How to Load a Nail Gun?

Nail guns are incredibly efficient tools that make quick work out of nailing and once you learn how to load a nail gun, you’ll be ready to tackle almost any construction project. Since some models have unique loading mechanisms, the process might vary slightly. But most tools on the market adhere to a basic step-by-step process. In this article, we’ll look at a few of the models available on the market and will discuss how to load them as quickly and easily as possible. Since most models are loaded in a similar fashion, you’ll be able to use these techniques for almost any product on the market. But keep in mind, when in doubt, consult your model’s user manual.

Nail Gun Loading-Mechanism Design

Virtually all nail guns use a similar nail-loading mechanism. They are designed to accept strips of nails that are held together by plastic or glue with the help of an effective hot glue gun. These collated nails are fed into the base of the tool’s magazine and pushed up into the barrel of the gun by springs. The spring will continue to drive the nails up into the driving mechanism as the leading nail in the strip is fired.

How to Load a Ridgid Nail Gun?

Ridgid makes a variety of different nailers but they are loaded in a similar way. The first step is to make sure that your tool’s magazine is empty of nails. Then, connect your nailer to the air supply. You want to make this connection prior to loading the nailer because there’s a chance that the tool’s driving mechanism might cycle, firing a nail when it’s first connect to the air supply.

Once your nail gun is connected to the air supplied by your compressor, you’re ready to load the tool. In order to avoid an accidentally discharge, make sure to keep the tool pointed away from you and that the trigger and contact aren’t activated.

The simply grab a strip of collated-nails that are compatible with the specific model you are working with. Make sure that the nails are pointed out towards the front of the gun and that the nails are angled according to the instructions. Then simply feed the nail strip into the bottom of the magazine.

Next, slide the pusher in the magazine all the way down to the bottom so that the nails can be inserted past it. Once you release the pusher, it will rest against the last nail in the strip and push the nails up to the base of the driving mechanism. From there, you’re ready to begin work on your project and the pusher will continue to load nails into the drive mechanism as you work.

How to Load Brads in a Stanley Staple Gun?

Stanley has several quality nailers on the market such as the TRE550Z Stapler and Brad Nail Gun, allowing it to easily accept staples and brads. Loading brads can be done in seconds with the following easy steps. The first step is to make sure that the tool is unplugged and the on/off switch is in the “off” position.

Prior to loading the brads, ensure that they are compatible with your specific model in order to prevent jamming. Once you’ve selected the appropriate nails, look for an image of a brad nail on the front of the tool. This will be the side of the tool that you will load your brad nails into.

Next, you’ll hold the tool upside down, squeezing the latch and pulling down. Simply drop the brads into the channel, tilting the tool back so that the strip of brads lay flush against the channel wall. Push the latch back in while making sure that the brad strip doesn’t fall over. Once loaded, you can use the high/low power lever to achieve the desired performance power for your project.

How to load a Dewalt Nail Gun?

Loading a nail gun manufactured by DEWALT is just as easy as the previous two models we’ve discussed. These tools are designed with one of two loading mechanisms, a load and draw or lock and load mechanism. The first few steps are for user safety. First, make sure that the nailer’s magazine is completely empty of nails.

Then, connect the air supply to your tool. The reason for supplying pressure prior to loading nails is because there is a chance that the tool might cycle, firing a nail, when the air supply is connected.  Then you want to make sure that the trigger and contact are not activated, eliminating the chance of an accidentally nail discharge.

With these steps accounted for, you’ll pick up the tool, keeping it pointed away from you and insert the nail strip into the bottom of the magazine with the nails at the correct angle and pointed towards the front of the tool.

For load and draw models, once you insert the fasteners into the base of the magazine, you will pull the pusher back until the nail follower drops behind the end of the nail strip. Let go of the pusher, and the follower will push the nail strip up into the base of the driving mechanism, loading your tool.

For lock and load models, you will pull the pusher back towards the bottom of the magazine until it locks in place. Then, simply insert the nail strip into the rear of the tool’s magazine and push the pusher forward until it releases and slides forward, driving the nails up to the driving mechanism.

About the Author

Bob Robinson has been a tool enthusiast and lawn care expert for the past 11 years. First working with John Deere to reduce their impact on the environment, whilst building his love for writing in his spare time. Now, Bob runs the editorial team at BestofMachinery and tends to his garden in his spare time.

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