A staple gun greatly resembles a nail gun. The two tools function in a similar way, and are differentiated only by their use of different materials. However, a staple gun is smaller in size than a nail gun.
A nail gun is ideal for joining two or more pieces of wood, as it comes with very thick nails that are designed to withstand a lot of weight. On the other hand, a staple gun is a perfect fit for fastening light wooden materials.It has low holding power because it emits thin wires.
The good thing about a staple gun is that it uses nails with very tiny heads that don’t need to be covered. If you use a nail gun, you will need to have head covers at hand, because it uses nails that have broad heads. Generally, you will need both of these tools because they perform different tasks. The good thing is that they guarantee improved production, because they release nails and staples quickly.
If you can’t afford to buy a staple gun and a nail gun, you can buy one and rent the other. If you are on a budget but still need to use these tools, you should consider renting them at a lower cost, but you must consider buying them if you are a contractor as renting them on a regular basis is expensive.
Choosing Between Staple Gun and Nail Gun
Using a nail gun on thin pieces of wood will definitely result in a shoddy job. This is because small pieces are likely to be broken by thick nails. It’s therefore important to consider the thickness of your materials before settling for either type of tool.
A nail gun is strongly recommended for binding cabinets, thick baseboards, and for fixing iron sheets on metallic frames.It’s also ideal for connecting boards directly onto walls.
On the other hand, a staple gun can’t be used to join heavy pieces of wood or any other heavy material together. The staple gun releases staple wires of a low gauge capacity, which causes them to detach after a short while. A nail gun makes a wider hole than a staple gun because its nails have a larger diameter. Most staple guns can only accommodate one size of crown. On the other hand, a nail gun allows you to use any size of crown, which is useful.
Staple and Nail Gun Functionality
Most brands come with a directional exhaust that directs dust away from you. This feature is essential when you are working in a dusty environment. The same dust can cause the mechanism of your staple or nail gun to clog, which is why most models are fitted with a jam-clearing system. This means that you don’t have to open the mechanism to clean it.
Regardless of whether you are using a nail gun or a staple gun, it is sometimes necessary to vary the depth of the nail. This depth determines how deep the nail will go into the wood or other material. Some models of nailers feature a nail depth adjustment system. When you reduce the depth, the nails will not exceed the specified depth. Nails that have been installed using a staple gun are very easy to remove, while those that were driven in with a nail gun are not easy to remove.
Nail Gun Uses
- Crown molding
- Chair rails
- Wooden furniture
- Hardwood flooring
- Decorative trim, though smaller trim should be done with a brad nailer, as a finish nailer can split the wood. The same principle is applicable to all smaller projects.
Staple Gun Uses
A staple gun comes in handy when you want to install wall-to-wall carpet. The gun can also be used to fasten fabric onto chairs and couches. A staple gun can be used when constructing a bird house and any other structure that is made from thin materials, such as wood, foam, plastic or leather. Besides that, a staple gun can be used to add interest to a painting or a picture.