Sadly, I too have the HF brad nailers. I bought them when HF had them
on their sidewalk sale promotion, only a 100 to the store, and they
"Can I bring them back if I don't like them?", I asked. "Yup", said
the clerk. As long as I have the receipt I am OK.
I didn't want them to work... not one bit. I have a fortune in
nailguns as I am a contractor. But I am also tired of paying high
prices for PC nailguns (Taiwan with Chinese parts) Senco, (same)
Hitachi (mixed bag) etc. The worst I have gotten is the DeWalt. The
best I have gotten are my Bostich. But I have found on the small brad
guns they all last about the same.
I tried them, and as much as I wanted to be vindicated for spending $90
(or more) for a brad gun, I can't. These guns are good. They shoot
fine, they are well designed, the are reliable, and easy to fix if you
blow a seal. HF sells the "box of O rings" every once in a while for
When they do finally break, throw it away and get another. Just the
driver on my Bostich brad nailer was $37 when it broke, and put in for
$65 bench fee. Since I buy my nails from the guys though, they put the
driver in free or the Bostich would be a part gun.
Buy that blue rascal and put the warranty on it (90 days comes with it)
for a year straight replacement and you will be at something like $24
buck plus tax.