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r54iowa
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:52 am    Post subject: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I read a lot hear but don't post much. Lot of knowledge here so what can you tell me about framing nail guns. I see 21 degrees and 30 degrees and then different gauge like 16 18 and 20 gauge.Can you help? I am retired now and want to put a shop in my machine shed.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:55 am    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

21 is most common if you know your going to be in tight places then 30
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:39 am    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would stay away from clip-head nail guns. I like senco, hitachi,and porter-cable. you may be fine with a harbor freght.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:42 am    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Absolutely my favorite nail gun in this DeWalt 20 volt gun. Shoots up to 3 1/4 nails. Battery lasts a loooooong time. 2nd choice is orange paslode, it takes gas and battery. For an air gun we have 2 silver paslode guns. We like paper strip collated nails. We use a mix of these every day.







 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:53 am    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hitachi NR83A series nailers are hard to beat, sold them for many years and own one. 21deg. full round head, plastic collated nails are also cheaper than clipped head, paper collated nails.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:17 am    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thank you everyone. What is the gauge mean.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:11 am    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

its the angle that the nails are held in the gun in relation to the striker if it was 90 degrees it would stick out so far you could not get it into 16 in centers so they tip up the nail holder 21 to 30 degrees for clearance
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:18 am    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Gauge is the diameter of the nail shank. The larger the number, the smaller the nail.

The angle is the tilt of the nails where they slide into the magazine.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:24 am    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-R54iowa wrote:
(quoted from post at 11:17:38 01/11/19) Thank you everyone. What is the gauge mean.
The gauge is the diameter of the nail. Think of it like 6p, 8p, 10p in a conventional nail. The collation is the way the strip of nails are held together to feed the nailer. If paper gets damp it can jam. Plastic or wire collated may have shrapnel, small fragments, of the binding material. Just wear safety glasses when using.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:25 am    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thank you everyone. I always learn on this site.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

21 degree full round head hitachi at Lowe?s can?t go wrong. About $ 250.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The larger the number, the smaller the nail?? So a 10D gun nail 3? X .131 is smaller than a 6D 2? X .113??
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Being a builder, I like the coiled nails over the stick nails, as the coiled nails have a full round head as opposed the clip head. Not sure if they are making the battery powered framing nailer like the roofing ones, but sure be nice not dragging that hose around !
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:06 am    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hitachi NR is the toughest nail gun I have ever seen. I contracted for 30 yrs retired in 09 to run our ranch. My company owned Two Hitachi NR,s and couple of my guys owned them too. Granted dragging hose around is a pain but not as big or as costly when you have to fight a tool that has problems. Time is money. We owned 3 paslode gas fired impulse guns and also a Hitachi impulse gun. They were okay for pickup work but not always reliable on a consistent basis. This is a true story upon retiring I had a lot of projects to get caught up on which I am still playing catch up. I was rebuilding my stable and had to reconfigure some of my stalls. Everything on my stable is built out of 2x6 the grass in my turnouts had gotten pretty tall. On my last day I had been putting up fence in my turnouts. I laid my gun down in the grass while I picked up the air lines and all the other tools. For what ever reason I did not pickup my framing gun. This was in early spring. I completely for got about the gun. It rained on and off on that gun for over a month. When I went to use the gun and could not find it I realized what I had done. I went back found it water had gotten into the chamber. I dump out what I could and tried to cycle it nothing. So I took it in my shop and put about a teaspoon of air oil into and turned the air pressure up to 150 psi. Cycled again and it fired I then ran a strip of 16 penny nails through it it has work flawlessly ever since. Best most reliable nail gun I have ever owned.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:13 am    Post subject: Re: Need. Help buying nail gun Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That would be true with brad nails.
 
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