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What type of pneumatic nail gun to get

Hi forum. I'm approaching the end of a project of finishing a room in my basement, and I'll be putting the trim on the ways and around the doors in the next few days. I try to come out of each project I do in my house with a new tool, and this project's tool will be a pneumatic nail gun.

My question is what type of nail gun do I want to get for trim, and that might also qualify for other uses in the future? It seems that for the trim, I can use brad nailer or a finishing nailer. True? And if either one is fine, is there one that is more versatile than the other? Is one of them inherently limited to only one nail size? Both of them are?

Thanks for any guidance.
 
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I use a brad nailer when going directly into wood and a finishing nailer when the nail has to go through a layer of sheetrock first. Thus, the inside of the trim is typically a brad and the outside a finish nail.

You have a compressor? Lot of the time there are good deals on kits with a compressor and multiple guns.
 
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A brad nail is limited to attaching small pieces of wood and uses an 18 gauge nail. I'm not sure if you can get them as long as 2" definitely not longer. Finisher nailers come in 2 sizes, 16 gauge [straight clip] and 15 gauge [angled] I know the 16 gauge can be as short as 1" and as long as 2.5" I think 15 gauge is similar but don't know for sure.
 
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What the others have said. Keep an eye open for Friday and the compressor/multiple gun deals that will go down at the box stores. May run across a good one for a few bucks.
 
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Multiple gun kits are best. You will want both guns. If you can only get one gun, an 18 ga brad nailer that can shoot 2" long nails (or 2 1/8, depending on the brand) will do most thin trim through drywall. But it's not quite long enough to shoot 3/4" thick stuff through 1/2" drywall because you usually want 1" of the nail to go into the stud. When you are putting up thick or heavy trim, that's usually when you want the 15 ga or 16 ga finish gun.
 
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The distinction between these two types is a bit clearer to me now. Thanks y'all.
 
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Yeah......unfortunately..the kits normally include a small brad nailer that only goes to 1 1/4"(?) I'm pretty sure. I know when I bought my Senco 3 gun kit it had one of their better angled finish nailers, but just the smaller brad nailer and a stapler (which I think I've used twice). For what I saved buying the kit, a larger brad nailer was no problem. Paid $99 for the kit...yep...$99. One of the perks of working at HD and being able to search the computer for items that have been clearanced but still show some in stock. Clearance and re-furbs with full factory warranty are the only way to fly.
 
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I have avoided getting into air tools for the longest time but I see this nailer]18 Gauge 2-in-1 Nailer/Stapler on sale for 14 bucks this weekend. The reviews aren't bad and how can I go wrong for $14? Of course the noise from my little compressor will drive me nuts but I can wear ear muffs.
 
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That's why you get a long hose and put the compressor in another room (or outside!)
 
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Yeah, my first compressor was so loud I had to leave the garage when it cycled. Got rid of that thing and have two oiled and a small Bostich oilless that's much more quiet now.
 
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Neighbor down the street brought his brand new oil-less compressor up to our place a few days after he bought it. First question was "Are they supposed to be that noisy?" Answer--"Yup, that's the way they all sound." Second question was "Would you be interested in buying it from me?" Answer--"No!" Think I hurt his feelings.

I have a small Senco brad nailer, 18-gauge. It cost me $99 with the tiny compressor. Money well spent, as it easily shoots 2" brads through any trim I've used it with, and the compressor is very quiet and has a quick recovery time.
 
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I use a bard nailer (Porter Cable) to install all my trim. Make sure you get a 2" gun and not 1 1/4" gun. I use 2" brads for base and the outside caseing through the sheetrock. Then change to 1 - 1 1/4" to nail to the wood jambs of the windows or doors.

I was going to say stay away from the HF but it appears to have good reviews so I would take a chance. I would however, stay away from their compressors.
 
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HF is not known for quality but the two oiled compressors I have came from there and have served me well for several years. I also know a contractor who uses one of the same ones daily on the job.
 
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HF is also not known for having repair parts for many of their tools. Saw Lowes had a Bostich 2" brad nailer/compressor combo for $159 online this morning and thought of this thread.
 
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HF is also not known for having repair parts for many of their tools.
my experience has been just the opposite. Most of the repair parts and such I've gotten from HF is from years past but earlier this year, my HF coma-long had a bracket that holds the gear break. I inquired about a replacement part, was told it was available and they'd send me one. 1-2 weeks later I received a brand new coma-long with an apology for the part not being available at that time....... and they never charged my CC

I bought a HF 16 gauge nail gun about 20 yrs ago, rebuilt it once but then it died again in the middle of a job so I went to HD and bought a Rigid nail gun with a lifetime warranty. The HF gun worked just as well as the Rigid but the Rigid gun can shoot a 2.5" nail, the HF was limited to 2"
 
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I wound up buying a kit that included a framing nailer, finish nailer, and brad nailer to cover most of my bases. One thing it didn't include was an angle finishing nailer, so I'll have to put one on my Christmas list!
 
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Cool. My first set was like that except I got a stapler instead of the framing nailer, had to buy the framer later. Never have needed the 15 ga finish gun.
 
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Ya, IMO it's an 'either or' when it comes to the 16 gauge or 15 gauge nailer. I have a 16 gauge nail gun because that's what I started with and when it came time to replace [and I had a good supply of 16 gauge nails] it was an easy decision. I know some of the pros like the 15 gauge better because it will get in closer on the corners but that's not been much of an issue for me.
 
 

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