I had purchased an electrical gun with the idea of using it for making
frames (while the glue is setting) and for other tasks. But I have
found out that it penetrates oak only by about 1/2". Will a neumatic
nail gun do a better job? What specs should I look at?
Qualified answer - yes.
However, I don't know what kind of gun you have and what size of nails you
want to use.
My old Porter Cable 18 ga. Pneumatic has driven literally thousands of 1/2"
to 2-1/4" brads. Mostly through Oak. That is what the pneumatic nailers
are supposed to do.
Here's a thought: If your'e using the nailer on an extension cord, try
using the shortest one you possibly can. I thought something went wrong
with mine for a bit, but it turned out it was the 50' of extension cord it
didn't like (voltage drop). Moved close to an outlet & used a 3' cord, and
it worked as I expected.
That said, there's not much can beat a pneumatic nailer. Most of the decent
ones need about 90 psi to work to spec for the type you're looking for. For
your purposes, you might want to look at "brad nailers" rather than plain
"nailers". 18 Ga brads from about 5/8" to 1 1/2" are pretty readily
available. Whatever you get, be sure it doesn't take a special "nail" or
"brad" that you can't get elsewhere.
I can vouch for this, my Arrow electric nailer works great when plug
directly into an outlet, I can nail 1 1/4" brads into oak, even sets it.
When using an extension cord it doesnt even sound right and barely drives
the nail. I even had the same problem with one particular outlet....
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