I am considering purchasing an Arrow electric brad nailer, it accepts brads
up to 1.25", which should be fine for woodworking use, and it seems like it
would be a lot simpler than an air nailer. A lot cheaper too.
Anyone have any experience with these?
I have a similar electric brad nailer that was made by Swingline. I never
use it because it doesn't have enough power to drive brads home in anything
much harder than balsa wood. Even soft pine gives it problems. In pine the
last 1/8" or so of the brad is usually left exposed and must be driven in
with a hammer and nail set. It was a gift from a very special person, so
I've still got it. Otherwise, it would have hit the trash years ago. I have
Porter Cable pneumatic nailers that never fail me. They just aren't quite as
portable because they need an air compressor.
"Locutus" <locutus email@example.com> wrote in message
Any of the electric staplers will work with pine (maybe) or cardboard
but not hard wood.
We have two of them. I got one years ago for a project. Most of the
time I have to use a hammer to finish driving the brad. My wife not
knowing I had one purchased another for some upholstery projects. She
had me cut a sheet of 1/4 inch baltic birch plywood so she could use it
for a seat of an metal bench. She first tried her electric gun and it
would not even go through the fabric and the padding not to mention the
plywood. I had gone to HF and purchase a $20 air stapler that came with
staples. The only problem we had is the shortest staples were too long
for the plywood and I had to cut strips of addition plywood so the
staples would not stick up into the seat.
I was involved with the Arrow company at one time and would have to agree
with all the other posts. For 99% of all projects it would be useless. Maybe
not even that useful. arrow does make a heavier gun that will drive a nail
through 3/4" Oak but I don't know who carries it and I would think it
retails in the $100.00 range.
Home Depot has a little red air compressor that is set up like one of those
black suitcases on wheels with the extended handle to pull it around with.
The compressor is $100.00. Buy that and a $20.00 nail gun from HF and you
will be very pleased with both. I use the little red compressor to power my
framing and roofing nailers also. My compressor is almost two years old and
sees pretty heavy use.
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