The good ol’ claw hammer might be a perfectly fine tool when I’m hanging a picture on the wall, doing a quick fix around the house, or just venting some frustration. But when the job is more serious and I have to drive a lot of nails, I found that hammering can give you quite a headache. A nail gun, or a nailer, does not only save you the headaches, but can also save you a hell of a lot of time. Instead of tiring yourself with multiple taps, one shot from the nail gun – and it’s in. This power tool can sink hundreds of nails a day into various surfaces, accurately and with great force.
Since nails are all around us whether it’s holding our office chairs together or supporting the office itself, obviously, there are plenty of applications for a nailer. In all kinds of construction and woodworking projects – these are your must-have tools. Some models of nailers are used in heavy-duty, commercial applications, while others can be used for small jobs and around the home. And depending on their application, there are several types of nail guns you can choose from.
- Framing nailers are the most powerful kind of nail guns and can handle large-scale projects such as constructing buildings or bridges, or building decks.
- Finishing nailers are much lighter than the framing kind and work well for smaller tasks such as assembling furniture, fitting cabinets, trim and molding.
- Staplers, tackers and bard nailers are lightweight as well and great for precision work.
- Roofing nailers are a type of nail gun specialized for applying roof shingles.
- Flooring nailers can help you install hardwood flooring faster and with greater precision.
- Palm nailers are small, air tools that can sink nails in very tight spaces which need to be reloaded after each use because they have no onboard storage.
Of course, the power source of the nailer is also a factor that determines what type of work it can handle. The most popular nail guns for instance, are all powered by an air compressor. Pneumatic nailers have an unmatched power potential and can drive larger nails into very hard surfaces. They are also very durable, rarely break down, and powering them is cheap. On the other hand, there are also gas nailers which also have a great amount of power, however running tools on gas is more expensive and can sometimes even pose a fire risk. Electric options are also available, but do not have the great potential of pneumatic and gas nailers and using them is restricted by a power cord.