Ridgid of Hitachi (18 Gauge Nailer )?

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Forum topic by Benjammin posted 03-17-2010 08:32 PM 2177 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2010 08:32 PM

Hey guys,
I’m new to the site. I’ll be setting up my profile details etc soon. I’m building a shelf unit that will act as a dresser for our fist baby boy that will be born in about 7 weeks. I’ll create a project and post some pictures soon.

I’m in the process of acquiring tools for my shop and I’m trying to decide on whether to buy the Ridgid or Hitachi 18 gauge nailer (I’ve listed the models below). I’ve used the Hitachi model since a young age while working with my father. I’ve always liked the gun and it did a fine job helping us earn a living. I’m also considering the Ridgid, I’ve never owned a Ridgid tool I didn’t like. I like that the Ridgid is oil free, I’m just more comfortable with the Hitachi because I’ve used it in the past. I’m curious if anyone would be able to offer me some insight for this decision. Thanks a lot for your help!

Ridgid R213BNA 21178 18-Gauge 2-1/8-Inch Brad Nailer

Hitachi NT50AE2 18-Gauge 3/4-Inch to 2-Inch Brad Nailer

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#1 posted 03-17-2010 09:03 PM

Welcome to LJ!

I own the Hitachi and love it. Can’t comment on the Ridgid, though my other Ridgid stuff is top-notch. I’m guessing you can’t really go wrong with either. You’ve tried and trust the Hitachi, but the Ridgid is backed by the warranty should anything go wrong.

The Ridgid does have a wider brad length range by 1/8” on both ends…not a deal-breaker, IMO. I guess if you were planning on nailing a lot of 1/4” material to 1/2” material you’d want to be able to shoot 5/8”....

Personally if I’m familiar with a tool and it has performed well in my hands, I’m likely to go with that rather than an unknown. I know that’s not very exciting…

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#2 posted 03-30-2010 10:24 PM

For what it’s worth, I have the Hitachi and love it. I also have the big-brother Framing gun (NR90AE) and love it as well. Prior to purchasing the framing gun, I asked several of my friends who are home-builders and they commented that “there are no framing guns besides the Hitachi.” So, when the time came for the brad-nailer I purchased that as well, and it seems to be of the same quality.

Don’t know much about the Ridgid, but my dad has a compound-miter from them and loves it.

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#3 posted 04-05-2010 09:35 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the info. I decided to go with the Ridgid since I could get it at the Home Depot around the corner. It has been encredible. Not a single jam or mis-fire in probably 500 nails.

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