Nail Guns and Compressors
There really a lot of different nail guns on the market today. But let me clear this up. In my world there are two different types of nail guns. There are the home owner guns and the professionals nail guns. Yeah I know what you’re thinking. In this case brand really does matter. For instance you can buy a framing nail gun for like $100. or buy a Senco for about $550. There is a huge difference between the two. However how often to you plan on using it. I use mine almost a daily basis. I need it work and work well when I need it. So for now I’ll get into the nail guns you’ll find at Home Depot..
The most used type of nail guns.
- Brad nailer
- Finish nailer
- Framer nailer
These three nails guns are by far the most used and needed. Lets get into what you’ll use them for.
Brad nailer: Drives a smaller nail that is much skinner as well. Great for small projects, picture frames, smaller trim, craft type of work.
Finish nailer: Drives a finish nail, used mostly for trim. Most will drive a nail 2 1/2″ long. They are bigger and heaver then the brad nailer and will also use more air in a single shot.
Framer nailer: Drives nails know as commons. Bigger wider nails. Most drive a nail 3 1/4″ long. Also know as 12d nail. This type of gun is what you would use to build a deck to frame a whole house. However these guns need without question a much bigger compressor. They use a ton of air in a single shot. The cheapest you can buy a decent framer would be around $250 and the compressor for this gun should run you about $300. So for a total of $550 give or take you can start building that deck. But you could also rent one a lot cheaper.
Roof nailer: Now come on. I don’t think I need to get into this one. Yes only used for installing a nail in a roof shingle. And never ever used as some to do, for installing siding. Short with a wide head nail.
Some of these little kits they sell at Home Depot are not too bad. The Porta Cable finish or brad nailer with a little pan cake compressor is not a bad deal at all and work very well. But don’t think since you have a so called compressor you can connect a framer to it. It just wont happen. Oh it could happen but it wont work. Trust me..
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