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Nailer Buying Guide: Which Nail Gun Do I Need

ryobi air strike nail gun

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.

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

sgs nail guns

Why Use a Nail Gun?

finding the best nail gun

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 as safe. For those who need to insert a lot of nails at once during a project or daily work a nail gun 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.

Air Powered Nail Guns

air power nail gun

When it comes to powerful, efficient nailing and stapling, the air nail gun and air staple guns we have on offer at SGS are just what you need. From heavy duty nailing to light framing work, our selection of these air tools can provide you with one of the fastest and most efficient fastening methods. 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

18 gauge nail gun


This brad air nail gun by SGS Engineering for 10mm to 50mm nails, is designed to offer reliable, precise air powered nailing. Perfect for attaching thin strips and delicate trim to your wood working projects. It has a magazine capacity of 100 nails, meaning you won't have to reload too often, and the light weight of 1.5kg (not including nails) is ideal for numerous wood-working tasks.

With a maximum operating pressure of 115 PSI (normal operating range is between 75 and 100 PSI), this is a tough brad nailer that is also easy to use. As with all the tools SGS Engineering provides, it is tested to the highest standards and fully CE compliant.

34 Degree Framing Nail Gun

34 Degree Framing Nail Gun

This top end 34 degree framing nail gun has been designed with precision in mind. This clip head nailer fires 50-90 mm nails, and works at a recommended pressure of 75-100 PSI, with a maximum operating pressure of 110 PSI. The magazine capacity offers a generous 80 nails, so you won't have to keep reloading this air nail gun while you work.

15 Degree Coil Nail Gun

15 Degree Coil Nail Gun

If you're looking for a dependable, easy to use 15 degree nail gun that can work with 45 - 70mm nails then look no further. This tool is designed for for trade use with numerous applications including sheathing, roofing, decking, fencing etc. It's low weight of 3.6 kg (without nails) is comfortable to work with, and its 200-300 nail capacity means you can work continuously without interruption. With a recommended operating pressure of 70-100 PSI, this is a powerful tool.

Air Staple Gun 20 Gauge 6-16mm

staple gun

This 20 gauge air fine wire staple gun by SGS is perfect for both trade and DIY use. It can be used for a multitude of jobs such as carpet laying, upholstery and packaging. Fitting 6mm to 16mm staples, it is comfortable and lightweight at just 0.85kg (minus staples), making it easy to use. It operates at a recommended pressure of 60-100 PSI with a maximum pressure of 110 PSI, so is powerful enough for most heavy duty jobs.

The magazine holds up to 100 staples, meaning you can work freely with out constantly reloading. We asure this tool has been tested to the fullest for compliance with all applicable quality and safety standards, and offers great value for money.

Combination 2 in 1 Air Nail & Staple Gun

air staple and nail gun

This versatile tool is perfect for a multitude of trade or DIY jobs. Easily switching between nailing and stapling this ultra light gun is extremely comfortable to use. It can hold 100
18 gauge brad nails or 80 18 gauge crown staples, so you don't have to reload it too often during a job. The recommended operating pressure for this combination nail and staple gun is 75-100 PSI, with a maximum of 110 PSI, making it powerful enough for most serious fastening jobs.

Upgrade Your Air Supply

air compressor

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

Battery Powered Nail Guns

No need for compressors, long cables or expensive air cartridges with Ryobi Airstrike technology and the ONE+ range of batteries. Whether you’re working on skirting boards, furniture or a woodworking project of your own design, a nail gun is an essential tool for driving nails into tough materials.

Ryobi ONE+ R18N16G-0 Cordless 16 Gauge Airstrike Nailer 

Ryobi Cordless Airstrike Nailer

The Ryobi ONE+ cordless 16 gauge airstrike nail gun is an all-round tool 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.

It features built-in griplight LED's to assist your work by lighting up dark spaces. With it being completely cordless it's great for use in tight corners. 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. It's best used for home woodwork projects, such as putting together cabinets and indoor mouldings, it delivers accurate results every time.

Ryobi ONE+ R18N18G-0 Cordless 18 Gauge Airstrike Nailer

portable nail gun

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 enhances its ease of use along with a clip allowing it to be attached to any work belt. This battery powered, 18 gauge nailer liberates you from unwieldy cables and air hoses, so you can focus on delivering a massive 1,600 nails per charge.  

The small brads leave tiny holes to fill and have a better hold than larger nails. In contact mode (sometimes called “bump mode”) the user has the speed needed for quickly finishing a task, delivering up to 60 nails per minute. Or, if you're focusing on accuracy, you can set the nailer to full sequential actuation mode for the precision placement. 

Battery Bundle

ryobi batteries

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.

Still need help?

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Our in house experts are always on hand for buying advice and to provide bespoke care, regardless of the application.

Call SGS on 01332 576 850 or fill out our contact form today.

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