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MrBill_DIY 01-09-2010 06:06 PM

Nailer for Occasional Use
I'm a DIYer who lives in a small townhouse, and I don't have much room to store big tools. I've never used a nail gun, but I watch those HGTV shows in which they always seem to use a nail gun for everything, and they are obviously very efficient. I don't want to buy a pneumatic nail gun because I wouldn't have room for the compressor. I'm wondering if there is some kind of nail gun for a occasional DIYer. I would mostly use it for installing trim or some other light use -- not framing. Any suggestions? I've noticed the Paslode nailer, and the Dewalt finish nailer on the Lowe's website.

tpolk 01-09-2010 06:17 PM

the gas fired are great for occasional use, or full time, not having to deal with anything but a compact tool case. People here can chime in on there prefered type i just know you need to oil as required and keep them clean. Have used them have never had the means to buy since I already have air powered

nap 01-09-2010 06:28 PM

preferred brand:


Cheap and absolutely no upkeep costs.:whistling2:

jlhaslip 01-09-2010 06:31 PM


Originally Posted by nap (Post 379720)
preferred brand:


Cheap and absolutely no upkeep costs.:whistling2:


Chevy85 01-10-2010 10:26 AM

Gas powered nailers are great. I have used a few brands. I would go with the tried and true Paslode guns. They make 16d nailers as well as trim guns.

ponch37300 01-10-2010 10:52 AM

I have two of the paslode impulse framing guns and the angle and straight finish guns and they are really nice for taking with me so I don't have to drag a compressor along and set it up. If I was you I would look into a porter cable or bostich small compressor combo deal. You can find them for about the same price as one paslode gun. The combo comes with a small pancake compressor and 3 guns usually a 16 gauge, 18 gauge, and a stapler. The compressor doesn't take up a very big foot print and the guns are small to. I think this would give you the most bang for your buck if you are only using it occasionally. And then you also have a compressor for other things like inflating tires and a blow nozzle, and what ever else you need. Finish guns don't need a big compressor.

If I had to choose between 1 cordless finish nail gun or a small compressor and 3 guns I would choose the compressor setup because it's more versatile.

tpolk 01-10-2010 11:10 AM

I have a small Senco brad/finish nailer with compressor that came as a combo. came in a box about 16" and gun and compressor all fit in box. works great for just about all i need. takes up no space,shoots 2-1/2 brads down to 1"

firehawkmph 01-10-2010 02:59 PM

I have a full complement of air nailers from micro to framing. I have also had and used both the paslode trim and framing impulse guns. For someone that is just going to shoot some trim up now and then, it's hard to beat the dewalt 18v cordless trim gun. It shoots up to 2 1/2" 16 gauge finish nails, doesn't require any maintenance other than charging the batteries, doesn't smell, has an adjustable depth control, and actually works very well.
Mike Hawkins:)

Shamus 01-10-2010 04:43 PM

My first nailer purchase was a Paslode angle finish nailer about 10 years ago. I use it on a weekly basis. I haven't had any issues with it at all.

I do have a few compressor driven nailers for heavy work. Use the right tool for the right application.

user1007 01-10-2010 08:03 PM

I introduced the first gas powered nail gun for Paslode many years ago so have a bias I suppose. We affectionately called it the fart-n-nail because of the gas discharge smell. I think the cartridges are still a bit pricey?

I agree with a prior post that you ought to consider one of the electric/battery options for occasional use.

There is also the option to rent nice, high end equipment as needed.

PaliBob 01-11-2010 05:00 PM


Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 380460)
........I agree with a prior post that you ought to consider one of the electric/battery options for occasional use. ......

Another vote for the electrics. You don't want to find after the Paslode has been sitting on the shelf for three months that the gas has all leaked out.

Another advantage is you will have a hook into the DeWalt line of 18V cordless tools.


nap 01-11-2010 07:38 PM

I have never had the opportunity to use an electric nailgun. Are they as powerful as the air or gas powered guns?

I can see a lot of advantages in the electric, What are the disadvantages?

firehawkmph 01-11-2010 11:05 PM

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It drives 2 1/2" nails into oak. Haven't had any issues with it at all. Easy to use, not really finicky at all. It has a flywheel inside that spins when you depress the nose of the tool. When you pull the trigger, it engages a mechanism similar to a rack and pinion that drives the nail. It also has a couple of led lights that help if lighting conditions are on the dim side.
That's not me in the pic. Pulled it off the above link.
Mike Hawkins:)

cprao 01-11-2010 11:54 PM

I am currenty shopping for a Finish nail gun to accomplish my base molding and Crown Molding.

How do I determine whether I should go for straight gun or angeled gun ?
Does the angeled gun work for straight nails also ?

If one tool good for one guage (ex 18 guage), can I use the same machine for other guages also ? Or only one tool is good for one quage only.

Please help..

nap 01-12-2010 12:50 PM


Originally Posted by firehawkmph (Post 381279)
It drives 2 1/2" nails into oak. .

thanks. For the occasional user, if these things have a decent life expectancy, it sounds like this is the way to go. Sure will be in consideration if I find the need for a nail gun.

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