How to choose the right nail or stapler gun - Worx Europe (2023)

The nail guns being used on construction sites or by roofers today are most likely the professional pneumatic models that require a separate electric air compressor connected to the nail gun by a high-pressure air hose. This makes for an overall cumbersome setup. A common complaint with air hoses, just like extension cords, is that they often get caught on things, become stiff in colder weather, can be a tripping hazard and are a pain to coil up after use. The good news is that there are now plenty of power tool brands and models that offer cordless, battery-operated nail guns that make a wide range of nailing tasks for the DIYer much faster and easier. Which nail gun is right for you depends on what type of nails you need to drive for your task or project.The smallest would be a “pin nailer” for driving small nails with virtually no head to attach various wood pieces (beading and molding) to furniture or for installing medium size window trim, baseboard, crown molding, and door casings. The next size up is a “brad nailer” for 18-gauge brad nails ranging from 3.2-16.1 centimeters in length (the maximum length for a specific brand of nail gun can vary) that are good for building furniture and installing paneling, trim, baseboard, and so on. The next size up from that would probably be the largest most DIYers would use, which is a “finish nailer” to drive 15-gauge finish nails, although the even larger “framing nailer” can be used for framing out new structures.

The nail guns being used on construction sites or by roofers today are most likely the professional pneumatic models that require a separate electric air compressor connected to the nail gun by a high-pressure air hose. This makes for an overall cumbersome setup. A common complaint with air hoses, just like extension cords, is that they often get caught on things, become stiff in colder weather, can be a tripping hazard and are a pain to coil up after use. The good news is that there are now plenty of power tool brands and models that offer cordless, battery-operated nail guns that make a wide range of nailing tasks for the DIYer much faster and easier. Which nail gun is right for you depends on what type of nails you need to drive for your task or project.The smallest would be a “pin nailer” for driving small nails with virtually no head to attach various wood pieces (beading and molding) to furniture or for installing medium size window trim, baseboard, crown molding, and door casings. The next size up is a “brad nailer” for 18-gauge brad nails ranging from 3.2-16.1 centimeters in length (the maximum length for a specific brand of nail gun can vary) that are good for building furniture and installing paneling, trim, baseboard, and so on. The next size up from that would probably be the largest most DIYers would use, which is a “finish nailer” to drive 15-gauge finish nails, although the even larger “framing nailer” can be used for framing out new structures.

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How do they work?

The nail guns being used on construction sites or by roofers today are most likely the professional pneumatic models that require a separate electric air compressor connected to the nail gun by a high-pressure air hose. Pneumatic nail guns use short, sharp bursts of air to drive a piston which impacts the nail. The bigger the nail, the more pneumatic power needed (and the need for larger, more power air compressor).

With the rise of more powerful battery-powered nail guns, you might be wondering how such a compact tool can work without a separate air compressor. First, cordless nail guns are used to drive larger, longer nails like pneumatic nail guns. Cordless nail guns use the same technology as pneumatics, eg compressed air, it’s just a smaller compressed air cylinder that provides the firing power.

Did you know? The first modern nail gun

Nail guns are a relatively recent innovation in the world of power tools. Engineer Morris Pynoos developed the prototype of a nail gun used in the construction of the Hughes H-4 Hercules “Spruce Goose” strategic airlift flying boat. But the first commercial pneumatic nail gun was invented by three construction workers (Marvin Hirsch, Rueben Miller, and John Ollig). It became available in 1954 and was designed for use while standing to nail down layers of flooring such as subflooring and sheathing.

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Did you know? The first modern nail gun

Nail guns are a relatively recent innovation in the world of power tools. Engineer Morris Pynoos developed the prototype of a nail gun used in the construction of the Hughes H-4 Hercules “Spruce Goose” strategic airlift flying boat. But the first commercial pneumatic nail gun was invented by three construction workers (Marvin Hirsch, Rueben Miller, and John Ollig). It became available in 1954 and was designed for use while standing to nail down layers of flooring such as subflooring and sheathing.

