How To Choose A Nailer

With a variety of nailers available in the market, if often gets tasking to decide on the one which can suffice all your requirements in style.

Today we are going to take a look at some of the basic things which need to be considered while purchasing a nail gun for making the most of its attributes.


Triggers & Firing Modes

A nail gun depends on the finger trigger as well as a contact safety tip housed on the nose of the gun to drive the nail.

You can also consider other trigger options in accordance to your preference. The contact trigger fires the nail on activation of the contact safety tip and trigger.

You will thus have to squeeze the trigger and place the tip firmly against the material for shooting the nail. You won’t be required to reactivate the trigger while holding it between nails.

It will fire a nail at the place where the tip hits the surface provided you are holding onto the trigger properly.

A single actuation trigger needs the activation of the contact tip and trigger for firing the nail.

However, this can be done in your order of preference and the entire process has to be repeated from scratch for each single nail.

A full sequential trigger follows a predetermined order in terms of activation for firing the nail.

The tip has to first come in contact with the surface so that the trigger can be squeezed for driving the nail.

Just one nail is driven at a time and the sequence is initiated all over again for the next one.

In the case of a single sequential trigger, the tip has to be squeezed against the surface before pulling the trigger to drive a nail.

Last but not the least, a bounce trigger is utilised in situations where you wish to act promptly.


Nailers are made using a variety of materials with aluminium and galvanized steel being the most popular ones.

Aluminium is a durable yet lightweight option which becomes easy to operate while at the work station.

It is advisable to refrain from using nail guns having plastic parts as they are more vulnerable to breakage when compared with metals.


The magazines of a flooring or framing nailer are placed at a specific angle which is described in detail in the accompanying product description.

You just need to take care of the fact that whether or not the nailers easily fit into small spaces for adding up to its versatility.


We often need to hold on to our nailers for extended time period depending upon the type of job we are performing.

This is why it becomes necessary to have the backing of a nail gun which is designed ergonomically to prevent muscle fatigue and hand cramps.

In this way, you can work over longer time periods and with minimal discomfort.

Loading Styles

Nails are stacked in long sheets connected via wire, paper or even glue. These are positioned at different angles for working in sync with the angle of your nailer.

The length of the sheet has a directly proportional relationship with the time frame which is needed to accommodate the same in your magazine.

Alternatively, you can opt for coils while working with roofing nailers.

These have lesser space requirement and can hold more nails. You can easily get your hands on a coil having about 300 nails which can keep your back over a pretty long time.


Your choice of nailer is ultimately decided by the kind of job you wish to engage in.

However, taking note of the points mentioned above will ensure that you get to utilise the nailer to its fullest potential.