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  1. #1
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    Default Recommendations for Power Nailer

    I do not mind putting together hive bodies with screws and drill, but nailing all the frames together by hand is a bit tedious.

    I do not have compressed air lines in our garage workshop, so would like to know if there is a good power nailer that is also not too heavy? I have a touch of arthritis these days! Recommendations as to models etc. welcome as I am complete power tool noob.

    Regards,
    Janet

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    Default Re: Recommendations for Power Nailer

    I would go with something like this:
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=31-83204486-2

    I use an 18 gauge air powered brad nailer, with 1 1/4" brads and it does fine, this would be the same except it is electric.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for Power Nailer

    Look around. Menards and Harbor Freight have sales on little 3 lb compressors all of the time and 18 gauge nailers. I have a total of $60 in mine and it works like a champ. Weighs next to nothing.

    Get a nailer that shoots staples or brad nails. I tend to do my frames with 3/4" staples to make them a little stronger. I use brad nails for the stands and bottoms. Staples for the inner covers. Screws for boxes and top covers.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for Power Nailer

    If you are going with Harbor freight take it home and use it. Shoot a string of nails and use the air compressor to blow down your shop. If you get their stuff working well out after 20 minutes it usually holds up for a decent period (I find about half the time I end up replacing it).
    “Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)

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    Default Re: Recommendations for Power Nailer

    I would go with an 18 gauge narrow crown stapler before a brad nailer. They hold better in my opinion.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for Power Nailer

    Not going compressor.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for Power Nailer

    Quote Originally Posted by WesternWilson View Post
    Not going compressor.
    Oops sorry missed that part

    Paslode makes some nice impulse nailers that use fuel cells ( a mixture of butene and propane) and rechargeable batteries. I have two framing nailers I like a lot. They also make a brad nailer. Unfortunately they are not the cheap. I think HD carries the Paslode line.
    Last edited by dnichols; 02-25-2013 at 07:29 PM. Reason: New info

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    Default Re: Recommendations for Power Nailer

    Quote Originally Posted by dnichols View Post
    Oops sorry missed that part

    Paslode makes some nice impulse nailers that use fuel cells ( a mixture of butene and propane) and rechargeable batteries. I have two framing nailers I like a lot. They also make a brad nailer. Unfortunately they are not the cheap. I think HD carries the Paslode line.
    Impulse guns are pretty heavy and bulky too. Having to purchase fuel cells makes them spendy to shoot (on top of the high purchase price). If you are in a shop, you should be using an air compressor. The impulse is not cost effective for "shop" work.

    If you are on service calls (plumbing, electrical, roofing, general construction), the impulse is much quicker than rolling out a hose and the compressor. For small projects, they are great. And in service, time is big money.

    For control of my post, I have six Paslode guns. Four framers and two finish. I've had two of the first gen guns since they came out years ago.

    I'd look to see if you can find an electric narrow crown stapler.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for Power Nailer

    You can get the compressor from HF but, I would not waste my time on the staple gun. Get a Hitachi N5008AC2 2" 16 Gauge Standard 7/16-Inch Crown Construction Stapler and use 2 inch staples. You can find them for 50 bucks a box. HF staples will jam a lot but, are cheap.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for Power Nailer

    Craigslist.org you can find several with compressors most likely.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for Power Nailer

    A 110 dewalt compressor with wheels is 250.00 and they do freaking great..... The paslode trime nailer would work also, but you will find the cost to be prohibitive. Cheaper to buy a compressor and a inexpense nailer... Personaly I use staples instead....

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    Default Re: Recommendations for Power Nailer

    Why not a compressor? Small ones with a tank large enough to run a nailer does not take up much space. And you can air up a tire with it.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for Power Nailer

    For 50ish bucks I bought a campbell housfeld 1 gal pancake compressor at walmart. I put a new 50 foot blue hose on it.....I turn it on in the unused bedroom with the door shut....I hardly hear it in my living room when I am building frames and watching the flat panel tv. Yes, the hose runs under the door....and it provides air to my stanley bostitch narrow crown stapler, which I have used for years. I use inch and a quarterish narrow crown staples for putting the frames together, and half inch narrow crown staples to attach the wedge.....way fast...Oh, I use titebond III glue on all my frames.

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