Porter-Cable Palm Nailer PN650
In almost every building project you find yourself trying to sink one or two framing nails in a tight spot. Those would be the places where you have to use a side of the hammer instead of the head… The nails usually bend, making you start over or just give up, leaving a weak joint. A palm nailer is designed to avoid that misery, and it also has plenty of other uses. Here's how it one works:
Using a Palm Nailer
Remember the Supremes singing “Stop In the Name of Love”? Well, Diana Ross belts out "Stop!" and three white-gloved hands come like traffic cops signaling you to halt. Right then, the ladies are ready to strap on a palm nailer and get working!
Admittedly, it's rather disconcerting the first time you use one: you get a heavy vibration in your hand and it sounds like someone’s lit a string of Black Cats. But that nail will almost immediately disappear: Porter-Cable’s PN650 runs at 2300 blows per minute on 100 psi, or nearly 40 blows per second. You can sink a 16d framing nail to its head in treated lumber in a single shake of a lamb’s tail – that fast! What's more, once the nailhead is flush the nailer automatically stops to prevent surface damage.
Using one takes just a little practice, mostly to become accustomed to pressing down to nail, the rather loud noise level, and keeping the nail upright. The head has a magnet that lets you run the nailer one-handed, but it takes some practice.
Porter-Cable suggests using a palm nailer for most framing applications, especially attaching joist hangers), driving dowels, pounding in landscape spikes, laying carpet tack strips, and many other uses.
So if you're near my house and you think there are firecrackers going off in the middle of the day, you never know, it might just be me and my palm nailer.
SummaryPlus: versatile, fast and accurate
What they're saying: Stop trying to drive nails with the side of the hammer head – pick up a palm nailer!