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Worx advantage: nail and staple guns

The Worx Nitro 20 V PowerShare cordless 18 gauge nail and staple gun with Nailforce™ Air Impact technology is a DIYer’s dream power tool. With this two-in-one combination nail gun and staple gun, you can drive both 18-gauge brad nails as well as 18-gauge narrow crown staples. This multi-function power tool increases the range of tasks a DIYer can take on, including building furniture, building cabinetry, installing trim, baseboards, crown molding, door casings, etc. Narrow crown staples are perfect for across-the-grain hold on thin pieces like lattices without splitting the wood. Nailforce™ Air Impact Technology utilizes a sealed compressed air cylinder and battery to work together to provide the air bursts that drive brad nails and narrow crown staples precisely and accurately. No air cartridges are required. Innovative features include a quick-load magazine for fast, easy changes, two firing modes, depth adjustment, a non-marring firing tip and much more, all in a lightweight, compact tool that weights less than 2.94 kg.

One gun, two functions: the stapler and nail gun combo

Smart DIYers are always interested in getting more work done with fewer tools, which many users prefer brands and models of power tools that offer multiple functionalities in just one device. Look for innovative designs in power tools that help you reduce the overall number of tools you buy over time. The most common multi-function power tool you’ll find in this category combines a nail gun and a staple gun in one cordless handheld tool.

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The importance of easy depth adjustment

When looking at different brands and models of cordless nail guns, be sure to check that has an easy, tool-free way to adjust the depth to which each nail is driven. Keep in mind that two other factors affect this, including the hardness of the wood and the length of the nail being driven. The same length of nail is going to naturally go deeper into a softer wood like pine than a harder wood like maple. Trying to drive too long a nail into a harder wood will be more difficult. A handy knob or dial that lets you quickly change drive depth allows you to experiment on a piece scrap to get the depth setting just right for the task at hand.

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Getting out of a jam

Any nail gun or staple gun is going to jam once in a while. Lower-quality nails and staples may jam more frequently. When evaluating different brands and models of nail guns and staple guns, check to see how easy it is to clear a jam. Some models will offer tool-free jam clearance while others may require the use of an Allen wrench or other tool to gain access to the area of the tool where the nail or staple is jammed.

Pro-tip: bump firing for faster nailing and stapling

Sometimes, you need to drive a lot of nails or staples that don’t require precise placement. Look for brands and models of nail guns that offer two different modes of firing. One will be called single shot or sequential mode so you can precisely locate where each nail goes and pull the trigger to fire a single shot. The other firing mode is called contact actuated, though most people call it “bump firing” or “bounce firing” because the gun will fire when you tap the tip against the surface of the workpiece. This allows for much faster driving of a series of nails or staples.

Pro-tip: bump firing for faster nailing and stapling

Sometimes, you need to drive a lot of nails or staples that don’t require precise placement. Look for brands and models of nail guns that offer two different modes of firing. One will be called single shot or sequential mode so you can precisely locate where each nail goes and pull the trigger to fire a single shot. The other firing mode is called contact actuated, though most people call it “bump firing” or “bounce firing” because the gun will fire when you tap the tip against the surface of the workpiece. This allows for much faster driving of a series of nails or staples.

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Worx advantage: the Worx Nitro stapler and nail gun

If what you want is a staple gun that can handle a wider range of crown staples as well as 18-gauge brad nails, then you’ll want to check out the Worx Nitro 20 V PowerShare 0.95 cm cordless crown stapler and nail gun with Nailforce™ Air Impact technology. This staple gun and and nail combination tool can handle larger 0.95 crown staples varying in length from 0.63-1.42 cm. This gun can also fire 18-gauge brad nails with a length of up to 1.50 cm. This power tool gives you an impressive 2,000 shots per charge, has dual LED lighting, an ergonomic handle with micro-texture grip, a non-marring pad, tool-free depth adjustment, and an easy-view window to see remaining fasteners in the quick-load magazine.

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Better batteries drive more nails

For cordless nail guns, you want to know how many nails you can drive on one battery charge, so check that out when comparing different brands and models. The higher the quality of the tool and battery, the higher the shots per charge you’ll get. Another consideration is to look for brands and models with integrated battery platforms so you can share the same battery and charger across multiple tools to reduce battery and charger purchases.

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Worx Advantage: the 20 V PowerShare battery platform

The Worx nail and staple guns mentioned in this buying guide are powered by the exclusive 20 V PowerShare battery pack that can be used across multiple tools, including more than 70 power tools in the PowerShare family. This innovative approach combines excellent power and easy portability while saving you money with fewer batteries and chargers.

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A real scenery

Stages are similar to parallel dimensions, and technicians are their makers. They avoid spotlights, but not much goes on without their contribution.

