Pneumatic nailers and staplers are incredibly versatile tools. From reroofing a house or installing flooring, to building a shed or reupholstering furniture, there's a pneumatic tool for just about any home renovation task. But with so many options and configurations on the market, it can be intimidating to try to figure out what option will suit you best. Never fear, gentle reader - here you'll find the information you need to make an informed purchase of a tool that will make your work easier for years to come, whether you're putting up crown molding or building a fence. And no matter what, WEN has a pneumatic tool for you.
When starting your journey, here are some of the important terms you need to know to compare your options.
Most tools' names are self-explanatory (e.g. roofing nailers are used for roofing, flooring nailers are used for flooring, etc.), but some other nailer and stapler types are not as clear. For example:
The WEN 61764 16-gauge pneumatic finish nailer is the perfect companion for many general remodeling and finishing tasks.
18-gauge brad nails loaded in the magazine of the WEN 61722K 2-in-1 brad nailer and stapler.
Other tools, like framing nailers, can be used for a variety of different jobs, such as framing a house (which is where they get their name) or building a deck.
Most tools' names describe the size of fasteners used. There are two sizes you need to know: length (which is pretty self-explanatory - it's just how long the fastener is) and gauge (which is a bit more nuanced, but generally refers to the thickness of the fastener). Brad nailers often work with 18-gauge (abbreviated 18ga) fasteners; finish nailers often work with 16ga fasteners; pin nailers often work with 20ga - 23ga fasteners.
Staples are great for reupholstering furniture, installing sheathing or installation, or sometimes for installing underlayment. Staples' size is described by three measurements: the length (self-explanatory), the gauge (as discussed above), and the crown, which is the distance between the two prongs of the staples. So a staple might be described as an 18ga 2" 3/8"-crown staple (18-gauge thickness, 2" long, 3/8" crown). Make sure you purchase staples that match your tool in all 3 dimensions.
Pneumatic nailers and staplers hold their fasteners in a magazine that extends downward from the nose of the tool. The higher the capacity, the more fasteners the tool can hold without reloading.
Although they may sound like synonyms, in this case, they mean two different things.
Generally speaking, pneumatic options tend to best suit DIYers or finishing-work professionals, whereas the speed and portability of cordless options may make them more attractive for professionals.
Pneumatic tools require certain ranges of pressure (measured in pounds per square inch, or PSI) and flow rate (measured in cubic feet per minute, or CFM) to function continuously. In order to function properly, they need both simultaneously - the right pressure, and the right flow rate (for example, 1 CFM at 90 PSI). When selecting a compressor, make sure its pressure and flow rate ratings will work with your tool. Usually, the flow rate is the limiting factor.
If your compressor is too small for your tool, you'll have to take breaks while it compresses more air into its tank. This isn't usually an issue for smaller tools such as brad nailers, but for larger or more-intensive tools (think die grinders, roofing nailers, etc.), it can really slow things down to have an undersized compressor. Keep that in mind.
When looking for an air hose, make sure you get one that is long enough to get your pneumatic tool where it needs to go, and that it can handle the pressure and flow rate your tool requires.
Alright, here's the good stuff. Generally, this is pretty straightforward (if you need to reroof your house, get a roofing nailer.), but here are some helpful tips to make sure you choose the right tool for you.
Some tools (for example, the WEN 61741K 4-in-1 18-Gauge Pneumatic Flooring Nailer and Stapler) function as multiple tools in 1. If you have multiple jobs ahead of you, and you're not quite sure what you'll run into, it may be handy to have a tool that can handle multiple applications.
If you're looking for a tool that's well-suited to one particular job, you may want to consider an option that's designed specifically for nailing or stapling.
As mentioned, pneumatic tools tend to be much less expensive than their cordless counterparts, especially when the cost of the batteries (and in some cases, non-reusable compressed gas cartridges) is included. However, pneumatic tools do require air hoses and air compressors to function, which adds to their initial cost.
Other features present on most WEN pneumatic tools include:
There may be other features important to you that we haven't covered here, so keep those in mind as well.
Thanks for reading! We hope this has been a helpful starting point in your journey to choosing a nailer or stapler. If you have any questions about which WEN tool is right for you, or need more information, please give us a call at 1-847-429-9263 (M – F, 8 – 5 CST), or drop us a message here to talk to our friendly and knowledgeable technical support team
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