Me a brad nailer. Things large enough to require a finish nailer aren't as
likely to move around. The joy of a brad nailer is being able to hold a
small piece by hand while nailing.
Not to mention that at the bookshelf level, unless you're talking a toenail
"until the glue dries," there are wood joints to use which are easily made.
The brad driver attaches the back.
One does not replace the other. For bookshelf type stuff, I'd go with the
brad nailer. A brad nailer is a great tool for quick light assembly,
holding glued items in place, jigs, etc. I love mine and use it all the
Largely considered different animals. Brad Nailers typically shoot 18g
brads, finish nailers 15 or 16g. A Trim Carpenter would probably get the
most use from a finish nailers, a wooddorker would likely put more mileage
on his brad nailer.
Answer # 4 ;~)
There is some overlap in their applications but just enough so that there is
normally no application that is not covered by either.
I have both and greatly use the finish nailer over the brad nailer. I view
the brad nailer as a temporary and not permanent fastener. Fastened pieces
are often very easy to take a part. Many people use the brad nailer to hold
pieces until the glue sets. The longer brads can more easily deflect and
exit the wood in a different direction than it was shot at. This can happen
with a finish nail gun also but is not as likely.
The finish nailer shoots nails that are often coated with an adhesive glue
that helps the nail hold even tighter.
Brads are CHEAP compared to Finish Nails.
I generally use a finish nail gun on wood 3/4" thick and thicker. I use the
brad nail gun for wood up to but not including 3/4" thick. I keep only 4
sizes of nails on hand for these 2 guns. 5/8" and 1-1/8" for the brad nail
gun and 1-1/4 and 1-3/4 long for the finish nail gun.
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