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  • How To Choose & Use A Staple Gun

    Learn the basics in selecting the correct staple gun for your project. We take a look at construction staplers, upholstery staplers and more. Topics include wire type and gauge, as well as the importance of crown size for staplers. You can learn more by visiting Nail Gun Depot's "Choosing A Staple Gun For Your Project" tutorial.

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  • Choosing A Staple Gun For Your Project

    Everything you need to know about staple guns. Learn the difference between gauge and crown, what makes one type stapler different from another, and most importantly, which stapler is the best one for you.
    BeA Upholstery Stapler
    What Type Of Staple Gun Do I Need?
    • Construction Stapler: When you think of a staple gun, the first thought that might come to mind is a construction stapler - in other words, not your average office stapler. Most construction staplers look very similar to a nail gun, and they typically aren't far off in operation - that is, until you load your fasteners into the magazine. Construction staplers vary in size, depending on the project you need them for. Finish staplers are great for trim work - while heavy-duty construction staplers can be used for sheathing, cabinet framing, furniture construction and more.
    • Upholstery Stapler: Upholstery staplers and fine wire construction staplers maintain similar characteristics - in fact, there's even a slight category overlap in some 20 gauge models - so it's important that you make sure the tool you purchase is intended for the correct application. Some upholstery staplers are intended specifically for upholstering applications, while others leave some room for versatility. To make upholstering easier, some models of upholstery stapler come with a long nose, for reaching into tight spaces.
    • Flooring Stapler: Flooring staplers, again, look very much like their flooring nailer counterpart. Flooring staplers are designed for the installation of hardwood and engineered wood flooring. Hardwood floor staplers come in two variations - either mallet actuated or trigger actuated. A mallet actuated flooring stapler requires the strike of a rubber mallet to drive the staple into place. Carpet staplers are more of a mixture between hammer staplers and upholstery staplers.
    • Packing Stapler: Carton closing staplers - also known as packaging staplers - are designed specifically for corrugated box closing applications, typically associated with packing and shipping. Carton closing staplers come in several variations, ranging from air-powered (pneumatic), to cordless battery - or even manual - operation. The size of corrugate you are intending to staple will determine the size of staple and stapler you require. For applications in manufacturing or assembly line production, packaging staplers are also available in bench-mounted and clinch stapling variations, designed for repetitive, high-volume use.
    • Hammer Stapler: Hammer staplers, also known as hammer tackers or slap staplers, are manually actuated tools that require the striking of a surface to operate - in the same manner as a hammer. Hammer staplers are generally used in carpet, insulation, housewrap and roofing felt installation.
    • Cap Stapler: Cap staplers are most commonly found in the roofing industry. These specialty staplers operate the same as a regular staple gun, but also drive a plastic cap in tandem with the staple. The cap provides greater holding power and offers added protection for the staple. Cap staplers are used for roofing felt, housewrap, foam board and other select applications.
    Stinger Cap Stapler
    What Crown Stapler Should I Choose?
    • Narrow Crown: Narrow crown staplers are generally used for finish and trim applications, such as molding, trim, cabinets, drawers, fascias and other fine-grained applications. The smaller crown allows the stapler to penetrate a surface without being overly noticeable.
    • Medium Crown: Medium crown staplers are preferred in subflooring, pallet building, vinyl siding, furniture assembly, sheathing and similar applications. A medium crown offers a wider range of clinch, but is not quite as rugged as a wide crown.
    • Wide Crown: Wide crown staplers and staples are intended for heavy-duty use - primarily in construction, for projects in truss building, housewrap, roofing, lathing and more. Look to use a wide crown stapler for many of the same applications as a medium crown, but where it doesn't matter if the staple affects the appearance of your project. Wide crown staples are bulkier, but offer greater holding capability.
    C-Wire Staples
    What's The Difference In Wire (Gauge) Type?
    • Fine Wire: Fine wire staples are the thinnest variation of staple, generally ranging from 20 - 22 gauge in thickness. It's important to note, that the gauge and crown of staple are two different things. The gauge is the thickness of the staple, whereas the crown is the width.
    • Medium Wire: Medium wire staples are generally measured in the 18 - 19 gauge range of thickness. Medium wire will provide more holding power than a fine wire staple, but is not the best option for heavy-duty applications in construction.
    • Heavy Wire: Heavy wire staples are the thickest variation of staple, mostly found in 15 - 16 gauge thickness. Heavy wire will provide the greatest holding power of the three, but will also take up the most area when fastened. Heavy wire staples are good for applications that require stapling to a thick surface.

