Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Equipment & Safety > Tools

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-13-2013, 01:26 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: dc metro
Posts: 973
Share |
Question

Is buying worth it?


So i am going to be needing to nail a lot to put up my beadboard ceiling. would it make sense to just buy a nail gun and rent the compressor? i can get one for cheap, like $30 or so.

also, would it be worth it to buy a compressor?

federer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 06:16 AM   #2
DIY staff
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Kane county,Illinois
Posts: 21,131
Default

Is buying worth it?


Buy yourself a small compressor and nail gun---they use very little air--if you rent--you will wish you bought---see if there is a compressor/guns combo set on sale---

__________________
New members: Adding your location to your profile helps in many ways.--M--
oh'mike is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to oh'mike For This Useful Post:
federer (01-13-2013)
Old 01-13-2013, 09:02 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Hartfield VA
Posts: 25,560
Default

Is buying worth it?


Not going to find a nail gun worth buying for $30.00.
A combo set is most often the best value.
joecaption is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to joecaption For This Useful Post:
federer (01-13-2013)
Old 01-13-2013, 11:43 AM   #4
JOATMON
 
ddawg16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: S. California
Posts: 6,756
Default

Is buying worth it?


With a small air compressor....you can air up tires....air up the kids balls....air up the kiddy pool.....blow out the ports on a carb....blow off the work bench....

And use it to drive in nails.

Shop CL...there are some good deals to be had....either a guy bought it for a project and no longer needs it or he is upgrading....

My wife uses my compressor during the summer all most as much as I do.
__________________
"The dream is free but the hustle is sold separately."

My 2-Story Addition Build in Progress Link ... My Garage Build Link and My Jeep Build Link
ddawg16 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 02:54 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 288
Default

Is buying worth it?


I bought a compressor on sale at harbor freight for $30. Its a small crappy pancake compressor. I can only shoot a half dozen nails before i need to wait and have it recharge.
That be said it was a decent buy.
I will be buying a bigger used one soon, but for occasional homeowner use, the small size is ideal and worth the hassles of use.
I only rent tools if i cant justify storing it
michaelcherr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 03:23 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 1,646
Default

Is buying worth it?


lowes has this set

http://www.lowes.com/pd_331410-67702...sor&facetInfo=
DannyT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 03:29 PM   #7
journeyman carpenter
 
woodworkbykirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: nova scotia canada
Posts: 2,645
Default

Is buying worth it?


or the porter cable's equivalent kit.. cheap and effective
woodworkbykirk is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 03:53 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 97
Default

Is buying worth it?


I think that 6 gallon one in the Lowes link is about right for an air nailer. If you might have to carry it up stairs, you really want something portable.

Mine is a tiny, light-weight 1 gallon; the smallest one they sell at Home Depot. I wouldn't use it to run an air nailer, but it gets all my household chores done -- filling tires and blowing dust out of tools and electronics. Its only feature is that it is tiny and light-weight!
jeffsw6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 05:35 PM   #9
journeyman carpenter
 
woodworkbykirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: nova scotia canada
Posts: 2,645
Default

Is buying worth it?


Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffsw6 View Post
I think that 6 gallon one in the Lowes link is about right for an air nailer. If you might have to carry it up stairs, you really want something portable.

Mine is a tiny, light-weight 1 gallon; the smallest one they sell at Home Depot. I wouldn't use it to run an air nailer, but it gets all my household chores done -- filling tires and blowing dust out of tools and electronics. Its only feature is that it is tiny and light-weight!

a 6 gallon works fine for finish nailers, it can run a framing gun or roofing gun provided it has a rating of cfms also.. it needs to recover quickly for bigger guns..

now using a compressor and blow tool to blow dust out of electronics is a bad idea.. the tank collects moisture which then goes through the line and out the blow tool. you should be using canned dry air sold in the computer section or electronics department
woodworkbykirk is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 05:46 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 97
Default

Is buying worth it?


Quote:
Originally Posted by woodworkbykirk View Post
now using a compressor and blow tool to blow dust out of electronics is a bad idea.. the tank collects moisture which then goes through the line and out the blow tool. you should be using canned dry air sold in the computer section or electronics department
I was concerned about moisture in the compressed air also, but I tried it on a few things and found the small amount of water evaporates quickly. I've been cleaning computers and audio amplifiers with it for a couple of years and haven't had any trouble.

The "canned air" can cause condensation on parts, too, because it cools the parts. If you use canned air on a humid day you'll get condensation.

So I don't do it on humid days.

I considered buying a water separator for the compressed air, but after asking several colleagues, they all told me it was unnecessary. If I ever buy a larger shop compressor I would probably set it up with water and oil separation for cleaning, though.

Last edited by jeffsw6; 01-13-2013 at 05:49 PM.
jeffsw6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 06:33 PM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: dc metro
Posts: 973
Default

Is buying worth it?


thank you so much gents!

yea so doing the math, its $24 per day to rent a gun, and 24 for a compressor. so at $50 per day, say 2 days of work thats $100 easy. better to buy and keep!
this is what i am looking at:
http://www.amazon.com/Factory-Recond...zg_bs_552692_2

is this ok? 6 gallons. the Lowes one is nice but too expensive
federer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 06:35 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: dc metro
Posts: 973
Default

Is buying worth it?


Quote:
Originally Posted by joecaption View Post
Not going to find a nail gun worth buying for $30.00.
A combo set is most often the best value.
sorry joe i should have said it retails for $130 the $30 price tag is because its a used one.
federer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 07:25 PM   #13
journeyman carpenter
 
woodworkbykirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: nova scotia canada
Posts: 2,645
Default

Is buying worth it?


i never buy used tools, you dont know how it was used and whats been fixed on it. i have friends that have bought used tools only to spend 2x on repairs shortly after buying it
woodworkbykirk is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to woodworkbykirk For This Useful Post:
federer (01-13-2013)
Old 01-13-2013, 07:43 PM   #14
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: dc metro
Posts: 973
Default

Is buying worth it?


well its from amazon,and its factory restored by bostitch. so its certified to work i think.
federer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2013, 08:57 PM   #15
journeyman carpenter
 
woodworkbykirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: nova scotia canada
Posts: 2,645
Default

Is buying worth it?


theres less chance but even still a repaired tool never works the same as it was when it was new much like a car after its been in a accident

woodworkbykirk is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to woodworkbykirk For This Useful Post:
federer (01-13-2013)
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help!! Is under floor heating worth it? sausagedog29 Flooring 1 07-31-2011 12:07 PM
Buying Used Trane XL16i Outdoor Condenser gasbie HVAC 2 07-11-2011 04:47 AM
Buying a pocket hole jig - Need advice Clemsig07 General DIY Discussions 8 06-02-2011 07:02 AM
buying shingles next week, before i do...... racebum Roofing/Siding 19 06-05-2010 01:32 PM
Buying a home with a 203(k) program DownRiverGuy General DIY Discussions 1 05-23-2010 05:03 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.