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Powder Actuated Nail Gun

Updated on January 8, 2013

Powder Actuated Nail Guns

Powder actuated nail guns, also known as powder actuated tools (PATs) were first used by the US Navy during World War I for ship repair. In construction and commercial usage they are typically used for fastening materials to hard surfaces, such as wood and thin gage steel to concrete and structural steel. Powder actuated nail guns work by the controlled explosion of a charge of propellant, which fires the nail or fastener into the material. As they do not require a power supply for normal use, they are therefore cordless.

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Ramset Single Shot Trigger Operated Powder Actuated Tool

Ramset Single Shot Trigger Operated Powder Actuated Tool: This PAT has been designed so that it is suitable for frequent use. The tool is trigger operated and the powder load is automatically ejected after use. The nailer is made from steel for strength.

ITW BRANDS 40088 .22 Caliber Fastener Tool
ITW BRANDS 40088 .22 Caliber Fastener Tool

The nailer is suitable for frequent use, so can be used by professionals as well as hobbyists. The gun is designed so that it can be easily used for horizontal and overhead work. It can be used for concrete, masonry and steel surfaces.

 

Hilti DX 36 Concrete Nailer

Hilti DX 36 Concrete Nailer: This is designed to fix a large number of materials to both concrete and steel. The gun takes ten nail strips. The gun is 0.27 calibre.

Hilti DX 36 Semi-Automatic Powder-Actuated Fastening Tool - 384033
Hilti DX 36 Semi-Automatic Powder-Actuated Fastening Tool - 384033

The ability to take nail strips removes the need to reload the gun after each use. This is a more heavy duty tool suitable for frequent usage. The nail gun takes a variety of nail sizes.

 

Ramset Powder Fastening Systems COBIII Cobra Tool Kit

Ramset Powder Fastening Systems COBIII Cobra Tool Kit: The nail gun has a padded recoil handle. It uses .27 calibre 10 shot strip loads. The housing is constructed for strength and durability.

Ramset Powder Fastening Systems COBIII Cobra Tool Kit
Ramset Powder Fastening Systems COBIII Cobra Tool Kit

This nailer is suitable for general construction usage. The padded handle increases the comfort when the gun is being used. Having 10 shots in each strip reduces the number of reloads needed and increases efficiency.

 

Ramset Powder Fastening Systems 721 Tool Kit

Ramset Powder Fastening Systems 721 Tool Kit: This PAT is designed for attaching drywall track to concrete. It has a metal housing for strength. The gun has a low recoil and a cushion grip to increase user comfort.

Ramset Powder Fastening Systems 721 Tool Kit
Ramset Powder Fastening Systems 721 Tool Kit

This single shot nail gun is designed for greater usage. The metal housing increases the lifetime of the tool. The rubber grip helps reduce the strain put on the user of the nailer.

 

Remington 476 Light Duty Powder Actuated Tool

Remington 476 Light Duty Powder Actuated Tool: This tool is activated by hitting the end with a hammer. This is a single shot device. It can be used to fasten to concrete, steel and masonry.

Remington 476 Powder Actuated Fastening Tool
Remington 476 Powder Actuated Fastening Tool

This powder actuated hammer is suitable for light or infrequent use or by the diy enthusiast. It is substantially cheaper than the nail guns. It is suitable for light work around the house.

 

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