Scenography is not just about fancy backgrounds - it’s about creating an environment. It has to take spectators to a different time and space. It’s a lot of work, but still it has a short life. Drapery, panels, curtains, and the frames they are attached to, are often very flashy and showy, but at the same time, the most fragile.We once used a lot of nails and screws, but nowadays, if you choose the right staples, a nail gun makes life much easier.

A real scenery

Stages are similar to parallel dimensions, and technicians are their makers. They avoid spotlights, but not much goes on without their contribution.

Scenography is not just about fancy backgrounds - it’s about creating an environment. It has to take spectators to a different time and space. It’s a lot of work, but still it has a short life. Drapery, panels, curtains, and the frames they are attached to, are often very flashy and showy, but at the same time, the most fragile.We once used a lot of nails and screws, but nowadays, if you choose the right staples, a nail gun makes life much easier.

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FAQs

Is a staple gun or nail gun better? ›

A staple gun is better suited to attaching softer materials; they will not damage the materials, and their hold is more robust due to their crown. Nail guns are meant for thicker fabrics and tasks like securing sheathing to plywood, and their small holes ensure the material isn't damaged.

How do I know what nail gun to buy? ›

16-gauge nails are the most versatile size, so a 16-gauge nail gun is a great option if you need it for many different projects. 15-gauge nails are most often used for installing thick trim. 18-gauge and higher-gauge nail guns are best used for fine detail work, furniture repair and thin trim work.

Is a staple gun the same as a nail gun? ›

The main difference between staple guns and nail guns is in the type of fastener they fire into the materials being joined. Staple guns of various types accommodate staples with different crown widths. The crown is the flat part perpendicular to the “legs” that penetrate the material.

What nail gun should I buy for DIY? ›

The best nail gun for home use is the CRAFTSMAN Cordless Brad Nailer Kit. This cordless brad nailer removes the hassle of purchasing an air compressor by utilizing rechargeable batteries that are capable of accurately driving nails for small home improvement projects, such as decking.

Should I get manual or electric staple gun? ›

For crafts and other occasional do-it-yourself tasks like quick repairs, a manual staple gun should work just fine. But large projects like replacing carpet, installing insulation, repairing multiple window screens, or installing wood trim and baseboards call for an electric stapler.

How do I know what size nail I need? ›

NAIL SIZING GUIDE
  • Using transparent tape, place it across the largest part of your nail.
  • Mark the 2 sides of you nailr nail on the tape with a pen.
  • Remove the tape and measure it with a ruler.
  • Measure each nail and compare it with our nail sizing guide below.

How do I know what size nail to use? ›

The accepted rule of thumb is the nail length should be 21/2 times the thickness of the wood you are nailing through. Thus, for 1-inch-thick material, you would use an 8-penny nail and for 2-inch-thick material, you'd use a 16-penny nail.

Can a nail gun also use staples? ›

Ultimate Versatility: This nailer can use two types of fasteners – 18 gauge brad nails and 18 gauge 1/4" narrow crown staples. It can accommodate nails ranging from 3/8" to 2", and staples ranging from 1/2" to 1-5/8". It's useful for a wide range of projects, with an operating pressure from 60-110 PSI.

Do staples hold better than nails? ›

Staples cost less than nails, offer exceptional holding strength, and cover a greater area of space with a more versatile and compact collation.

Do I need a staple gun? ›

Staple guns are useful for upholstery, woodwork, and furniture building, along with some construction tasks like fastening subfloors or roofing materials. You'll also see them used for house wrap and fastening wiring or carpet. And some types of staple guns are best for hobbyists or crafters.

What kind of nail gun do I need for small projects? ›

Electric-Powered Nail Guns

This makes these the best nail guns for small indoor projects. The corded models are still pretty light, considering there is no attached battery. Instead of using air pressure, an electric motor is used to activate the piston and drive the nail.

Which is better 16g or 18g nailer? ›

Gauge is actually the number of nails that are lined up. This indicates that 16-gauge nails are thicker and can hold better when compared to 18-gauge brads. You will have to keep in mind that a low gauge number will have a thicker nail.

What should I look for when buying a cordless nail gun? ›

Power source: Battery or air? Typically, you should choose battery power for reliability and convenience, while a pneumatic air source will provide you with the strongest force. Nail gun weight: As with any power tool, make sure the weight of your nail gun relates properly to the task at hand.

What type of nail gun is best for woodworking? ›

Brad Nailers – This gun is great for woodworkers. This universal nailer can assist with most woodworking builds and other related projects. Not only can it easily nail in delicate trim like crown and baseboard, but it's also great for cabinetry.

