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Goldglv 06-23-2009 05:25 PM

Looking for a 16g angled finish nailer...
I was wondering if anyone knew of a good 16g angled finish nailer. The only one I've come across is the Paslode T250A.

I am a novice and was originally looking for a combo kit with a 16g angled finish nailer and 18g brad nailer.

I would like to install crown molding in a few rooms in my house and from what I've read, a 16g finisher nailer is best. Do you guys agree? Right now that's all the trimwork I plan on doing.

I have found a ton of combo units with 15g angled finish nailers but was looking for a 16g. The paslode is a little expensive since I'm just starting out and would like to hear suggestions from you guys.

Thank You

ponch37300 06-23-2009 10:32 PM

The only 16 gauge ANGLED finish nailer I have ever seen is the paslode you mention. Most nail gun companies make a 16 gauge straight finish nailer and a 18 gauge straight brad nailer. Most companies also make a 15 gauge angled finish nailer.

PaliBob 06-24-2009 04:52 AM

I have a PC 16 Gauge Straight and a PC 15 Gauge angled nailer Beside the Paslode the only the 16 gauge angled nailer that I know is the $320 GAS powered Hitachi

The biggest problem for 16 Gauge Angled Guns is that since there are so few manufacturers the nails are hard to find locally.

Unless there is a huge problem with wood splitting, I do not see any reason for me to use a 16 gauge angled nailer.

Goldglv 06-24-2009 06:26 AM

Thanks for the replies guys.

So which nailer do you guys think I should purchase?

The 15g Angled or the 16g Straight? Porter Cable has a nice combo unit with a 16g straight finish nailer and an 18g brad nailer.

Rehabber 06-24-2009 12:44 PM

I prefer the 15 ga. to the 16 ga because of the additional holding power, but you could use the 15 ga with a few more nails. nails are cheaper for the 15 ga than the 16 ga if that is an issue

Brik 06-24-2009 01:15 PM

Yea, get the 15g angled or a combo with the 15g angled and the 18g for small stuff. or, better yet, get a three piece set! If you get one gun, for crown, I would do the 15g angled. Its easier than a 16g straight to get into tight awkward spaces and has good holding power.

Goldglv 06-24-2009 09:18 PM

How big of a difference will the 15g hole in the crown be compared to the hole the 16g makes?

Also, would the 15g be more likely to split the crown than a 16g?

Rehabber 06-25-2009 04:00 AM

When nailing with a gun, the wood will rarely split. Not sure why, but that is the case.:thumbsup:

PaliBob 06-25-2009 04:10 AM

The only time I've seen a split is at a misplaced nail at an edge.

Brik 06-25-2009 07:30 AM

Yea splits are not a problem as said. Yes, the hole is a little bit bigger. Not bigger enough to worry about. Either nail hole will need putty.

Oh - and the reason for few splits? The nails do not have points. They crush the fibers of the wood and do not part them like a regular nail. When hand nailing if you blunt the tip of your regular nail it is much less likely to split the wood! Hows that for a free Handyguy tip of the day???

Goldglv 06-25-2009 01:46 PM

Does anyone know of any combo units (compressor, 15g angled finish nailer, 18g brad nailer)? I cannot find any combo units with this setup....

Thanks again for everyone's help....

PaliBob 06-26-2009 05:45 AM


Originally Posted by Goldglv (Post 292862)
Does anyone know of any combo units (compressor, 15g angled finish nailer, 18g brad nailer)? I cannot find any combo units with this setup.....

No Luck on this. A 15 gauge Nailer is generally considered a Pro tool, so it escapes being put in the combo kits.

I would google for a CPO source or even go to HF for their oil-free nailer

Brik 06-26-2009 07:07 AM

Wow - I didnt realize that none of teh kits had 15g nailers. Here are some of my findings
and finally - I knew I saw one
This kit is a 15g angled and an 18g brad nailer with a GREAT little compressor that is super quiet. This is a perfect starter kit in my opinion. It is a little on the expensive site maybe and the tank on the compressor is small if you are going to be doing big jobs. For crown and trip its perfect.

manofmany 07-25-2009 10:54 PM

Dewalt has a very nice 16ga angle finish nailer, yet somewhat pricey. I own one and wouldn't trade it for anything.

Termite 07-26-2009 01:32 AM

Those Porter Cable combo kits at Home Depot are pretty unbeatable for price...For less than the Paslode costs you get a pancake compressor, hose, brad nailer, trim nailer and crown stapler. They're really pretty decent tools, especially when compared to Harbor Freight. Can't remember the exact price but it was less than $300 for sure. Maybe $279?

I had to fight off the temptation today at the Depot...I need a more portable compressor. Wife would've killed me.

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