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What’s the Best Choice? Pneumatic or Cordless Nailers

Posted on Mar 11, 2017 in Gardening Tips

Nowadays, the majority of the tools that can be used for various tasks around the house come in two options, namely corded or cordless. The corded ones were the first to appear but the cordless version soon took over the market due to the increased convenience and freedom in movements. Nailers also come in these two options and are known as pneumatic and cordless. Choosing between the two types is a matter of analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of each type by making a comparison. We did the hard work for you and compared cordless and pneumatic nailers to help you decide which is the best choice.

A short description

Nailers are used to stapling two items together with a sort of U-shaped nails that are fired at a high speed so that they will penetrate even the toughest material. They look like a gun or a drill that is held by a handle and fires the nails through the head. The nails or staples go in a loader that is attached to the front side and that is activated by a trigger that must be pressed with a finger. The pneumatic type relies on a compressor and electricity to fire the nails while the other one is powered by a battery. Although the effect is similar, the way each type works can influence the success of your project and can help you save time and money.

    • Setup time

If you are working around the clock and you need to finish a job really quickly, it’s important to rely on tools that are ready to use in a blink. If you go with the pneumatic nailer, you will have to find a power supply, bring the compressor, plug it in, attach the hose, and only then you will be able to fir a nail. The cordless nail gun is ready to use in under a minute because all you have to do is make sure it is charged. Therefore, if you are in a hurry, cordless tools are your best choice.

    • Run time

Pneumatic nail guns run for as long as there is electricity and for as long as the compressor can pump air into the tool. Cordless nailers include a battery that can last up to an hour, depending on the power and the charging time. Although the pneumatic one is more reliable, if you get a very good cordless model, it will fire between 400 and 1600 on a single charge so you shouldn’t have to worry about running out of power before finishing the job.

    • Performance

How well a tool works also influences how fast and well you will finish your task. Pneumatic nailers have the advantage of firing the nail right after pulling the trigger, which is what you would be expecting. The cordless ones, on the other hand, take a second to spin before firing. They can also get hot very fast and require a few minutes of pause in order to prevent overheating.

    • Cost

How much you pay for a tool is an important aspect of a great deal, considering that the market abounds with models and brands. Starting with the simplest versions that don’t include kits and accessories, the cost of a pneumatic nail gun starts as $70 while the cheapest cordless gun costs around $150. The more accessories you opt for, the higher the costs. Also, a more popular brand offers products that are a little more expensive but you could benefit from a higher quality and a longer warranty.

    • Convenience

In terms of convenience, what really matters when talking about nail guns is how easily it can be lifted and held in any position. Considering that you might have to staple in hard-to-reach places, you will want to use a nailer that is ergonomic and lightweight. The shape is practically the same in every model, except the handle wrapped in rubber for a better grip. Cordless nail guns weigh around 7 pounds due to the battery that is included while the pneumatic ones weigh slightly over 2 pounds. However, you won’t be dragging a cord around with the cordless one so it will be easier to handle at different heights and angles.

Bottom line

As expected, the two types have their pros and cons because you can’t expect to find the flawless tool. Before making a decision, it’s best to analyze the two types and determine your needs and possibilities. Depending on your budget, you can choose between a more versatile or a simpler model, as well as a more or less reputable brand. You should also think about how often you will be using it and how effective you expect it to be. With the variety of models out there, it’s impossible not to find the right nailer for the job.