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Main Types of Nail Guns


Staple Nail Guns

A staple nail gun is most often used in projects that feature upholstery or thinner sheets of wood. Oftentimes, they’re ideal for projects in which an actual nail would be too abrasive and cause potential splitting. You can get these in a variety of sizes, and many can accommodate several different sizes of staples. Projects that staple nail guns are oftentimes used for include the following:

  • Upholstery on couches or chairs
  • Carpet installation
  • Bird houses
  • Frame making
  • Wood paneling

Palm Nailers

Though we include this in our list, a palm nailer doesn’t actual sport the traditional structure of your average nail gun. As the name suggests, these tools fit in the palm of your hand, same as a small ball may. Many carpenters use this tool, as it allows them to access tight spots such as corners or narrow slabs of wood. It also allows the precision that larger nail guns may not allow. The weight distribution is also ideal, as the head of larger guns can rapidly cause fatigue to your wrists. If you do any type of detailed woodworking project, we highly recommend having one of these alongside your other nail guns.


Roofing Nail Guns

These tools are built to handle almost any type of material the you may encounter when installing roofing, such as asphalt and fiberglass. Alongside staple guns, these are one of the best tools you can use for installing shingles. It’s essential for any roofing professional to purchase a high-quality gun, as it is sure to endure frequent use.


Pin Nail Guns

These small guns are loaded with nails that are incredibly fine and delicate. They feature headless nails that are usually an inch long. These nails are usually used on a soft wood and don’t feature much holding power. Usually, they’re useful as a reinforcement for glue. The nails are ideal for anyone who doesn’t want visible nail holes, and they are extremely unlikely to cause wood to split. Pin nails guns are excellent options for anyone who works with trim.


Brad Nail Guns

Brad nail guns are similar to pin guns, but they do have their differences. Though the nails can used in similar projects to pin nails, they provide a much stronger holding power. In fact, the security they provide is comparable to some of its larger counterparts. These generally create a larger hole, than pin guns, though it is still smaller than the ones caused by many other types of nail guns. Brad guns are oftentimes used on baseboard, though they can be versatile when used correctly.


Flooring Nail Guns

There is a debate about whether it’s better to use a flooring gun or a staple gun for the installation of floors. Many will opt for the staple gun, as it requires less force than the former, and can be used for more projects than just flooring. Anyone who works on floors professionally, however, is likely to benefit from both. The reason for this is that a staple gun may not always be effective on a thicker variety of hardwood. Though it takes more manpower, a flooring nail gun is essential for these applications.


Siding Nail Guns

For a while, many used roofing nails to install siding. It was eventually discovered, however, that a more specially design option may be ideal. Roofing nail guns are designed to install nails that are easily removed, as shingles may be replaced more often than siding. Their nails are also targeted towards a larger variety of materials, while siding nails guns are meant for wood and vinyl alone. Siding nail guns tend to be a lighter model and offer nails with strong holding power.


Framing Nail Guns

Framing nail guns are another option designed to work with different types of materials and they are oftentimes heavy enough to even penetrate some metals. This makes it a heavier tool, though it’s worth having one in your arsenal. These are ideal for a variety of heavy-duty projects, and are a must have for carpentry and industrial work. The different uses for framing guns include:

  • Decks and patios
  • Fences
  • Framing houses
  • Wood sheathing
  • Chair rails
  • Hardwood flooring

Finishing Nails Guns

It’s only appropriate that we complete our list with the finishing nail gun. These can be interchangeable with a brad gun, though finishing nail guns boast a stronger hold. As such, this is a good option for projects such as cabinetry and furniture-making. Though you can use it for projects such as baseboards and molding, finishing guns are more likely to cause thinner wood to split. As such, it may not be your best choice for installing trim.

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    Most small portables will suffice. For instance; a very small 1HP portable (delivering 2.0 CFM – cubic feet of air per minute) will allow you to operate KYA’s largest nailing tool at about 15 nail drives per minute.
    A nail gun, nailgun or nailer is a type of tool used to drive nails into wood or some other kind of material. It is usually driven by compressed air (pneumatic), electromagnetism, highly flammable gases such as butane or propane, or, for powder-actuated tools, a small explosive charge.
    The main difference between a finish nailer vs a brad nailer is the gauge of the nail. Finish nailers use a thicker nail of 15 or 16 gauge where brads use 18 gauge only. It ultimately comes down to gauge size for the fasteners each tool is designed to run.
    Once we confirm the models you'd like to order, we will send you the diagram for checking and also suggest you some easy-broken parts.
    The angled magazine is popular for its maneuverability into tight places. The Finish Nailer NT65 drives a true brad-head (rounded-head) "DA series" 15-gauge finish nail, which has always been very popular with finish carpenters. The angled magazine (34 degrees) is highly maneuverable.
    The 16 gauge straight magazine finish nailers drive a slightly thinner 16 gauge square-head nail, which may mean less wood splitting with smaller moldings. The square-head nail is not as appealing as the true brad-head nail, but it does a cleaner job on MDF moldings because the square-head helps prevent the cratering (puckering), which may occur with the true brad-head nail. The 16 gauge nails tend to cost less than the heavier 15 gauge nails, so there is some cost savings.
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