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How Do I Choose the Best Electric Nail Gun?

Patti Kate
Patti Kate

Choosing which electric nail gun is right for you will depend on how you plan to use the tool, though it is generally always best to choose a versatile nail gun with plenty of features. A long cord will allow you room to move about and a tough exterior will offer protection from accidental drops and impact. An electric nail gun that can fire various sizes of nails will offer you versatility as well. You'll want it to be comfortable for completing lengthy tasks, which is why a non slip rubberized grip could be a good feature to look for.

If you tend to work on projects that require repetitive motion, your wrists and hands could be at risk for strain or injury. For this reason, it's best to choose an electric nail gun that has superior ergonomic design. An ergonomically designed device will reduce stress and fatigue to your hand and wrist joints, preventing repetitive motion injuries.

Avoid buying a used electric nail gun unless it's been inspected first. If you do buy a pre-owned device, be sure the cord is not frayed and that the exterior has no cracks. Be sure to test it out to confirm it operates flawlessly.

An electric nail gun that can fire various sizes of nails will offer you versatility.
An electric nail gun that can fire various sizes of nails will offer you versatility.

Selecting your new electric nail gun in person will allow you to hold it and get a feel for how it operates. While you check for features, be sure it includes a safety fire-hazard switch. A safety switch to prevent the trigger from firing is also a good feature. Another feature to look for is some type of bumper that will help prevent marring and scratches to furniture.

Choose an electric nail gun that offers an adequate amount of power. A device with at least 14 amps of power should suffice for most handyman jobs. As a rule, however, more power is generally better, especially when doing heavy-duty construction jobs.

Look for an electric nail gun that will work smoothly and efficiently. A jam-proof mechanism is crucial when time is a factor. Without this feature, you could be spending time stopping and starting if the nails become jammed inside the gun.

Depth adjustment is an essential feature to look for in your new nail gun. To save time, be sure the adjustment does not require any tools. Another convenient feature is a low-nail indicator. This light will glow when you are running low on your supply of nails.

Discussion Comments


@talentryto- I think that you might have a hard time finding a reliable used electric nail gun. I bought one once, and it quit working after only a few times of using it.

A better option for you might be to look for sales at home improvement stores in your area. These types of stores have frequent sales, and items like power tools are often available at great, low prices.


@talentryto- I think that the article makes several important points. You shouldn't buy a used electric nail gun that looks to be in poor shape, and you certainly should try it out first to make sure that it is in good working order. I would also suggest that you don't buy one that appears to be too old. Even if it seems to work fine, it may not last very long and you would most likely have problems finding replacement parts for it if you had to repair it.

When it comes to shopping for a used electric nail gun, I think that pawn shops, yard sales, and second-hand shops are great places to look. You can also look in your local newspaper's classified ads section, or browse online listings posted by people who are selling used tools.


I know the article suggests that you shouldn't buy a used nail gun, but I don't want to spend a lot of money on one because I don't plan to use it very often. How can I be sure to get a good deal on a reliable, used nail gun, and where should I look to buy one?

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      An electric nail gun that can fire various sizes of nails will offer you versatility.