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prap

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04-12-2017 11:36 AM

I need a 16 gauge nailer for my next project. I’ve been looking on Amazon, to many choices and can’t decide. Started looking at Bostich, they have 1 for $139 but it has 3.6 stars out of 5. The next 1 is $144 it has 4.3 out of 5. then they ha bundle buy that comes with compressor the cheaper 16 gauge, an 18 gauge and a stapler, the problem I have is I have everything else and only need the 16. Porter Cable is out there I have an 18 PC which has treated me good over the years. Makita, who I have several tools from, corded and battery that I have had good luck with but it only has 1 review must be pretty new to the market. Any suggestions??


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JayCee123

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#1 posted 04-12-2017 11:50 AM

Wow, I’m surprised Bostich wasn’t top of the list. I’ve got half a dozen Bostich finish and staple guns. Made a simple trigger valve replacement on one, really no major issues. I’ve got a gas Paslode finish and a framer also no problems. On the smaller side have a Grex pin nailer another nice tool. I was a little particular about cleaning my framer. The other guns were used on site and in shop, I don’t abuse the tools and I’d recommend any of the manufacturers based on my experience.

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dhazelton

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#2 posted 04-12-2017 12:07 PM

I bought the PC pancake compressor that came with a 16 and 18 gauge nailer and am happy with them. PC gun is just fine. Harbor Freight guns get good reviews from a couple of people here and are cheap.

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firefighterontheside

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#3 posted 04-12-2017 12:12 PM

I can recommend the PC. I’ve had the set for 15 years. No problems.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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BillyDoubleU

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#4 posted 04-12-2017 12:13 PM

https://www.ridgid.com/us/en/two-and-half-inch-straight-finish-nailer

I love my 18ga nailer from Ridgid. If I was gonna get another it’d be Ridgid.

-- "But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” ~ Dr. Seuss

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#5 posted 04-12-2017 12:17 PM

You didn’t mention the brand of the 4.3 out of 5 stars.

If you have everything else and only need the 16 gauge, get the gun. I usually look at the bad reviews and see what people say to get a feel if it’s just an issue with the user. All you need is a couple of bad reviews to change the average. I know it’s enticing when you see the bundle for a great price. I have the PC 16 and it jams occasionally, found that its the nails if you load a section of nails and another section it doesn’t feed at the split correctly sometimes. Not a big deal. I tried a pack of nails from my buddy and for an experiment and had no issues with the split between.

If I was choosing I’d go with the 4.3 stars for the $5.00 difference.

-- mrg

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ChefHDAN

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#6 posted 04-12-2017 12:41 PM

I’d also be sure to check craigslist, many people in your position, buy the package and then sell the duplicate guns on CL as new at a better price than a new unit at retail. You could also consider the same if you do buy the package.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#7 posted 04-12-2017 12:44 PM

Mrg, that was a Bostich also. My mistake the 18 I use is a Rigid never had an issue ( at least 7 yrs old), the PC I have is a pin nailer and a stapler I also have 18 Bostich that I picked at the flea market for a backup but haven’t used it much. It’s tough to beat the life time warranty from Rigid. I’m not sure what the down time is if you have an issue with one. one thing I can say about my Rigid is it can take a beating, if I had a dollar every time this thing hit my garage floor I could have replace it a couple of times.

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#8 posted 04-12-2017 12:56 PM

Mrg, that was a Bostich also. My mistake the 18 I use is a Rigid never had an issue ( at least 7 yrs old), the PC I have is a pin nailer and a stapler I also have 18 Bostich that I picked at the flea market for a backup but haven’t used it much. It’s tough to beat the life time warranty from Rigid. I’m not sure what the down time is if you have an issue with one. one thing I can say about my Rigid is it can take a beating, if I had a dollar every time this thing hit my garage floor I could have replace it a couple of times.

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#9 posted 04-12-2017 02:10 PM

I have hitachi that I love..but WEN is getting unreal reviews on everything and I love the price of them

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#10 posted 04-12-2017 02:17 PM

Not sure what other tools you may have, but if you have any cordless stuff you may look at either the Ryobi or Ridgid? More $ than air ones but so much easier to use. IMHO!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 04-12-2017 02:29 PM

I don’t have a 16 ga but I have the 18 ga Hitachi and would recommend it highly.

Here’s the Hitachi 16 ga on Amazon for $129 and it has 4.6/5 stars.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#12 posted 04-12-2017 02:49 PM

i’ve been using a freeman nailer last couple years and it has held up. it’s relatively light and easy to clear jams

-- Two is One, One is None

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#13 posted 04-12-2017 02:53 PM

Take a look at this one, https://www.amazon.com/NuMax-SFN64-Straight-Finish-Nailer/dp/B0032JTDQS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1492008474&sr=8-2&keywords=numax+16+gauge+nailer ,. I don’t have a need for using a 16 gauge nailer that often so I didn’t want to drop big bucks when I was looking to buy one. I went with the NuMax and have been very pleased with it when the need arises to use it. Reviews are excellent also.

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builtinbkyn

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#14 posted 04-12-2017 02:53 PM

I have Dewalt, Porter Cable and Airy guns and none of them have ever given me trouble. Not sure that helps, but I think they’re pretty simple tools so maybe whom ever offers the better warranty is the one to go with.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#15 posted 04-12-2017 02:56 PM

I said wen…but after seeing numax that is the one I was thinking of that people were reviewing so well for the price.

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