     

    Other clamp fastening tools serve as extended family to the staple gun, such as hog ring pliers, corrugated fastening tools and flaring staplers; however, these specialized tools are typically intended for industrial use or manufacturing.
    Bostitch Cordless Carton Stapler
    Just as you should with any other power tool, be sure that safety is your top priority when using a staple gun. Always be aware of your surroundings, how you handle the tool, and make sure you are equipped with the proper safety gear.
    ~The Nail Gun Depot Team 
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  • Contractor Tips For Homeowner Renovation & Remodeling

    Wrapping up remodeling month on Nail Gun Depot, let's hear from the experts - the contractors who tackle home renovation projects daily. Get insight from the professionals, when you learn the do's and don'ts in home remodeling, here on the Nail Gun Network.
    Interior Renovation
    • Don't Delay Progress - Taking too long to decide on materials, colors and other general design aesthetics can really slow progress. It's important to be comfortable with your choices, but being too indecisive can ultimately put the brakes on a renovation project. Likewise, be careful not to backtrack by making major changes mid-project. Making changes after materials have been purchased and installed can be costly, adding unnecessary expense.
    • Do Purchase Your Own Materials - Depending on who you talk to, you will get different points of view on this subject. The real decision ultimately hinges on your level of comfort. If you are an avid DIYer, you might prefer to shop for your own materials to guarantee 100 percent control over cost. Most contractors will mark up the materials they purchase - however, letting someone else take care of procuring materials can be much more convenient, and will better ensure correct items are purchased on the first try.
    • Don't Start A Major Renovation Without Emergency Funds - An emergency fund - also known as a contingency fund - is an absolute must for any major renovation or remodeling project, especially in older structures or homes that have not been maintained. When a homeowner starts thinking about renovating, they don't often think about the hidden problems that demolition might uncover. Rotten wood, mold, faulty electrical, and other structural imperfections are all very common risks that remodeling can uncover. To ensure these issues can be repaired properly, it's important to set funds aside ahead of time. Most recommend setting at least an additional 5 percent of your overall budget aside.
    • Do Live Elsewhere - During a major renovation, most homeowners prefer to keep away from the construction. This makes it easier for a contractor to move around without disrupting occupants. It also makes it easier for the homeowner to live comfortably. Sometimes, a costly renovation does not leave the option to live elsewhere. If this is the case, try to find a comfortable retreat away from the hustle and bustle of construction.
    • Don't Take On A Project You Aren't Comfortable With - When in doubt, leave it to the professionals. More often than not, if you don't have a firm understanding of what you are doing, a contractor will end up getting involved anyway - fixing mistakes. Some projects are more complex than others, so know your limitations from the start. For many DIYer's taking on their first big remodel, consider consulting with a contractor as you move through the motions of your project - even if you do most of the labor yourself.
    Bostitch Framing Nailer
    These and other tips should set the foundation for success in any home renovation or remodel. For advice on the tools to take on your remodeling project, consult the Nail Gun Network or contact a specialist at Nail Gun Depot!
     
