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Blog entry by aj posted 05-29-2014 02:53 PM 1473 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey aj here I was just wandering, who you think makes the best nail guns. Also for finish work do I get a brad nailer or a micro nailer?

Thanks for reading, excited for answers.

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 04:00 PM

Both. Depends on the application. My pin nailer (what I think you’re calling a micro nailer) is from HF. I’m happy with it. I do buy the pins from Lowes.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 04:03 PM

Hi AJ,

To me it’s a brad nailer. They are very versatile and can shoot 3/4 to 2 – inch brads (some even bigger). They are great in your shop and you will find them useful when you get older and use them outside the shop. Put in new baseboards or door moldings. Tack a window in when you are short handed and then follow up with screws. There is a whole lot you can do with these little monsters.

As far as which brand, I personally don’t see much difference. I have an old Craftsman and my friends have a lot of different ones. The best advice I can give is to make sure it shoots standard easy to find brads. Some of my buddies got small brad/pin guns with a small compressor. They have a hard time finding brads/pins and have to order them online and pay shipping. These guns are super easy and cheap to fix if they ever have a problem. Just look for one that shoots standard after market brads and not just the ones made by the nail gun company.

Good luck and stick with your hobby.


-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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#3 posted 05-29-2014 04:58 PM

The three air guns I use the most are a 18 gauge brad nailer that takes up to 2” brads, a 23 gauge pinner that takes up to 1 3/8” pins, and a narrow crown stapler that takes up to 1 1/2” long 1/4” narrow crown staples. All are hitachi, and all have performed flawlessly for years now.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

View Richard's profile


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#4 posted 05-29-2014 05:16 PM

I have the same 3 guns that NiteWalker has except mine are from HF and they all work just as good as the major name brand guns that some of my friends have. I do buy the brads,pins and staples from HD or Lowes although I did run a box of HF nails thru them and they worked fine for me , no jams or misfires from any of them yet.

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#5 posted 05-29-2014 06:13 PM

I have the 18 gauge 1/4” narrow crown stapler (Ridgid brand) which I use a lot for making jigs and such. It’s very convenient. Any time I want to knock something together in a hurry, I reach for the stapler. I also used it to lay two layers of 7/16” OSB flooring in the attic of my shop. For that, I used the longest staples it’ll shoot (1.5”) and use two staples every place you would use one 15 ga staple. I should have bought a 15 ga stapler, which is what is normally used to staple OSB to framing, but I had the little one and just went with that.

I have a HF brad nailer, but I’ve never used it. I just picked it up when it was only $12. Since I’m accustomed to using the stapler, I just haven’t felt the need to try out the brad nailer yet.

I also have a Hitachi framing nailer which is very nice, but have only used it to assemble my lumber rack. I’m very impressed with the Hitachi. Never misfired once. Never had to come along with a hammer and finish driving the nails.

If I were buying another nailer or stapler, I would buy Hitachi. BigSkyTools sells reconditioned Hitachi tools. I would look there first.


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#6 posted 05-29-2014 08:33 PM

For the shop a porter cable pin nailer is great. It is one of the few (I’m pretty sure) that can do up to 1 3/8” nails. The pins are like needles and almost don’t show after they’re put in. They can be used to apply molding and such to a project with glue and act as the clamps. I use mine all the time. I also have a finish nailer that I use for large

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 05-29-2014 11:44 PM

IMO, the best ones are made by Grex. I have always wanted one but could never justify the cost. I am still using my old Bostitch that has been flawless.

If I ever do buy another gun for finish work, it will be a 23G model.

-- Art

View Julian's profile


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#8 posted 05-30-2014 02:21 PM

I personally like nailers that do no require adding oil. I have a Bostitch that does not require oil but it is a finish nailer. I have used my pin nailer the most which is a Porter Cable that requires adding a drop of oil on occasion.
I do not use pneumatic nailers that often but they sure do come in handy. I was planning on purchasing a Grex brand pin nailer but they cost about twice as much as other brands. Since I am not a woodworking professional the cheaper brands have worked fine for me.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 05-30-2014 03:10 PM

I have a Bostich brad nailed and a HF pin nailed. The B came with my compressor. Love them both. If I had to choose one it would be the B brad nailed.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#10 posted 05-30-2014 11:24 PM

I have an 18 ga. Senco and a 16 ga. Porter Cable. The Porter Cable has been good by I have had to replaces some seals and the protective safety tip. I have used several different brands and would recommend getting something you can have repaired in your immediate area and something you can but brads or nails for in your area. The other thing I would not do is buy a combination driver that shoots staples or brads from the same gun. You end up with a big ugly hole while driving only a small T-head brad.

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