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Topic by WhoMe posted 02-13-2012 06:33 AM 4954 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WhoMe

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02-13-2012 06:33 AM

Besides the miniscule difference in nail diameter, is there any difference when using these tools and nails?
When I went to my local HD and Lowes, there doesn’t seem to be any real difference that I can tell with the tools or the nails. Even the supply of both types seems to be plentiful.

Also, I am looking at one of the angled magazine types versus a straight magazine type mainly to get into the tighter corners.
Also, I see that now there are oil less ones which is good. I have a Bostich 18ga nailer and I really like it but am finding that I get the dreaded problem of the 18ga nails making a u-turn (curling back) once in a while when I am not nailing straight on when doing crown moulding or the nail drifts off to one side when nailing wood.
I have been told that with the 15ga and 16ga nails, the curling or drifting is not a problem.

Any advice and info on any reviews (beyond what is in the lumberjocks reviews) would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Mike



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02-13-2012 07:58 PM

I have a 16ga nailer and I sometimes get a nail that will turn or pile up in a wad and mess up the trim. The 15 ga usually drives a nail with a point. The 16ga drives a T head brad with a blunt end. The blunt end will not split boards as easily as a pointed nail. Since I don’t own a 15 ga nailer I am not sure if you can get blunt end nails for it but I have a friend that owns one and I used pointed nails when I used his. To get an angled magazine you have to get the 15 ga nailer. I think they both have a place and we often use them interchangeably.
You are correct the supply of nailers is endless. If I were buying today I would get one that has a service center in my area and something I could buy nails for locally. Sometimes you have to be careful buying on the internet because you can’t get the tool serviced in your half of the nation.

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WhoMe

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02-14-2012 10:30 PM

Thanks for the info and insight. I will have to go back and look at the nailers and nails more carefully.
At this point, I am leaning towards a 15ga unit because of the angled magazine and the pointed nails. The only other thing I want is that the tool be oil less. I know they make them. I will just have to see how much they are and hopefully when I am ready to buy/need it, there is a sale going on somewhere.

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02-15-2012 08:08 PM

There is usually a sale….somewhere. You just have to find it. Get on the internet and look around. I have a gun that needs to be oiled. I have not had any problems with it leaving stains so far. I have had it for ….12 years I believe. The oil blows out with the air discharge in the top. I am not against oil less guns I am just saying I haven’t had a problem with that. I buy some tools from CPO. they are tools that someone has had a problem with and returned. These folks repair them and sell them. I think I get a better tool in many cases.

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