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05-28-2013 08:18 PM

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Hi Guys,

I’m looking for a small cheap compressor to run a 18 guage finish, nailer a HF pin nailer and for a single project, a flooring nailer. Do you think this compressor will work for the flooring nailer? I’m looking at about 1300sqft of oak. I’m not super concerned with waiting a few seconds for the AC to catch-up, but I’ve never owned a compressor before, so I don’t know what to expect.


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#1 posted 05-28-2013 08:26 PM

I had the senco it’s a good small unit and quiet but I replaced it with the Rolair 1 gallon and it is a very good unit built a little better . Neither unit will run a flooring nailer well .

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 08:34 PM

It’s a great unit for the finish nailers, not so good for the flooring nailer. I bought one with a brad nailer included and used it everyday, 6 days a week for over two years without a problem. When it died, it’s dead. But I certainly got my money’s worth. Still use the brad nailer with my new compressor.

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 09:04 PM

It can be done, but it would be like digging a hole with a spoon instead of a shovel. The compressor will be running continuously when using a floor nailer. It will probably quit working before you finish that 1300sf of oak.

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Shawn Masterson

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 09:17 PM

I doubt I will run the flooring nailer at all. I have one It is a great tool. I have trimmed whole houses with it. I use an 15, 16, 18 ga trim guns. I tried to fire a framing nailer just for fun, and it grunted and said no. I picked mine up at Menards on sale for $99 with an 18 GA brad gun, about 7-8 years ago. After they sold out I never say them again, in stores at least. I figured it was more cost effective than buying gas guns. $100 and use the guns I have or spend $600+ for new guns. At the time I was installing a lot of replacement windows and it was perfect for trimming out the new windows. The lightweight travels well and isn’t top heavy in the truck.

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 09:19 PM

For a little more money your better off with this unit.

In my opinion most of these smaller low end compressors don’t have long life spans.

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 09:34 PM

Pancakes scare me. Mainly because they’re mostly oil less and loud. So I’ve read. But that PC does get good reviews. It was on my list and is moving up.

Has anyone used a Hitachi EC85? It’s a four gallon twin stack. Gets mixed reviews.

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#7 posted 05-28-2013 10:11 PM

Iff’n compact is what you are after… This is VERY quiet, power full enough for what you describe, and I have abused the heck out of the three I own, and they truck. Just change the oil on schedule. only $200 at tool barn.

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#8 posted 05-28-2013 10:30 PM

My PC pancake has done 2 home trim jobs as well as numerous small jobs. I have an ancient oiled C’man compressor that is way too big for job-site work, and a tiny 1 gal. pancake for light (as in 23 ga.) trim.
The oil-free units are loud, but who cares…...
I’d buy the PC again, but I don’t have a comparison.
BTW, the PC was bought in 2001. It may explode tomorrow, but after that time-in-service, so what.
The PC is not gonna run a flooring nailer as others have stated.


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Shawn Masterson

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#9 posted 05-29-2013 02:07 AM

bull crap!!!! those PC compressors will run 2 framers. I have used them for framing, roofing, even tire changing. The have no longevity, but in short burst they will do what you need them to. they are not meant to last. If you are going this route, I would look for the combo kit with the nailers/stapler. at least when it blows up you still have something to show

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