For anybody who's thinking of getting one, I got a Senco brad nailer (good
timing, my back went out for a couple of days and I didn't have to lug the
compressor around) and it's pretty nice. It won't quite sink a 2" brad into
solid hardwood is the only drawback. The first thing I did was try it with
a fully charged battery on the maximum depth setting in a piece of oak and
it left about 1/4" of the brad sticking out on several trys. But I used it all
on pine trim and it worked fine.
I was reading the reviews on Amazon of this product and it seems to break a
LOT. I wonder if anyone else has this experience. I would love to have a
brad nailer without a compressor but having one that is reliable is very
Regarding the Air - Free 25 nailer:
Thanks for hipping me to those reviews.
After reading them, I called Senco and
even THEY gave me the bummer story
about the tool. Then I called a repair
center and was informed that nearly
every one they'd sold had malfunctioned.
So I brought it back to Menard's like a
hot potato and got the refund. In all fairness, Senco told me that
improvements in the design had been made a year ago, but that it was still
not intended for day in day out use.
Looks like everybody else shared the experience I've had with these. I
don't know what happened on this design, but even stuff not related to
the battery nature of the thing were badly designed. Senco makes great
stuff...usually. I really like their air tools, nice and quite. I've
always thought of them as that quite humble guy who does great work
while that Brad Porter guy (ie PC Brad nailer) is all loud and proud
and just does an OK job.
One caution; if you get a jam, try to fix it without dissambling the
nose piece. If you do, watch out. It took me more than an hour to get
all the springs and pieces back in place.
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