How to Choose A Finish Nailer | What’s The difference?
When determining the difference between 15 gauge vs 16 gauge nailers, it’s important to know that the gauge of a nail refers to the diameter of the nail wire.
15 Gauge vs 16 Gauge | Rule Of Thumb
When asked what is the difference between 15 gauge vs 16 gauge nailers my rule of thumb is this:
If you’re working with thick, dense wood, or hanging doors you need a heavier 15 gauge nail. The 15 gauge finish nailer is ideal for heavier jobs. If you’re working with thin wood, delicate molding or want a smaller nail head to fill, then the 16 gauge nailer is the better option.
15 Gauge Nailer | Explained
A 15 gauge finish nailer has an angled feed type and will fire nails with a round head and has excellent holding power. A 15 gauge nail can easily split delicate moldings and will leave a much larger hole than a 16 gauge nail head. The 15g finish nailer also has more power, so it can easily blow apart or split small molding.
A 15-Guage Nailer is best used for:
• Door trim
• Hanging doors
16 Gauge Nailer | Explained
A 16 gauge finish nailer doesn’t have quite as much holding power, leaves a smaller hole, and is better suited for more delicate, thinner trim. A 16-gauge nailer is best used for:
• Base molding
• Smaller bed moldings
• Back bands, trim