Compressor's SCFM = nails per minute?

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Old 02-16-08, 12:46 PM
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Compressor's SCFM = nails per minute?

I'm looking at nailers and they're talking about 70-90 psi operating pressure. Then I look at compressors and they give a max. pressure, but also a SCFM which I guess equates to the number of nails/staples you can do per minute. Does anyone have a converson factor for SCGM to nails per minute?
 
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Old 02-17-08, 09:35 AM
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Standard cubic feet per minute.

The air tools will also be rated with an SCFM number which tells you the minimum air volume requirement for them to operate properly. I don't think there is a general rule that equates either pressure or volume (SCFM) to nails per minute. My guess is that if you look at the spec sheets on the nailers, somewhere you'll find a figure for how many nails it will shoot in a given period.
 
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Old 02-18-08, 09:44 AM
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Typical DIYer compressors ($200 - $300) capable of 100psi (get more than you think you need) typically have high pressure, but not high volume. On the other hand, nailers don't use much volume - and are capable of shooting nails faster than you'll ever need them to. As mentioned above, check the specs on the gun for air supply requirements - then try to buy another 10%+ more capablity.
 
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Old 02-18-08, 04:43 PM
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Give that man a beer. The only nail shooter I have is a brad shooter and I can blast it all day on my pancake compressor. Makes sense, though, that a nail shooter wouldn't blow through available air like a tool using a constant supply like a die grinder, sander, etc.
 
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