Pneumatic nailers, also known as nail guns, are a powerful tool that has revolutionised the roofing industry. They have made the task of driving nails quicker, more precise, and less physically demanding. But with so many options out there, choosing the right one can be confusing. Here at Kiwi Roof Masters, we’ve created this ultimate guide to help you navigate through the choices and select the right pneumatic nailers for your needs.
- Understand the Types of Pneumatic Nailers
The first step in choosing the right nailer is understanding the different types available. For roofing jobs, coil roofing nailers are the most commonly used. They use a coil of wire-weld collated nails, offering larger capacity than their strip nailer counterparts. They are designed specifically for roofing shingles and underlayment.
- Consider the Nail Gun’s Weight and Balance
Weight and balance are crucial for comfort and control. Look for a nailer that feels comfortable and well-balanced in your hand. A lightweight model can reduce fatigue during long hours of work.
- Check the Nail Capacity
The nail capacity of a nailer determines how many nails it can hold at once. A higher capacity means you can work for longer periods without having to reload, increasing productivity.
- Look for Depth Adjustment
A depth adjustment feature allows you to control the depth at which the nail is driven. This feature is essential for different types of roofing materials and to prevent over or under-driving of nails.
- Consider the Nail Size
Make sure the nailer is compatible with the nail size you need for your project. Most roofing jobs use nails of 1-1/4 inch to 1-3/4 inch in length.
- Durability is Key
Roofing is a demanding job, and your tools need to be up for the challenge. Choose a nailer that is robustly constructed and known for its durability.
- Check for Other Useful Features
Other features to consider include a directional exhaust (to direct air away from you and the work surface), a comfortable grip, a protective guard, and an anti-dry fire mechanism that prevents the nailer from firing when it’s out of nails.
Here are a few models known for their quality and reliability: BOSTITCH Coil Roofing Nailer (RN46), Hitachi NV45AB2 Roofing Nailer, and the DEWALT DWFP12658 Coil Roofing Nailer.
Investing in a high-quality pneumatic nailer is a game-changer for any roofing professional. It’s not just about getting the job done faster; it’s about doing it better and with less physical strain.
At Kiwi Roof Masters, we are committed to quality and efficiency. We equip our professionals with the best tools, ensuring top-notch results for every project. Do you have any roofing needs? Don’t hesitate to contact us today.