Originally Posted by sootybuttercup
I want to purchase a Porter-Cable air nailer for installing pine baseboards, casings, etc. I am wondering if the FN250B (finishing nailer-max 2.5") or the BN200A (brad nailer-max 2") would be best for this job. I would also like to use the tool for cabinetry and general light work later on. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Just a point: I agree with Big Dave .... as usual. You will get more use out of the nailer (16g)
The reason why carpenters (especially finish carpenters) have several different sized guns is this:
Nailers: 15g or 16g - Used for 5/8" -3/4" casing, thick trimwork, crown molding etc. Used on 'outside' edges of window and door casings. Need Long 2" to 2 1/2" nail penetration. 16G = Will splinter thin wood.
Brad nailer: 18g - Used on inside edges of casings, molding which are thinner than the edges of outside trimwork and are VERY prone to splintering. More often used to nail 'picture framed' molding edges together as well. Only need 1 1/4" nail penetration.
18g = Less splintering on thin areas of wood.
So: If you are planning on doing a project once a year: 16g Nailer.
If you are planning on doing more and getting into more carpentry projects around your home:
Get BOTH: 18g Brad nailer and a 16G Nailer. That's a good start....