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Forum topic by swirt posted 06-16-2010 05:50 PM 4489 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-16-2010 05:50 PM

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I don’t have much need for a pin or brad nailer so I don’t have one and also have no compressor. But every once in a while it would be nice to have the speed to pin something in place without risk of damaging the wood too much.

I’ve been wondering about this Stanley TRE650.
stanley tre650 nailer
It seems to be a step above the electric stapler/nailers but can’t find enough reviews of it one way or the other. Sears is selling it for $50 here

Anybody have any experience with it or recommendations on another one? I don’t really want the cordless varieties like the Dewalt or Black and decker as I just wouldn’t use it enough.

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#1 posted 06-16-2010 05:56 PM

I have a Dewalt battery operated finish nailer it’s great but cost alot more than $50.

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#2 posted 06-16-2010 06:09 PM

I had one of those I gave it to my wife because it wouldn’t do what I needed .It may work for you but it wouldn’t shoot the pins threw the wood . Works really good as a stapler tho…............Schloemoe

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#3 posted 06-16-2010 06:14 PM

I HAD this one. It drove about 50 staples and then died. Replaced it with an “Arrow” brand and so far it has been working OK.

Here is what some others have said


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#4 posted 06-16-2010 06:21 PM

I know this isn’t really answering your question, but my advice is to get a compressor and an air nailer.

I have a small Sears compressor (7 gal. – 1 hp) that I paid about $120 for, and a Dewalt brad nailer I bought for about $70. The brad nailer is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and you will find many other uses for the compressor.

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#5 posted 06-16-2010 06:42 PM

I agree with Charlie, but if you end up going down the electric path, be sure that you have a good 12 ga. extension cord, no longer than you need. Your performance will drop off dramatically with longer, thinner wire.

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#6 posted 06-16-2010 09:07 PM

Thanks for all the feedback.

@Lew that review is for the 550 which is a stapler/nailer. The 650 is dedicated specifically to nailing… I was hoping that might make it a little more up to the task.

@schloemoe LOL well that would be a good reason to give it away if it doesn’t do the one job it is supposed to do. But since you mention stapling.. are you sure you aren’t talking about the 550? This one is strictly a brad nailer

@Charlie I hear what you are saying… and I am pretty sure you are right

@pmayer, thanks I have seen that same advice a couple of places to use a heavy gauge and short cord. Must be one heck of an electomagnetic ram in the thing.

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