    ~ 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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  • Nail Gun Depot's 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    We've finished up the Thanksgiving turkey - and tied a bow on Black Friday, so now what? Summer might be the most popular season for tools and fasteners, but let's not forget the best time of year to surprise a spouse, friend or family member with a new tool they are certain to love. For many craftsmen and woodworking hobbyists, the holiday season brings new life to their workshop.
    NGD Holiday Gift Guide
    Under $100
    • Senco PC1195: Designed for use with bulk nails, this compact palm nailer is 50% lighter than most of its competitors. The PC1195 features a magnetic nose for accurate nail placement, and compact design for easy storage. Excellent for driving nails in very tight places, this palm nailer is intended for use with specific applications such as joist hangers, framing, hurricane straps, fencing, decking and more.
    • Bostitch BTFP71875: A revolutionary new design from Bostitch, this hybrid tool is designed to be used as either a pneumatic brad nailer or heavy-duty stapler. A dual trigger design provides added safety and comfort. The BTFP71875 pneumatic hammer stapler also features oil-free operation, a bottom-loading magazine, and a built-in reload indicator. 
    • Hitachi NP35A: If you are shopping on a budget, but still want a brand-name tool, look no further than the Hitachi NP35A 23 gauge pin nailer. In addition to a five-year warranty, the NP35A comes with a rugged plastic carrying case, safety glasses, 1/4" NPT male plug, no mar tip (x2) and hex bar wrench. This Hitachi pin nailer features an auto-adjust magazine to easily switch between different fastener lengths, a dual trigger safety, rear exhaust, adjustable depth of drive, reload indicator and removable nose plate. This handy tool is perfect for rattan furniture production, light wood assembly, finish and trim work, decorative trim, window beading, craft work and more. 
    Senco PC1195
    $100 to $250
    • Senco PC1010: At 20 lbs, the Senco PC1010 oil-less air compressor features an extremely lightweight and ultra quiet design. This hand-carry compressor also features an electric, direct drive motor for increased efficiency - as well as an 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. 
    • Bostitch BTFP72646: Perfect for anyone who loves finish and trim woodworking, the Bostitch BTFP72646 3-tool finish & trim combo kit with air compressor is designed with the DIY'er and amateur woodworker in mind. Get a complete set of pneumatic finish tools at one great price. The Stanley Bostitch BTFP72646 kit includes: The 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, baseboards, shoe molding, staircases, cabinetry, paneling, housewrap, screening, upholstery, dust containment, insulation and felt paper.
    • Senco WC150XP: (replaced by the PS15XPThis rugged, wide-crown Senco stapler features a new firing valve design for fast and powerful operation, tool-free locking adjustable depth of drive for consistent driving, rotating belt hook, EZ clear latch for fast jam removal, high-strength magazine, and extremely durable exhaust cap for superior damage resistance. This construction stapler even comes with a five-year warranty! The WC150XP wide crown stapler is excellent for attaching corrugated to skids, furniture and cabinet frames, foam insulation and butt joints. 
    Bostitch Finish & Trim Compressor Kit
    $250 & Over
    • Paslode CF325-Li (replaced by Paslode CF325XP - 905600): No hose or compressor required for this cordless framing nailer. The CF325-Li even includes a five-year manufacturer's warranty - and comes complete with rugged plastic carrying case, rechargeable lithium ion battery and charger, safety glasses, owner's manual and 5/32" hex wrench. Shoots both Paslode clipped head and Roundrive nails. This cordless framing nailer features new lithium ion technology for improved battery life and charge times. Additional features include the Quiklode fuel cell design for easy installation, new on/off battery position for added convenience, internal steel rings for longer tool life, heavy-duty utility hook, full body rubber grip, and nail lockout to prevent dry firing. The Paslode CF325Li cordless framing nailer is excellent for framing, wall sheathing, roof sheathing, floor decking and more. 
    • Senco DuraSpin Combo Kit: The Senco DuraSpin DS215-18V cordless collated screw gun promo kit, comes complete with (2) 18V Li-Ion batteries, charger, 2 drive bits, drywall and wood nosepiece, and soft storage bag. Features include tool-free adjustable nose piece for different length screws, quick-bit release, high-speed 5,000 RPM motor, patented corner fit feed system for easy wall and corner access, adjustable depth of drive with depth lock, variable speed trigger with lock and reverse, belt hook, and comfortable rubber hand grip to maximize comfort. This Senco DuraSpin cordless screw gun is excellent for drywall, subfloor, cement board, underlayment, sheathing to steel, metal framing, steel decking and rigid foam insulation. Also included, get a FREE 18V cut-out saw with the purchase of this DS215-18V DuraSpin promo kit - while supplies last. 
    • Powernail 2000 (replaced by Powernail 2000F): The Powernail 2000 is the industry's first air-powered, trigger-operated 20 gauge flooring nailer - designed to install tongue and groove engineered flooring from 5/16" to 9/16" in thickness. This Powernail cleat nailer offers consistent depth control, while ensuring precise angle and fastener placement. Its 20 gauge cleats are designed to minimize split out - even on the thinnest of floors.
    • Senco Fusion F-16S: The perfect balance of user-friendliness and convenience, Senco's Fusion finish nailers are a hot-buy for the holidays. The F-16S, for example, comes complete with soft-sided carrying case, 18V Li-Ion battery and charger. Features include an adjustable belt hook, nose mounted LED light, selectable drive for sequential or bump fire operation, rugged aluminum magazine and drive cylinder, adjustable depth of drive, and patented reflex shot design for instant firing. Senco's Fusion cordless nailers boast the power of an air nailer with the convenience of cordless operation. The F-16S is ideal for finishing applications in construction, furniture and cabinet frames, molding, baseboards, and upholstery trim panels. 
    Senco DuraSpin Combo Kit
    Whether you are looking for an inexpensive stocking stuffer or a gift they'll never forget, Nail Gun Depot has something for every price-point. And don't forget, tools ship free with standard shipping. Order early and save big.
     
