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How to choose the best all around finish nailer for finish trim?



A quality finish nailer can make all the difference in achieving clean, professional-looking results on your baseboards, crown molding, chair rails, and other decorative trim pieces. Selecting the best all-around finish nailer for trim work requires careful consideration of various factors.


Understanding Gauge Sizes and Nail Lengths


One of the most crucial factors to consider when selecting a finish nailer is the gauge size and compatible nail lengths. Gauge size refers to the diameter of the nail, while the length determines how far the nail can be driven into the material.


The most common gauge sizes for finish nailers are 15-gauge and 16-gauge. While both are suitable for trim work, here's a breakdown of their differences.


15-gauge nailers: These nailers are slightly more robust and can handle a wider range of materials, including thicker trim pieces and hardwoods. They typically accommodate nail lengths ranging from 1-1/4 inches to 2-1/2 inches, making them versatile for various applications.


16-gauge nailers: Slightly more delicate than their 15-gauge counterparts, 16-gauge nailers are best suited for thinner trim pieces, lighter woodwork, and softwoods. They typically accept nail lengths from 3/4 inch to 2 inches, providing a more refined finish without causing excessive splitting or surface damage.


When choosing the appropriate gauge size, consider the types of materials you'll be working with and the desired level of holding power. If you frequently work with thicker or harder trim pieces, a 15-gauge nailer may be the better choice. However, if you primarily deal with delicate trim or focus on cabinetry and fine woodworking, a 16-gauge nailer might be the way to go.


Straight or Angled Magazine?


Another essential factor to consider is the magazine design, straight or angled. The magazine is the part of the nailer that holds the nails, and its orientation can significantly impact ease of use and accessibility in tight spaces.


Straight magazine nailers: These nailers have a straight magazine that extends parallel to the body of the tool. They offer excellent visibility and control, making them ideal for flat surfaces and open areas. However, they can be challenging to maneuver in confined spaces or when working on intricate trim pieces.


Angled magazine nailers: As the name suggests, these nailers feature a magazine that is angled relative to the tool's body, typically between 20 and 30 degrees. This design allows for better access to tight spaces, enabling you to work more efficiently in corners, cabinets, and other confined areas. The angled magazine also provides a more natural hand position, reducing fatigue during extended use.


While both straight and angled magazine nailers have their advantages, many professionals and enthusiasts prefer the ergonomic benefits and versatility offered by angled magazine designs, especially for finish trim work where accessibility is crucial.


Magazine Capacity


Magazine capacity is another essential factor to consider. A higher capacity magazine means fewer reloads, saving you time and increasing your productivity. However, larger magazines can also make the nailer heavier and more cumbersome to maneuver, especially in confined spaces.


For most finish trim projects, a magazine capacity of around 100 nails is generally sufficient. However, if you frequently work on larger projects or prefer minimizing reloads, you may want to opt for a nailer with a higher capacity magazine.


Depth Adjustment and Precision Control


A nailer with precise depth adjustment allows you to control how far the nail is driven into the material, ensuring a flush finish and minimizing the risk of surface damage. Additionally, consider nailers with a no-mar tip or a replaceable nose piece. These features help protect the workpiece from dents or marks, ensuring a pristine finish every time.



Whether you're a professional contractor, a dedicated DIYer, or a woodworking enthusiast, this AEROPRO DA64R 15-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer is designed to elevate your trim work to new heights.


High strength alum alloy die casting body. One piece drive pin working life is more 0.15 millions times. Nail head and drive pin have be heat treated by Ipsen which import from Germany. Positioned at a 34-degree angle, this nailer provides easy access to tight spaces, corners, and confined areas, ergonomic design that prioritizes comfort and control.


It drives 15 gauge finish nails from 1-1/4" to 2-1/2" in length. Ideal for interior & exterior finish & trim, furniture, cabinet work, staircases, base boards, shoe & crown molding, window casing, chair rail molding, etc. 

Model: DA64R

Dimension: 330X320X80mm

Weight: 2.09kg

Required pressure: 80-120psi

Max.pressure: 120PSI(8.3bar)

Nail Capacity: 100pcs

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