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pkrapp74 05-18-2012 05:02 PM

Finish nailers
I already own a Bostitch 18 gauge brad nailer. I am considering adding either an 16 gauge or 15 gauge finish nailer to my arsenal. I am an avid DIY'er who likes adding toys. Since I already have an 18 gauge brad nailer, am I better off getting the 15 gauge over the 16 gauge in your opinion. Again, don't really need one, but adding to my toys. Mostly used for trim purposes.

princelake 05-18-2012 05:50 PM

i say since you already have the 18, i'd go with the 15.

loneframer 05-18-2012 05:54 PM

I would go with the 16 gauge. I've been building new homes for almost 30 years and 16 gauge is by far the predominantly used tool for trimwork.

woodworkbykirk 05-18-2012 06:52 PM

trust me lone knows his stuff, you dont wanna compare nail gun collections with him:laughing:

honestly though, the 15 gauge does have more holding power due to the larger shank and larger head, however it leaves a larger nail hole and nails or it cost quite a bit more than 16 gauge nails

i trim out new construction homes and high end reno's all the time and i use a 16 gauge for interior trim (hanging doors, setting window boxes, built in shelving) with no issue. we do have a 15 gauge but its kept for exterior trim purposes when using Azek trim, it requires the extra holding power to hold up against the elements

pkrapp74 05-20-2012 05:09 PM

So a 16 gauge will handle just about anything a DIY'er may come across? I don't think I would come across an application needing galvanized nails that requires the 15 gauge.

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