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Framing nailers have a wide range of types and collations, just as they have a wide range of uses. Framing nailers are by far the most flexible type of nail guns because they have an exclusive feature: angles. However, the framing nailer’s angle doesn’t only mean the inclination at which the nail is driven, it also refers to nail collation.
Framing nailers also fire the nails straight or perpendicularly. The degree of angle in framing nailers determines the kind of nail collation used, whether it is stick collation or coil collation.
There is one difference between the two types; it is the number of nails each has. Stick collations have fewer nails than coiled collations. Therefore, when loading the nailer, it requires a fewer number of stick nails.
Moreover, the framing nailer degree depends on the type of your project, whether it is sticking joists or tightening nails or construction work.
From these two types, there are four types of framing nailer angles from which you can choose:
1. 15- Degree Framing Nailers
15- degree framing nailers have coil collated nails which are held by wire trips and inclined at a 15-degree angle. They are used for their ability to access floor joists, wall studs, and tight corners found in framing applications.
However, they are not very popular among professionals and construction workers because they are extremely heavy.
2. 21-Degree Framing Nailers
The 21-degree framing nailer’s magazine is designed to be at the same level as the angle of nails’ clip. The nails are held together with a plastic strip. They can handle nails of lengths 2 to 3-1/4 inches. Therefore, these nails are more likely to be used in construction work and house redecorating jobs.
The advantage of these nailers is their high-speed ejection. However, unlike the 15-degree nailer, their nails are not coil collated nails. The plastic strip holding their nails is loose. It breaks into fine pieces when the nail is fired.
Its main disadvantage is its low capacity per clip. If you are using it for high-frequency work, you must reload it when frequency increases.
3. 28-Degree Framing Nailers
The 28-degree framing nailers are similar to the 30 to 34-degree framing nailers. They can reach tight places with no problems.
They are similar to 15-degree framing nailers in their collation of nails. In the 28-degree framing nailer, nails are held together using wires. These wires allow more nails to be spaced out. So, nail magazines become longer in 28-degree nailers than in 15-degree nailers. Therefore, they are capable of firing three different styles of nails; the fully round head is the most suitable one. It can also fire offset head and the clipped head nails.
4. 30 to 34-Degree Framing Nailers
Even though the 30 to 34-degree framing nailers are better than the 21-degree nailers regarding handling and feasibility, they use the same head nails. However, their nails are held together with paper rather than with plastic. This gives them the ability to create a longer nail magazine to go with it.
So, why are they better than 21-degree nailers?
This is due to a couple of extra advantages they hold; they are much lighter in weight. They are easy to carry and don’t take much space. Another advantage is that they can fit into tight spaces that the 21-degree nailer can never reach.
Although, both the 28-degree nails and 30-degree nails can reach tight places, they differ in the collation of their nails. 30-degree nailers hold their nails together with a paper strip that allows great consequence in nailing. On the other hand, the nails in 28-degree nailers are further apart due to the space the wire takes. This means that the magazine must be longer to hold two or more clips.
So, this difference means that 30-degree nails have better performance than 28-degree ones.
These various angles shouldn’t confuse you. The best degree of framing nailer to professionals is the 30-degree nailer. This is because of its large capacity, great performance, and ability to work in tight places. And the best degree for construction work is the 28-degree nailer. This is due to its capability to use different nails.
But this doesn’t mean that any of those nailers should be the best for you. Choosing the best degree nailer should be based on your personal preference, what kind you can work with, and what do you need it for. The inclination of angles doesn’t constitute a great difference as a framing nailer’s basic structure is to fire straight forward through the workpiece. So, when choosing the best degree of framing nailer, always consider what you want to do with it.
If you are a beginner and you want to build something from scratch, try and use the 15-degree nailer because the wire holding the nails allows you to fire one nail by one.