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • NGD's Best Products Of 2014

    Black Friday around the corner means one thing - the end of 2014 is in sight. With the prospect of an even better 2015, we don't want to forget some of the fastening tools that continue to prove themselves among the best, again and again.
    Fan Favorites for 2014:
    Hitachi NR83A3 (replaced by the NR83A5) An excellent option for framing applications, the Hitachi NR83A3 round head, plastic strip framing nailer is a leader in its class. A well-built pneumatic tool, this Hitachi nailer is one of the most-visited products on the Nail Gun Depot site. It's no surprise this nailer is so popular - after all, it features a five-year warranty, light-weight body, and durable design.
    Hitachi NR83A3
    Senco PC1010 - The Senco PC1010 continues to serve the tool and fastener industry as one of its most popular compressors. This compact, hand-carry air compressor is ideal for anyone from amateur woodworkers to expert craftsmen. Don't plan on taking the PC1010 to framing job (you'll need a larger compressor for that), but for anyone powering a pneumatic finish and trim tool, this is the compressor for you. Featuring an oil-free pump, this Senco compressor is lightweight (only 20 pounds), durable and compact - oh and did we mention it's quiet too?
    Senco PC1010
    Senco Fusion F-15 - Some prefer to eliminate the air compressor all-together. Cutting the cords and moving beyond the limitation of an electrical outlet is quite appealing to many woodworkers and DIYer's - especially those on-the-go. For them, the Senco Fusion F-15 cordless finish nailer remains a top-choice for finish and trim applications. Featuring an 18-V Lithium Ion battery that can drive up to 600 shots per charge - with a recharge time of approximately 45 minutes - the Senco Fusion is a great tool for hard to reach finish and trim work.
    Senco Fusion
    Paslode T250A-F16 - An oldie but a goodie, the Paslode T250A-F16 continues to impress customers (DIY and professional) with its sturdy design and long-lasting lifespan. Ideal for finish and trim applications, don't plan on needing to replace this tool any time soon. This pneumatic nailer pairs nicely with the PC1010 compressor.
    Paslode T250A-F
    Bostitch MFN201 - A tool that does not require a battery or compressor, the Bostitch MFN201 manual hardwood flooring nailer relies on human muscle - rather than alternative sources for power. Arguably the most popular flooring tool we carry, there must be some method to the madness. With a seven-year Bostitch warranty, the MFN201 flooring kit includes a graphite mallet, two flooring shoes (for 1/2" and 5/8" flooring), a heavy-duty carrying case, and hex wrenches. The MFN201 has proven itself a solid flooring nailer for solid hardwood floors.
    Bostitch MFN201
     
