Pneumatic Fastening Tools Buying Guide
Unlike tools that rely on electricity or batteries, pneumatic fastening tools (like other air tools) are powered by compressed air. Having proven their worth in the automotive and construction industries, pneumatic tools are becoming popular with do-it-yourselfers for a number of reasons. Pneumatic fasteners, in particular, are much in demand for home repair and renovation projects, as well for as furniture restoration.
Popular pneumatic fastening tools sold by Canadian Tire include brad nailers, framing nailers, flooring staplers and finish nailers. See our assortment.
The right tool for the task
Nailers can carry out a wide range of projects. Here are just a few examples:
- Roofing nailer - Attaching shingles to your roof
- Brad nailer - Installing chair and picture rails, and other precision work
- Flooring nailer/stapler - Installing new hardwood floors
- Finish nailer - Fastening crown moulding, cabinetry and furniture work
- Framing Nailer - Fastening large, thick materials such as structural framework
Three reasons to go pneumatic
Pneumatic tools have lots to offer. First, their high power to weight ratio minimizes operator fatigue, so you can work efficiently for extended periods. Second, because pneumatic tools run cool, they do not generate heat and are comfortable to hold. Third, because there have fewer moving parts than electric power tools, pneumatic tools usually last longer. Pneumatic tools also offer variable speed and torque control to help you work with care and confidence.
The right compressor is a powerful ally
As with any home improvement project, it is important to choose the right tool for the job. In the case of pneumatic tools, you must choose an air compressor that will provide sufficient power to run the tool. Check the SCFM requirement of the largest pneumatic nailer you are planning to use and ensure that the air compressor you purchase provides equal to or greater SCFM. Using a compressor that can offer 1.5 times the amount of SCFM required is ideal.
Understanding the specs
- PSI - Pounds per square inch. The measure of airflow generated by a compressor. Most pneumatic fastening tools require 90 PSI.
- CFM - Cubic feet per minute. The volume of air (when pressurized) delivered by an air compressor. A term typically used when stating power requirements for pneumatic tools.
- SCFM - Standardized cubic feet per minute. This is the volume of compressed air (when not pressurized) delivered by an air compressor and is typically used to measure a compressor’s output.
- SCFM @ 90 PSI - The measure of air the compressor produces while its outlet gauge is set at 90 PSI.