Hi all, I have a couple of questions about nail guns. Which nail type is most common, is it the 22 degree ones or 30 degree. I want to get a nailer that takes the most common angle of nail strips, so I don't have to spend time searching for the right nails at Home Depot.
I recently bought a Dewalt D51844. I bought the thickest diamer nails (.148") it could handle and tried it out. The nails didn't go in all the way, about 1/8th to 3/16ths of the nail head remained above the surace of the wood (douglas fur studs).
Above all, the nails did not feed smoothly into the chamber, and I had to manually push each subsequent nail into the chamber by hand, by pushing on the nail pusher at the end of the magazine. The nails are held together by plastic fastners. Maybe this gun doesn't like that style of faster? I think nails held together by paper fasters exist and perhaps I should try them. In any case, I followed the instructions, bought compatible nails, but the gun didn't work well. So I am not impressed and will probably return it.
Could anyone recommend an alternative framing nailer that will do 3 1/2" nails flush with the wood, one that has a good reputation among contractors. I want a reliable, powerful, no-nonsense gun. I have been looking at porter cables and Hitachis seem to be popular. Any thoughts?