FAQ: Best Brad Nailer

No, they’re not. They might look roughly the same and take small nails, but the smaller brads used in brad nailers mean they’re better for more detailed work.

In a word, no. With nearly 40,000 Americans seeking hospital treatment after nail gun accidents each year, it’s essential you take your time to familiarize yourself with your nailer fully so you don’t become one of those statistics.

This type of trigger will fire when the trigger and the safety contact are both activated. It doesn’t matter which order you depress them in, the trigger will still fire.

You need to activate things in a specified order as the name of this trigger suggests. First, you need to push the safety contact tip into the wood, and then you squeeze the trigger. To fire again, you need to release the trigger and go through the motions again.

Much like the full sequential, the single sequential will only fire when you’ve pushed in the safety contact then pressed the trigger. The difference comes when you want to fire again… All you need to release is the trigger. You can keep the safety contact where it is.

This is a bit like a contact trigger in that you can fire your gun once the trigger and safety contact are activated, regardless of order. Keeping the trigger depressed allows you to fire again by just pushing the contact in.

These only come with pneumatic nailers. These connectors do a great job of stopping the hose from tangling up so it’s worth considering if you’re going the pneumatic nailer route.

You need a good pair of safety glasses as standard.

Since nail guns will always end up jamming and misfiring, all the major manufacturers address this and offer up some kind of mechanism that at least lessens the chance of this happening and also makes clearing jams much easier.

You use long strips of nails with this type of nailer rather than the coiled style on some models.

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