Nail guns can make fast work of a large job. If you're framing an addition on your house or building a deck, a framing nail gun may be the right choice.
Nail guns operate by generating enough force to drive a nail and delivering that force at the pull of a trigger. There are several ways to create the driving force of a framing nail gun.
Spring-loaded nail guns create force by cocking a spring with an electromagnet. The recoil in a spring-loaded nail gun drives the nail into the surface. Spring-loaded nail guns are very reliable since they have few moving parts. On the downside, spring-loaded nail guns can't deliver the same force as other types of guns.
A solenoid nail gun is powered by reversing the magnetic polarity of a piston. Solenoid nail guns are as reliable as the spring-loaded variety, but they also share the same lack of power as their spring-loaded cousins. Some solenoid nail guns are battery operated, making them portable.
Combustion nail guns use a small motor to drive the hammering piston. Combustion nail guns can deliver much more driving force than electric guns, but have higher maintenance requirements. Combustion nail guns are portable, but generate exhaust gases.
Pneumatic nail guns use compressed air to drive nails. Pneumatic nail guns typically have the most driving force, but you have to have (or purchase) an air compressor to make them work. Although this is an added expense, pneumatic nail guns are the most popular form of nail gun.
Some Important Features
When comparing framing nails guns, here are some features to compare:
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