I've never owned one, but I am sure getting the "wants". So I've started
reading the reviews and learning about the brands. It seems that misfiring
is an ailment that affects some of the nailers. If you have any experience,
especially heavy day in-day out type making a living with one of these
devices, I'd appreciate hearing about it.
I will agree on the Senco but after that I have to say PC. I have no
experience with Hitachi or Makita nailers.
I have two PC nailers now, a DA250B 15ga angle finish nailer and a BN125
18ga straight brad nailer (never seen a 18 angle). I use both quite a lot
but I'm planning on getting rid of the 18ga and get a Senco FP25XP 18ga
finish nailer. One of the problems with the PC as well as most others is
they keep on firing without nails, also the PC's require a few drops of oil
which may cause problems with the wood finish - this has never happened to
me, however. The Senco FP25XP is oilless and won't fire without brads in the
slide. Another advantage of the Senco is the range of length of brads -
5/8's to 2-1/8". My PC BN125 is 5/8 to 1-1/4 (The BN200 is 3/4 - 2" and the
DA250 is 1 to 2-1/2). The Senco FP25XP ain't cheap though, around $150.
There are 18 ga brad nailers cheaper - but are they in the long run? My PC
BN125 was around $80 and while it has done fine, I'm going to switch.
See the Senco FP25XP here http://tinyurl.com/raqi
Good hunting, Erik
I appreciate all the informative posts.
$150 is not expensive for a good tool that will be around a while and saves
a lot of time. I think I'll go for the Senco - I have not read a single
critical comment about that brand and I like the oil free aspect. The
FP25XP sounds great. I was not aware of that model - its not carried
everywhere, but I think its the one I'll get.
On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 13:26:26 GMT, "Bob Davis"
You can get a real cheap one from Harbor Freight. I believe a 18-gauge
3/8" - 1-3/16" cost $19.99. I bought one almost the same but longer
brads (up to 2" brad) for about $25. I have used it for more than six
mths occasionally and I really have no problems with it.
I have the $20 HF brad nailer and it is a piece of crap. It "doubles" every
once in a while, jamming it or shooting a bent brad in the work. I like the
idea of a brad nailer (I wasn't sure I would ever use one when I bought the HF)
but not this one. I asked Santa to give me a real one. Let's see if she was
He also didn't specify what he would be using it for.
For price performance I don't think the HF "Professional" 2" 18ga
brad nailer can be beat. Its frequently <$30 on sale and comes with spare
wear parts. I have one. It hasn't misfired on me yet.
boy, talk about "selective quotes"!!! Re-read the OP's full post and
tell if he didn't ask specifically for recommendations from FOLKS
ESPECIALLY WHO USE THE NAILERS TO MAKE A LIVING?? Hello??? Neither you
nor I would be qualified to answer his question, even though I have 3
you "feel the need"? If you had a little self control, maybe you could
refrain from being "Big Brother"?? Maybe? Nah, that would never happen
..."self control" isn't in your vocabulary.
Oh, and I almost forgot, BITE ME!
have a nice day!
Mine are both Porter Cable - BN125 (18 ga.) and DA250A (15 ga.)
I have two friends from who I can borrow a FN250A (16 ga.)
If you have never owned one, many have recommended some inexpensive HF
models and have been satisfied with the performance at the right price.
I have the PC that shoots up to 2". Never had a misfire with it. I'm a
contractor so my use is heavy at times. I really like the way it feels
in my hand, just very comfortable. Someone mentioned that it needs to be
oiled, yeah, like a drop of oil, and that isn't going to effect
anything. Some worry about the 2" nails being too weak, and I did wonder
about it too, but that has not been my experience in use. It's
advertised as shooting from 3/4" thru 2" but it will also shoot the 5/8"
Would I buy it again? In a heartbeat.
An unkind remark is like a killing frost. No matter how much it warms
up later, the damage remains.
I have a PC BN200A 2" 18 guage brad, a Crapsman 351.713610 18 guage - 2"
brad and a Crapsman 351.713640 1/2" stapler.
The PC is legendary for miss firing, while neither Crapsman has ever
misfired (at least for me. I am pretty sure everyone else has a bad comment
The PC uses a few brands of nails, but they are a pain to find. The Crapsman
uses both Sears and Paslode products. Paslode refills are available almost
everywhere and are inexpensive.
Both brands have good features, so it is a toss up for me. I just don't like
the miss-firing from the PC.
One thing the PC has over the Crapsman is the jam clearing feature. The
Crapsman makes me take off the front cover plate. It has only jammed once,
while the PC has jammed a few times. (Makes me wonder if that is why they
built in a jam feature, hmm)
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