Nailer Buying Guide: Which Nail Gun Do I Need

Struggling to understand which nail gun you require for the task in hand? SGS Engineering have put together this guide to help you choose which nail gun to buy.

Nail guns are essential tools for driving nails into tough material such as hard woods and metal. They also make it almost effortless to drive a lot of nails into lighter materials in a short space of time and can be put to good use in all sorts of projects.

viewIf you’ve decided to purchase one for your personal toolbox or professional work, you may be thinking which nail gun do I need?

Why Use a Nail Gun?

ryobi-nailer-application The main purpose of any nail gun is for driving nails into various materials in the quickest way possible. The other alternative is to use a hammer and nail, but this is never going to be as fast, accurate or safe. For those who need to insert a lot of nails at once during a project or daily work this is the most effective method.

They can be used for a range of different purposes which include framing, roofing and flooring. As well as heavy duty applications they are appropriate for more delicate work like stapling and tacking. Speed and accuracy are the two main reasons to invest in a nail gun.

Differences between Nail Guns

Due to the various applications nail guns can be used for there are differences between the guns available. These are the main things to look out for when choosing a nail gun:

  • Gauge size: the size of the nails it can drive in
  • Power source: battery or air
  • Weight

After narrowing down the reasons for purchasing such a tool you should be in a good position to decide what nail gun is right for you. Here at SGS Engineering we have a range of battery powered and air powered nail guns available, each of which has its own advantages.ryobi nailers thin banner

Battery Powered Nail Guns

No need for compressors, long cables or expensive air cartridges with Ryobi Airstrike technology and the ONE+ range of batteries.

Ryobi ONE+ Cordless 16 Gauge Airstrike Nailer

The Ryobi ONE+ Cordless 16 Gauge Airstrike Nailer is an all-round nail gun especially good for intricate indoor nailing. It has two modes; the bump mode for firing up to 60 brads per minute or the fully sequential actuation mode for driving in fewer but delivering increased precision when working in a hard to access area. Built-in LEDs light up dark corners and along with being cordless this makes it great for use outside, in the garden, shed or workshop. As an 18V, 16 gauge battery operated nail gun it produces a powerful shot for each nail, whether being fired into indoor trim or tougher material. Best used for home woodwork projects, such as putting together cabinets and indoor mouldings, it delivers accurate results every time. The Ryobi ONE+ Cordless 16 Gauge Airstrike Nailer is an all-round nail gun especially good for intricate indoor nailing. It has two modes; the bump mode for firing up to 60 brads per minute or the fully sequential actuation mode for driving in fewer but delivering increased precision when working in a hard to access area.

Built-in LEDs light up dark corners. With it being completely cordless it's great for use in tight spaces. As an 18V, 16 gauge battery operated nail gun it produces a powerful shot for each nail, whether being fired into indoor trim or tougher materials. Best used for home woodwork projects, such as putting together cabinets and indoor mouldings, it delivers accurate results every time. View it here.

RBC18LL13--Hero_1Battery Bundle

There’s no need to purchase any extras like air compressors or expensive cartridges with the Ryobi ONE+ Cordless 16 Gauge Airstrike Nailer. Here at SGS we stock a bundle offer that comes complete with two rechargeable batteries and a charger which can be used with any other Ryobi ONE+ tool in the range. View Now

 

Ryobi ONE+ Cordless 18 Gauge Airstrike Nailer

Weighing just 2.8kg and being cordless makes the Ryobi ONE+ Cordless 18 Gauge Airstrike Nailer ideal for carrying around the house and garden to tackle small tasks. The comfortable to hold GripZone+ positive grip handle further enhances its ease of use along with a belt clip so it can be attached to any work belt. Its 18 gauge size means nails with a 15 to 50mm maximum brad length can be used for various applications. A magazine capacity of 105 nails ensures you can drive in a lot at one time when required. Whether you need to work on a garden fence and decking outside, or some awkward indoor project, its features make this effortless. 500 32mm nails are included, with this nail gun having capacity for ones with a maximum size of 50mm. This makes it perfect for smaller tasks that require high levels of accuracy. Weighing just 2.8kg and being cordless makes the Ryobi ONE+ Cordless 18 Gauge Airstrike Nailer ideal for carrying around the house and garden to tackle small tasks. The comfortable to hold GripZone+ positive grip handle further enhances its ease of use along with a clip so it can be attached to any work belt.

Its 18 gauge size means nails with a 15 to 50mm maximum brad length can be used for various applications. A magazine capacity of 105 nails ensures you can drive in a lot of nails at one time.

Whether you need to work on a garden fence and decking outside, or some awkward indoor project,you can achieve the perfect finish effortlessly with Ryobi Airstrike. 500 32mm nails are included, with this nail gun. View it here.

RBC18LL13--Hero_1Battery Nailing Starter Pack

Requiring no cords, the Ryobi ONE+ Cordless 18 Gauge Airstrike Nailer with 2 x 1.3Ah Batteries & Super Charger is excellent for driving in nails from all angles. The two lithium-ion batteries can be used with any other tool in the Ryobi ONE+ range and deliver enough power to fire in 1,600 nails before recharging. View Now

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Air Powered Nail Guns

Here at SGS, we've been designing and selling our own range air powered nail and staple guns for years. Have a look through the full range of air tools and accessories or learn more about picking an air compressor and tools in our handy Air Compressor Buyers Guide.

