Gas Nailers and Fuel Nailers Work:
The gas nailer or fuel nailer is a device used to drive nails into wood, metal, plastic and other materials. The gas powered nailer uses compressed air to blow out the back end of the nails causing them to become sharpened. They are usually operated with a small screwdriver like tool called a “screw driver” which is attached to the front of the device.
When the screws are tightened down, they cause the air pressure inside the nail gun to push against the rear of each nail and cause it to become sharper. The gas powered nailer is typically operated using a hose connected to a tank of gasoline or some other liquid fuel such as kerosene. A nozzle at one end of the hose connects to a pipe running through a hole drilled in your wall. The other end of the hose connects to a nail gun. The gas powered nailer works best when there is enough room between the nail and the wall so that the gas pressure pushes against both sides of each nail.
The batteries powered nailer works differently than any other type of nail gun. A battery powered nailer operates much like a drill press except instead of drilling holes in wood, it drills holes in materials such as paper, cardboard, plastic or even metal. It does not use a hose to connect to a tank of fuel.
Instead it has an internal battery which is recharged using a small electrical cord that attaches to a standard wall outlet. Other types of nailers use air compressors or even hand powered pumps. All of these types of nail guns will work for the vast majority of do it yourself projects around your home as well as for light duty jobs at your job or even for hobby projects in your garage or workshop.
The important features to look for in any nail gun are power, ease of use and price. You want a tool that can drive the nails into your materials with enough force that they won’t bend or pull out. The best nail guns will have adjustable power levels so that you can match the power level to the material your working on.
The second most important feature is how easy the nail gun is to use. You need to be able to load the nails, pull the trigger and have them all go into the material with out a lot of difficulty. Finally you should look at the price. The price will usually reflect the quality of the tool but it is possible to find good deals on inexpensive nail guns that are just as good as the more expensive models.
Finally, we get to battery powered nailers. There are a few different types of battery powered nailers. Below you will find more about the differences between the impact driver vs the drill driver.
Impact Driver vs Drill Driver
Have you ever used either of these types of drivers before?
Well if you have, then you probably have a good understanding of how they work and the type of jobs that are best suited for each one. If not, no worries, we will get to that later.
Drill Drivers: The drill driver is a handy tool to have around for many reasons. They are great for general drilling applications as well as screwdriving. You likely already own one and didn’t even know it!
What makes it a drill driver as opposed to just a regular drill is the forward and reverse switch which is located on the top of the device. This allows the user to easily control the direction of the bit that is being drilled or driven.
Impact Drivers: An impact driver is a great tool to have around for more difficult applications. It easily sinks large screws into hard materials such as wood or metal with very little effort. You can even sink a five inch screw into wood using very little pressure at all.
The ability to easily sink large amounts of screws into materials make it a great time saver around the house or on the job.
The main differences between a drill driver and an impact driver are straight forward. The impact driver has a hammering mechanism inside of it that drives the screw in with a few light taps as opposed to one continuous spin. This mechanism is great for quickly sinking large screws into hard materials such as wood or metal.
So which one is right for you?
It really depends on what types of projects you intend to use it for. If you only need to do some light duty fastening jobs around your home then either one would work just fine. However, if you intend on using it for construction work where you will be sinking lots of large screws or nail, then you will more than likely want to go with the impact driver.
Drill/Driver Or Impact Driver?
So now the big question, which tool do you need, a drill/driver or an impact driver? As stated above these two types of tools have their own ups and downs when it comes to different jobs. So it is up to you to decide which one you need.
To help you in your decision here are a few different jobs and which type of tool would be best for that job.
Job: Driving Small To Medium Sized Screws
Best Tool: Drill/Driver
Job: Driving Large Size Screws Into Hard Materials
Best Tool: Impact Driver
If you still can’t decide then try this simple test. Hold each of the tools in your hand and pretend that you are driving a screw. If the tool naturally falls into a position where it is easy to hold and you feel like you will have good control over the tool then that is the one for you.
The best way to learn which tool is right for you is to go to your local hardware store and try them out for yourself.
More Than Just Drills And Drivers
Although the two types of tools that we have discussed in this article are by far the most common, there are many other types of drills and drivers on the market today. Some of these include:
Rotary Tools: These tools work similar to a drill but are not actually drills at all. They are better known as Dremel tools and are mainly used for detailed work like carving, cutting, sanding, and engraving.
Impact Wrenches: These tools are mainly used in construction for jobs that require a lot of tightening of bolts such as those on construction cranes.
Rotary Hammers: These tools have the same hammering mechanism as an impact driver but are larger and operate more like a drill.
Hammer Drill: This tool is basically a drill and hammer in one. It is designed to be used for drilling masonry materials such as brick and concrete.
These are just a few of the different types of tools available. There are even more complex and specialized tools available for jobs such as metal work, wood carving, and even artistic engraving.
Whatever your needs may be in the world of drilling and driving, there is sure to be a tool out there that can help you with your projects. So the next time you are in the market for a new tool, try to remember this article and let it help you narrow down your choices so you don’t end up buying a tool that you don’t really need.
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Sources & references used in this article:
- Characterization and Evaluation of Cordless Nailer Performance for Liquid and Gaseous Fuels (M Carioscio – 2018 – epublications.marquette.edu)
- Flywheel driven nailer with safety mechanism (J Spier – FINE HOMEBUILDING, 2007 – THE TAUNTON PRESS, INC.)
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