Saw these in the local h/w store yesterday. Seems pretty good idea if you
don't need pressure for hours on end. Just a few finishing nails here and
What's your experience? Any drawbacks?
I used a regular 20lb BevCo cylinder with my finish nailer for a
kitchen renovation and it worked great.
I happened to have one but any welding gas place will rent you one.
You might even find one on the side of the road. (where I found mine).
They are swap outs if you have one to start with.
FWIW.....most air nailer mfrs say do not use CO2 to run them or O2 for
CO2 can freeze up the "inards"; O2 presents a fire / explosion hazard.
The correct way is to use nitrogen or air bottle (like SCUBA tank)
with the proper regulator.
I too would worry about O2 setting the oil in the gun on fire but I do
think the CO2 thing is overstated. I don't work fast enough to ice up
a finish nailer. Maybe a production guy with a 16d nail gun could
I'd agree with you about the CO2....depends on size of gun & firing
rate...small enough & slow enough should be no problem
Lots of people use CO2 for finish nailers; base & crown ....never have
I rigged up a CO2 tank for offroading in my Jeep... It allows me to
air down my tires prior to going offroad for more traction and air
them back up with CO2 afterwards for highway use... I used a 20 lb
cylinder since that is what most of the CO2 shops carry... I bought
the original one and just swap it out when the tank gets empty... It's
the same size that most of the beverage systems use... I hooked up a
quick release air fitting on a regulator and removed the pressure
gauges since they were always getting knocked off anyway... It works
better than a SCUBA tank since you get more cu-ft of gas out of a
single tank refill... As an added bonus, I rigged up a way to make
carbonated beverages with it, one 2-liter bottle at a time by way of a
metal Schraeder valve installed into the cap of the 2-liter bottle...
Running a finishing nailer would probably work pretty good... It
probably wouldn't last all that long with an air paint sprayer
though... With this type of rig, I can run air tools, fill up my
tires, and make carbonated beverages all from the same basic device...
I have also taken an old SCUBA regulator and installed a air tool
quick release fitting on a short hose coming off of it... I use it to
drain the last few hundred psi out of my tanks after I've been diving
if I have any left... Old steel 72 cu-ft SCUBA tanks can be found on
eBay fairly cheaply... A little bit of fabrication and one could
create themselves a wheeled tank with handle so that it wasn't
necessary to carry it around... Kind of like the golf club carriers
that you used to see...
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