Air Nailers

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Air nailers can be a huge time saver, as anybody who's ever tried to squeeze a full-sized hammer into a tight spot surely knows. While a basic hammer is a key component in any do-it-yourselfer's tool kit, there are many occasions on which a palm air nailer is far superior. You get the same leverage you require of a traditional hammer, as well as more concentrated power and far better maneuverability for greater overall speed and effectiveness.

There are a variety of air nailers from which to choose, depending on the job at hand. If you're using the standard 18-gauge brad nails on trim work, for example, a one-and-a-quarter-inch brad-nailer kit is perfect, provided you have an air compressor to go with it. Of course, you'll still need a compressor with other types of nail guns such as the Tradesman air palm nailer or air brad nailer, so it's worth picking one up in either instance.

The Many Uses of Your Air Nailers

Air nailers are designed to handle a wide slate of tasks from joist hanger installation to toe nailing. Many brands even offer magnetized guides to keep nails in place while you're positioning your palm nailer. There are few things more trying than nails falling to the floor as you're aligning your tool and preparing to fire. With a reliable hand nailer, you'll never have to crawl around on the floor at the last second again.

Another great selling point of air nailers is their preset depth gauges. If you're worried about splitting wood or over-firing your nails, this feature can help you standardize the depth of each shot. And with only 50 to 100 PSI of pressure required for reliable operation, your air nailer is one of the most economical wood working tools available.

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