<<Like framers around these parts no longer use Senco ... they've all
Hitachi. There is a van based industry around here that makes the
construction sites selling nails and repairing compressors and nail
on-the-spot ... the guy that was in front of one of my sites told me
yesterday that he hasn't seen a Senco on a framing crew in a while.
times change ...<<
Not around here either. Almost everyone here in San Antonio uses
Hitachi and just a few other odds and ends. The only reason I am so
heavily invested in Bostitch is that like in the old days, they will
replace any soft parts free because I am buying my nails and guns from
them. They only come about once a quarter though, so when the guy
comes in from Houston he spends a long day here repairing everyone's
guns out in the back of the lumberyard where I get my nails.
I'll bet you remember Swingman that back in the 70s, it was only
DuoFast and Spotnails in the field. We saved for months to get our
first nail gun (even then the framer was $495 + tax), and it was a
Spotnails since we couldn't afford a DuoFast. At that time, if you
bought nails and oil from the one of the two local suppliers, they gave
you ALL the parts you needed free (except the driver) if you would buy
a case or two of nails and staples when you needed a repair. They came
around in an old converted mail van (one of those big old box jobs like
they deliver bread in) and they had everything they needed in there.
I don't know of anyone that uses DuoFast anymore for anything since
they have gone the Taiwanese route like the others, and I think
Spotnails is out of business except for a few items here and there.
For that matter, we only have two different companies here that
actually go out to the jobsite to peddle nails and oil, and they have
no way to repair guns. You still have to drive to the broken gun to
their shop and leave it.
Here's something nasty about the lumberyard guns: the DeWalt guys that
repair the DeWalt guns have a $65 bench fee for any gun that is not
under warranty. So if you just need a seal, you will buy the full seal
kit (probably around $18 - $25) and then pay the $65 for the 15 minutes
it took to put them in. Ouch.
I have no idea what happens if you buy a Ridgid gun, or a DuoFast. I
can only imagine something similar.