What are the 5 main nail types? ›

Most clients lean toward one of five basic nail shapes: square, round, oval, squoval, or pointed.

What are the differences between nail guns? ›

Different types of nail guns can be used with different nail lengths. A typical brad nailer, for example, shoots nails that are 3/8 inch to 1 1/4 inches in length, while a larger framing nailer typically shoots nails from 2 to 3 1/2 inches in length. For woodworking projects, a brad nailer is a good choice.

Is electric staple gun worth it? ›

They're Efficient and Precise. It's worth noting that electric-powered nail guns, or staplers, are also highly efficient and more precise than many of their counterparts. For this reason, these tools are most beneficial for large-scale projects that require speed and quality.

Will a staple gun go into wood? ›

Of course, staple guns can also fasten wood to wood. A classical application for this, for instance, is panelling walls or ceilings. For optimum hold, use the narrow crown staple and an electric staple gun, for instance the Novus J-165 Panel.

Which is bigger 18g or 16g nails? ›

16 Guage Brad Nails:

1.65mm thick, are bigger and holds stronger compared to 18 gauge nails. Ideal for heavier jobs, for example installing door frames or fitting exterior trim..

What are 10 inch nails used for? ›

Primary applications included securing railroad ties, landscaping timbers and thick members used in log home construction.

Should nails be thick or thin? ›

A salon wearable nail should be the thickness of credit card at the free edge (approximately . 03 inches). Competition nails should be thickness of a business card at the free edge (approximately .

What size is a 2 inch nail? ›

So, a 2d nail is 1 inch long. More common nail sizes: a 4d nail measures 1.5 inches, a 6d nail is 2 inches long, an 8d nail is 2.5 inches long, a 12d nail is 3.25 inches long, and 16d nails are 3.5 inches long.

Which nail is thicker 15 or 16 gauge? ›

16-gauge nailers shoot nails that are a little thinner than the 15 gauge and have a smaller head.

What's the difference between a brad nailer and a stapler? ›

Staple guns, like crown staplers, can drive fasteners deep into wood to the depth of their two-pronged legs. A brad nailer, by contrast, uses a small, thin nail with almost no head—it's more like a pin. These kinds of nails fasten molding and trim to walls.

What are staple guns good for? ›

A staple gun or powered stapler is a hand-held machine used to drive heavy metal staples into wood, plastic, or masonry. Staple guns are used for many different applications and to affix a variety of materials, including insulation, house wrap, roofing, wiring, carpeting, upholstery, and hobby and craft materials.

What is the difference between a tacker and a staple gun? ›

A tacker is a powerful stapler, with which you can also shoot nails. The difference between a stapler and a tacker is a tacker does not bend the legs of the staple and, they go straight into the material. Professionals make extensive use of tackers because they work faster than other methods such as nailing or glueing.

Why are staples better than nails? ›

If your project requires quality power for holding two pieces of material together, staples are the way to go. They provide a strong visible grip that will last. The biggest advantages to using staples are that they're quick and easy. Staple guns can install 4 staples before 1 nail is hammered in.

What nail technique lasts the longest? ›

Because they're so tough, acrylics are known to be stiffer and less flexible than some of the other options, but you get long-lasting nails that are less prone to breakage. Acrylic nails can be done as an extension or over the entire nail, depending on the look you want, so design options are flexible.

Why do carpenters prefer screws instead of nails? ›

Increased Strength

Screws are, in fact, able to create a more secure hold when joining objects than nails because they have a threaded shaft.

How do you size a staple gun? ›

Most staplers will say on the bottom what size staple they take, so before you make a purchase, check the bottom of your stapler first. Often, the size will appear in the metric, two-number form, for example, 23/6.

Are all staple guns the same? ›

Carton closing staplers come in several variations, ranging from air-powered (pneumatic), to cordless battery - or even manual - operation. The size of corrugate you are intending to staple will determine the size of staple and stapler you require.

What staples are best for wood? ›

Narrow Crown

It covers a smaller area then medium and wide crown staples. Often used for finish and trim and other delicate jobs, but it is also great for wood and panel work.

Should you oil a staple gun? ›

The hammer on a staple nail gun requires occasional lubrication. Use only the manufacturer's recommended product. Lubrication will help the tool run more smoothly, but oil and grease can attract dust, fuzz, and dirt.