    Best New Products for 2014:
    Bostitch Cordless Carton Closing Staplers - As far as innovative, new products are concerned, the Bostitch DSW-3519 and DSW-3522 cordless carton closing staplers are among our favorite new items of 2014. The first of their kind, increase the productivity of any packing and shipping operation with these handy tools. Drive up to 800 staples per 45 minute charge. Featuring an easy-load magazine and dial-a-depth adjustment for precise placement, what's not to love about these carton closing tools?
    Bostitch Cordless Carton Closer
    Senco FinishPro 21LXP - New from Senco, the FinishPro 21LXP fills a major gap in the finish and trim tool segment, seated right between the 18 gauge brad nailer and 23 gauge pin nailer. This 21 gauge pin nailer is designed for light wood assembly, craft work and trim. Featuring automatic magazine adjustment, a rear exhaust with embedded muffler, ultra-narrow nose, and last-nail-lockout to prevent dry firing, the 21LXP is drawing quite a bit of attention from others in its class.
     
    Senco 21LXP
    Paslode 50th Anniversary Framing Nailer (replaced by Paslode F-350P PowerMaster Pro - 515000) - When it comes to nail guns, most contractors agree, Paslode does it right. Celebrating 50 years in the pneumatic fastening industry, Paslode launched the F-350S anniversary framing nailer to commemorate the occasion. In addition to it's unique orange color scheme, this Paslode framing nailer also features a new valve design - for durability and increased power.
    Paslode 50th Anniversary Framing Nailer
    Cadex CB18.50A (replaced by Cadex V2/18.50) - New from Cadex, the CB18.50A is the 18 gauge brad nailer that everyone is talking about this year. Featured in Woodworker's Journal (July 2014), the CB18.50A features a combination trigger for single and bump fire, large magazine window, quick release nose for jam clearing, side-load magazine, adjustable depth, comfort grip handle, rear exhaust, blower, 360 degree movable coupler, no-mar tip, anti-dry fire mechanism, and a carrying case. Try saying that list of features in one breath!
    Cadex CB18.50
    Bostitch Smart Point Finish & Brad Nailers - Last, but not least, we couldn't forget the Bostitch Smart Point series of finish and trim nailers. What's the benefit to Smart Point you ask? With a narrow nose that can reach into tight spaces, Smart Point not only improves versatility, it also reduces the amount of damage caused to a surface while firing. Available in a 15 gauge DA, 15 gauge FN, 16 gauge straight and 18 gauge brad variation, there's a Smart Point for everyone.
    Bostitch Smart Point
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • Top Resources For Tool Testing & Comparison

