This is a repost since I never saw the first one.
I'm going to invest in a nailer soon and wondering which kind & who's to
get. From watching Norm it looks like he uses a brad nailer more than just a
nailer? That being the case which do all of you suggest to purchase without
breaking the bank? I'm new at this, well sorta... started WW last winter and
now that winters almost here it time to play with wood.
Wellll there are several types of nailers.
What do you plan to do with it?
Tiny stuff? Pinner, or Pin Nailer
Small Stuff, less than 3/4" thick? Brad Nailer
3/4" thick and thicker? Finish Nailer
Framing? Framing Nailer
Roofing? Roofing Nailer
There has been a recent thread on this. The answer boils down to: "go to
your favorite tools dealer, and buy the name brand bundle you feel most
I have Porter Cable. It works. So do the others.
Make sure you can find brads for it easily, and/or buy lots of them. Then
remember where you stored them, when you need them.
Do you already have a compressor? If not, you might want to look at
the battery operated nailers from Dewalt that were just introduced.
They aren't cheap, but they do work. They apparently won't sink 2.5"
nails into pallet wood, as one reviewer griped about - but these
aren't made for that type of application. I tested one and was really
impressed. As far as cordless finish nailers go, this one's the best
I've seen. (Note: I've only used the Paslodes and the 18V Dewalts.)
Woodchuck a brad nailer is a good place to start for small projects. Porter
Cable makes two different types, one shoots 5/8 to 1 1/4" 18 gauge brads
which are readily available and inexpensive. Another shoots up to 2" 18
gauge nails. I use an older Porter cable BN125 which is the 5/8 to 1 1/4"
model and it has served me well for years. For larger jobs which require a
finish nailer (1 1/2" to 2 1/2" nail) such as baseboards, casing or crown,
I prefer the 15 gauge angled nailers as opposed to the 16 gauge "t" type
nailers as the nails are more beefy and have a small head which has better
holding power. As far as what brand name, well, I'm a carpenter by trade
and have used most of them. I buy PC and Senco. Nothing against the
others, just what I prefer. When you get to the toolstore grab a few and
hold them. Mock shooting some wood together and see which one will be the
best for you. Check if you can see where the gun will place the nail easily.
Most of the brad nails are interchangeable with different guns, so you can
pick the gun you like without the hassle of finding brand specific
fasteners, and most brand name brad guns are around $100. Happy
Thanks, must of been my lucky day. I stopped at HD and looked at the PC
BN200a which was going for $120. I mentioned to them that it had a $20
rebate but was expired. Well he said he would adjust the price. I played
around with some scrap wood and was surprised the holding power the brads
have. When I start my projects I usually glue the joints... so I think it
will do well especially for paying about $50-$80 less than was planed.
Well if you need a portable one here is what
I posted earlier under PC Finish/Brad Nailer Comp. Cobo Kit Alert:
Word that I'm getting from a reliable source (papers have even been
authenticated by an indepandant expert HA HAHAH), is that the
Porter-Cable Finish / Brad Nailer Comp. Combo Kit Model CFFN250N
is going to be adding a freebie. Starting Oct.1 and running into at least
Christmas if you buy this kit, you'll get a coupon for a FREE Porter
Cable Porter-Cable NS100A 1" 18 GA Narrow Crown Stapler Kit.
I think that is about an $82.00 freebie on an already very decently
priced kit. Home Depot carries this item and I believe Amazon.com
will be in on this also. I don't know if Amazon will allow this
with their current $25.00 off of purchases $199.00 or more. That is
If you price all the nailers individually you'll see they cost more than
the $299.00 price tag for the kit that includes the 6 gal. pancake
compressor. I have a compressor also. I'm thinking about purchasing
during this deal and selling off the compressor.
Here's a good one:
I like the 16 oz. umm... nailers... myself. :) Almost as fast as an
air nailer once you get the hang of it. You actually lose a lot of
the joy in framing when you get those loud, heavy nailers going, IMO-
a well sunk nail sorta sings when you strike it, but a compressor just
makes a lot of loud noise.
To drive smaller nails, sink 'em in with a nail punch- easy as pie,
and the round hole looks nicer than the rectangular ones the brad
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