It won't drive the nails that came with it through 1/2" quarter round
and baseboards with a couple drops of oil, 100 psi through 100' of
3/8" hose (fitting MIGHT be < 3/8"). It is adjusted to maximum depth
as it was out of the box.
Is it defective, or incapable of the work I am doing (should I
exchange it and hope the next one is better)? I believe one of the
home improvement stores has a similar heft nailer that is only a
one-purpose finish nailer (no staples) - would it pack more punch?
I found that pushing the nose harder against the work
yielded better results MOST of the time - when it didn't I
used a (large) nail set which made a bigger hole in the trim
than I wanted, but nothing caulk wouldn't fill.
MY compressor is not quite what it should be - only 100 psi
max regulated, tank pressure about 125 max and only 20 gal.
and probably 3 hp (don't recall off the top of my head).
I guess if I want to know if the tool will drive the brads
it states are within its capacity, I need to remove the
hoses and try a 20' or 25' length? Either that or "alter"
the regulator on the compressor and see what happens at 120
- but if I do that, please answer this?:
The 100 psi in the instructions was stated to be an absolute
maximum - is there any danger that higher static pressure
can damage the tool? Is there a "formula" for what to
expect in pressure or flow (cfm) losses per foot of hose for
different size hoses (with or without restrictive
fittings/couplings)? Last, is this typical of this tool or
"class of tools" under the circumstances, or do tools from
particular manufacturers typically do better than others
when driven at their maximum rated pressures and burdened
with 100' of hose?
Lots of questions, I know, but hopefully not overly
complicated for someone who's owned many types of nailers?
If you take a singe shot, the hose length will be of little consequence. If
you do repeated hits, there is not enough volume in the hose to keep up.
Larger diameter hose will help.
Do a little experiment of a scrap. Take a sing shot, the take six or eight
repeated shots and see what happens.
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