If you have worked with nail guns before, you may have realized that the air hose of a pneumatic nailer or the cord of an electric nailer can be quite bothersome. Thankfully, there is a new tool out there in the market today that gets rid of these things. The gas nail gun is a powerful, self-contained tool that can help you in your carpentry tasks.
How do gas nail guns work?
A gas nail gun or a combustion nail gun contains a spark plug powered by an internal battery. It also has a fuel cell filled with liquefied petroleum gas. When the trigger is pressed, the spark plug causes a small explosion of gas inside a combustion chamber. The explosion forces a piston down a cylinder which in turn acts on a driving pin that launches the nail. These nail guns also have a double trigger mechanism. You must press the muzzle and pull the trigger at the same time to shoot the nails.
Gas nail guns are very handy, especially if you just want to drive a few nails. They don’t have as much power as some pneumatic nailers, but their power is enough for most tasks at home. Another disadvantage of gas nailers is that they can’t be used in the rain or in a flammable environment.
Characteristics and Care
A gas nail gun typically weighs about 3.4 kilograms and shoots nails with a length of 50 to 90 millimeters and a shank diameter of 2.8 to 3.25 millimeters. It can easily embed nails in timbers of medium density. You can also adjust the depth of the drive through a dial. The gas nailer has sequential actuation, so you have to return the trigger and the muzzle to their starting position before you can fire another nail.
To maintain its good condition, you also have to clean the gas nail gun regularly. Lastly, the nailer has a gas cartridge that contains a propellant that lasts for 18 months. If you are going to buy a gas nailer, check if the gas cartridge is still good for a long time.
The gas nail gun has the most important things you need in a nailer: maneuverability and sufficient power. This tool can make your work faster and hassle-free.
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