Best Framing Nailer 2016

DEAR BRIAN: Oh, if I had a penny for every nail I’ve shot with my different framing nail guns, I just might give Sir Richard Branson an offer to buy his Necker Island paradise! It’s great for inflating tires and has been good enough for me to use when seating the bead on motorcycle tires (I change my own off the rim). When the pressure is so low that the nailer does not drive the nail too far, it basically is not charged with enough air to function properly; it will then begin to skip or cycle irregularly. Increase the air pressure on your compressor, or use a smaller nail if the nails aren’t being driven in completely. When you are finished using the compressor, it is important to release all the air from the compressor.

Single-stage compressors can have one or more cylinders producing compressed air at the same output pressure. This method does not let you work as quickly as contact firing, but it’s less likely to fire a nail unintentionally. One thing most people like about pancake compressors is how the flat design for the compressor eliminates noise usually created by the movement of the pistons inside the device. I almost had a 16d framing nail shoot into my chest one day because I was doing something foolish. The depth-of-drive control works with the push of a button, and this eliminates the need to adjust the pressure of the compressor.

When choosing an air compressor, you want to get close to this number so that you don’t waste time with a too-small unit or waste money on a too-large one. Thanks to its vertical pancake-shaped tank (less than 19 inches wide) and weight of 26 pounds, this unit is increasingly easy to store and move around as you work – no surprises its the number one pancake compressor on building sites across the USA. If you are planning on doing any work around the house, a nail gun that can accommodate round-head nails is essential. This package of tools could theoretically be driven by the same type of low-cost compressor that works with the WEN and Bostitch.


I have the bostich from Lowes which is close to that one and have built a few 12×24 sheds with framing gun from Harbor Freight ( the blue one ) yea i had to wait several times for compressor to catch up, but i suck and i am slow so it dont matter. I have a stationary compressor in my garage with a 60 gallon tank, and I have 50ft and 100ft hoses that I can connect together to take almost any where in the house.

In order to work, pneumatic nail guns need to be connected to an air compressor. Choosing the best air compressor for your individual circumstance lies within knowing about the different classes. Or vice versa, you test on the rafter fine, but then shoot the nail completely through the shingle between the rafters. Protective guards: Keep debris from flying back and hitting both you and the nail gun.

So overall, I’m pretty pleased with my air compressor and brad nailer, but this might be the one tool that I wish I had saved up a bit more money for and purchased a slightly nicer model. Two-stage air compressors provide a reliable air source in commercial, industrial and automotive applications. Sequential nail guns are much safer in that aspect since the sequence is reversed. For safety , nail guns are designed to be used with the muzzle contacting the target.

However, you can successfully spray small projects with one of these compressors if you switch to a detail sprayer with a 100-200cc cup that requires less air volume. The actual SCFM changes depending on the pressure of the air in the compressor (represented as pounds per square inch, or psi). The compressor is much quieter than others I have used and does not run constantly.

If the nail gun fires but no nail comes out even though you can see nails in the clip, the nail feed mechanism may be sticking or the nails may be binding in the magazine. Most nailers are pneumatic, and they use air pressure to drive the long framing nails into dense wood and keep it firmly in place. No. Water in the compressor tanks and hoses is a result of natural condensation that can then form into pools. We should note that a larger air tank adds bulk, weight and cost to a compressor. It is not the quickest gun in the world- after you press the trigger there is a noticeable delay before it fires.