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MNbuzzdust

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04-09-2009 06:09 AM

Well I bought a “factory reconditioned” Bostich Bt200 recently and when I got it…. I saw sparks at the tip when shooting brads. The seller said I should return it. Now I think I am done buying reconditioned tools. Can You guys who use these Brad nailers alot recommend a good one in that $100 range. I am thinking maybe a rigid since its a lifetime warranty ??? Suggestion need to shoot 2”


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Francisco Luna

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#1 posted 04-09-2009 07:56 AM

I use a couple of Senco 16 and 18 gauge (I’m a Finish Carpenter), I have 4 years with them, never a single problem. Great Nailers.

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#2 posted 04-09-2009 08:26 AM

i have the makita brad nailer af505 (18g, i think). don’t know if you can get it there. I have it for over a year and use it all the time – no clogging, no jamming. light and fast.

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#3 posted 04-09-2009 09:19 AM

i have a bostich and a PC brad nailer both are great i bought the bostich used when i left my PC out in the shop 2 winters ago and it froze solid got it for 10 bucks i like it but still prefer my now rebuilt PC its heavyer then the bostich but it fires in tighter areas and is easyer to adjust

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#4 posted 04-09-2009 03:08 PM

Are you getting a little shower of sparks every shot or are you just getting an occasional spark? I think a spark now and then is pretty normal – several pieces of metal are sliding around together very quickly. I’ve seen an occasional spark from my 16ga and 18ga nailers. There should be a warranty on a factory reconditioned tool, so if there is a problem with your nailer, Bostich should take care of it.

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#5 posted 04-09-2009 04:04 PM

Three Porter Cable nailers brad/finish/framing.. Lots of mileage and no complaints.

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#6 posted 04-09-2009 04:40 PM

I recently bought a Dewalt 18g for $80 and it works great, although I don’t have a lot of mileage on it yet.

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#7 posted 04-09-2009 04:43 PM

I have several bostitches and also a gas porter cable plus some staplers also bostitch .I have never had a moments trouble with bostitch.Alistair

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#8 posted 04-09-2009 06:13 PM

I have to agree with Peter, occasional sparks can be expected. I have a PC framing gun and sparks fly with every nail!

The Bostich sales rep admonished me once for not using enough oil in my guns. May the oil prevents the sparks.

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#9 posted 04-09-2009 07:32 PM

I have a Hitachi 18 ga that I bought last year, and it’s head and shoulders above my older Bostich for ease of use. The trip is behind the point where the brad comes out, so it’s easier to accurately place the brad (you can see exactly where the brad will go). And the nose has a quick release to clear jams (which I don’t think I’ve had yet). I recommend it without reservations, although I doubt any of the major brands are junk.

It looks like you are in Minnesota. If you are close to Saint Paul, check out 7 Corners Hdwe. They sell almost all brands, and sell to DIY’s and tradespeople, so they really know the pluses and minuses of tools. They’ve never steered me wrong, and they have an excellent return policy.

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#10 posted 04-09-2009 09:51 PM

i have to add on to what mnguy had to say 7 corners is tool guy umm person heaven if you do go say hi hans

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MNbuzzdust

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#11 posted 04-10-2009 05:19 AM

Well thanks for all the good replies.
The place that sold me the factory reconditioned bostich said it was very rare to see sparks on that model so I should return it. I did. I like the idea of the hitachi with the “trip is behind the point where the brad comes out, so it’s easier to accurately place the brad” That Makes complete sense to me.
I wonder which brands can be rebuilt in the future. The rigid has a lifetime warranty but I am not sure what that means exactly. Bostich is 7yrs and i know you can buy a rebuild kit for them for about $35-40.
Menards Masterforce comes with a 5yr warranty for $79….
My dad bought a used bostich and in a week it needed a rebuild and he spent enough on it that he could have just bought a new $100 nailer lol. Sometimes used is more expensive…..

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