Some of the common uses of a brad nailer are to trim our woodworking projects and also to attach small moldings. Compared to the standard finish nailer, the brad nailer is more or less a smaller version of it.Having the advantage of being thinner than the common finish nailer, the brad nailers are hence used in situations where the wide finish nailers may split into pieces the piece of work as its nail is being driven through.
The brad nailer and the finish nailer are mostly used together hence complimentary. The brad nailer has lots of uses one of its main is that it is used in attaching the thin strips and the delicate trims to. One should however note that it may be difficult to drive the brads through some hardwoods and even other manufactured products such as the common plywood.
Brad nailers are made of special brads which are mostly from an 18-gauge wire. This is far much thinner than the 15 and 16 nails which are used in the powered finish nailers. Due to the mere fact that brads have thin heads, they tend to leave very small nail holes after the nails have been pinned down the stocks. This is a major advantage due to the fact that small nail holes means less use of the wood filler to fill the holes.
Most brads length is from 5/8 inches up to one and a half inches in length. This narrow diameter and short length makes them lack the required holding power as the large finish nails or even the wood screws. This makes them only limited to be used in only small delicate pieces of trim.
A lot of the brad nailers in the market today have to have a hose to an air compressor for the brad nailer to be powered. This has however led to some companies coming up with cordless brad nailers which also have a rechargeable battery as well as a compressed air canister in the tool so as to give the required power to drive the brad into the wood.
Check out part 2 of this 2 part series that completes this discussion of this great little tool. If you can at all afford to get one, you will see the difference it makes in speed and workmanship!