Buying a Brad Nailer


I am trying to decide between two brad nailers. A Porter Cable BN200A and a Senco FP25XP.
Can anyone recommend or have any opinions on either.
Thanks,
Bill
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I've owned both, and still have the Senco.
All I can say is I wish I still had the PC. I preferred the PC's drive depth adjustment and the overall feel of the gun. The Senco has a rear exhaust, but that isn't turning out to be as big a plus as I thought. Both work great, I'm actually nitpicking.
I do like my Senco 15 ga. finish nailer better than PC's offerings. <G>
Barry
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I cannot steer you either way for this particular style gun because I have been using a Craftsman for 10 years and it has worked effortlessly. Additionally it is OILLESS. My finish nailer however is a Senco. Senco invented the pneumatic nail gun. They only make nail guns IIRC. Nail guns are their business. PC on the other hand is new to the game compared to Senco. As cheap as most brad nailers are it seems that if you choose the PC and it does not last you won't get hurt much. My money is on the Senco for expensive guns however.
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I have the PC BN200A, as well as a couple of other PC nailers. They all work. Just be careful where you put your off hand, when using the 2" 18 ga brad. Something that long and slender can at times deflect, unpredictably, when it hits something hard in the material.
Patriarch, whose finger healed nicely...
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I have the PC BN125A that is the smaller cousin to the BN200A. It works just fine, but stops at 1-1/4" brads. If I need something longer/heavier than that, I shift to a finish nailer or a narrow crown stapler. I have the PC DA250A in 15 guage and can borrow a PC 16 guage from a friend.

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Mine is P CAble (2 1/2 years)...No probs yet...does the job intended.
KP
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On Sun, 8 May 2005 19:09:43 -0500, Bill Davis Jr wrote

The others I'll toss out here are the Grizzly 2911, MAX NF255-ST-18. Both are excellent. The Grizzly is more of the no frills tool, the MAX is an incredible nailer (of course you pay for it at checkout time).
Wayne
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On Sun, 08 May 2005 20:09:43 -0400, the inscrutable Bill Davis Jr

A third option might be a Harbor Freight brad nailer PLUS 60,000 brads of all sizes. The total price would be about the same and most of us have found the HF nailers to be well built. (On sale now for $20.) http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumberF309
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I have one of the HF brad nailers, no problems so far, other than the only brads that fit are the HF brads. So if you run out you need to go to a HF store or order more.
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snipped-for-privacy@draco.acs.uci.edu (Mike Iglesias) wrote in

That's really odd. I've used at least PC brand brads, along with HF in mine. Can't recall if I've used another brand or not -- got the PC's at the local BORG.
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And I've used Arrow brand in the 1 inch size in mine.
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The PC ones I bought (don't remember the size) would not fit in the nail tray on my HF brad nailer. What size worked for you?
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Bill, I have two Harbor Freight brad nailers - a 1.25 and a 2 incher. Both have worked well with over 2 thousand plus brads set. The 1.25 has a lunch pail type latch on the front to clear jams. Have had very few misfires and they were cause by not keeping psi up 65-70 psi.
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Sadly, I too have the HF brad nailers. I bought them when HF had them on their sidewalk sale promotion, only a 100 to the store, and they were $9.99.
"Can I bring them back if I don't like them?", I asked. "Yup", said the clerk. As long as I have the receipt I am OK.
I didn't want them to work... not one bit. I have a fortune in nailguns as I am a contractor. But I am also tired of paying high prices for PC nailguns (Taiwan with Chinese parts) Senco, (same) Hitachi (mixed bag) etc. The worst I have gotten is the DeWalt. The best I have gotten are my Bostich. But I have found on the small brad guns they all last about the same.
I tried them, and as much as I wanted to be vindicated for spending $90 (or more) for a brad gun, I can't. These guns are good. They shoot fine, they are well designed, the are reliable, and easy to fix if you blow a seal. HF sells the "box of O rings" every once in a while for $5.
When they do finally break, throw it away and get another. Just the driver on my Bostich brad nailer was $37 when it broke, and put in for $65 bench fee. Since I buy my nails from the guys though, they put the driver in free or the Bostich would be a part gun.
Buy that blue rascal and put the warranty on it (90 days comes with it) for a year straight replacement and you will be at something like $24 buck plus tax.
Robert
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Ditto ... and if you put one side by side with the PC, the similarity in parts/design is amazing. My current trim contractor, who uses PC, used one of my HF brad nailers at the shop the other day and went right out and bought two.
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Thanks for the replys all.
Bill
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