Porter Cable 18ga brad gun and 23ga pin gun, and two others, for $75. A tool gloat and a buying tip

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Blog entry by Kenny posted 03-19-2012 07:26 PM 3155 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me start this off with a tip about where to shop for items like this. Pawn Shops and used tool dealers.
If you haven’t stopped into your local pawn shops, DO IT! You can find some smokin deals there! While it’s sad to think of who had to sell their tools for such little money, you can benefit from it if you know how to bargain.

For instance, I picked up a pair of Porter Cable nail guns a few days ago, an 18ga brad gun (model#BN125A) which will shoot a 1-3/8” brad and a 23ga pin gun (model#PIN100) which will shoot a 1” pin. They retail for over $200 at retail, and are nearly new. They came with a Porter Cable bag, a bunch of brads and pins, oil, air fittings, basically a complete set ready to use.

The best part, I paid $30 cash and walked out the door. They are pictured below.

I also bought two other nail-guns the same day, though I didn’t get quite as good a deal.
A PC BN200B 2” 18ga brad gun for $25, and an 18Ga 1” PC Stapler MS100B for $20.

Needless to say I’m pumped about this, as I picked up nearly every nail gun (and stapler) I need, and I paid less than if I had purchased the lowest priced piece in the group at retail.

Now all that’s left is to find a 16ga finish gun and maybe a framing gun for those small jobs, like the pigeon holes in a slant-front desk (inside joke between myself and Charles Neil)

-- Kenny

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#1 posted 03-19-2012 07:44 PM

good score for sure

i did just read one the other day here

he bought some used pawn shop stuff
(or maybe craigs list) ?
table saw and a drill press for cheap
got them home and found they were broken
and missing parts

the thing about pawn shops that is good
(if you can get to plug tools in somehow)
is that only the things that have passed their expiration to the owner
coming back on time
is that they can be resold legally
(so it’s not like you are cutting them out)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-19-2012 07:56 PM

great finds. I’ve got a cheap no name brad nailer I use all the time.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 03-19-2012 08:33 PM


I actually got to “test” all these before buying. I have a small compressor that I threw in the car with a chunk of 2×4 and a bunch of brads and went back to the shop for a “test-drive”. I use the same quick-connect fittings, so they just plugged right in. I put a couple drops of oil in them before I hooked them up, dropped in a few nails, pins or staples, and let’er rip into the 2×4. I fired each at least 25 times to be sure they worked well and didn’t jam, and all functioned flawlessly.

It’s mandatory to always look over any used tools very carefully to find any damage, shoddy repairs, missing pieces, etc. And if they won’t let you plug it in inside the store to check function, and they don’t have a return policy, don’t walk, but RUN AWAY! It’s likely a lemon.

In the interest of full disclosure and letting you guys get a laugh at my expense, I’ll let you in on a little secret.

The 2” brad gun had brads in it. Not thinking, I fired the first one into the 2×4 the “thin way”. Yup, boy genius had his finger direct opposite the nozzle of the gun. Nailed my finger good. I honestly didn’t even know until I went to let go of the 2×4 and I was attached to it!

It never did really hurt, but I cleaned it up and hit it with CA. Lesson learned.

Stay safe guys!

-- Kenny

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#4 posted 03-19-2012 08:44 PM

glad you are ok

my mom showed me how to use a paper stapler once
in the open mode
she pressed it together with both hands

and stapled her index fingers together

i had to take the stapler from her
as she got them loose lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 03-20-2012 08:34 AM

Looks like you got a great deal there Kenny. We have an outlet here in the UK called “CasH Converters” in effect an up market pawn shop . Good deals can be had but I suspect some of the gear from there may be the result of a burglary or shop break in.

As a result I always mark my own tools with my postcode (zip code) and house number. Makes it that little bit harder for the theiving scum to off load your gear!

Just another tip ;-)

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#6 posted 03-20-2012 03:20 PM

Thanks Dave. I do engrave all my tools, and in areas that aren’t normally seen.

And while I’m sure there are some instances of stolen goods in the pawn shops, it’s not really prevalent here, at least not with tools. I’ve become friends with my most frequented shop’s owners, and they say they can pretty much tell when something is wrong with a sale. Like if some young punk comes in with a couple thousands bucks in tools, they just call the PD and take extra long to do the paperwork.

I’m sure it happens and some does get by, but with the economy how it is, I know there are a lot of construction guys out of work and needing money, and from what I’m told, it’s who drops off most of the tools.

-- Kenny

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