Framing Nail Gun Types

The best framing nail gun types are the ones for which it’s not difficult to buy consumables. It’s pointless having a great piece of machinery that works well, does a brilliant job and goes the distance, if you can’t find the nails you need for it.

All framing nail gun types will do the work of a hammer and nails in a fraction of the time and with far less effort on your part. That’s what makes them so irresistible and regardless of the expense, many home handymen wouldn’t be without one. As big boys’ toys go, a nail gun is a must-have. For some, it’s vital to have one for small tasks and a more serious one for tough chores.

What’s also important is to shop for framing nail gun types based on the kind of job you’ll be doing most often. Some tools are more suited to smaller framing spaces whereas others are really heavy duty and can handle a bigger job. It all depends on your needs, obviously.

What job do you need to do?

Whether you’re doing straight framing or you’re constructing a deck, a fence or building pallets, trusses and sub-flooring, there are framing nail gun types to suit. Are you always going to be nailing into wood? Or do you need something that’ll drive nails into concrete?

Coil and stick nail guns

There are two basic framing nail gun types, coil nail guns and stick nail guns. The latter uses nails formed into a ‘stick’, held together by paper, plastic or wire. Sticks containing between 20 and 40 nails are inserted into a rectangular magazine on the gun.

Coil nail guns feature a round magazine and long, bendable strings of nails connected with wire. One of the best features is that a coil gun magazine can take up to 300 nails at once, making it more practical because less time is spent on loading.

Pneumatic guns

Of all framing nail gun types, the most commonly used is the pneumatic gun powered by air pressure with a small compressor. Though not technically an electrical tool, the compressor can certainly be electric and thus, you have a never-ending supply of power to your nail gun.

There are, however, some drawbacks, mostly that you have to use the right size and length of hose from the compressor to the gun, to ensure adequate air pressure and volume for it to operate. You’ll need to buy a compressor that offers equal or greater pressure and volume than your gun needs.

Cordless/battery guns

Instead of compressed air, there are framing nail gun types that work on flammable gas. A disposable canister of gas provides the driving force behind the nails, and is ignited via an electric charge emitted by a battery. The charge ignites the gas, a small explosion occurs to drive the piston and the nail is fired. Cordless nail guns do offer the same efficiently as their pneumatic counterparts but they are inclined to need more frequent cleaning.

When determining which framing nail gun type would be appropriate for your scale of work, keep in mind the availability of consumables, the weight of the unit and whether it comes with a carry case and safety gear. It should also feature protective guards, offer hassle-free loading and should take a range of nail sizes. For quality and safety, check out all the regular brands such as DeWalt, Hitachi, Senco, Bosch, Makita, Ryobi, Stanley and Bostitch.

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