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Old 03-24-2012, 05:45 PM   #16
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I have that exact hitachi gun that I got for crown moulding (for $25 from http://bigskytool.com reconditioned with a coupon code posted on slickdeals) and it works like a hot damn.

The only thing is that you have to oil it, but I add 5 drops every 4-5 hours of solid work and no complaints.

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Old 03-24-2012, 09:56 PM   #17
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Or buy a palm nailer.
I added one to my collecting of air nailing tools and glad I did. They really come in handy for those awkward jobs.
I must have missed this post first time around.....palm nailers are fantastic for many things....easy and actually a bit fun to use.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:45 PM   #18
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palm nailers are great for what their intended for.. however you need a compressor that has a high cfm rating and a larger tank... they drain the tank very quickly.. their also more of a tool geared towards renovators as its a bit of a specialty item for times where odd framing details have near impossble places to get a hammer into or a cordless impact driver and screws.

i use them the odd time and even then its not something id rush out and buy for myself
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you need a compressor that has a high cfm rating and a larger tank... they drain the tank very quickly..
They do use a substantial amount of air but because of the cycle time I would disagree with you,my little pancake compressor keeps up just fine.
For the purpose of the OP this would be fine because he is not doing production work.
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with todays air nailers next to no production framer uses a palm nailer. they use connector plate nailers which shoot hanger nails in one blast.. plus a seasoned carpenter will recogize a when to install pieces of wood before they get into a situation which makes it too hard to properly fasten blocking.. squash blocks etc


running a palm nailer off a pancake puts a large deal of strain on a small compressor which can cause them to heat up quickly. i run a 6 gallon twin tank hitachi for trim which gets very hot simply blowing off my saws at the end of the day. doing so i have to let it sit for a few minutes afterwords before loading it on the truck. as i mentioned i had the porter cable several years ago and i burnt it out with occasional use for trim only. once i tried running a framing gun off it to frame 3 short walls.. couldnt handle the need for air
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I have that exact hitachi gun that I got for crown moulding (for $25 from http://bigskytool.com reconditioned with a coupon code posted on slickdeals) and it works like a hot damn.

The only thing is that you have to oil it, but I add 5 drops every 4-5 hours of solid work and no complaints.
I was just about to buy this for some trim for inside the house but the coupon is expired now...

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