|Review by StumpyNubs||posted 02-01-2011 03:07 AM||6088 views||5 times favorited||34 comments|
Gotta say I never had much luck with the Harbor Freight (central pnuematic) brad nailer. But after trying out the micro pin nailer, I may just give the brad nailer another shot.
This is a great buy- one of MANY diamonds in the rough at Harbor Freight. Here’s the details..
First of all, I was surprised that it was not made of plastic. The body is all is cast metal like the more expensive ones, and it feels good and heavy in the hand. Not that this is a vital feature, but it distracts you from the $25 price tag which may lead you to believe that this is a piece of crap. But crap it is not! In fact I have yet to get a single missfire!
I bought this cheap little beauty last week and have been VERY satisfied. Granted, I took the advise of others who have used this and passed on the cheap Harbor Freight brads. It’s said that these contain too much lead and will foul up the nailer. So I bought the most expensive nails I could find- Woodcraft had a box of Grex 1” brads for $14. I almost puked when I paid for them, but since the box contains 10,000 brads I figure it’ll last a loooooooooong time. Anyway, I’ve shot a lot of these little headless nails and not a single one has failed to go right into the wood, leaving almost no mark at all in the finished surface. I feel like I’m cheating when I’m doing glueups.
If you don’t have a micro nailer you’re missing out. They shoot tiny headless neails that don’t split even thin wood and the mark left behind in so small you can hardly see it. Great for trim work, cabinets, whatever. I always wanted one, and this HF version made the purchase inexpensive enough to keep my wife’s yapper shut. Who could ask for more!
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