Choosing The Most Appropriate Nail Gun 

 February 5, 2021

By  NailGunPro

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When you decided to buy a nail gun, there is a lot that goes into the process. Some models use compressed air, while others use gas as a source of power. Then you need to consider cordless models that provide you with true freedom and are the right choice for roofing when you don’t have a power outlet available.

But the power type is even less important than the type of nail gun you buy.

There are palm, coil, brad, headless and numerous other nail gun types that need to be considered. It gets overwhelming to say the least, but we’re going to give you a general outline of what type of nail gun is the right choice for the job.

Brad Nailers

A brad nailer is used alongside a finishing nailer. Industry experts say these are “down-sized” finishing nailers. Why? Because the brad nail is the nail gun you’ll want to choose for trim work. Smaller in size, these nailers provide you with easier motion during nailing.

Coil Nailers

Coil nailers hold the most nails or fasteners and are ideal for real professionals. If you’re a DIYer, you probably don’t need a coil nailer. This nailer is ideal for:

  • Framing.
  • Shingles.
  • All-day jobs.

Framing Nailers

If you’re mainly doing framing work, this is the nailer for the job. Framing nailers will fire heavy duty nails needed to hold materials together. Framing nailers are more efficient than nailers that can do a multitude of jobs, such as a finishing nailer.

Finishing Nailers

A finishing nailer is the obvious choice for finishing jobs. You’ll want to use this nail gun for:

  • Baseboards.
  • Door casing.
  • Molding.
  • Trim.

Angled, these tools allow you to get into corners easier and use thin strips of nails.

Headless Pinners

The right choice for crafts and delicate work. These nails are made to provide very small holes, and they have small-gauge fasteners to get the job done. If you’re a carpenter, for example, headless pinners may be a good choice for some projects.

Palm Nailer

These nail guns so small that they can fit in your palm. These small nail guns are meant to be used in narrow spaces. While they can’t hold the same quantity of nails as other models, they are ideal for:

  • Between ceiling joists.
  • Between wall studs.
  • Construction workers and builders will need to have a palm nailer on hand.

Stick Nailers

Stick nailers are easy to hold, weigh less than a coil nailer and they can’t hold as many nails. Since this type of nailer doesn’t have an immense holding capacity, you’ll be forced to reload it more often, which isn’t ideal for bigger jobs.

But stick nailers can be used for framing and numerous construction tasks.


Choosing the right nail gun for the job is important, and the guide we’ve laid out above will walk you through the process. If you’re looking at a cordless model, just remember that you will need to change the gas when levels get low. With that said, cordless models are easy to maneuver and have a slew of other benefits.

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