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Old 01-30-2013, 11:51 AM   #16
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It whizzed me off that it ran for so long. I only bought it because was in the middle of nowhere, and had a couple hours to go to finish the job I was on. My old compressor died.
I did not want to drive all the way back to town to buy a new good compressor, then come back the next day to finish the job.
So I went to a local Shucks auto parts, and bought this cheap china cast iron hunk of junk for $99 and finished the job.

What whizzed me off was, it was heavy to lug around in and out of houses, and upstairs and such.
As long as it was working fine, could not justify replacing it. It ran for 5 years.

When it died, I whipped out the company credit card and bought the porter cable pancake, am pleased with it and can pick it up and carry it with 1 finger.
The company has a bigger wheelbarrow compressor for bigger jobs. I just need something small to carry with me.

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Old 01-30-2013, 11:58 AM   #17
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A 1/3 HP compressor isn't going to keep up, you need a stronger compressor.
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I have a harbor freight framing nailer and a harbor freight pancake compressor. It was initially set to goto 100PSI, but I adjusted it to 115. However, the framing gun drove nails fine all the way down to about 70 PSI without issue with a 3/8" rubber hose.

Try a few drops of oil into the air intake of the gun. Perhaps it was too dry from factory. Otherwise, you may have got a dud gun and get it exchanged would be my suggestion.
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I have that compressor and I have a paslode stick nailer and it works fine on that compressor, BUT I cannot use it all day long. Only for small projects. If you try to use that size compressor all day you will burn it out as it will be constantly running. Just my humble opinion.
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I work slow, so it doesn't run often also it's an oil compressor, heavy as a lead balloon. Been running well for 500+sq feet of hardwood floors and quite a few basement walls
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Minimum basic spec for compressor is 1-1/2 HP, 4 gallons for running framer nailer. Oil-less is easier to use. !/4" id hose is fine.

My first nail gun was Harbor Freight, years ago, finish nailer from china. It did not sink the nails either and I got a refund. I thought the general trend of chinese name tools was getting better, although still not my choice. I still can't trust the machining quality of inner cylinder and quality of o rings. But may be you just got one that's a lemon, if the tool is faulty. Toe nailing in a certain position can also not sink the nail. Aside from the depth adjustment, does the nose piece look like it can be adjusted?
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How can you *not* avoid China-made tools nowadays?

I've tried to find a power tool made in USA or even any country outside of China. I couldn't find one.

Milwaukee was the last hold out, but they bailed the US several years ago as well
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I just got to thinking, that many years back when I bought my nail gun, which by the way is a Porter Cable not a Senco that I was having trouble with it not nailing flush.

I went and grabbed my gun to check and remembered how to adjust that.




Adjust the mechanism so that it will travel all the way up when you push back on the safety mechanism, this will give you max depth. When I bought my gun brand new it was adjusted halfway down and was leaving my 3 inch nail heads 1/2 inch above the nailing surface.
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How can you *not* avoid China-made tools nowadays?

I've tried to find a power tool made in USA or even any country outside of China. I couldn't find one.

Milwaukee was the last hold out, but they bailed the US several years ago as well

if you want a quality gun your going to have to go with grex, cadex, paslode, omer or makitas high pressure line of guns
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if you want a quality gun your going to have to go with grex, cadex, paslode, omer or makitas high pressure line of guns
Wow, never heard of any of those except Makita. Thanks for the tip.

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