Nail & Staple Guns

Nail and staple guns are handy tools to have, especially when you need home repairs. These guns can be used for a variety of tasks, from putting on new shingles and molding to tacking down loose corners and installing insulation. Staple and nail guns come in a variety of power types, loading styles, and firing mechanisms.

Are staple and nail guns different from one another?

These two devices are designed to be used in specific situations, so be sure to choose the tool you need based on your project.

  • Staple Gun: These powerful staplers are designed to drive metal staples into various materials, including wood and plastic. Some heavy-duty models can be used for tasks such as furniture assembly and wire lathing.
  • Nail Gun: Nail guns are useful for situations where you need to place a lot of nails in a short amount of time. Nailers come in a large variety of types, including framing nailers, roofing nailers, concrete nailers, and others, ensuring that there is an appropriate nail gun for your specific project.
How are staple and nail guns powered?
  • Manual: Manual units require you to power the gun by hand, and this power style is only available for staple guns. These hand staplers are designed for working on smaller home projects. Their compact size allows you to easily use them in tight spaces.
  • Electric: Both staple and nail gun products are available in electric styles, and these can be corded or battery powered. These models are easy to use and can be useful for larger projects. Battery-powered units require charging, but since they are cord-free, they are easy to operate and transport.
  • Pneumatic: Pneumatic air nailers and staple guns are heavy duty and require the use of an air compressor. These models are very powerful and are used for industrial tasks.
Is a staple gun the same as a normal stapler?

Staple guns are not the same as normal staplers. Paper staplers include a strike plate on the base of the unit which functions to crimp the tips of the staple to prevent them from sticking straight out the back. Staple guns do not have this feature; instead, they incorporate a spring mechanism to provide more power.

How are the nails cased?
  • Coil-Style Nails: These nails are connected by wires and wrapped in a coil, allowing for easy loading into the nailer.
  • Stick-Style Nails: These nails are arranged in a long line and are often held together by plastic or paper. These strips range from 20 to 40 inches in length and are fed into the magazine of the nailer.