Electric vs Pneumatic Brad Nailer

Whether you prefer using a pneumatic brad nailer or an electric brad nailer, you'll find that your work time is reduced dramatically over manually driving nails or brads. This is especially true when you are called upon to drive dozens of nails. Still, there are differences between these nailers that you may be interested in knowing.

Gun Weight

Because electric nail guns hold an electric motor that is the power source that drives the gun's nails, this type of gun is heavier than the pneumatic gun that gets it power—or force—from compressed air fed into it through a relatively lightweight hose attached to the gun.


Initially, electric guns are more expensive than the pneumatic variety. However, when you consider the cost of air hoses and air compressors, over time, electric guns are less costly.


Owing to the maintenance required to keep an air compressor running properly, including checking and replacing oil, pneumatic guns require more maintenance than the electric gun.


Safety issues are important with both types of guns, since pulling a trigger accidentally on one of these guns could be fatal if the nail were to penetrate a worker rather than the material he's working on. But because of the high air pressure of the pneumatic gun, a faulty air hose can also be a safety risk.