C'mon, Dave. You're among friends. Go out in the shop and look around.
Just how many of those tools do you "need"? A guy can never have too many
fishing poles or tools. Impossible. Look in your wife's cosmetic drawer.
How many colors of lipstick does she have? How many does she actually use?
(Try this argument on her when she complains of your tools. It never works,
but it buys a little time.)
I have the 15 and the 18, mainly because I got them both new at the pawn
shop. A Porter-Cable and a DeWalt. They are both good for a lot of
different stuff. Once you get to using one much, you will find out if you
need another of a different size. They are amazing tools, and I love mine.
But I think I need a bigger one, especially when looking at a framing hammer
and 5# of 16d. nails.
a new 18ga Porter Cable BN200 shoots 5/8" thru 2"
a used 16ga Accuset 1" thru 2 1/2" (Senco cheap line) it failed & I
replaced it with a Paslode 16ga straight brad nailer (uses the same
brads, since I had a bunch of SS)
I went 'round & 'round trying to decide 16ga (.062" dia) vs 15ga (.
the 15ga nailers tend to use a fastener more like a true finish....it
more like a real nail gun
the 16ga brad nailer, a more rectangular shaped brad
I got the 16ga nailer because it was cheap on ebay
There is a fair amount of overlap for what the 18ga & 16ga brad
nailers can do
I think if I had to do it over again....I might go with a 15ga finish
nailer & I wouldn't buy that cheap Accuset
but now that I have lot of $'s in 16ga SS straight collated brads, I'm
sticking with 16ga.
my buddy has a 23ga pin nailer that we use for base shoe or scribe
Pot me down for 18 and 15 ga. Senco and Milwaukee. Plus Milwaukee
shingle nailer, Senco framer, Senco palm nailer. I mostly use my
hammer for holding up the shop window in summer as it needs new
balance springs or some such, and driving Romex staples..
on 2/16/2009 1:09 PM (ET) Davej wrote the following:
I only own one, a Porter-Cable 15 ga. The first time I used it was many
years ago when I did some baseboard work for my brother-in-law in one
small room. That was also the last time I used it. I have done many
small jobs since where I could have used it, but it was just too much
trouble to get it out, load it up, drag a compressor out, and hook up
the air hose, so I just took the hammer and nail set route, even when I
replaced the baseboard and door molding in the master bedroom a few
months ago. Maybe I would have used a power nailer more if I had bought
a Paslode nailer.
Unless you are in the carpentry or woodworking business, or changing all
the molding in your house, forget the compressor type.
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