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The pancake air compressor I inherited from the dump is working like new. Now it's time to replace my heavy battery-powered dewalt finish nailer with a pneumatic one. Also looking for a brad nailer. I see where some members recommend going to harbor freight or other low-end model. I'm fine with that, but was wondering if there are any that stop working when the gun needs to be reloaded.
 

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I've not had much luck with the HF pneumatic nailers. My finish nailer just died one day and my HF roofing nailer lasted ONE job before parts fell off. I was able to fix it and get it working again.

I recommend Hitachi. I've had my 16 gauge finish nailer for two years now and it hasn't let me down once. No misfires, no breakage, no problems. Give 'em a look see.
 

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I second the vote for a Hitachi finish gun.
I liked mine enough to buy a second one for my assistant.

Brad guns? I've been using Rigid 2" guns for years---they are a bit more expensive than most, but I use them a LOT.

When looking for a brad gun, look for one with a quick opening nose---
Brad guns get jammed --nature of trim work (you are shooting in the same area that the drywall is screwed)

You don't want to be stopped because you can't find a metric Allen wrench to open up the nose--or searching throught the saw dust for a lost screw)
 

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I've got a Porter Cable brad gun that I like. I wish I would've noticed it only takes 1 1/4" brads before I bought it (pawn shop score), but it never jams. They have 2" guns and they're priced pretty reasonably.
 

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I second the Porter Cable.

I picked up a combo kit ( BRAD/ STAPLER/ FINISH) at home depot years ago, and have not complained yet.


You will need to buy the correct quick connectors for them, make sure that you get all the same size, so they all will fit the connector on your "bargain" compressor.



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Wow, what a great deal.

A few years ago a night stock person at ( a box store) here locally, had a habit of putting things like that out with the trash.

They would stop by the trash after work and "find" things.

Take them to a pawn shop.

They are now serving time for shoplifting.

I am not comparing your treasure with them, just pointing out that things like that in the garbage could have many reasons to be there.

Anyway enjoy your deal, and always open the drain valve after use to dry out the tank.


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I've garbage picked some fine tools over the years---
The best was a mountain of machinist tools and supplies --the old man died and his kids just hauled everything to the curb--work benches,tool boxes ,tools and supplies.

Amazing--I filled an entire van--buy the time I returned for more, the curb was clean.
 

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There is no shame in recycling someone's old cast off items.

If they are still usable I too grab it when I can.

Once got a perfect 12 foot Granite countertop, just for the getting.

As well as quite a few exes that someone was tradin in,

Some were good some were not so good.

But that is a tale that I will not tell.


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hitachi use to make good guns.. now they are hit or miss depending on the model.. the 15 and 16 gauge guns are great but the 18 gauge is known for being problematic

ive owned 5 different brands of 18 gauge and used close to a dozen, the top standouts were the older style paslode, omer (very expensive pro grade), the new dewalt smart point, cadex,
 

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I recently retired a couple of old Senco SFN40s--those were the best--but Senco was sold and moved to China--now the guns are so-so--not the tough tools that made them famous.
 

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I have an old Bostich brad nailer that has served me well. I have a Ridgid 16a finish nailer that I like and I have a DeWalt 15a finish nailer that has trouble since I took it out of the box.
 

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I recently purchased a new 16g DeWalt gun (which is basically a re-labeled Bostich) when my old, used, Cambell Hausfeld bent the striker. It's worked really well for trim in the uses I've put it though, but I wouldn't recommend it for any more than home DIY use. The amount of plastic on the gun makes it nice and light, but for use where it gets banged-around in a truck or tool bag, I'd worry about the durability.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions.
Still one question that is unanswered. Are there any guns that stop working when the cartridge is emptied? I don't know how many holes I put in the wood yesterday before I realized the gun needed reloading.
 

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I dont know how much you want to spend but the Dewalt DWFP71917 15 gauge finish nailer is a great oiless gun. For a brad nailer I really like my Bostitch BTFP12233. Great gun and will last you a long time. I own both and could not do with out them in my shop
 

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I second the Porter Cable.

I picked up a combo kit ( BRAD/ STAPLER/ FINISH) at home depot years ago, and have not complained yet.


You will need to buy the correct quick connectors for them, make sure that you get all the same size, so they all will fit the connector on your "bargain" compressor.



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I just picked up a combo kit at HD with Porter Cable Brad, Stapler and Finish nailers. $200. The reviews that I read afterwards are primarily good, but there's several that worry me. Hope I made the right choice. Will sell the "bargain" compressor and cordless finish nailer.

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