I am ready to make a purchase for pneumatic nail guns, plural, because I
want to purchase a brad nailer and finish nailer for now and I'm asking for
recommendations. I've gained some knowledge of nail guns in just a little
time but still learning more about them. I don't want to spend a great deal
of money, but I don't want a cheapie either. I prefer an angled nail gun,
though I'm not sure they sell angled brad nail guns, therefore, not a major
issue though a brad/staple combo nail gun would be nice as well as a depth
gauge and a good range of nail lengths. The uses will be for general home
repairs and the beginning of some cabinet making ventures.
All help is much appreciated.
My choice is Senco because they are long time suppliers to the pros
and they also make their own fasteners. I have several other brands,
but the Sencos always seem to do a better job of setting each nail/
brad just right. Might be a good idea to visit a job site sometime and
see what the finish carpenters are using. Odds are it will be Paslode,
Bostitch, and such, maybe some Hilti tools, even Hitachi up on the
roof. Porter-Cable IIRC is Asian made. Even Milwaukee has a couple of
nailers out now, from Asian sources. Generally, nailers are not
complicated tools, and for a beginner you might as well get started
with the top tier (more $$) from Harbor Freight. Just be sure your
compressor has the balls to handle the pressure. Some of the little
pancake cuties don't get up enough pressure to let a nailer set well
in harder kinds of wood, like yellow pine. Around 135 PSI is good.
Aren't the new Sencos also Asian made? I just viewed a Senco at HD and it
was "Made in Taiwan" I was led to believe the older Senco, which were made
in the US, are the reliable ones while the Asian brands are not as reliable.
Any truth to that?
I've got a Ridgid 18G brad nailer. Magnesium body (so it's light),
oilless drive mechanism, exhausts out the back of the handle, and
lifetime warranty if you register it with them.
I don't use it professionally, but it's worked great so far. No
misfires, and the only times it hasn't sunk the heads have been due to
I just purchased a Porter Cable kit from HD...Black Friday sale for
$199. 6 gal/150 psi compressor and 2 nailers...16 and 18 gauge. I
don't know much about compressors either and I'm hoping a kit will
mean a good match between gun and compressor.
The first question is how much you are planning to use this nail gun.
Porter cable makes some affordable kits, and they are just fine for
homeowner use, but I have used them and feel they lack the features
and are pretty rough around the edges for day in and day out pro use.
Their compressors are loud and run sort of rough. But again, for
homeowner use, they are fine. I've never really used a finish/brad
nailer I didn't like, at least compared to the alternative (hand
nailing). Any name brand will probably make you happy. I personally
use Hitachi, but that is mostly because I have a store that sells
factory recon Hitachi tools near me. (the overall quality of Hitachi
is definitely a cut above porter cable). I have also used and liked
Senco and even Bostich, though they are a bit clunky. Lots of
personal preference here.
The angled finish nailers are 15 gauge, and they are usually fairly
pricey, but they shoot a real nail. Much cheaper is a 16 gauge brad
nailer which you can get you up to a 2 1/2" brad. These are a little
marginal for things like hanging doors, but again, if you are not a
pro, you will probably do fine with one (and I have hung doors with
one). I personally like the versatility of my 18 gauge, 2" brad
nailer---The 2" length often comes in handy, yet I can shoot a brad
down to 5/8" if I need to.
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