Advantages and Disadvantages of Cordless Nailers

Posted by on June 21, 2012

Cordless nailers are becoming more popular. Most feature a gas fuel cell, a rechargeable battery, and eliminate the hassle of air hoses and compressors. Although cordless nailers won’t replace the traditional stick nailer, they are a good choice for smaller scale projects. If you’re on the fence about getting a cordless nailer, here are some things to think about before you buy.

Advantages of Cordless Nailers

  • Convenience: You don’t have to haul a hose and compressor to and from jobsite.
  • Safety: Safer to use on ladders and scaffolding where there is a chance to get tangled up with the air hose.
  • Less Upfront Expense: With the cordless unit there is no more expensive equipment to purchase and maintain like the air compressor and hoses.
  • Better Workflow: Jobs will no longer be stalled when waiting for the compressor to cycle. Air powered nailers will lose effectiveness when the compressor tank gets drained and the     operator must wait for the compressor to cycle in order to proceed with their task.
  • Better Range of Movement: With no hose to worry about you can move freely and have unlimited range.

Disadvantages of Cordless Nailers

  • Fuel Cell Cost: Gas charged nailers require disposable fuel cells, which add to the cost. Gas fuel cells vary in price from $11.99 to $24.99 and can drive approximately 1,200 nails.
  • More Maintenance: Cordless nailers require more frequent and complex maintenance than a traditional pneumatic nailer. Up-keep on these units involves disassembly, oiling, and cleaning of the air filter, while a traditional air powered nailer simply needs to be lubricated.
  • Expensive Nails: Brands such as Paslode recommend using their specific brand of nails. These boxes of nails are more expensive than generic brands.
  • Battery Limitation: If the battery on the cordless nail gets drained the nailer is inoperable until charged. To limit interruptions you would have to purchase additional batteries.

There are positives and negatives when considering a gas charged cordless nailer. They are excellent for jobs that demand work with awkward angles. Purchasing fuel cells can get expensive but improved mobility and compact size justify the cost for some jobs. They’re also a good choice for someone who has an occasional need for a nailer and the huge investment in a compressor doesn’t make sense. Cordless nailers make projects like installing molding and overhead framing easier and quicker. Need a cordless nailer for an upcoming project? Check out toolbarn.com’s selection.

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