On Fri, 31 Dec 2010 19:12:03 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03
I've got 2 of the HF brad nailers. I don't think I paid $20 for
either one-- $12 sounds right to me. I bought the second one day
when the first one balked & I didn't have time to mess with it. Later
I went to fix it & it worked fine.
I've run one off a 8gallon tank charged to 100lbs- and it shot 100
nails before they started sticking out a bit.
The nailer is worth $20-- the damn brads are more expensive by the
time you buy 3-4 sizes.
Yep. I've got that little one, and the slightly bigger 16ga finish nailer.
Both were dirt cheap, and both have been working great for everything I have
thrown at them.
Keep them lubed up and they work great for around the house stuff.
Thanks (all). I got some HF Gift Cards for Christmas so I'm looking
for some new toys that I'll actually use.
I have an electric brad nailer that basically sucks. It drives the
brads but I usually have to follow up with a hammer to bury the heads.
I use it to hold stuff together after gluing up but I'm getting tired
of having to hammer the heads down.
HF has a 25% off coupon good for New Years Day only, so I'll head over
there in the morning.
All the HF nailers are good value. Perhaps it won't be any problem in
your application, but the combination stapler/nailers leave a bigger dimple
in wood when used with brads, compared to the brad-only guns.
When the game is over, the pawn and the king are returned to the same box.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf. lonestar.org
I've had my HF brad nailer for four years, how long are they supposed to
Oh, I don't use it every day... But by the same token about the only thing I
use a hammer for now is re-seating lids on paint cans.
As for pawn shop tools, aren't they "as is, where is"?
15 minutes with a hammer. Another 15 with the nail set. Another
1/2 hour in the hot tub to relieve the pain in the back from the weird
positions you need to get both arms in. . . .
Nah- I'll take the $20 toy.<g>
I have to admit to being a klutz with a hammer on small work. Especially
when reaching up and trying to start a nail in a nice piece of molding, and
holding it in place with my other hand. I tried using my lips and my ****
to hold the nail, but we won't go there. Same way on baseboards. Crouched
on the floor in a semi-fetal position, upside down, in some restricted
corner, I just can't seem to do very well with a hammer. But that's just
me. Then I got a small nailer, and wondered why I hadn't gotten one before.
My wife had to stop me before I completed putting some very nice molding on
the cat. And then there's nail sets. Ever try to use a nailset on a cat
once you've used a hammer and nail on it? Or using it while standing on top
of a stool reaching way up? That's when we put 911 on speed dial.
The only thing I don't like about my HF brad nailers and staplers is the lack
of a safety. Crawling around in the attic I gotta be careful not to nail my
ass. ;-) The HF framing nailer I have is too big and heavy to be useful.
There are safety rules:
1. Always treat your nailer as if it's loaded.
2. Always keep your nailer pointed in a safe direction.
3. Do not put your finger on the nailer's trigger until ready to shoot.
4. Do not point your nailer at anything unless you intend to kill it.
Followed by an hour of puttying up the nasty big holes and another 15
minutes with Band Aids for the misses. Not to mention the third hand
to hold the molding in place while you fuss with the brad and a nail
Use the hammer and nail set if you have no electricity on site.
Otherwise, the air gun wins on appearance, speed and convenience.
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