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11 Different Types Of Nail Guns and Their Uses

Types Of Nail Guns

Having a nail gun is one of the best parts of craftsmanship. Different types of nail guns give you different types of artifice. Even skilled carpenters use nail guns when they are good with hammering. It provides safety for your fingers, don’t spoil your wall or wood, nail-shooting will be accurate or precise, no bent nails, just a push in the button and Ta-da, it’s done within no time.

A Brief Talk On Different Types Of Nail Guns

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However, let me tell you about the various styles of nail guns. I hope this information will come in handy for you.

1. Framing Nail Gun

framing nailer

When your nails are long and your project is huge, this heavy-duty nail gun is suitable. Doing fences, sheathing or siding wood, rooms, decks are its tasks.

The Pneumatic framing nailer is light-weight, widely used, cheap, and powered by the air compressor. You may find a bit disturbing that lying air-tube during your work. Also, the Gas-powered nailers are expensive but powerful, and it has some safety issues.

There are Battery-powered, or cordless nailers, and both are easy to use but not as powerful as pneumatic or gas-powered, and you need to carry extra batteries.

2. Coil Style Nail Gun

coil style nailer

No reloading, just aim and shoot wherever you want. It comes with a drum magazine. Typically, a drum magazine can hold 300 to 350 nails.

Some of you may start wondering how this is possible to work with such a burden; yes, I am talking about that round-shaped big drum magazine. It may surprise you that it doesn’t hamper your work at all.

Here, we also find those three types, pneumatic, gas-powered, and battery-powered. The features of these guns are the same.

3. Strip Style Nail Gun

strip style nailer

It works the same as a coil-style nail gun, but nail holding capacity is less than a coil-style magazine; it’s about 20 to 40 nails.

The good things about this machine are it’s budget-friendly, the weight of this nailer is equally distributed, so handling during work is easy. FYI, it’s magazine pops out from the bottom of the nailer, so working in narrow places is kind of difficult.

4. Flooring Nail Gun

flooring nailer

Now your ‘used to eyes’ is about to get something different. This nailer seems different than others. When it comes to setting tongue and groove planks, this machine is the perfect match.

First, to work with manual nailers, nail your starter course, take your second course, set the nail on the edge of the second course, and then hit the plunger with a rubber mallet.

Repeat this unless it’s done. Pneumatic nailer requires less effort than manual nailer. Cordless flooring nailers need gas cartridges; using those guns feels comfy but not powerful or fast like other guns.

5. Brad Nail Gun

brad nailer

Smallest in size, used for carpet nailing, cabinet making, cage or jewelry box making, or things like these. Nails used for this nailer is called brad nails, 1.2 mm size and 0.0475 inches in diameter, so it’s thin. You can’t use this for heavy works, but it works precisely and doesn’t damage your workpiece.

You have two options in a brad nailer. One is cordless or battery-powered and a pneumatic nailer. Pneumatic uses less air to shoot, and recharge time isn’t long, because as we said before, this gun is used for non-heavy duty. In the cordless nailer, you need to replace the battery when it runs out.

6. Finish Nail Gun

finish nailer

This gun uses 15 gauge nails; they are 1.449 mm. So, it is a bit bigger than brad nails. It works with accuracy. You can use it for carpentry, setting baseboards, molding, trim installing or furniture etc.

Again, they are Pneumatic and battery-powered. Furthermore, there are two types of battery-powered, straight ones for nailing molds and angled ones are used to fit the corners.

In a pneumatic finish nailer, you can nail with no break because of the air pressure, but you can’t cross the hose-range. You have to do it within the range.

7. Staple Nail Gun

staple gun

Attaching carpet on the wall, fixing designed clothes on sofa or tea-table, or other simple homely tasks, you need a staple nail gun.

The hammer staple gun, its name is describing it’s technique. It’s suitable for carpeting. Take the gun, drive it like a hammer, and the staple stuck in. Rough tool, isn’t it?

Electric staple guns are ideal for domestic tasks. Work the whole day as long as you have electricity. If you want to finish your work ASAP, a pneumatic staple gun is your first choice. A reliable air compressor is a must need to work with it.

8. Siding Nail Gun

siding nailer

It works like a framing nail gun, but it gives you a more accurate result for installing sides. Nails used in it are longer in size and wider in the head. This implies it is helpful for side installing. However, few models can work with aluminum nails.

Again, there are three kinds, cordless, pneumatic, and gas-powered. There is no need to repeat those features as I discussed above.

9. Roofing Nail Gun

roofing nailer

Yes, you got it right, it’s for your roof. Professionals find this tool useful; it’s a little hard to handle for unprofessional people. The nail comes out using a spring. The pneumatic nailer uses an air compressor, and the cordless nailer needs a battery.

Remember, you are working on the roof, but you are standing on the ground, so buy one that is easy to carry can quickly nail down your roof shingles.

10. Pin Nail Gun

pin nailer

23 gauge (0.0573 mm) pins are suitable for pin nail gun or pinner. These pins are headless, so you can easily assume that this gun is used for small projects like cabinetry, carpeting, to hold glued trim etc.

11. Palm Nail Gun

palm nailer

When the place is tighter, narrow, this machine is the best match. It’s smaller in size, used in smaller projects, and you can shoot only one nail at a time. The size of this nailer is such that you can fit this on your palm of your hand. FYI, this can wield nail in such a tighter place; with other nailers, you can’t even think about it.

Final Verdict

I hope, after getting a clear concept about different types of nail guns, now you can decide which one is the weapon of your choice to get the work done. Good luck!

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About Jose Wilson

Jose Wilson

Hi, I am Jose Wilson. I am an avid DIY woodworker. I love to try out new woodworking tools. In over 6 years I have tried several wood working tools including circular saws, table saws, chain saws, and jigsaw among the rest. My inspiration came from watching my dada work. I also learned that many people didn’t quite understand how to use these tools. Today, I have helped so many people to learn the use, benefits, and how these DIY woodworking tools operate. I have created a number of work-tools related posts, built websites, and developed social media pages. Follow me here to learn more.

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