I'll step up and admit that I have 2 extremely inexpensive 18 gauge
brad drivers from HF...
the 1st one worked so well, I went and got another one when they went
on sale.. nice to have different size brads ready for things like
drawers, where I'm using 1 1/4 brads on the sides but that would be
over kill on the bottoms.. so the other gun has 1/2" in it..
I've had a PC BN200 for several years now. I plan to augment it one day
with a couple of sizes larger and a size smaller (15 ga finish nails and
pins plus a round head nailer). I have no complaints about the 18ga x 2
inch nailer. For my use, it's been the best compromise first nialer.
Good for applying molding, tacking things in place while glue dries,
slapping together storage boxes and drawers. From your description of
your near term projects, I'd think this model or equivalent would serve
I find air nailers to be GREAT for finish carpentry. Never again a
half moon on the molding! For that, you'll need a 15 ga. finish
nailer, angled tips are best. For quickly assembling jigs, backs on
cabinets, etc... An 18 ga. brad nailer is good.
I don't usually use nails in fine furniture, and there isn't a reason
to in typical kitchen or bathroom cabinetry.
I have a Senco 15 ga., and Porter Cable 16 and 18 ga. nailers. The 16
is kind of an orphan, it came in a kit with a compressor and the 18
ga. brad nailer.
Go for an 18ga Brad nailer. Make sure you get one that shots from
5/8-2" or 2"+. Some lower cost options only do 3/4" or only go up to 1
I've found the 5/8" to be important. You may end up wioth applications
such as lapping to pieces of 3/4" stoc with rabbits or dados, etc and
only have 3/4 total material to join and the 5/8" is cool.
At the upper end 1 1/4" should be OK because you might be shooting
through 3/4and that alows you to shoot into another piece of 3/4"
without shooting through. However, I often find I have some lap
situation where I have 1/4" ply over 3/4" stocck and want to shoot al
the way through both and 1 1/4" won't do it. Also toe nailing or
shootoing up through crown molding can require more than 1 1/4" also.
The PC is probably the most common but I've personnaly had some
problems with them. Senco is much quieter and "I think" does a better
job. Recently one of the wood mags reviewed about 20 different models
and Paslode was the one that impressed me the most. I'd buy either
Senco or Paslode (if you can find it).
Keep in mind, brad nailers are typically used in conjunction with
gluing applications. If you are looking to do nailing only type
applications, then I would go up to a 15ga finish nailer.
I have a 15 ga finish nailer, 18 ga brad nailer, 23 ga pin nailer, and
a narrow ga
crown stapler and love them all.
My advice is to start w/ the 18 ga brad nailer. It is most flexible,
i.e. can do
the most jobs.
Actually, my favorite is the 23 ga pin nailer. I love tacking moulding
while the glue dries. The pins are invisible.
Most important rule: keep your non-trigger hand at least one fastener
length away from
the action, otherwise *bad* things can happen.
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