What are you going to "finish?"
I've got one of these:
About less than 1/2 the price and it does stuff like trim, molding, and the
like quite well. It countersinks the head about 1/16" and the results are
Brads are much thinner than nails but they must have invisible barbs or glue
or something. Once in place they are incredibly tenacious!
Anyway, I'm completely pleased with mine.
Be _dxxxn_ sure you're wearing eye protection, then...the biggest
concern I'd have would be ricochet if were to dead-center on a 16d, say.
No specific experience w/ the HF nailers; I bought refurb'ed Bostitch
for all owing primarily to plentiful choices of ammunition for them and
There's no real substitute for the purpose when there is a purpose and
particularly if time is of any concern -- other than that, there's
always the fact that there's nothing you can do w/ a nailer that can't
be hand nailed, albeit even if it may take pilot holes or other special
efforts to accomplish.
I can't imagine any of them breaking. They'll probably bend the heck out of
the brad/nail and might jam, but they can't really break.
If you study the schematic, you'll see how they work. They release a wad of
compressed air against a spring-return piston. This piston thumps (not
pushes) the next nail in line out the mouth of the gun.
If the nail won't go the distance - perhaps because it hit an obstacle - the
nail ends up protruding from the target! It's not like the piston drives the
nail the whole distance - it just gives the nail a hefty kick out the door.
Look at it like this: If you have a nailer that can drive both a 2" brad and
a 1-1/4" brad (like I suggested), without any adjustment when you change
ammunition, it's obvious the "plunger" on the gun isn't traveling a full two
inches, else it drive the shorter nail 3/4" below the surface!
No- but for $30 more I'd buy this N62 on Ebay- New, $109, free
Here's a used one with warranty for$51 including shipping;
Depending on where you live Craigslist might have some deals- [not
where I live, but I know somebody will suggest it]
For $20-30 I'd grab a HF nailer, but I hesitate to go over $50 on
their chinatools. [I own a couple of the brad nailers that I picked
up when they were about $10- they work most of the time.]
I would. It isn't a whole lot more & if it breaks you can get parts
and fix it. I can only comment on the Bostitch. I've got a
used N62 & I like how it is built.
My brother-in-law swears by his senco. BTW, his is a cartridge gun.
No compressor needed, but the cartridges are expensive and only
stocked by a couple local stores. I'd stick with a pneumatic as
the compressor is really free because even if you don't have one, when
you get it you'll wonder how you lived without it. [same with the
nailer-- if/when you need to drive and set nails again you'll
wonder how you survived the 'old days'/]
Well, I'm still not sold on the idea of nailers but I'm willing to
give one a try. Are all the decent ones air? I have a cheezy
compressor but don't really have any air tools.
Maybe I ought to start another thread -- what tools are much better as
the air versions?
I think even the cheesiest of compressors will run a nailer. I've
shot a couple hundred brads out of my cheap HF bradnailer off my
10gallon tank with no compressor attached.
'better' needs to be qualified. If you spend every day working on
roofs, off ladders, or in 2nd floor bedrooms, then a cartridge type
might be handy. But for mucking about a shop, outside, or an
occasional trip to upstairs it is nice to have a steady supply of air
to run a tool or two.
And even my cheap $100 HF compressor has paid for itself yearly in the
other handy things that it does.
Most nailers work just fine on a compressor with a small tank, since
they use a very small volume per minute. The nailer really came in
handy when installing crown molding. I got a finish nailer that uses
the more popular more availble nails. Senco and Senco nails are
expensive, but I'd certainly avoid the off-brands or low-end stuff.
My buddy has a cartridge gun, and he has to cock it for every shot. I
wish I had a cartridge gun for those jobs where I just need to shoot a
couple of nails, so I wouldn't have to drag out the compressor, but I
would never use my buddy's gun for production work. I can shoot 10
nails in 5 seconds with my gun with a hose, but his takes about 5
seconds per nail. Maybe there are self-priming guns.
I've seen the little CO2 cannisters you wear on your belt. I might get
one of those.
Most of their stuff is fine for the casual user.
I would be a little concerned about:
a.. Air consumption: 8 CFM @ 90 PSI
That seem a bit high to me.
I bought a Senco off EBay, new for a few $ more.
Noisy as heck but works like a champ.
Please come visit www.househomerepair.com
Try Tool-King's reconditioned tools for some deals. I've bought several and
never had an issue. Here's the Bostitch that I got
Of course, it's a little more than it was a year or so ago but I feel that
it's a bargain and you won't have to wonder if the boat from China will have
repair parts the next trip over the pond - just kidding. I have some HF
stuff and haven't had an issue with the majority of them.
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