    Looking for a comprehensive overview of features, quality and value for your next fastening tool? Want an expert opinion? Getting the answers you need can be easier than many think - especially in the Internet Age. Let's take a look at some of NGD's favorite sources for tool and fastener reviews. Tested first by the pros - so you can get the best in quality and value.
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    For those that still rely on print publications for tool news, these magazines have become a "staple" in workshops across the country:
    Journal of Light Construction - One of the most trusted sources for tool reviews, the Journal of Light Construction (JLC) provides construction industry insight - with a heavy emphasis on the tools that power your projects. Get tips, tricks and unbiased knowledge from the pro's of this industry. JLC covers a wide variety of tools, including reviews for Senco, Bostitch, Hitachi, MAX and other key players within the fastening tool segment. Issues reflect specific industries including roofing, flooring, framing and more.
    Tools of the Trade - A sister publication to JLC, Tools of the Trade (TOTT) strictly focuses on the tools that power construction, renovation and manufacturing operations. Also recognized as a trusted source, TOTT is only published twice per year. However, its online database keeps content available year-round, should you have a specific tool you are researching. Both TOTT and JLC offer in-depth, rigorous tool comparison tests.
    Pro Tool Reviews - Another publication that shares its space in print as well as online, Pro Tool Reviews features reviews and analysis of many popular tools within the fastening industry. Covering all tool segments, Pro Tool Reviews is a great source for tool information - from manual hand tools to power fastening devices. They are also known for their annual innovation awards, where they recognize the best of the best newly launched tools each year.
    Maybe you are more in-tune with the blogosphere? For those that are tech savvy, there's a plethora of tool blogs to choose from - including our own of course! While we have a laundry list of great choices to recommend, we have selected three that frequently review and reference nail guns, staple guns, screw guns, air compressors and other tools pertinent to fastening. A few of our top picks, be sure to check out Tool Skool, Tool Box Buzz and HomeFixated. All three of these online resources are run by industry experts - so you can rest assured you are getting an accurate and educated representation of the tools you need. With project ideas, tool reviews and much more available - be sure to take some time to see what the bloggers have to say about your tool too.
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    Looking for expert knowledge specific to nailers, staplers and screw fastening systems? You can find new tool releases, how-to projects, tool demos, buyer's guides and more - right here on Nail Gun Depot's very own Nail Gun Network. We combine the best tool and fastener information available - announcing up-to-date facts and features on new product-lines, right as they launch. Whether you are looking for a new project to tackle, tips on getting the most out of your tools, or simply want to stay current on tool and fastener news - we've got it all.
    Have an idea or suggestion for the Nail Gun Network? Let us know at Sales@NailGunDepot.com.
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • The Staple Gun Buying Guide

    Are you shopping for a pneumatic stapler? Maybe you already own one, but want to see what else is out there? If you are researching staple guns, look no further.
     
    As much as we love to talk about nail guns - after all, it's in our name - today, let's take a look at the various staple guns and pneumatic staplers that are available for construction, renovation and manufacturing.
     
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    Let's start with one of the most commonly referenced segments within the staple gun industry - construction staplers. Available in several variations - depending on the application - you can choose between fine wire, narrow crown, medium crown and wide crown staplers. Fine wire construction staplers are generally used for furniture upholstery, light wood assembly, roof paper and insulation. Using a slightly larger staple, narrow crown staple guns or finish staplers are designed for applications that include: cabinets, casebacks, drawers, sheathing, underlayment, molding and trim. Next in line, medium crown staplers are capable of handling larger, more intense projects including: floor decking, roof sheathing, soft wall sheathing, subflooring, pallet construction, vinyl siding and insulation installation. The last and largest (size) segment of construction stapler, wide crown staple guns are built to handle the toughest of tough applications. These heavy-duty staplers are built for insulation sheathing, wire lathing, housewrap, attaching corrugated to pallets, furniture and cabinet frame assembly, or any other application that requires a wide crown staple. If you are looking for a solid, durable construction stapler, consider the MAX TA238A (replaced by the TA238B) for smaller finish and trim applications, or the Senco WC150XP (replaced by the PS15XP) for larger projects.
     
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    For less intense projects - primarily those that include upholstering or securing fabric - an upholstery stapler will be your best option. You will find that upholstery staplers commonly overlap with their fine wire construction stapler cousin. If you are strictly planning to use this pneumatic (or electric) tool for attaching upholstery, make sure the tool is specifically designed for upholstering - versus assembly. These staplers are particularly useful for furniture and vehicle upholstery, light wood assembly, dust covers, cabinet backs, felt insulation, roofing felt, molding, bedding and packaging. Our friends at ModHomeEc recommend the Duo-Fast EIC-3118 Electric Stapler (replaced by Fasco-Maestri 7C-16 3/8" Crown Electric Stapler - 63100) for the novice - or a BeA Long Nose Upholstery Stapler for long-term, skilled use. You can read their entire review of Nail Gun Depot staple guns here.
     
