A small guide to finish nailers

a guy without finish nailer

Finish nailers used to drive a small nails into delicate carpentry or trims using air pressure. In addition to such air pressure nailers, there are also gas nailers who use a fuel cells and electricity for nailing.

Finish nailer work with nail strips, so that the user does not have to insert each nail individually into the nail gun.

The advantages of a finish nailer over conventional hammer

Everyone who has ever taken a nail by hand instead of a finish nailer knows: this requires tact, concentration and time. Of course, if you just want to hang a picture, the classic hammer is still the best tool for it. If, for example, carpentry, drywall or roof construction require a large number of nails to be hammered in at once, nobody will rely on hammer and manual labor once he has used a nail gun.

Moreover, if you drive nails with a regular hammer you can damage your precious wood or whatever you drive the nail into. Such nailers as finish nailers or brad nailers – are clearly in the best option here. Best finish nailers make this work much more efficient, because with a nail device, the hammering of the nails succeed considerably faster and more precisely. Simply place the pneumatic nailer in the desired position, trigger and the nail fixes reliably and firmly the most different materials. Just with little practice, you will be able drive a nail after the nail in seconds. Pneumatic nailers also save a lot of power and protect against injury, because even professionals may hurt their fingers with a hammer.

How finish nailer works

A pneumatic finish nailer gets its working pressure either via a compressed air hose from a compressed air compressor or is operated with a cartridge. In addition, some nailers work with a battery and electric drive. Most nailers use a working pressure of five to ten bar. This acts directly on a driver in the nailer, which bumps on the nail head and so presses the entire nail from the nailer in the machined material. Thereafter, the next nail is automatically transported immediately before the driver of the nailer.

Depending on the design of the pneumatic nailer, this replenishment works with a nail strip or with the coil nailer from a nail drum with coil nails. The coil nailers with their magazines have the advantage that about 300 nails per magazine are available, while nail guns with stripes after no more than 100 set nails a new nail strip must be inserted. In both variants, the pneumatic nailer is clearly superior to manual work again, because each nail has to be taken individually and then adjusted at the point of impact. This time-consuming procedure is done by gas nailers or pneumatic nailers all by itself.

Safety is an important thing for a construction worker, especially when tools such as gas nailer or pneumatic nailer work with very high energy. Individual models of these nailers develop a power of more than 100 joules. Thus, the impact force of such pneumatic nail gun or gas nailer reaches almost half of the projectile energy of a rifle cartridge. A nailer can cause serious injury if it is aimed at people or other animals or when the nailer is accidentally triggered. To prevent this, most pneumatic nailers and also gas nailers bring a fuse with them: these nailers only release nails when they are pressed onto a solid surface. But also care and self-protection are required. For example, users of pneumatic nail gun should note that they manually fix building materials at a distance from where they work with the nailer. For the compressed air nailer, as with many other tools also, wearing safety goggles is recommended to avoid eye injuries by the nailer, but especially by splintering building materials.

Possible applications for a nail gun

A nailer, whether pneumatic nailer with strip, coil nailer or gas nailer, is a real relief for craftsmen of various trades and home improvement benefit from the possibilities of pneumatic nailers. Nailers are ideal for nailing wood or plasterboard and some nailer even masters concrete. However, not every nail type can be used with a nailer. The special anchor nails, coil nails or strip nails for a nailer are rather thin, so that the nailer can easily drive them into the building material, and also not too long.

Some nailers use a special kind of nails, for example a brad nailer uses brads. Most nailers work with nail lengths around two inches. They work well for lightweight constructions or shuttering. A massive construction also requires a sturdy screw connection and a cordless screwdriver or a compressed air screwdriver, which complements the work with nailer, strip nails or coil nails. In addition, the application options for a pneumatic nailer also depend on whether it is a nailer with a cartridge or the nail device is driven as compressed air accessories via a compressed air hose.