True, but once a tool is bought for one project it becomes available
for many others.
As I mentioned earlier, I have an electric one that I've used to tack
stuff together (like after a glue up) but it rarely buries the head. I
hadn't tried it for the quarter round for that reason.
I tested the HF tool with 1 1/4" brads to tack a piece of 3/4" oak to
a 2 x 4 at 75 psi and it buried the head flush.
I'm not thrilled with the divot it leaves next to the brad head though.
Are you referring to the big one atop the nailer?
If so, it's to direct the exhaust away from your sensitive, unprotected, and
necessary body parts. Just imagine your various bits getting hit by 100 psi.
Ive got one. It was worth the cost if it only worked for one job for
me. That is usually the qualification I place of HF tools. I still
have it and have used it several time. Make sure you can get the brads
for it and it will handle ones that are long enough. For that cost
what have you got to lose.
I think the HF brads are zinc coated. I fasted the treads on my
steps for the hot tub with them 2 1/2 yrs ago. One of those
'temporary' jobs. Cedar nailed to old PT with whatever was in the
Daily outdoor use. Re-coated with a quick splash of Cabot's this
spring. No sign of rusting or staining yet.
I haven't looked at PC brads. Are they different from HF? I'd bet
somebody makes a SS or hot-dipped brad that will fit the HF gun.
Looks like one I bought 4-5 years ago as a backup for my Porter
Cable. Works fine and seldom misses a beat. I think I paid about
One reason I bought it was an "endorsement" from a finish carpenter
who bought a tool from me several years ago. He said he got into the
business a few years earlier when he got laid off from an aircraft
plant. He couldn't afford top quality tools at first and bought a
couple HF nailers, until he got ahead. He since upgraded but still
uses the HF brad nailers and showed me one in his truck toolbox.
Looked like a beat-up stock car but apparently still worked fine. He
said he was kind of hesitant to take them on a job with a bunch of
pros but the %#$^^ thing wouldn't wear out.
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