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    Brad nailer

    Any opinions on a Bostitch vs Porter Cable brad nailers?


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    Re: Brad nailer

    I don't have either one, but I would say which ever one you can find the nails for the easist and cheapest.

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    Re: Brad nailer

    Mu friend has a Bostitch and it works great. Porter Cable makes excellent tools. I have Ridged and GripRight. The same brad nails regardless of brand will work in all. I would go for the best price.

    Steve

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    I've had my porter cable for about 9 years and it's a solid unit, I haven't had any problems with it. Like asprince say's you can use the same brads in either nailer...
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    Re: Brad nailer

    which one feels the best when resting in your hand?

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    Re: Brad nailer

    I like both, but based on which was cheaper at the time I bought them, I started with porter cable. My first brad nailer lasted about 5 years. This past year I bought a new nailer and a crown stapler, both PC.

    I'm not easy on tools. And although I would sometimes put in some oil, which may of been 10% of the time I should of, it held up well. The striker bar (not sure the proper term) which pushes out the nail, broke. I tore the thing apart and after looking at the situation, went and bought another.

    5 years is not a long time. But I used it for a few thousand frames per year, which come out to about 36,000 nails, and over 180,000 in 5 years before the bar broke. I have nothing to judge that on. But it seems fair enough to say it lasted long enough. Of course it may of lasted longer if I hadn't dropped in on the concrete floor a few times.

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    Re: Brad nailer

    I bought the cheap model at Harbor Freight. Working quite well [about 6 months old] and bought the extended warranty, which means they replace it if it breaks. $26.00 total investment.
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    Re: Brad nailer

    I went with a re-manufactored Bostitch, is doing well 50 frames later.

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    Re: Brad nailer

    I use a number of nail guns (it use to be kind of my business). I have two senco nail guns for rough and finish carpentry. they are great tools, although one is old enough to draw social security.

    for staple and pin nailers I buy the cheap one's from harbor freight. I like to buy the two in one (shoots pin nails and staples) which when on sale go for about 18 bucks. I buy two of them at a time without the warranty (since I can never keep up with the paper work anyway).

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    Re: Brad nailer

    I have Bostich, Senco, and Paslode. Most are Paslode but all are
    great guns and seldom let me down.

    What you load in them matters. I've found that cheaper fasteners
    (especially brads) jamb more.

    And keep them oiled........ I drip a couple drops in every time
    I put the hose to them.
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    Re: Brad nailer

    If i am not mistaken my Riged crown stapler doesn't require you oil it. Plus the lift time warrenty I feel is worth it. My two brad nailers how ever are Poter Cable. I bought them before I found out about Riged.

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    Re: Brad nailer

    thanks for share good tips...

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    I have found that you want to watch the gauge of the brads. Some guns will only use up to a certain gauge reliably. I have a bosttitch that jams if I use 20 ga but will work great using 18 ga.

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