A palm nailer is an extremely handy tool that comes into its own when having to do some joining work in close quarters. It is a compact nail gun that operates from an air compressor, but unlike a regular nail gun it is not operated with a trigger set up. Rather, you fire the nail courtesy of applying downward pressure.
The palm nailer is held in the palm of the hand and is designed to be operated one-handed. By gripping the nailer by the body it is a very simple way of driving in a nail. You simply position the nailer that has been loaded with a nail in the right position and then, by pressing the opening over the nail the nail is gently driven in.
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A palm nailer gives you precision nailing for jobs where the position of the nail is important. It is also very handy for using in sports where a regular nail gun would be unable to access. The one-handed operation also means that it is possible to operate this nail gun in situations that are too cumbersome with a regular nail gun.
The tip of the palm nailer is magnetized to hold the nail in place for those times when you’ve got no choice but to work one-handed. The magnetic tip will hold the nail in the desired position while the pneumatic head knocks the nail into place. These air palm nailers are capable of hitting the head of a nail 1000 to 2000 times per minute when they are operated and are ideal for hanging joist hangers, decking and fencing amongst other things.
You can pick up one of these nail guns for as little as $30.00 but there are much more heavy duty palm nailers that provide more power and these sell for over $100.00.
One of the big issues surrounding nail guns in general is the safety hazard they can represent with the instance of inadvertent firing still one of the big causes of worksite injuries. A palm nailer relieves the possibility of this occurring because it won’t fire until the nail has been placed into position on the surface and pressure has been applied.
You are always in control of the depth to which the nail is driven, when you think you have reached the right level you simply release the pressure on the palm nailer and the hammering stops.
An average electric palm nailer will use around 50 to 125 psi of air pressure and use around 2 to 4 cfm during its operation. In other words it is very easy on the energy consumption as well as being lightweight, simple to use and compact. This is a comfortable tool that minimizes the possibilities of mistakes in the fastening task.