Industrial Nail Guns and Accessories
Introduced in the 1950s, today, nail guns are a staple component of the carpenter's toolbox. They're speedy, labour saving and convenient and are available in a wide range of types and power sources to suit an equally wide range of uses.
Nail Gun Types
The type of nail gun required will depend on the type of task being undertaken. Heavy duty framing nailers are ideal for load-bearing applications. Flooring and roofing also have their specific nailer type whilst for general and fine woodworking and furniture making there are finish nailers, staple guns and brad nailers. The most powerful nail guns can fire straight into concrete and steel.
Nail sizes vary widely from the smallest headless pins through brad and mid-gauge nails to the larger finish nails and specialist nails. Nails are available in sticks, coils or strips depending on the type of nail. The size of the nail required will be a key determining factor in the nail gun decision-making process.
Nail Gun Power Sources
There are four general types of nail gun power source. Pneumatic, combustion, electric corded or cordless. Pneumatic nail guns are the most powerful but have the disadvantage of a trailing air hose. Combustion nail guns are a little more expensive to run but are cord-free. Electric nail guns are the least powerful but are ideal for the smallest pins, brads and staples.
Nail Gun Accessories
Nail gun accessories include fuel cells for combustion nail guns and additional rechargeable batteries for cordless electric nail guns.
Nail Gun Safety
Nail guns present multiple hazards making safety of paramount importance. Most nail guns have built-in safety trigger mechanisms to help prevent injury but perhaps the biggest safety rule of thumb is to only use a nail gun for the specific purpose for which it was designed. For example, using a nail gun that is too powerful for the job in hand may shoot nails straight through soft materials with obvious health and safety risks.