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Forum topic by Ccl2011 posted 01-17-2015 06:10 PM 991 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2015 06:10 PM

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Can anyone out here offer some insight into battery powered, or cartridge style finish and brad nailers?

I am starting to get back into woodworking, and trying to grow a new collection of tools. Mostly work on making cabinets, and small to medium pieces of furniture.

Being in the military, I am usually living in a sub-division in close proximity to neighbors. I would like to avoid running a loud compressor constantly in a small garage, and we all know that our neighbors don’t always enjoy the sound of tools on a Saturday morning.

I also have to move regularly which limits the size of tools I can maintain. I figured hoesless nailers would be easy to pack and ship.

I have looked at the DeWalt series, I have some other 18v ni-cad tools which gives me a plethora of batteries.

If you have any experience with these tools please tell me your feedback.


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#1 posted 01-17-2015 06:58 PM

I don’t have any. They are pretty pricey and allegedly
there have been a fair number of dogs in the brand
lineups over the years.

Anyway, there are some much quieter compressors on
the market and hose nailers are pretty affordable to get
into. At a bare minimum for cabinet work you’ll
find a 1/4” crown stapler and 18 ga. brad nailer
most useful, imo. Beyond that a pin nailer is a joy
for delicate work and virtually invisible holes in trim
and a 15 ga. nailer is an all around workhorse for
hanging trim and banging stuff together. I ussually
build cases with screws and sometimes biscuits for
alignment to get out of messing with dados.

Check out the new compressors. My compressors
are loud and annoying but they are like 10 and 15 years
old, when “quiet” compressors were much spendier
than they are now.

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#2 posted 01-17-2015 07:38 PM

I bought the dewalt 18 volt and it is very good and use.I would say the only downfall for me was the nails are of the type that come in a skewed and angled row,taperring upwards at an accute angle, as opposed to a straight line of nails like my older one.These cost for some reason about twice the price of the straight in line type.Go figure I can’t LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 01-17-2015 07:47 PM


We have some of the Dewalt battery operated brad nailers at work. They work great for when you need to do small jobs in the field. They are heavy and slow compared to air guns. When working in the shop I alway grab the air nailers, they’re quicker, lighter and easier to get in tight spots.

No way I’d want the battery powered brad nailer to be my only nailer. They’re great to grab, run out in the field and put on a couple of stick of molding. Other that that air nailer beats them for most work.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#4 posted 01-17-2015 08:02 PM

I’ve wanted a Porter Cable “bammer” for awhile, for
my installer kit.

You can get them cheap. PC doesn’t support them anymore
but the air-soft type people figured out how to recharge
the air cylinders. There are Youtube videos about it.

I think the bammers had other problems where they would
wear out but obviously a lot of them never got used
much… like a lot of more exotic tools.

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#5 posted 01-17-2015 08:30 PM

Thanks for the feedback guys.

I’ll be happy to look into compressors again, and will entertain all suggestions. I’m not entirely concerned about price, I stick to only buying a single tool in a year, possibly two if I deploy.

If I’m going to go the pneumatic route, I’d enjoy all of your feed back. Keep in mind I’ll just buy the whole rig at once. So if there’s a specific type of hose you like, please mention that too.

I grew up using paslode guns and an emglo compressor which my father has, and is still using.

However, I’m rusty, and out of touch with what is good on the market. My criteria, in order, are: quality, size, ruggedness (regularly moving houses), etc… Price falls into the “I only want to buy it once!” Category.

If there are brands/models that are good buys off of Craigslist please let me know.

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#6 posted 01-17-2015 08:45 PM

Depends. What all are you going to use a compressor for and do you need it to be portable?

Example, If all your going to do is run brad nailer’s in your work shop a small compressor would do. If you spray finish or want to run air tools that a different story.

I do have one but I hear a lot of good thing about Rolair compressors.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 01-17-2015 09:05 PM

I recently saw a compressor on CL that was listed as a “Dental Lab Ultra Quiet Air Compressor”.. (California Air Tools model 6310) for $130 (new and still in the box). Says it makes less noise than a normal conversation. It was a dual piston model with a 1680 RPM 1HP motor, had an integrated water trap and was portable (wheels on one end and a handle on the other). Have no idea the CFM or max PSI, but I’m sure it would work just fine with a nailer since they don’t really require a lot of air like a spray gun, blaster, die grinder, etc.


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#8 posted 01-18-2015 08:27 PM

I have the California Air Tools compressor and it is so quiet, you wouldn’t believe. Rolair also makes super quiet compressors.

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