I have a half dozen Senco nailers, brad, and staplers and love them except
the SFN30 nailer, it regulary double or tripple taps and it's real hard to
get out three nails in the same hole. May just need a tune-up who knows...
Follow-up: I send mail to Senco about the multiple firing and they are
sending me a "single sequential triger" for free. Great service!
I recal the documentation aobut the touch trigger, a feature, but in my
application it seemed a bit too sensitive and the recoil caused multiple
Thanks again Senco!
Would you say a bit more about this, please? What is a "single equential
triger"? What did the gun come with?
I missed that your post was about the sfn30. As I posted elsewhere I had
all but decided on this gun, mostly due to its size and weight. Glad you
posted this when you did!
I have a Paslode Mustang that works fine for me. Senco has good stuff.
Even Bostich has worked fine. Pawn shop shopping to support the local
crack addicts can be a way to save money if you do not have ethical
issues with possibly stolen merchandise.
Have a Porter Cable and a Craftsman and the Harbor Freight. The HF
hasn't been used since I bought the PC. Even the Craftsman is better
than the HF. Don't get me wrong the HF works, but the fit and finish
and feel is so much nicer on the PC. The only way I can describe it is
that it works easier, more smoothly than the HF. Just my two cents.
Hope it helps. bc
For openers, I'd suggest a 15 or 16 gauge. In a lot of cases the 18
gauge may be enough, but I like the 'suck' I get with the 16 gauge
Paslode. A bit more filler.. but you're filling anyway.
A tip I learned here, and one of the most wonderful timesavers EVAR.
Shoot your nails through a piece of masking tape. Then apply the
filler. Then remove tape.
Which reminds me, and I think I will start a new header... what are
some of the BEST tips people have learned here?
No personal experience with HF. However I sold a tablesaw to a local fellow
who had transitioned from aircraft worker to finish carpenter after a
layoff. Said he started with a couple of HF nailers, two years before, to
keep costs down but was hesitant to carry them onto job sites. He planned
to move up to name-brand nailers when they crapped out but they won't. He
showed them to me and both looked pretty worn; but he said they seldom
missed a lick.
He also noticed one other finisher carrying a HF nailer around in a Dewalt
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Originally, I was thinking of the
Senco, but a reviewer said that it takes it's own nails and that they
can be hard to come by. That said, I am now thinking of the DeWalt D51275K.
I am glad to hear this. I got this from a review at Amazon:
"One thing to note is the nails are specific to this gun, so make sure
you can get nails at a price that's affordable to you."
And yes, he was talking about the 41XP.
So, are the various sizes available at HD?
I have the PC 15 guage finish nailer. It is MUCH larger than the 16
guage nailer but it does a nice job. I use the Senco 15 guage nails in
it. 15 guage nails are more expensive than 16 guage nails, but I am not
a finish carpenter, so a box of nails lasts a very long time.
Pat Barber is wrong in my opinion. We use HF guns in our home repair and
vintage trailer restoration businesses and they work just fine. I would say
for the money that they are outstanding. The fit and finish of the other
guns is nice but comes at a much higher price. Yup I own senco's, bostich,
and a porter cable.
For $19.99 go for it. You can always buy a better one later, but you
probably won't need it.
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