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02-10-2014 12:20 AM

Hey guys and gals. I am new to the site but do far love it. I have a question regarding 2” bad nailers and what kind everyone uses. I purchased and brand new bostitch nailer from a box store and tried (tried being the key word) to reinstall the trim in my bathroom only yo have the thing jam after the fourth nail and continued to jam. I took it back and picked up a Ridgid 2” nailer only to have it not load nails when in single fire mode. The tech suggested I release the trigger and pull it away to reset safety (no kidding I had no idea). Any suggestions would be great.

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#1 posted 02-10-2014 12:24 AM

I’ve had a porter cable framing, finish, and pin nailer for years and they’ve been great. Any misfire I’ve had I simply had to pull the spring loader back and snap it to the nails again and it continued nailing. That’s all I can speak to. They come from home depot. Oh, I’ve used them a lot.

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#2 posted 02-10-2014 12:56 AM

I got a refurbished hitachi from bigskytools and it has never jammed. I’ve had a couple misfires where nothing fired out, but no jams.

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#3 posted 02-10-2014 01:03 AM

I have the 18 ga Bostich brad nailer. No problems. I have fired hundreds of nails with it. I am a hobbyist if that helps.

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#4 posted 02-10-2014 02:26 AM

Are you using the correct guage brads and air pressure? Did you oil the tool? I currently have the Bostich and I’ve never had any problems with mine. I’ve also had or used Dewalt, P-C, Ridgid, Senco and Hitatchi. All have worked fine as long as they had the proper pressure and brads.

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 03:08 AM

The 2” nails came with the bostitch and I was running it at 75-80psi. I realized that I had the depth adjustment set on the deepest setting so I turned that back and it still jammed. I guess I jammed 7-8 in a total of 50 nails. I have a smaller bostitch and it works as well as a husky nailer/stapler that works great. The Ridgid not reloading nails is what frustrates me. I can switch it to rapid fire and bang nails out left and right but single fire will not reload after one is driven. I bought porter cable 18 gauge 2” brads.

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 03:21 AM

Sounds like you’re doing everything right. Might just be some bad luck and you got a couple of bum guns.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 04:03 AM

I have a Bostitch as well but have one used it once…my main go to brad nailer is made by a company called Numax and even though you can pick them up for less than $40, I have never had a single problem out of it and I’ve been using it for two years. I’ve never found it in a store but I ordered my online through Home Depot and had it shipped to my house for free.

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 04:30 AM

As asked before, You are using 16 ga. nails in a 16 gauge gun or 18 in 18….? That will make a serious difference but usually you get 2 nails jammed under the driver. I have a Porter Cable. It isn’t expensive so I didn’t expect much but it works well. No problems like you are experiencing. I use 90+ on my air and adjust the depth on the gun. More air pressure will usually make them work better.

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#9 posted 02-10-2014 04:40 PM

I’ve never had a problem with my Bostitch brad nailer. Sometimes it might be the brand of nail you use. I set my gun for 90PSI. I’ve had it mis-fire, but never jam.

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