I'm looking for a good muti-purpose air nailer, which I'd only use for
occassional products. I'd rather have one nailer that I can use for
different projects, rather than buy a separate framing nailer, a separate
finish nailer, etc.
I'm considering buying this Bostich Palm Nailer
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is on sale today for $39 today (regularly $100). However, the description
doesn't say if it will work with finish nails.
Anyone have experience using this or other palm nailers with finish nails?
Will it put indentations in the wood if, for instance, you're pounding
finish nails into the frame of a new window?
Any other advice on how well a palm nailer works for a variety of projects,
and with a variety of nail types, would be appreciated!
If it does not say, I doubt that it will. The nailing requirements for
framing and finishing are so different, it would be a difficult compromise
to do both reasonably well.
This is about as close is you will come.
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I have owned a palm nailer, and if i remember right, it came with a
finish tip that i never used. however, the only use IMO for one is for
nailing in those situations where you don't have room to swing your
hammer, like nailing joist hangar nails into the side of joists for
example. i was on a job where we had to put tension straps on joists
with a million 10 d nails each, and a lot of people would try the palm
nailer, but noone stuck with it. they are noisy and sort of irritating
to use. I can't imagine using one on finish work. just as fast and
more pleasant to swat nails in with your hammer.
I haven't used the finish nail tip that came with my Harbor Freight palm
nailer. But I used it to put in a few hundred joist hangers. If you don't stop
pressing when the nail head contacts the metal hanger, it will freakin pop the
head right off a 16 penny nail and drive the remainder in until the heavy metal
plate is dented about as far as you want it to be.
Not a bit. Palm nailers pop away like a little steam engine, and the nailer is
fairly heavy compared to the power piston. There is very little reaction on
your hand even with thick 16 penny galvanized nails. Very nice to use in
Even if it could a finish nailer may be worth the investment because of the
number of nails you need to put in usually and will be more accurate - just
hold the tip to the nail spot and fire. I love my Porter Cable.
Only time I've seen a palm nailer used, is when the area around the
nail didn't allow for a regular nail gun, or a manual hammer. So it
doesn't seem like a one-size-for-all solution.
As for finish nailer, finish nails should be hammered below the
surface of the wood, so it can be made almost invisible with wood
putty. A palm nailer has a big head, and once the nail head gets
close to the surface, the head migh beat up on the wood.
Now don't take this post as fact, go check one out at your local hard
tom @ www.Consolidated-Loans.info
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