In search of the perfect brad nailer


Old 05-17-04, 10:13 PM
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Question In search of the perfect brad nailer

What characteristics are desirable in a pnuematic brad nailer? I only know that I need one that can drive brads of lengths up to 2.5 inches. I will be using it for various home renovation projects. Also, is one brand preferable to another; should any particular brand be avoided? Thanks! -e.
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Old 05-23-04, 10:00 PM
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I've had a Bostich 18 ga. brad nailer for a few years and wouldn't trade it for any other. It handles brads from 5/8" to 2", doesn't need oiling, and almost never jambs.

For real fine work, I use a Senco 23 ga. pin nailer. It handles 5/8" & 1" pins that only leave a "pinprick" mark - virtually no filler needed.
Old 05-24-04, 03:31 PM
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Cool Thanks, Dave!

I bought a Senco 18gauge nailer that handles 2inch brads. I hope my experience with it will be as positive as yours has been. Thanks for the word. -e.
Old 05-24-04, 05:05 PM
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The PERFECT brad nailer will shoot 15 or 16 gauge nails as well as 18 gauge.


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