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Old 08-04-19, 08:52 AM
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electric nail guns

Need advise on the use and practicality of an electric (corded or cordless) nail gun.
The main use of this gun will be to re-nail the inside ridge board on my cabin. It's a vaulted ceiling and is about 18 feet high from the floor. I'll be using a generator for power.

Although I'll find many more uses for this tool I don't want to spend too much since the only real reason is for the above mentioned job. I have a pneumatic nailer but getting the compressor up the mountain side will be a challenge and I'm not sure my generator could handle the air compressor demands.

With that said I looked at Harbor Freight and they only seem to have a stapler/nailer in an electric configuration.

BTW the ridge board I'm nailing is a 1 x 3 strip. I'd have a hard time using a normal hammer in that position.

So my question is, any suggestion as to what to buy or brands to look at? And thoughts if the nailer will even do the job.

EDIT...Any thoughts about this one?
DeWalt DWHT75021 Electric Multi-Tacker

https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...bwPC5AQ8wII-gM
 
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Old 08-04-19, 10:59 AM
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I've never personally used an electric nail gun but it always appeared to me they weren't too stout and left a lot of nails unsunk. That said, they have come out with battery operated nail guns that some rave about.
 
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Old 08-04-19, 11:41 AM
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Umm... I would let the reviews of that tool speak for themselves.

https://www.dewalt.com/products/hand...cker/dwhttr510

You would want a cordless finish gun for that type of work... not an electric brad/stapler.
 
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I have watched many videos of people using cordless nailguns and they have really come to the mainstream matching the speed and convenience of an air nailer. However, their price tag is quite steep at $250 - $350. You might be better off picking up an inexpensive small air compressor that can run off the generator and just use the existing nail guns you already own.
 
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Old 08-05-19, 03:36 AM
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Air compressors take a lot of juice especially at startup. I have a 5000 watt generator that would operate my airless just fine but it struggled to power my 1hp air compressor.
 
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Old 08-05-19, 04:24 AM
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struggled to power my 1hp air compressor.
That's what I'm afraid of. Plus the fact, I'm not sure if the air line hose will reach the ceiling of the cabin. I wonder if I can rent a high end nailer? Went to Lowes yesterday. A real electric nailer starts at about $140 at the low end. I wouldn't mind spending the money if I was younger and if I know for a fact I needed for other projects. But all the other work that needs to done only require an ordinary hammer.
 
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You can always add air hose. I suppose renting a gas air compressor could be an option.
 
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Yeah, rent a Paslode cordless for a day.
 
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Not familiar with the brand name, but apparently HD carries them. I'll check it out! Thanks.
 
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Old 08-05-19, 05:22 AM
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Paslodes work great although I've always thought they were a little pricey. They require both a battery and a gas cartridge. They have both framing and finish nailers.
 
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