Which Tool is Right for You, a 1st or 2nd Fix Nail Gun?

Here at Data Power Tools, we have a huge variety of Nail Guns (or “nailers”) available. As such, we’re often asked, which tool is the right one for the job? Of course, it all depends on the situation at hand, which is why we’re going to explore 1st & 2nd fix nail guns in greater depth for your convenience.

First fix nail guns

When deciding on which nail gun is best for you, you have to start with the type of job that you’re undertaking. This is because the type of job will determine what sort of nailer is required. In this case, we’re looking at “first fix” nail guns (otherwise known as “framing nailers”).

What is the main function of a first fix nailer?

A first fix nailer is generally used to complete rough woodwork, such as wood framing, roofing & flooring. The term “first fix” is applied, as these nailers are intended for use in areas that aren’t going to be exposed upon completion of the project, as larger nails that leave impressions on the wood are used. They’re designed for structural rigidity as opposed to discretion.


Second fix nail guns

A second fix nail gun (or “finish nail gun”) are used when it comes to the “softer” jobs, (i.e., the later, aesthetic fixtures). The nails used for these guns are much smaller so that they don’t leave large, visible impressions on the work area. These are much better suited to the more “delicate” interior work where a clean finish is required. Perfect for door frames, household mouldings and any other discreet finish.

In addition to that, when selecting 2nd fix nail guns, you can choose from straight and angled options. The difference between the two is self-explanatory, though most people favour angled as they can be used in difficult “hard to reach” places. All in all, they’re very flexible tools.


How do I know which to choose from?

When deciding on whether you need a first fix or second fix nail gun, it really does come down to the type of projects that you’ll be working on. If you’re doing a few odd jobs around the home, then the likelihood is that you won’t need anything bigger than a 2nd fix. That said, if you’ve got some big projects in mind, then you may need to go for both. In fact, for most tradesmen, it is common to have both a 1st and 2nd fix in their toolkit.

If you’d like to have a browse through out wares, you can find all of our first & second fix nail guns here. And of course, should you still be unsure as to which variety will be best suited to you, then please do not hesitate to contact us. Alternatively, you’re more than welcome to come and visit one of our specialist experts in store for more advice!

The HiKOKI European Truck Tour is coming to Cardiff on Monday 8th July !!

See demonstrations, try the tools for yourself, and enter competitions!

HiKOKI Roadshow Cardiff

On Monday 8th July 2019 HiKOKI’s roadshow arrives in South Wales, showcasing “new products from the world of HiKOKI” at Data Powertools Ltd – Cardiff branch.

Their huge truck containing the entire range of HiKOKI (formerly Hitachi) machines, together with their new products, that provide the best solutions for many different applications will be on show.

Expect to see:

Demonstrations of HiKOKI tools
Test out new and existing products. Try before you buy!
Receive expert advice from HiKOKI and Data staff members
Find perfect solutions for your unique applications

Demonstration Days at our Bridgend branch with HiKOKI Power Tools – June 14th & 15th

Check out the latest tools from HiKOKI (formerly Hitachi) Power Tools!

They’ll be visiting our Bridgend Branch all day on Friday 14th June and the morning of Saturday 15th June to show off their latest tools, including the new 36V Multi Volt range.


For more information call 01656 669609 or email us at sales@datapowertools.co.uk

DeWALT Power Tools Demonstration Day at our Cardiff store. Thursday June 20th

The DeWALT demonstration team will be visiting our Cardiff tool store on Thursday June 20th kitted out with the best new power tools and accessories.

Come along and try out the performance beating new kit for yourself.

DeWALT Demo Day June 2019

For more information please call 02920 595710 or email  us at sales@datapowertools.co.uk 

Record Power Woodworking Demo at our Cardiff branch

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Record Power demo in Cardiff

Friday 22nd March 2019 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday 23rd March 2019 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

427 Cowbridge Road West
South Glamorgan,

Call 02920 595710 for more info !

As well as the great value deals on offer, our experienced and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to offer expert advice and demonstrations.


Tuesday 26th February 2019

Data Powertools Ltd 427 Cowbridge Road, Cardiff, CF5 5TF

  • New & Exclusive Product Releases
  • Tool Demonstrations
  • Exclusive In-store Offers
  • Free Burger & Coffee for the first 500 attendees!

Call 02920 595710 for more information or click here for the facebook event


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team at Data !

We would like to extend our seasons greetings and thanks to our valued customers for your business throughout 2018.

Here are our branch opening times during the holidays:


Monday 24th December Closed
Tuesday 25th December Closed 
Wednesday 26th December Closed
Thursday 27th December Open 9am – 2pm
Friday 28th December Open 9am-2pm
Saturday 29th December Closed
Sunday 30th December Closed
Monday 31st December Closed
Tuesday 1st January Closed
Wednesday 2nd January Open 8am-5pm


Monday 24th December Closed
Tuesday 25th December Closed 
Wednesday 26th December Closed
Thursday 27th December Closed
Friday 28th December  Closed
Saturday 29th December Closed
Sunday 30th December Closed
Monday 31st December Closed
Tuesday 1st January Closed
Wednesday 2nd January Open 8am-5pm

Of course, you can shop online as usual at www.datapowertools.co.uk

We will make every effort to make sure you receive your order as soon as possible.


Record Power Woodworking Demo at our Cardiff branch

On Friday the 9th and Saturday 10th November our Cardiff branch will be hosting a woodworking demonstration by Record Power.

Record Power Spring Promotion Woodworking Show

Our expert staff accompanied by the professional woodworkers from Record Power will showcase the latest and greatest of the Record Power and Startrite range of tools, machinery and accessories.

Record Power Show in Cardiff

There will be exclusive show offers on lathes, bandsaws, bench grinders, dust extractors, workshop air cleaners, table saws, planer thicknessers, morticers, bench drills, router tables, sanding machines, spindle moulders, bench sanders and more which will even beat the amazing value deals available in the exclusive show offers.

Attending these shows is an invaluable experience, as the quality of our products can be appreciated first-hand and our knowledgeable and friendly staff are always available to offer expert help and guidance to ensure you make the best choice of tool for your work.

If you would like some advice or wish to order any of these quality tools and accessories please give us a call on 02920 595710

SUPER SALE ! October Demo Days at our Cardiff Tool Store

For one weekend only! On Friday the 19th and Saturday 20th October at our Cardiff store we will be slashing prices on a range of top selling tools from Makita UK, DEWALT, Bosch Professional Power Tools and Accessories, Fein and more.

We will also be introducing the new brand Hikoki UK ! (formerly Hitachi).

Super Tool Sale at Cardiff Store

All the big brands will bring their demo teams so come along and try out the performance beating new kit for yourself and pick up a real bargain!

Free Parking available.

Call 02920 595710 during office hours for more info