Probably going to open a can of worms here but here goes. If you were going
to own one finish nailer (under $200) for "occasional" home shop and just
general "occasional" light duty home improvement use which would it be?? RM~
You've already got a compressor? If so, just go to Harbor Freight and
get what you need for much, much less than $200. I'm really thinking
about getting a Dewalt cordless nailer, but that'll set you back ~$400.
Very, very convenient.
I like Porter Cable. They are quality, not as good as Senco, but half
the price. There are several models depending on your specific
applications. I have the Porter Cable BN200A which can drive a
variety of brad sizes.
Nailers are like planes--you can't own just one.
I use a 15ga angle nailer, an 18ga straight finish nailer, a 1/4" crown
stapler, and in a couple of days a 23ga pin nailer.
IF you want it for baseboards and crown molding, get the 15 ga instead
of the 18 ga.
I forgot: all of them are Porter Cable, including my framing nailer (I
left that out, because that's probably not what you are looking for),
with the exception of the Cadex pinner. All the PC nailers I have work
fine for me. No jams, they sink the nails in below the surface, and I
don't mind adding a couple of drops of oil to them no and again.
I have 2, an oil free 15ga and a 'grease at your own risk' 16ga.
I highly recommend ANY finish nailer that is oil free.
The 'occasional used like me can sometimes over oil these puppies ending up
with oil stains on the wood.
So I rarely trust my oiled 16ga and always use my oil free 15ga on the good
I've also found 15ga nails don't go nuts as often as the thinner 16ga and make
UTurns at the slightest whiff of a knot.
A finish nailer is a Real nail with holding strength on it's own that comes in
2.5 inch lengths and has many more uses around the home than a brad nailer.
I hardly touch my brad nailer anymore as a result.
A finish nailer makes the best third hand you can ever have. It is super light
If you have ever struggled with big lumber like framing, decking, etc by
yourself a finish nailer is perfect for tacking shit in place before you bring
out the framing nailer or screws.
Great tool IMO.
At one point I figured you just had a love-hate thing for Lee Valley tools.
I see now that your life in all respects consists of being a low life troll.
Wouldn't be surprised if your dog bit you in the butt every morning just out
Then you're just dumb or ignorant of how news readers work.
Use the reference message ID in the 'non quoting poster's' header to bring up
and read the post to which he is referring. If your news reader doesn't allow
this, get a better news reader.
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