins. The FinishPro 21LXP also features automatic magazine adjustment for different fastener lengths, reversible belt hook, rear exhaust with embedded muffler, comfort grip handle, ultra-narrow nose, on board storage for extra no-mar pad and jam clearing wrench, and last-nail-lockout to prevent dry firing. If you are interested in this pin nailer, you can pre-order it on Nail Gun Depot and be one of the first to own this all-new tool. This item will release to the public around May 2014.

    Last but not least, we are expanding our selection of hog ring tools and "C" ring fasteners. In addition to our selection of BeA hog ring pliers, we will be expanding our inventory to include a variety of Bostitch hog ring tools and fasteners. These handy tools can assist on a variety of projects, from attaching automotive upholstery to fastening wire fencing. Stay tuned to Nail Gun Depot as we continue to expand our lineup.

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • New Tools, New Year

    Welcome back to the Nail Gun Depot blog, we hope your 2013 holiday season was relaxing and enjoyable. With the holidays over, it's back to work for most of us - so let's take a look at some new tools to help you start 2014 with improved productivity.

    We believe it is important to start the year with growth, as we proudly add a new brand to our lineup of quality tools - welcoming 3 PRO to our products page. 3 PRO offers a rapidly growing line of tools that is catching on fast with contractors and DIYers. We now carry three flooring tools by 3PRO, the FSN50 flooring nailer and staple gun, the S9032P flooring stapler and the S9040P floor stapler. All three of these pneumatic flooring tools are easy to use and provide the end user with a durable, competitively priced product. Consider trying out a 3 PRO flooring tool if you are looking for a less costly solution to floor installation - and don't forget, our selection of fasteners will help you complete any project with ease.

    Continuing with product growth and expansion, check out our recently updated lineup of Senco DuraSpin screws, bits and accessories. Building on our existing inventory of fasteners for Senco's DuraSpin screw guns, we are now able to offer a greater selection of DuraSpin screws and bits than ever before. Senco is recognized for providing top quality tools and fasteners, so rest assured, your project will be built to last - whether you are installing drywall or building a new deck! 

    Another exciting development at Nail Gun Depot, look for our ALL-NEW "How-To" page, which is scheduled to launch in early 2014! Our mission at Nail Gun Depot is more than selling tools and fasteners, we want to create an experience for all of our customers - and part of that experience is helping a customer understand how their tool works and projects to use it on. Building a long-term relationship with each of our customers is top priority, which is why we are proud to offer this How-To page as part of our commitment to serving our customer's needs. Learn how your tool works via interactive, manufacturer videos and how-to posts. You can also check out posts that include project ideas, repair tips and tool safety.

    Have an idea for our new "How-To" page? Submit your thoughts to us at sales@nailgundepot.com.

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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