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Old 11-27-2010, 03:17 PM   #1
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I want to purchase a nail gun to install floor and shoe molding. I don't know whether to buy an 18g or a 16g nail gun. I've narrowed my choice now between a Hitachi 18g ($55) and a Hitachi 16g ($117)... could some one offer some advice on which one would serve me best?

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Old 11-27-2010, 05:37 PM   #2
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molding i normally use the brad gun. chances are you'll want both of those guns for various projects. hitachi also makes some of the best air nailers in the business. good choice

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Old 12-02-2010, 10:30 PM   #3
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why don't you buy a combo set? i purchased a porter cable set (and love it), came with a pan compressor, 18 ga., 16 ga., and frame nailer guns. i can shoot as small as 1/2" 18 ga. brads.
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:44 AM   #4
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could be a thought depending on what he needs. the porter and bostitch sets are a pretty good deal from cpo outlets but neither make as good of gun as hitachi

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Old 12-03-2010, 01:19 PM   #5
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You might try:
http://www.reconditionedsales.com/
for pretty good pricing on reconditioned (but with original warranty period etc) for Hitachi products. I've gotten some drills on there and they were like new (I guess that's what reconditioned means).
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:45 PM   #6
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What sort of flooring?
I've never seen flooring installed with a Brad gun unless it was glued as well.
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:08 AM   #7
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probably the 16g finish nailer. you can shoot through the tongue with a finish nailer and have a solid floor with liquid nails under. works for edges. only drawback is you cant whap the boards so you'll either need a way to compress them or find a few really straight ones for the areas you do this
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I have used almost all of these guns through different jobs which included Framing the second floor of a cape cod to Re-upolstering a Bench to hanging crown molding (Till i found foam crown). So the set I recommend is from Lowe's
Campbell Hausfeld 5 Nailer Kit

Item #: 325598 | Model #: CHN90598DI



0.113" to 0.131" for Framing Nailer
16g for Finish Nailer, 18g for Brad/ Stapler
23g for Pin Nailer
6 d to 16d for Palm Nailer


Right now it is on sale for $159 on the internet... $199 at my local store so order on line and pick up in your store.


If you are using it everyday go for a higher quality... BUT if you are going to be like most home owners and use it every now and then... Go for the kits. Also WARNING the Frame nailer requires a good Compressor... I had a 20 gallon Tank that works great but I had that because it was on $20 more than a 6 gallon and I knew I would just Leave it in 1 space most of the time and just run longer hoses through my house.

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