|Forum topic by DavidNJ||posted 01-17-2013 11:15 AM||1965 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
01-17-2013 11:15 AM
In an earlier thread everyone who answered thought the 23 gauge nailers were great: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/45320
However, deciding on one is proving difficult. Questions:
1) Some nailers don’t have no-mar tips. In some reviews I’ve seen the Porter Cable chastised because its tip blocked the view for precise placement. The Bostitch doesn’t have a tip. Do you use the no-mar tip on your 23 gauge pin nailer?
2) There are lots of different ranges, and some don’t work over their full range. Not counting the GREX, Cadex, etc. models with over 1 3/8” max, the ranges have usually been 1/2”-1” and 5/8” to 1 3/8”. One model is 3/8”-1 3/16”. What is the range of nail used?
3) How is depth normally adjusted? The Porter Cable and $30 NuMax manuals say adjust air pressure. The Bostitch has a lever so small I don’t see how adjustment is accurately made. The Hitachi and Ridgid specify unscrewing and raising or lowering the tip. What works best?
4) In the sub-$120 price range it appears only the Porter Cable has a dry-fire lockout. How important is that?
5) Again in the sub-$120 price range, it appears only the Porter Cable is oil-less. Is that important? I would have thought it would be more important in a tool dedicated to fine detail work than in other tools.