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Finish Nailers - Brad Nailers

Ideal for on-site trim work, architectural woodwork, and casework installation, these finish nailer and compressor kits are perfect for the finish trim installer ...

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Air compressors come in many shapes and sizes, and choosing the right compressor can be as important as choosing the right nailer.

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The manufacturers do a great job of matching compressors and nailers in their combo kits, but you're likely to find the same nailer type offered in a few different combo packages, each with a different-size compressor and with a different end use in mind. One air compressor can be adapted to run any number of nailers simultaneously. How large and powerful a compressor you need depends on how many nailers - and what kind - you intend to use.

Framing nailers use more air to shoot each nail, and they often require more air pressure to sink the nail completely, so if you plan on using a framing nailer, you'll need a larger-capacity compressor, and if you'll be running two framing guns, you'll want a package with an even bigger compressor. © by Brian Trinen, » View All Combo Packs
DeWalt D51257K 1-Inch to 2-1/2-Inch 16 Gauge Finish Nailer
DeWalt 1" to ½" 16 Gauge
Finish Nailer
Bostitch BTFP12233 Smart Point 18GA Brad Nailer Kit
Bostitch 18 Gauge
Brad Nailer Kit
Senco PC0947/FP18KIT FinishPro 18 5/8 in - 2 in 18-Gauge Brad Nailer/Compressor Kit
Senco Brad Nailer
Compressor Kit

About Brad Nailers

© by Brian Trinen,

Shoot smaller-diameter 18-gauge nails and are often used for finish work, especially in cabinetry and furniture shops. In fact, many woodworkers on a budget choose to go without a larger finish nailer, using a versatile brad gun and doing bigger jobs with 2" brad nails.

Of course, a brad nail's smaller dimension means it also has less sheer strength, so while brad nails are ideal for attaching decorative trim, use finish nails for installing anything that receives a load, a windowsill, for instance, when the strength of the nail is more likely to be tested.

Once again, you're going to want as versatile a brad nailer as possible, but also one in the right range. The guns that shoot the smallest ⅝" brads may not shoot the 2¼" nails. And the guns that shoot the biggest brads may not shoot the smallest.

Consider the scale of the work you'll be doing, installing tongue-and-groove paneling versus pinning together small ornate boxes, and look for a gun that can serve as many of your needs as possible. » View All Brad Nailers

WEN ¾" to 2" 18-Gauge Brad Nailer

Brad NailerThe reliable WEN 18-Gauge Brad Nailer effortlessly shoots brads anywhere.

» Fire brads from ¾" to 2" in length
» Operate at 60 - 100 PSI with a ¼" NPT air inlet fitting
» Lightweight aluminum body weighs in at 3 pounds
» Rubber-grip handle for maximum comfort
» Hold up to 100 brads in the magazine
» Quick-release clears a jam in a breeze
» Includes oil, 2 wrenches and a custom carrying case
» Senco Variety Pack Brads: 18 Gauge x 1" to 2"
» Senco Variety Pack Brads: 18 Gauge x ⅝" to 1¼"
Finish Nailer

About Finish Nailers:

© by Brian Trinen,

Usually used for installing interior and exterior trim, as well as in cabinet and furniture shops when a strong fastener is needed. These guns generally shoot either 15 or 16 gauge nails anywhere from 1¼" to 2½" long. The biggest concern when choosing a finish nailer, however, is the gun's versatility. A gun that shoots a wide range of nail lengths is always best--even if it costs a little more--because you can use the same gun for everything from installing interior doors to assembling cabinets. » View All Finish Nailers

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