Brad Nailer Help to Choose

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Old 02-24-08, 03:54 PM
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Brad Nailer Help to Choose

I am in the market for a brad nailer and saw these 4:
Rigid R213BNA ($109)
Dewalt D51238K ($99)
Hitachi NT50AE2 ($99)
Bostich BT200 ($88)
All can be had for less money at different sites, but these are the prices from big box stores for comparative purposes.
All seem about the same and wondered if anyone had any experience/strong opinions on which to purchase.
I mainly will be using for DIY home projects and don't think I need a 16 gauge nailer so I think these 18 gauge ones will be better (unless people suggest otherwise).
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Bob
 
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Old 02-24-08, 04:25 PM
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One feature I find helpful is an easy method of adjusting the drive depth. Good luck with your choice.
 
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And be sure you get one that accepts a wide range of nail lengths... from 5/8 to 2 1/8, for example.
 
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Yeah, mine only shoots up to 1 5/8" - be nice to go up to 2".
 
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They all seem to use brads from 3/4 to 2" and have adjustments for depth.
I was hoping for some first-hand experience from some on this site.
I appreciate the suggestions.
Bob
 
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Bob, I shoot a Porter Cable, and have great results. Holds up to 2" brads. No problems after 4 years of weekly use.
 
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I like the P-C just for the ease of loading and unloading, and that they are available (as are nails) everywhere you may go.

Had mine for 2 yrs, not a single jam or problem.
 
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I too have a Porter-Cable. Have had no problems with it during the 8 years I have used it.
 
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I use a Bostich. I think I actually got it for around $70, and have been using it almost everyday (in my business) for about 3 years with no problems. It shoots up to 2" brads.

All of the models you mentioned should be sufficient, as long as you make sure you keep up with oiling them.
 
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I agree

I agree with Chandler, I use my Porter Cable often and have abused it a lot. Its like a Timex watch, takes a licken and keeps on ticken.
 
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I have used a Porter Cable for years and they are great machines. The model I have cost about 125 bucks and would do only up to 1.25 brads. A couple months ago I picked up a 2" brad nailer and a box of 5000 brands for 30 bucks at Harbor Freight. I figured for the price if it lasted a couple of jobs I be lucky. I was really surprised how well it really does work.
You can extend the warranty for a few bucks more and their warranty is exchange for new not shipping and fixing.
I am not saying these cheaper brad nailers are built for production work as the name brands jobs but if your just looking for a weekend warrior tool that will be used for 15 minutes and put away for 3 months maybe something cheaper would work.
 
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All my nail guns are P-C. Other than the short max length on the brad nailer, I have no complaints.
 
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I'm surprised that there is such a majority of users for PC! I would have thought there'd be a bunch of Ridgid, some Dewalts, etc...
I appreciate the help.
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Porter Cable has been making tools since Rin Tin Tin was a puppy, and their quality, IMO, is right there. I own Bostitch, Dewalt, Bosch, Freud, Craftsman, Ridgid, and have found if you take care of them, they will take care of you.
 
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I own several Senco brad nailers (both oil-less models) but my smaller brand nailer is a PC... BN125, I think. It's been used a lot, put a kit in it recently, and it's still working. I can't say that PC is my favorite brand, but it does the job.
 
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I'm another Porter Cable guy,I own a pc brad nailer, I like it alot, they can be had for a good price if you shop around.
 
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