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#1 posted 03-07-2015 11:35 PM

A couple years ago I had my roof redone. After listening to air nailers most of the day, the noise slowly subsided into hammers nailing.
I went up and all three of their Kobalt air guns were jammed or quit firing. I offered to take them into my shop and look them over, mostly to help them get the banging over with since it was driving my wife nuts.
I found that in two of them, the heads were jammed with staples, a sort of common complaint on Lowe’s website on these, and one, the piston seemed to be stuck. I sprayed the piston one full of penetrating oil, hit it with 100 PSI air, and in a shot or two, it started up. Shot all the oil out and put in a very fine weight gun oil, few drops. It ran the rest of the day.

The other two, I cleaned up the heads, and oiled the head area. I then put in three-four drops of the same gun oil in the air entrance, and they both started up fine and ran the rest of the day.

Truth be told, after working on these, I didn’t see how they were any better than the Harbor Freight units I keep in my shop. And I paid less then $20 apiece for them. I also have two Stanley Bostitch units that are high priced, but if the air nailer works, it works. My Harbor Freights work, so I buy them. I have a 18 ga. nailer, an 18 ga. stapler, and a 23 ga. brad nailer, and one of those nailer/stapler units, 18 ga. All HF and they all work fine for the last four-five years I have had them.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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