Brad Air Nail Gun F type (18 gauge) 10 to 50mm

SGS air nail guns are designed for precision and performance - and a great example of this is the SAT101 Brad Nailer. Perfect for attaching thin strips and delicate trim on your wood working projects, you can't go wrong with a brad nailer. At just 1.5kg and with a small air requirement of only 1 SCFM, this brad nailer is incredibly easy to use making it ideal for a novice or experienced DIY woodworker. View it here.

Brad Air Nail Gun F type (18 gauge) 10 to 50mm in detail

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Need a new air compressor with your nailer? As well as designing our own air tools, we've got a fantastic range of DIY and semi-professional compressors available on their own or bundled with our most popular air tools - including the SAT101 Brad Nailer. View Now

Combination 2 in 1 Air Nail & Staple Gun

Perfect for DIY and trade requirements, the SAT403 Nailer / Stapler is an incredibly versatile air tool. With a recommended operating pressure of up to 110 PSI, this gun is powerful enough for serious fastening jobs including upholstery and house hold maintenance jobs.  Hold up to 100 brad nails ranging from 15 - 50mm long or up to 80, 18 gauge crown staples. The perfect air tool for someone who needs a flexible, powerful air gun. View it here.

Combination 2 in 1 Air Nail & Staple Gun in detail

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If you're just starting to look at getting into air tools then take a look at our starter bundles and kits. The SAT403 Nailer / Stapler can be purchased with with a 6 litre or 24 litre SGS air compressor as part of a great value bundle offer. Each kit comes with the air gun, compressor, recoil hose, quick couplers, an air regulator, lubricator and any required oil (24 litre only). View Now

Compare the SGS Range of 18V and Air Nail Guns

Have a look at how the SGS range of nailers measure up next to each other. Remember, the 18V nail guns will need a ONE+ battery and the air nail guns will need an air compressor, so factor that into the costs when making a decision on which nailer to purchase. Prices correct as of 08/04/2015 but subject to change and availability.

Ryobi ONE+ Cordless 16 Gauge Airstrike Nailer

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Ryobi ONE+ Cordless 18 Gauge Airstrike Nailer

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Brad Air Nail Gun F type (18 gauge) 10 to 50mm

SAT401

Combination 2 in 1 Air Nail & Staple Gun

SAT403

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Power Requirement

ONE+ Battery

18V Lithium-ion

ONE+ Battery

18V Lithium-ion

Required CFM: 1 SCFM

Op. Pressure: 115PSI

Required CFM: 1 SCFM

Op. Pressure: 75-100PSI

Gauge 16 18 18 18
Fastener Lengths 19-65mm nails 15-50mm nails 10-50mm nails

15-50mm nails

13-40mm staples

Magazine Capacity 100 nails 105 nails 100 staples 100 nails / 80 staples
LED light Yes Yes No No
Stand-Out Features - No cables

-ONE+ compatible

- Bump mode

-Sequential mode

-GripLlight LED

-Tool-less jam release

- Belt clip

- No cables

-ONE+ compatible

- Bump mode

-Sequential mode

-GripLlight LED

-Tool-less jam release

- Belt clip

- Fantstic value

- 1/4" BSP quick release

- Trigger mode

- Bump mode

- Fires nails & staples

- 1/4" BSP quick release

- Fantastic value

- Trigger mode

- Bump mode

Bundle Offers

1 x 1.3Ah ONE+ battery & 30-minute super charger

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2 x 1.3Ah ONE+ battery & 30-minute super charger

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1 x 1.3Ah ONE+ battery & 30-minute super charger

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2 x 1.3Ah ONE+ battery & 30-minute super charger

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6L comp., fixings, lubricator/regulator & hose

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24L comp., fixings, lubricator/regulator hose & oil

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6L comp., fixings, lubricator/regulator & hose

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24L comp., fixings, lubricator/regulator hose & oil

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Warranty 2 years 2 year 2 years 2 year
Suggested for

Anyone wanting a flexible cable-less DIY nailer for household applications. Great for trim, mouldings, woodwork projects.

Perfect if you already own ONE+ batteries / tools.

Anyone wanting a flexible cable-less DIY nailer for household & garden applications. Great for trim, mouldings, projects, garden fences & decking

Perfect if you already own ONE+ batteries / tools.

Anyone looking for a lightweight, great value air tool. Perfect for household and garden DIY and professional projects

Perfect if you already own an air compressor or want to get into air tools.

Anyone looking for a flexible, great value air tool that can fire a variety of nails & staples. Perfect for household and garden DIY and professional projects

Perfect if you already own an air compressor or want to get into air tools.

Price

£199.15

Incl. VAT £238.98

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£199.95

Incl. VAT £239.94

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£17.49

Incl. VAT £20.99

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£22.49

Incl. VAT £26.99

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Selecting the perfect air or power tool can be tricky - but hopefully with the help of this buyers guide, you'll now have a good idea about what to look out for when buying a nail gun. SGS Engineering are experts in power tools, air tools and household DIY; if you have any questions about the products in our range you can give our technical team a call on 01332 576 850 or use our contact form to drop us a message.