Will Santa will fall through the roof? - AKA - Bostitch or Porter Cable Roofing Nailer?

Greetings,
I have the misfortune of having to re-roof the old homestead before Santa falls through it this Christmas. (Assuming he even shows...)
I know this isn't exactly a woodworking question, but my question is:
I have looked at several coil roofing nailers, the Hitachi (long in the tooth and pricey), the Bostitch RN46-1 and the Porter Cable RN175a.
I've heard bad things about the PC, but have no first hand experience. The Bostitch looks good, but hey, who knows? They seem similar in weight and features.
Does anyone have any hands-on experience they are willing to share on selecting between these two?
How much air will these use? I'm assuming a "5hp" (cough) 12 gal CH compressor will run either of these with no problem.
Thanks, Greg
P.S. I'm a lefty... ;-)
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Dr. Know asks:

Can't help much with the selection--I've had good luck with the Bostitch and Hitachi, never used the P-C. No idea how either would fit a lefty's hand.
Any small compressor from 1 HP up will work. 4 gallon capacity or larger, IME.
Charlie Self
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On 08 Nov 2003 09:55:02 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.comnotforme (Charlie Self) wrote:

Thanks for the input!
Both of the mentioned models are NEW, and as with all things new and improved, could have been bean-counted to death. :-|
I need to pick up something today, and these two are the only models available locally.
I know that the Bostitch RN45-1 has a good reputation, but this is a newer model, the RN46-1. I've only heard one guy comment on it, and he hated it - seemed to have a problem with double/triple firing and misfeeds. Could be ESO, however.
The PC used to be a RN175k, then RN175, now it's a RN175a. The previous models had spotty reputations regarding lifespan and misfeeding - but I have NO feedback on this newest (re)model.
If you don't mind me asking, which model do you have?
Greg
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Dr. Know asks:

Did. I had the Hitachi and the Bostitch, but they've been gone a couple years, so basically, with all the model number changes, my reports are well out of date.
I'd say buy the one with the best warranty, then.
Charlie Self
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I have the Senco roofer because it was on double discount at HD and could not pass it up (last one in the store). The rental places typically have Bostitch in Texas for $25 per day. Why not rent and avoid being stuck with it if it does not work for you. A box of nails is under $20. Since this is a one-time thing, what would you do with it after the job is complete?
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Get the Bostitch. Reasoning is; plenty reliable, and biggest reason is that around here, everyone that carries power nails, has Bostitch. Not always true with the others.
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I was in a similar situation a few years ago (had to reroof when we sold the house). I bought a 4hp, 25gal compressor and a Senco nailer. Did the roof in a weekend and saved over $1,000 plus I have the nailer/compressor. I've actually used the nailer for several other non-roofing projects. For example, nailing down flooring in a shed. Sure the nailheads are bigger than normal, but for a shed it worked great.
I think any of the brands you mention will probably work just fine for you. I can't imagine there is a lot of difference among them. If you were a roofer and was going to use it everyday then you might be more selective, but for a one-time use don't worry about it.
Buying the compressor and renting the nailer is another great choice. Then you have the compressor and the money saved by not buying the roofing nailer will buy you a finish or brad nailer.
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Larry C in Auburn, WA

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OK Guys, Here is what has transpired - if you even care... ;-)
I HAVE a compressor already, so that isn't an issue.
The Bostitch RN45B doesn't have a depth of drive adjustment (air pressure adjust - ugghh) , and the RN46-1 is a POS - IMHO.
The older PC 175 had such bad press I didn't feel the need to try out the 175A version.
I ended up with the Hitachi NV45AB2. Got a fair deal on it at $289. A lot of contractors use it around these parts.
I'll let you know how it all works out after I've: Stripped the roof. Replaced the rotten FG plywood and primed the edges. Installed the drip edges the original contractor omitted! Re-flashed and installed the Chimney cricket the contractor omitted. Re-felted with 11 rolls of 30#. And nailed 21 squares of OC Oakridge Pro 30 AR shingles down.
It could be a while...
Thanks, Greg
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