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Monday, April 21, 2008

Paslode Cordless nailers are very versatile and handy tools that can be used in many applications from the home to the construction site. Unless you are an expert tradesman, sometimes knowing exactly what tool fits the job can be a little tough. What drill works best with which material? What nailer should I use to frame a wall or to assemble my tongue and groove flooring? There is a nailer tailored for just about any project you're are looking to do.

Cordless nailers have several benefits and can be helpful on various projects. Builders and or contractors may also choose to use a cordless nailer for the convenience it affords. The luxury of having a tool that is fast and easy to use is always a great benefit. Relying on a motor rather than an air compressor makes the cordless nailer easier to maneuver and much more portable. Their versatility is one of their greatest attributes. Being able to go from one job to the next and fitting into tight, hard to reach spots is very useful, whether you are doing a do-it-yourself project or a commercial job. Though cordless nailers can be slightly more expensive than other types of nailers the benefits of their versatility and convenience make it a worthwhile investment.

Cordless nailers can be used to fit into places that might not be as easy to get a regular pneumatic nailer into. If you have ever tried to secure cabinets to open framework or nail ceiling joists, than you know the difficulties you can face when using a traditional nailer. Some jobs require you using your nailer at hard to reach or awkward angles; this is where a cordless nailer can be very useful. With cordless nailers, you do not have to worry about depending on a compressor or having to carry it around while moving through your project area. This can also be an additional safety feature as you don't have to worry about cords getting caught on you or your other tools; or worry about you or other people tripping over cords.

You can find a cordless nailer to do any job that you could do with a conventional nailer. One can find cordless models in framing nailers, brad nailers, and even finishing nailers. A good quality cordless framing nailer can still hold the same or near capacity as the pneumatic nailer, and can be used for basic framing work or for tasks such as working on your deck or ordinary home repairs. While the pneumatic nailer is slighty faster than its cordless counterpart the convenience of not having to deal with a cord or compressor should make up for that time. One can only imagine how long normal framing or other household tasks took when using only a hammer and regular nails.

by: B&C Fasteners
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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