Brad nail guns

dmullen(Southern CA)September 2, 2012

My wife wants a brad nailer so she can build bird houses and she also wants another to staple upholstery.

In looking at them, they all look good so I thought I would as for an opinion about which brand might be best.

I see Makita, Senco, Porter Cable, and others in the stores. Is there any particular one with a very good reputation or one with an especially bad reputation?

I will probably buy one of those kits with the small compressor included and sometimes as many as three guns included.

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twelvegauge(8)

d, For bird houses and other outdoor items, you should consider a finishing nailer as opposed to brads. Brads are normally only 18 gauge (very thin), and have almost no head at all, yielding very little holding power out in the elements. Finishing nails are heavier (15 or 16 gauge) and have more of a head. Primary use for brads in bird house construction would be to hold the wood together while glue sets up ... and clamps will do that job better.

I have both brad & finish nailers, both Campbell-Hausfield, and they're okay. I don't use 'em a lot, but I have had them for 8 years or so, and total usage adds up to quite a bit. No problems with them.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 7:31PM
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twelvegauge(8)

You can get a stapler/brad gun that will shoot either type of fastener, but when you're using it to drive brads, the striker that pushes staples down will usually leave an elongated indention where it pushed the brad in. I don't have one of these combination tools, but have borrowed one from a friend, and noticed the indentions it made. In your situation, I'd go for a finish nailer and a separate stapler.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 7:36PM
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txtom50(8a texas)

I've owned an 18 gauge Bostitch nailer for about 10 years and have had excellent service from it.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 5:38AM
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