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How Do I Choose the Best Nail Gun and Compressor?

By Alex Newth
Updated May 17, 2024
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Getting the best nail gun and compressor can be a difficult choice with so many similar units available, but there are differences that set apart each unit for different uses. The nail gun will be able to shoot certain size nails, and you should ensure the nails are the proper size for your project. Different nail gun and compressor kits will have different strength levels, depending on how much force the compressor can exert. There are different compressor sizes, from large to mobile, and you should select one based on your needs. Depending on the nail gun and compressor kit, there will be a limit to how many nails you can use without refilling.

Most nail guns are able to use either a range of nail sizes or a specific size, based on the cartridges used. For the best nail gun and compressor kit, you should select a nail gun that is able to shoot nails big enough for your project’s needs. Getting a nail gun that can shoot nails of different sizes usually is better, because this enables you to switch between nails without getting different guns; this is not required, however, if you are sure you'll only need one size.

Along with the size of the nail, another important factor is the strength of the compressor. Thicker nails and stronger surfaces typically will require a stronger compressor to enable the nails to go through the material. Strength is dependent on what the compressor uses, such as air or gas, and the size of the compressor. Getting a compressor that is much stronger than your needs often is not advised, because this may cause nails to drive in too deeply or break.

The compressor size in the nail gun and compressor kit should be adequate for your needs. For example, if you need to move around a lot, getting a smaller, more mobile compressor often will be better. Larger compressors typically are stronger, but they usually require longer hoses to let you move around freely.

Different nail gun and compressor kits typically have different amounts of nails that can be held and different lengths of compressor use before requiring a refill. Each nail gun uses a cartridge and these cartridges can have a varying number of nails, while a compressor will need to be refilled after a certain number of uses if it is to be able to push the nail. Getting a nail gun with a large enough cartridge and a compressor with a large tank can make your project easier and require less downtime.

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Discussion Comments
By Talentryto — On Nov 12, 2014

@spotiche5- You should look for a used nail gun and compressor from a reputable seller who deals in used tools. This is a good way to ensure that you get a good deal and tools that work, because these types of sellers build their reputation on selling quality used tools that work.

By Heavanet — On Nov 11, 2014

@spotiche5- If you decide to buy a used nail gun and compressor, make sure that you get a good deal. Though these are both valuable pieces of equipment, the price of them used should be at least half that of a new nail gun and compressor.

By Ocelot60 — On Nov 11, 2014

@spotiche5- You definitely need to make sure that a used nail gun and compressor both work before you buy them. Often, individuals and stores that sell these types of items used do not offer returns, so you could be out of luck if you get your tools home and find that they don't work. All you have to do is ask to try them out or have the person selling them demonstrate that both the used nail gun and compressor work before you make your purchase.

By Spotiche5 — On Nov 10, 2014

I want to get a nail gun and a compressor, but I don't have a lot of money to spend. What tips should I follow when looking for a used nail gun and compressor?

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