Before buying any tools it helps to have a basic knowledge of what you intend to purchase. When looking at an air framing nailer, what does one need to know before making this purchase? How is it used, and what is it used for?
Basically this is a type of nail gun. It is used for various types of projects, and it has to be heavy-duty as it will essentially drive nails through wood. Some of the most common tasks such a nailer is used for include framing a house, a garage or shed, as well as for roofing projects.
This tool is convenient as one does not need to use a hammer for nailing tasks. It thus saves a lot of effort and strain. It also enables the nailing to be done more quickly and properly. It is also somewhat safer too since one will avoid hitting his hand with the hammer.
Obviously, one needs to know how to use it properly. It is therefore essential to read the instruction manual and understand all its operations and controls. It is also important to put on safety glasses.
There are several types of air framing nailers on the market. It is important to consider the type of project you will be using it for. It may be helpful to take into account the types of nails that you will be using. These will have an effect on the type of nailer that they will be fed into.
It is best to discuss this with the retailer, who will generally be able to guide you too. Although most nailers will suit different kinds of nails, it is always best to double check as some brands or models may not be suitable for your needs.
The nailer will work by means of compressed air. So make sure that its compressor is of the right capacity for your needs. Another important consideration is with regards to the type of mechanism. The two main categories are the stick framing type and the coil ones. The latter one is generally considered to be more effective as it takes more nails, and so requires less reloading. So for heavy duty and relatively time consuming projects a coil nailer is better. If on the other hand you will be using it only for a few short tasks, you may prefer the stick framing type as it tends to be lighter and less costly.
It is also important that you try out the nailer at the store. Try to lift it and hold it so as to get the feel of it. Also, make sure to consider the brand's reputation and try to compare prices and warranties.
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