Bostitch is the gold standard. The MIIIFS is a tank, which is why it's so
commonly found for rent. You can easily find the staples - cheap - even at
the BORG. I'm sure that the Porter Cable is a good unit, too, but it
doesn't appear to be as common. I bought a used Bostitch on eBay for about
$250. After I'm done putting in about 1500 sq-ft of Brazilian cherry, I'll
sell it on eBay for about $250.
My impression - which I'm finding may be wrong, is that PC is less
oriented toward the pro. But, here's a recent experience...
Just finished my roof. Had a borrowed PC coil roofing nailer. When I
started out, the thing was nothing but trouble. Jammed frequently,
had to follow up half the nails with a couple whacks of the hammer.
Things were taking a LONG time. Roof looked like it was gonna be a
Then, I figured out how to use the dang thing. The jamming stopped by
itself for whatever reason. Maybe my bad attitude was conveying to
the nailer and when I chilled it did too. And, miracle of miracles,
bounce nailing did the trick with getting the nails set to proper
depth (pressure had been ok all along, it was user error basically).
Now, this is but one roof and it may that they're not as durable for a
pro doing several houses a year. But, if you're Harry Homeowner, I'd
say it seems PC is perfectly acceptable.
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