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Opinions on brand of air nail gun

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by big pappa b, Oct 14, 2005.

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What air nail gun is your favorite

  1. DeWalt

    9.5%
  2. Makita

    4.8%
  3. Craftsman

    14.3%
  4. Hitachi

    23.8%
  5. Porter Cable

    38.1%
  6. screw the nail gun, I hammer naked :-0

    9.5%
  1. big pappa b

    big pappa b 3/4 ton status

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    Getting ready to buy a nail gun that accomodates a 2.5" nail, mainly for decks and walls. What's your preference as far as brand?
     
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    Stanley-Bostitch makes damn good nailers; I believe the N66 is the round-head framer.

    Porter-Cable's FR350 is another good round-head framer.

    The DeWalt is nice, but I don't sell that many of them.

    IMO, the Hitachi round-head is overpriced and too bulky.



    I'd definitely stick with a round-head nailer, whichever you choose. It would suck to frame a wall, then have a code inspector slam you for using clipped/D-head nails if they're against building code...
     
  3. sled_dog

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    Dad uses Hitachis and always has. Rare we have troubles, just get them repaired when we do.

    He has some nice Bostitch too though... come to think of it I think he uses Bostitch more now adays... hmm got confused.
     
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    I have a bostitch BRAD nailer and I love it.
     
  5. Stickseler

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    I've got a pneumatic Paslode and an Impulse Paslode and like them both, but thats what we sell, For a brad gun Ive got a few Sencos and there OK for an inexpensive gun.

    Ive also heard good things about Hitachi
     
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    Bostitch
     
  7. kyser_soze

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    For trim I use the Porter Cable

    For 10's-16's I use Bostich
     
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    DeWalt rocks. I have a 14.4v DeWalt hammer drill that I use at work, and the thing is like laser beam. Best warrenties also.
     
  9. boggerless

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    hitachi has been, the overall best for roofing nailers and framers. i would NOT even consider a craftsman.the are for home owners and won't hold up very long.and if you buying it for the once inawhile job just rent one. :D bostich USED to be great one of the inovaters. but stanley bought them and turned it main stream.so mass produced junk.we don't even stock them anymore.
     
  10. 3 on the tree

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    I have 2 Porter Cables. One is going on 5 years old, and has been in the shop once, due to a jammed ring shank nail I could not get free. That's when I got the second Porter Cable. I like my older one better cause it uses the paper strip nails, instead of the plastic strip like my new one.
     
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    I was a carpenter for about 10 years and I have always loved the Stanley-Bostich ones as well. Always been very reliable and plenty powerful.
     
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    Senco all the way, I have all my guns w/ Senco and never had any problems with any of them.

    Just my opinion.

    Rob
     
  13. big83chevy4x4

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    ive been doing roffing lately, and i have a hitachi and a stanley bostich nailer, i perfer the stanley bostich. its lighter and more powerfull than the hitachi.

    i got em used, but it may be the hitachi is old and wore out, but i have to carry a hammer with me to get the nails that it didn't get in all the way (1/4-3/8" above) sometimes the hitachi dosn't index to the next nail so it goes threw alot of miss fires. i do like how it reloads better than the bostich.

    i have used a hitachi 16d framing and i have no complains with that.

    i think if i were to buy any more nailers, new or used it will be bostich.
     
  14. Eric M.

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    We've been using 2 Hitachi round head nailers for about 10 years. Work great, but, I'm guessing there have been some improvments it framing nailers in the last 10 years and Hitachi is still selling the same gun. When or if it ever dies, I'll start my research agian and see what's better.

    Senco has always made a good gun, but 10 years ago, they only made a clipped head nailer. If that has changed, I'd look at their equipment. All 4 of our finish guns are Senco ... good stuff.

    Stay away from Hilti. Maybe they made some improments since I last used them. We had a framing and 2 finish nailers that we tosses in the trash after about a year of screwing with them. And they we're expensive! It'll be a while until I trust Hilti with a nail gun again.

    Eric M.
     
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    senco or duo-fast if you can afford the nails. nobody makes nails for their gun except them. well some people try but they are crap.
     
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    Well we do framing quite often and I love the porter cable over any of the other guns we have. Hits every time and will sink the nail much better even when low on pressure. I think most of what you listed except for the craftsman would be a good gun.
     
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    Senco all the way baby :D
     
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    I built this house with a Bostich
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    Never use another.
     
  19. big pappa b

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    You talked me into it. I bought the Bostich. I have half the basement framed up so far. No problems to speak of :thumb:
     
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    Porter Cable or Bostitch.

    I'd use Porter Cable for electric tools and Bostitch for air. :waytogo:
     

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