Many people think that a farming nail’s degree means the angle it is shot at only; however, a nail’s degree means its size and type as well.
So what is the best degree of nails, and how many degrees are out there? In this article, we will do our best to answer these questions to give you a better understanding and help you make a wiser decision.
We must, first of all, know more about framing nailers before understanding their degrees. Framing nailers are heavy-duty nail guns; they are the most commonly used nailers; they are very suitable to be used in large construction sites. This is the reason as to why they are always a constructor’s number one choice nailer.
There are also types of framing nailers. A round head framing nailer and clipped head framing nailers. The round heads hold fewer nails than their counterparts and will need constant reloadings. However, they are not limited by the same building laws and codes that their counterparts have to go through.
While clipped head framing nailers can hold a much higher number of nails, which makes them suitable for heavy-duty work and large scale projects.
What Is a Framing Nailer’s Degree?
A framing nailer’s degree or angle is the angle at which the nailer will shoot the nail into the material in front of it. These angles range from 30 degrees to 28 degrees to 21 and finally 15.
The 4 Degrees:
We will now talk about the four different types of framing nailers’ degrees, and they are:
- 30-Degree Framing Nailers
- 28-Degree Framing Nailers
- 21-Degree Framing Nailers
- 15-Degree Framing Nailers
30-Degree Framing Guns
Their degree ranges from 30 to 34, and this makes them perfect for tight and very small angles. These nails are collated by paper strips and usually have two strips, each containing an 88-nail magazine.
These paper strips have an advantage and a disadvantage, as since they contain two strips, they provide us with more nails, and thus you will reload a lot less, and they are also easier to store. However, if they are exposed to moisture, then they might become faulty and cause malfunctions.
28-Degree Framing Guns
They are collated by wire strips instead of paper, and you can purchase them in either a full-round offset head or a clipped head. The 28-degree framing nailers are very close to each other, so close that their heads overlap, all of this done to provide us with an increased magazine space and to make the nailer much more compact.
21-Degree Framing Guns
They vary from 21 to 22 degrees, depending on the manufacturer. This variation in their angle provides us with some leeway in our choice. They are full round head nails, and their collation type is plastic-based. This means that they are held together using a piece of plastic.
You most definitely need to wear safety goggles and gloves when using them as the plastic piece that is holding the nails together will break off when the nail is fired. They can hold somewhere from 60 to 70 nails; they do not have many fasteners like the 15- degree framing guns that will talk about later, this means that they will take more time to reload.
15-Degree Framing Guns
All 15-degree framing nailers are wire-coil collated, this means that the nails are covered by two strips of wire. Moreover, they are slanted or tilted at a 15 degree. The nails are circular in shape and have a fully rounded head. They can easily reach wall studs, tight corners, and all the nooks and crannies of a construction site.
Some 15- degree framing nailers can hold up to 200 or 300 nails as they are designed to have massive magazines to decrease the number of times that you reload to a minimum. Moreover, wire collations, unlike paper collations, are rarely affected by moisture.
This makes storing them much easier, as you will not have to worry about any malfunctions. However, having this many nails, wires, and a huge magazine makes the nailer heavy and uncomfortable, especially if you are holding it for a long time.
Finally, we can all assume that you first need to decide on what you will need before deciding on the angle that suits you best. They all have different advantages and disadvantages, and they will definitely come in handy.