Brad nailers can be used for any 15- and 16-gauge nails, it is small and easy to control. It is useful for installing thin trims and molds without splitting them. You can also use a brad nailer for small woodworking projects like a jewelry box, bird cages, etc where you do not need a lot of holding strength.
The framing nailers are the heaviest duty nailer, so it is most ideal for framing wood in large construction projects and jobs. It can handle nails of up to 3-1/2,” which are used to join 2×4’s, and are often used to build decks, rooms, fences, wood sheathing and siding.
There are two types of framing nailers: round head and clipped head. Clipped head nailers are ideal for high volume projects because they can hold more nails. Round head framing nailers are not restricted by certain building codes, but hold fewer nails.
Flooring nailers have been around for longer than flooring staplers. They are also known as flooring cleat nailers in the carpentry community because they mainly use cleat nails to fasten the floorboards with.
The most common cleat nails used with flooring nailers are in gauge sizes of 16 and 18. Occasionally, nails of 20-gauge will be used for flooring as well.
As the name indicates, roofing nailers have one specific job, which is to work on roofs. Specifically, roofing nailers are used to nail down roof shingles.
Palm nailers are like mini nail guns. These palm-sized nail guns work in the same way as their full-size counterparts, but on a much smaller scale. Unlike most other nailers, they can only shoot one nail at a time. The purpose of the nailers is to drive single nails into incredibly tight spaces that other nail guns would struggle to reach.
Most palm nailers are capable of driving nails between 1.5″ and 3.5″ long, but there are also heavy-duty models that can drive nails between 2″ and 6″ in length.
Finish Nailers are use to finish carpentry or woodworking projects. If you are building furniture, doing molding, or installing trim, then you want to use a finishing nailer. The accuracy and precision of the finish nailer are essential for those sorts of jobs.
Compared to brad nailers, finish nailers can actually work with larger woods.
A siding nailer is used to install siding. These powerful nailers join thinner pieces of wood or a synthetic material to a wooden mount.
Just like framing nailers, this type of nail gun is more suitable for projects with larger woods and materials. It is also quite a new type, as people used to use framing nailers to install siding.
If you are into small projects and upholstery, including DIY projects, then you might want to get a pin nailer. This is the perfect nail gun to work on tiny trims, birdhouses or small crates with panels.
23-gauge pinners are mostly used to temporarily hold trim that is glued. They are also good enough for making wooden toys, and upholstery work.
A staple gun is a fastening tool that can quickly join two materials together with a remarkably durable bond. Instead of nails, it drives staples into the materials.
Knowing the different types of nail guns and what each is used for may be confusing for beginners. However, I hope this article has proved helpful in your understanding of nail guns.
Now you know the types that you might need for your projects and woodworking jobs, so you will know exactly what to get next time.