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Friday, April 18, 2008

Pneumatic Nailers Are Not Just For Contractors Anymore

There are a multitude of nailers on the market today, all with different purposes. Trying to decide which nailer to buy can be challenging enough, let alone the fact that the novice might not know exactly what to expect when using certain types of nailers. Previously it seemed that pneumatic nailers were only good when used for production woodworking projects; today that is not so. Today these tools are being used by an abundance of woodworkers on hobby like projects.

If you are a hobbyist looking to purchase a tool of this magnitude, you will need to ask yourself what size do I need to fit my project. If you are working on a small crafts project, you will need a nailer that can get into tight areas. A good choice would be brad nailer that uses 3/8" or longer brads. This would be 18 gauge or 19 gauge nailer. This nailer, because it is a small gauge will leave you with less splitting. You want to keep in mind that this type of pneumatic nailer will not have power to assemble larger work pieces.

If you are a cabinet maker or work with larger crafts, you will be choosing a different pneumatic nailer for your projects. In this case you will probably be working with a 16 gauge brad nailer. These nailers will shoot 5/8" to 2" nails and can typically handle heavier jobs than the 18 or 19 gauge nailers.

If you are a woodworker that works with a full range of crafts or projects, meaning you work with everything from small hobby projects to larger heavier items, you may need to purchase a different pneumatic nailer for each one. You may find yourself purchasing one pneumatic nailer for more detailed work and a larger nailer for larger projects like cabinetry and large crafts.

Another reason for choosing the correct nailer for each project is to try to reduce the presence of blowout. Blow out can occur when using a pneumatic nailer for several reasons. One reason may simply be that you are using a nailer that does not have enough driving power for the project you are doing. When there is not enough driving power there is a greater chance the brads will follow the grain of the wood and then experience blowout. Another cause of blowout may simply be because nailers have the inclination to follow the annular wood rings. This happens because the wood has softer areas amidst harder areas of wood. The nail or brad typically follows the softer areas of the wood and does not go through the tougher areas of wood, causing the nail to bend when attempting to go through the harder wood.

Take the time to know the differences in pneumatic nailer sizes and gauges. This will help you decide which nailer is best for you and your project. Whatever project you have, a pneumatic nailer can help simplify your project and leave you a project you can enjoy for years to come.

by: B&C Fasteners

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