Nailer Recommendation Needed


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Old 01-24-06, 06:45 AM
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Nailer Recommendation Needed

I am looking for a recommendation for a pneumatic nailer for general home/project use. Mainly interested in a size or style recommendation. I don't do enough work to justify 3 or 4 different nailers. I have a small pneumatic stapler/nailer that can handle up to 1 1/4 brads but I think this is too small for mouldings and the occasional furniture project. Getting ready to reinstall baseboards after a flooring project and I have been known to occasionally build a bookcase and even a bed or two. I think a nailer that can shoot up to a 2" nail would be fine for most things but what guage and/or head type?
 
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Old 01-24-06, 06:54 AM
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This is what I use

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I have and use a porter cable finish nailer that uses 3/4" up to 2 1/2" 16 gauge nails. I bought it with a kit that came with two other guns and a compressor. I find that I seem to use this particular gun more often than the other two. I'm not one to make a bed (build it anyways ), but that is the gun I used primarily for my trim and to reapply some wood paneling. Just holding it compared to my smaller brad nailer told me it was the right tool to use. My .02 cents...others may have a different opinion. Good luck with the choice and let us know how everything works out.
 
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Old 01-24-06, 08:38 AM
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I agree with getting a 16 gauge up to 2.5" nail. I have a cheaper 16 gauge that uses .75 - 2" nails. If it ever needs replacing I will definetly get one that will shoot an 8 penny nail. 15 or 16 gauge has more holding power than the cheaper 18 gauge and it is no harder to putty the nail heads.
 
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Old 01-24-06, 10:42 AM
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Thank you for the information. It is one of those tools that I may not use too often but will be glad that I have.
 
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You will be very glad you have it. I thought "why couldn't I just use a hammer"...this nailer makes life sooooo much easier without dealing with falling trim, nails falling, etc...it's also much much quicker.
 
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I agree with the posts so far. A 15 gauge nailer shooting 2.5" nails is an irreplaceable part of my stuff. I do this for a living and have roofing coil nailer, framing, narrow crown stapler, brad, and finish nailers, and I do believe the most versatile nailer in the bunch is the angle head finish nailer. I use the Senco SFN40 with my compressor, and also have a Senco AirFree 41, which requires no air, so it is very, very versatile, but also very expensive. If you have an air source already, then a 15 gauge, angle head finish nailer will be great for your molding and cabinetry.
 
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I have found the 16 ga. 3/4-2 1/2 finish nailer to be very versatile
I would also recommend it
 
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Old 01-25-06, 04:01 AM
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A finish nailer will be a good fit for the tasks you have in mind. Most 15-guage nailers have an angled magazine, allowing them into more confined areas. The 16-guage nailers usually have a straight magazine, but the cost of nails is less in 16-guage. The nailers are similar in price range.
 
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Old 01-25-06, 11:48 AM
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Thanks for the information. The 15 guage seems like it might be nicer to have than the 16 but I suspect both will work OK for what I have in mind. I found a reconditioned 16-guage Porter Cable FN250BR for
 
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I have the PC catalog right by me and I don't see a model with FN250BR...just "B". I would guess the "R" is for reconditioned.
 
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Old 01-26-06, 11:27 AM
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Reconditioned it is. I have had no problems with reconditioned tools - a bit scuffed but definitely a bargain.
 
 

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