Nail guns, also called nailers, have been around for years which make carpentry and constructions works, as well as other sorts of industrial applications, done fast. Nail guns come in two major types: the corded and the cordless types.
The cordless type nail guns or cordless framing nailers are becoming more popular than the other type simply because of its portability. Portability, of course, means being handy and easy to use and requires much less power or energy. Each framing nailer boasts of an advantage over the other sometimes without detailing it just to attract customers. Some of them might have unique features that set them apart from the others.
A good Cordless framing nailer have features that offer ease of use or portability, power saving, technical highlight and durability among others. Most notable and distinguishable features of most framing nailers include: firing modes, depth of drive, magazine styles, ergonomics, weight, size and overall comfort.
Let’s take up firing modes first. A firing mode or firing mechanism, obviously, is one common feature shared by all cordless framing nailers in which they all operate. The firing mechanism comes in two basic modes: the sequential-trip trigger and contact-trip trigger. The former is considered as the safer mechanism because it allows a sequential trigger rather than simultaneous trigger. The sequential trigger mechanism allows the nose contact to be depressed first before the manual trigger before discharging the nail or fastening. In the contact-trip trigger mode, both the manual trigger and the nose contact element should be depressed at once for the fastening to be discharged. While many framing nailers operate either of the two mechanisms, some nailers do feature a select-fire system to change modes. They usually feature a tool-free transition between two modes through a switch or button, rather than a separate accessory.
Another notable feature of all framing nailers is the depth of drive. Most of them have a tiny wheel set attached near the nose of the tool from which they can use to adjust for depth of drive. The nose will extend to flush the fastening or pulls back to countersink when the wheel is rolled manually. The wheel works well in most nailers but the threads need some serious cleaning every so often to get rid of dust build-up that will affect the wheel’s operability.
The magazine of cordless framing nailers usually come in two styles: the top loading style and the rear loading. Most users though prefer the rear loading style because it is a lot quicker to load strips of nails than loading from the top. Some magazines of framing nailers do offer unique features that set them apart from the competition. One feature of a magazine of one nailer is a guide rod that allows the user to use fastenings larger in diameter than the standard size which is 0.131 inch.
Other significant features of most cordless framing nailers include adjustable exhaust, built-in filter, off-switch, ergonomics, weight, size, recoil and overall comfort of the tool.