Basically very little difference but the 15 is going to grip slightly better
and be a bit less likely to deflect with all things being equal.
Which nails can you get more readily or which is nail is cheaper?
My gut would be 16's are cheaper but tougher to get. I saw a review
that said the Hitachi, Dewalt and Botstitch were rated the best. These
3 are in the $200 range new though. HF is looking more and more
I would think cheaper if you can get both at the same store. If you have to
drive a distance over 10 or so miles to get the smaller nail it may end up
I saw a review
I am partial to Senco.. still more money. With the more expensive models
you get a more comfortable grip, better guards, some are oilless, "a plus
IMHO", built to last, easier to adjust, "sometimes with out tools",
typically fewer jams and easier to clear when you get them.
I'm a Paslode snob. I also like the Senco wide crown (Upholstery)
staplers. I have a 16 ga Paslode finish nailer that has been through a
bezillion 1-1/4" nails. I replaced the bumper-O-ring thing and all
looked well inside. Of course, I oil it every clip of nails I put in it.
I kept that one when I sold my business, because the newer Palode (The
green hammer-tone paintjobs) didn't fit me as well as the old style.
For brad nailer (18 ga) I use a Porter Cable. It came with my pancake
compressor (I needed portable air for my vacuum clamps) I am quite fond
of the Porter Cable brad nailer.
I also have a 'Superior' (read off shore cheapo) narrow crown stapler
which serves me well the few times I need it.
Just a couple of small drops. The hard part was to find a dispenser that
would let me dribble a couple of drops only. I finally found a small
plastic glue bottle that worked well.
I tried oilers as well, but they're messy things as they lubricate the
I initially got a PC FN250B 16 ga. with a length range of 3/4" to
2-1/2" . good nailer but requried an adapter change to switch from
short (less than 1-1/4") to long. I got tired of doing that and
bought a PC DA250B 15 ga. Now use the 15 for long and leave the 16
set up for short.
both are good nailers. just trimmed out a Habitat house using both at
a high cycle rate. No jams or problems.
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