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cibula11 02-23-2007 07:53 PM

Finish Nailer
Looking to get a 16 gauge finish nailer. I will use it from time to time.
Right now I am looking at Porter Cable, RIDGID, Bostich. Recommendations?

AtlanticWBConst. 02-23-2007 08:15 PM


Originally Posted by cibula11 (Post 34550)
Looking to get a 16 gauge finish nailer. I will use it from time to time.
Right now I am looking at Porter Cable, RIDGID, Bostich. Recommendations?

Have All of those brands.

Just my opinions, doesn't mean law:

Porter Cable: Love em, just keep going and going. Accepts a large variety of generic brand nails.

Ridgid: Have em...still not sold on the brand yet...time will tell if they are as 'hardy' as the bigger name brands.

Bostich: VERY Reliable, but you will always have to buy the 'Bostich' brand nails (their tools only accept their brand nails) ...

Our preference: Porter Cable....

Darylh 02-24-2007 10:17 AM

Porter Cable, without a dought. Bostich is very good to but as Atlantic said you have to use the Bostich brand nails or you just get miss fires all the time.I do not like the Bostich 18 gauge stapler I have. It double fires all the time.

handyflyer 03-02-2007 09:48 PM

Gotta go with the Porter Cable. All of the nail guns I own are Porter Cable and I've never had a jam. Like Atlantic said, they also accept generic nails which is a plus.

STEPHENWANGEL 03-03-2007 10:59 AM

16 g nailer...
My money's on the Porter Cable too. Rigid is a brand introduced in Home Depot, so that makes me suspicious (It's a Ryobi thing). I bought a Bostitch, and it just didn't function like my old PC. Returned it and bought a Porter...

ron schenker 03-03-2007 11:38 AM

Another vote for Porter Cable. I've had mine for 2 years now and it's worked flawlessly, just add a few drops of oil when needed and no problems. The price is right too!

slickshift 03-03-2007 03:09 PM


handy man88 03-27-2007 06:39 AM

Porter cable seems like they have nice quality. My finish nailer though, requires me to press down with force in order for the safety to release and nail to fire. Could be a safety feature, but there have been times when I couldn't get it to fire. I also have a Hitachi brad nailer. Great quality too. I'd recommend you checking out this brand. To note though, I didn't buy the Hitachi with the new funky design. Just the old standard design.

krazy johnni 04-10-2007 04:44 AM

Go with SENCO for a tool that will last forever

zel 04-10-2007 06:15 AM

I'm sure I'm gonna catch alot of heat for this, but I bought a Dewalt 18V finish nailer and it has been the best tool I ever bought. I already had a bunch of 18V Dewalt tools and batteries, so I figured I'd give it a try. I found one on ebay for $145, brand new with warranty. It has been a real time saver. My Dad was a carpenter for years and my brother is a 1st year apprentice, they were both impressed by the abilities of this nailer. I'd highly recommend one for a DIY who doesnt want to have to run an air hose to do small projects.
Best of Luck!

handy man88 04-10-2007 08:27 AM

Personally, I would never buy another cordless tool again unless it had Lithium Ion technology.

Clutchcargo 04-10-2007 10:01 AM

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I've got Porter Cable too and love it. Someone on one of the other boards had a good point, if you can find a finish nailier that has the nails set at 45, crown moulding is easier to install.

zel 04-10-2007 04:36 PM

I've had pretty good luck with the Dewalt 18V stuff. I have the drill, recip saw, and the nailer. I also have a flashlight, works good, but the slightest bump blows the bulbs out.

AtlanticWBConst. 04-10-2007 06:28 PM

Love my 16g Paslode angled finish nailer. shoots 1 1/4" to 2 1/2 " nails.
Got it new for $200.00. Use it for 'quick' trim work installation.

... But still use the Porter-cables, Sencos and Smith & Wesson for larger finish trim installs.

(BTW- That's right, I did say a 15g Smith & Wesson angled finish nailer...)

mikemy6 04-11-2007 04:25 PM

My Bostich 18/2" shoots PC nails but I haven't seen PC 18/2" nails.
It does fart but once it gets going its ok
Why go up to 16g?

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