Factors to consider when purchasing a nail gun

Nail guns drive nails into materials such as wood and metal at a very fast rate. They drive nails a lot more efficiently as compared to hammers. Using a nail gun not only saves time but also a lot of energy. You can easily drive thousands of nails in a day by simply loading the nails in the nail gun and pressing the trigger. This is the reason why nail guns are widely used in construction projects. There are some factors which you need to consider when purchasing a best nail gun. They have been discussed here.


The function of every nail gun is to fire nails. However, you need to select the right design to suit the job for which you need the nail gun. The following types of nail guns are appropriate for different jobs.

  • Brad Nailers use very small sized nails ranging between 1 1/8” to 1 3/4” inch. They are used for delicate works such as upholstering furniture, fixing thin and delicate trim, craft work, fixing light molding, etc.
  • Framing nailers are suitable for embedding even 3 inch nails into hardwood. They are useful for large scale projects such as framing houses, building decks, attaching wooden siding, etc.
  • Palm nailers are small sized nailers which are suitable for firing nails in areas which do not have enough space to fit a hammer. Palm nailers can hold only one nail at a time. They can be used for remodelling projects, framing, fixing walls studs, etc.
  • Roofing nailers are designed to attach various types of roof shingles such as asphalt, fiberglass, plastic, metal and wood. Roofing nailers are weatherproof and have a non-slip grip.


There are many options to consider with regards to the trigger mechanism of nail guns.

Contact trigger fires the nail when the trigger is pressed and the tip is placed against the material. Even if you keep the trigger pressed, it will not fire a nail as long as the tip is not brought in contact with the material. However, there is no need to reactivate the trigger. Just keeping the trigger pressed when the tip touches the material is enough to fire the nail.

Full sequential trigger requires you to first press the tip against the material and then press the trigger to fire a single nail. To fire another nail, this sequence has to be repeated.

Single sequential trigger is same as full sequential trigger except that there is no need to withdraw the tip from the material. The tip can remain in contact when the trigger is pressed again to fire the nail.

Power source

Pneumatic nail guns require air compressors and do not rely on battery. Pneumatic nail guns shoot nails at high speed and last long because of fewer parts. They are very loud and need more maintenance as compared to other kinds of nail guns.

Battery/Fuel combination nail guns have an internal combustion chamber containing flammable gas which burns to provide the necessary pressure to fire nails. The combustion is powered by the battery. They provide a lot of power and are portable. But you need to keep the battery charged and also maintain enough fuel level.