What do nail beginners need? ›

You'll need: Natural nail files – for smoothing out any edges before application. Acrylic files – for a precise edge to finished applications. (Optional) Electric file – a multi purpose tool that can adapt to the task required, using different strengths and textures.

What supplies does a beginner nail tech need? ›

Beginner nail tech must-haves
  • Pink Electric Nail Drill.
  • Gold Electric Nail Drill.
  • SensatioNail Gel Nail Polish Remover.
  • Eternal Pure Acetone.
  • Nail Remover Tools Kit with Nail Clippers.
  • Portable Manicure Table.
  • Manicure Station with Dust Collector.
  • Nail Dust Collector.

Which is stronger 18 or 16 gauge? ›

And as you know, the thicker sink will be more durable and typically higher quality than a thinner steel sink. So, put in more technical terms, the lower gauge steel, or 16 gauge sink, is the thicker and better choice than the 18 gauge sink made with thinner steel.

What are 15 gauge nails used for? ›

15-gauge – For the outer nail on casing (through drywall) and for base trim or other large trim , and sturdy install of door jambs, particularly heavy, solid-core doors. Non-structural interior applications such as crown molding, door casings or chair rail offer the most choice in the tools and fasteners you use.

Can you fit a 16g into a 18g? ›

yes you can. When learning about piercings sizes you will know that the bigger the number the smaller the gauge of the piercing so yes you may use an 18g. the 18g is smaller than the 16g.

What is a good all around nail gun? ›

  • BEST OVERALL: DeWalt 20V MAX 16 GA Angled Finish Nailer Kit.
  • BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: Porter-Cable 20V MAX 18 GA Cordless Brad Nailer Kit.
  • BEST FRAMING NAILER: Milwaukee M18 FUEL 21-Degree Framing Nailer Kit.
  • BEST BRAD NAILER: Bostitch Smart Point 18 GA Brad Nailer Kit and Nails.
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Are staples better than Brad nails? ›

Consider Your Materials

Crown staples are good for holding two different types of materials together, especially where the site of the staple is out of view. Brad nailers drive thin, nearly headless nails that are less visible. Therefore, they are great for decorative trim and molding.

What holds better brad nails or staples? ›

Staples generally have better hold than brads. So, if holding power is a critical element of the job, crown staplers are a better choice.

Will a staple gun go through wood? ›

for wood frames. All Novus staple guns are suitable for working with wood! the right combination of staple gun and staple is critical for the result of your woodwork. Generally, with a staple gun, you are joining wood with another material, for instance sheeting or fabric.

What determines size of nail or staple needed? ›

The rule of thumb with nails... 2 points if you get the pun... is that you should choose a nail that is three times as long as the thickness of the material you are fastening. If you want to hold 1/2" drywall to a stud wall, the length of the nails should be at least 1 1/2". This is a reasonable guide most of the time.

What kind of staple gun should I use for wood? ›

Stanley TR110 Heavy Duty Steel Staple Gun

For durability, this manual staple gun is made with chrome-plated steel making it suitable for upholstery, wood, plastics, and more.

Why do builders use nails instead of screws? ›

Nails are a favorite for large jobs in construction because they're cheaper than screws and offer shear strength — or the ability to withstand shear pressure, where two surfaces slide past each other.

What is the difference between a brad and a nail? ›

Brad nails are formed from a fine, 18-gauge wire, so they are smaller in diameter than finish nails and typically have less holding strength. They're better suited for tasks like light decorative trim and molding, panel installation and crafts.

What are 2 inch brad nails used for? ›

Common brad nail uses include decorative trim, picture frame and paneling. They work well on birdhouses and other thin cuts of wood. Brads are excellent for trim work, including narrow trim around windows or doors, shoe moulding and quarter-round moulding.

What size staple do I need for wood? ›

The default rule is that the staple should be three times longer than the thickness of the material. When fastening hard wood, the staple should be twice as long as the thickness of the wood.

Are electric staple guns more powerful? ›

Pneumatic staple guns use compressed air to provide the force that drives a staple into wood, concrete, roofing materials, or plastic. They are more powerful than electric staple guns. The compressed air comes from a hose attached to an air compressor, or in some cases, from a canister that attaches to the tool.

Can I staple into plywood? ›

You need to make sure not to drive the staples into plywood too tight as the top cross section of staples will catch some fibers and press them down, if your staples are too tight into the plywood, you won't be able to flip the fibers out of the staple heads.

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