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5 Fast Facts: Finishing Guns

March 23


1. What

Finishing guns (or finishing nailers) are a type of nail gun designed to nail mouldings and trim onto assemblies with ease. Finish nails can be driven through trim board into hardwoods, softwoods, and plywood, as well as other manufactured wood products such as MDF, and are an essential tool for the modern carpenter or woodworker.

2. Benefits

For a DIYer, finishing guns give superior results with less effort than a normal hammer. For the professional a finishing gun is a must have, providing fast and accurate nailing. Using shorter, lighter gauge nails (generally 14 to 16 gauge) means only a very small nail-hole is left behind which can then be filled using a wood filler before the finish is applied, and helps to avoid splitting in the wood.

3. Applications

Common applications include:

  • Door and window trim such as skirting, architraves and coving
  • Exterior trim
  • Stair treads
  • Furniture building
  • Cabinet making

4. Choices

One of the biggest decisions when deciding on a finishing gun is whether to go pneumatic or cordless (battery operated). If you already have the air compressor and hose, traditional pneumatic guns will generally cost you less, and with no battery they are lighter to handle than their cordless counterparts.

Of course cordless finishing guns offer convenience. They allow you to work in tight spots that cannot accommodate the bulk of a compressor, and no hoses or cords mean they offer far greater maneuverability. With battery technology having come along leaps and bounds in the past few years, cordless nailers can now pump out upwards of 2000 shots on a single charge.


5. What's hot

 The DeWalt DCN660P2 is one of the new generation of finishing guns, designed to meet the highest demands of construction professionals. With an 18V Li-ion battery and belt-free brushless motor this gun can fire around 2200 nails on a single battery charge.

Its compact, lightweight and ergonomic design makes it easy and comfortable to use but still durable enough for the harsh conditions of the worksite, also sitting just as comfortably in the hands of a weekend DIYer.

Sequential mode allows for single precision fire, while bump mode provides rapid fire of up to 4 nails per second.

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