    Duo-Fast Upholstery Stapler
    For packaging and shipping, carton closing staplers are specifically designed to seal corrugated boxes and packaging materials. These tools are almost always found in warehouses or shipping facilities. For small to medium usage, consider a top carton stapler or plier stapler for package closing. For heavy-duty, high volume use, look to a larger carton closing tool - designed for manufacturing and assembly - such as a bench mounted carton stapler or post bottomer carton stapler. In the Nail Gun Depot shipping department, we are currently using Bostitch's latest cordless top carton closers, the DSW-3519 and DSW-3522.
     
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    Hammer staplers, also known as hammer tackers, are most commonly used for carpet, roof paper and housewrap installation. Similar to a hammer, these staplers are actuated each time the user brings the tool into contact with a surface - using a driving force. We recommend a variation of the Duo-Fast hammer tacker (replaced by Powernail HT-750 classic hammer stapler) for carpeting. For roofing or siding, consider a cap stapler.
     
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    Interested in flooring staplers? Check out our recent article on Must-Have Flooring Tools.
     
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    Branching out from the typical staple gun(s) a builder or remodeler would come in contact with, there are several specialty staple guns available - such as bedding staplers and bar code staplers. Among a class of specialty fastening tools - mainly for manufacturing applications - bedding staplers are used for the production and manufacturing of mattresses and box spring sets. Designed for a different - yet equally important set of applications - bar code staplers (also known as label staplers) are used in construction, pallet/crating, packaging and residential interiors. Designed for stapling bar code tags to lumber, the BeA 380/10-400 is a powerful new addition to Nail Gun Depot's lineup of specialty tools.
     
    BeA Bar Code Stapler
    Need more information about a particular model or type of pneumatic, electric or manual staple gun? Just ask, we're here to help!
     
    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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  • Which Tool Do I Need For My Woodworking Project?

    Getting ready to start a woodworking project? Maybe you aren't sure what tools you need to complete your project? Let's take a look at some of the tools you might need to tackle woodworkingwhether starting your first project or just adding a new tool to your collection.

    There isn't one specific woodworking tool that's more important than another for your workshopit really just depends on the project you're looking to take on. Unless you get a battery-powered, cordless fastening tool, you will need an air compressor to power any nail gun or staple gun you purchase. 

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    Start With A Finish

    If you're just getting into woodworking or DIY projects around the home, you'll probably want to start with a finish, brad or pin nailer. These tools are most commonly selected for smaller woodworking projects such as furniture and cabinet building, trim work, and craft projects.

    Similar to a finish nailer, you might also consider a finish stapler, depending on the small project you're working on. Staple guns can be particularly useful for furniture and upholstery projects. Upholstery staplers are an absolute must-have tool if you're refinishing a chair or sofa.

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    Getting Structural

    Looking for something a bit larger to build? For sheds, home additions, tree houses, or anything else that requires a structural frame, you'll need a framing nailer. These nail guns have the power to drive large framing nails, which are mandatory for any structural project. Once a structure has been framed, you might find a screw gun useful for adding any finishing touches to your project, such as drywall or deck boards.

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    In the Palm of Your Hand

    Last, but not least, don't rule out a palm nailer as a viable option for less intense projects, particularly ones that require touching up those hard-to-reach areas. A palm or hand nailer, as they're also known, is typically used for framing, decking, fencing, pole barns, metal connector straps and other similar applications. While palm nail guns don't offer the benefit of a collated drive to hold a large capacity of fasteners, palm nailers are small, and capable of reaching hard to access areas where a large tool would be unable to fit. Another benefit to palm nailers; you can find most priced below $100.

    Ready to start your project? Need more help? Our trained customer service team is ready to pair you with the right fastening tool for your project.

     

    ~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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