The nail gun is an important tool in any carpenter's tool box, replacing the hammer as the tool of choice. With numerous recent advancements in the technology that has gone into making nail guns, the price has come down steadily so that they are increasingly affordable.

As with all tools, nail guns come in a range of sizes from the small brad nailers or pin nailers, finish nailers and framing nailers and on to roofing nailers. Basically, wherever there is a nail to be driven there is a type of nail gun for the job.

A nail gun can be distinguished based on the work that you are going to be doing and the type of nail gun being used. There are various types of nail guns, including:

  • Compressed air
  • Electricity
  • Electromagnetism
  • Butane

You might also break the different types of name guns down into the following categories:

  • Brad Nailers
  • Coil Nailers
  • Concrete Nail Guns
  • Palm Nailers
  • Framing Nailers
  • Staplers
  • Angle Nailers

Pneumatic Nail Guns

Pneumatic nail guns use compressed air to operate. When you pull the trigger on a pneumatic nail gun, it increases air pressure and drives the nail out of the gun and into the material you are nailing. Many people within the industry like using pneumatic nail guns because they are cost effective, powerful and user friendly. You need an air compressor to use pneumatic nail guns.

Cordless Nail Guns

Cordless nail guns work by the use of small combustion engines or batteries. Cordless nail guns that are powered by combustion engines use disposable canisters of gas that connect to internal batteries. These nail guns are of a compact size that makes them especially useful for jobs in hard to reach places.

Electric Nail Guns

Electric nail guns are a little less safe to use than cordless nail guns because they require an electric cord, which makes them more cumbersome and a bit harder to handle since they are not self contained.

There are nail guns designed for specific applications, such as:

  • Floor Nail Guns
  • Roofing Nail Guns
  • Finishing Nail Guns

All of these types of nail guns have a sligthly different way of operating with varying levels of power and speed. They will also come in a range of weights which could be an important factor if you find that fatigue can sometimes become a problem.

At the Nail Gun Shed we have a host of nail gun variants in a range of sizes and from all of the major brands.