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Forum topic by RJweb posted 05-20-2016 05:19 PM 1676 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-20-2016 05:19 PM

Good afternoon,
I am in the market for my first nailer and Commpresser to be used for trim work quarter round etc, I was looking at bostich but there are a lot of bad reviews out there. If any one has a recommendation I would appreciate it, thx RJ

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#1 posted 05-20-2016 05:23 PM

I have been using a Bostitch 18 ga brad nailer for about 4 years. No problems on this end.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 05-20-2016 06:54 PM

As far as the Bostitch goes. I have a finish and framing nailer from them that have been rock solid.

The 18-gauge brad nailer I have (BT1855K) is a piece of crap. It jams all the time, and requires 15 minutes of disassembly with an allen wrench to clear. Do not buy this model.

They have a new model, the BTFP12233 smart point brad nailer. This just came out in the last 2 years, and it is a massive improvement. Not only is it easier to see where the brad is going to go in, it’s also a lot easier to clear jams. It uses a lever on the front to release, just like their finish and framing nailers. Reviews also indicate it rarely jams.

There are other brands which might be as good if not better. I just know stay away from that BT1855K.

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#3 posted 05-20-2016 07:06 PM

I agree with Steve on the 1855K nailer. Mine didn’t last long either.
I replaced it with a Porter Cable 18 gauge, 2 inch brad nailer which works great.

As far as compressors I have always used Speedaire oil-lubed models with great results. They are not exactly portable though. If I were in the market for a small compressor that only needed to run a nailer, I would get the Senco PC1010. It claims to weigh only 20 lbs, and gets good reviews.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 05-20-2016 07:08 PM

RJ, careful if purchasing one of those compressor/ nail packages. A friend of mine bought one, a Porter Cable he bought it for the compressor. He’s a sheetrocker and I do some trim work for him from time to time. Him knowing that I already had some Porter Cable trim guns, gave me the guns that came with his compressor. One day I wanted to use one of the guns he had given me and I found out that the guns in the package deal wouldn’t shoot as long a fastener as the ones I had purchased separately. I’m not sure if other manufacturers follow this business model but is something to watch out for.

The guns work fine. I just have assign which guns use which length fasteners.

+1 what pinto said about getting an oil-lubed compressor. Then go one step further, after breakin, drain the oil and use synthetic. Amsoil is a good choice, your tool with last longer and you wont have to change oil as often.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#5 posted 05-20-2016 07:16 PM

Honestly, my harbor freight nail guns have been flawless. Never had one jam. And they were only like $15. As much crap as HF sells, their 18 gauge brad nailers have been fantastic. I definitely wouldn’t buy an air compressor there though. Talked to the people at the store and they said they get returns of them all the time.

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#6 posted 05-20-2016 07:32 PM

Unless you are going to use the compressor for other things, you might look at a cordless nail gun, as well. there are pro level guns, including the Senco Fusion, Paslode and Bostitch fuel cell nailers and the new Milwaukee Fuel, but those can get spendy. For a lower price, the Ryobi Air Strike has gotten good reviews and Porter Cable just released a new kit.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#7 posted 05-20-2016 07:35 PM

I also have a Bostitch BTFP12233 18 ga unit and it works well. I have a California Air Tools 4.6 gal compressor that I really like. Sort of like the Senco shown earlier, but with two tanks. Probably bigger than needed for just a brad nailer. But relatively quiet and light having aluminum tanks.

-- Clin

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#8 posted 05-20-2016 07:57 PM

As far as the Bostitch goes. I have a finish and framing nailer from them that have been rock solid.

The 18-gauge brad nailer I have (BT1855K) is a piece of crap. It jams all the time, and requires 15 minutes of disassembly with an allen wrench to clear. Do not buy this model.

I just know stay away from that BT1855K.
- MinnesotaSteve

Y’all got me curious. I looked at my gun. The label says BT1855. There is no “K” designation. I don’t know what that means.

I have shot thousands of nail of different lengths and never had a jam. Maybe, just maybe I am the only person that hasn’t had any trouble with this nailer.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 05-20-2016 08:11 PM

you might consider the Hitachi air nailers
I have been very pleased with the 15 ga and 18 ga , both purchased as reconditioned at very reasonable cost from
big sky tools
they look just like new

the 15 gauge I probably put 10,000 nails or more through it with no hiccups

I ended up getting a Makita compressor, it is heavy, like 80 to 90 lb
I bought it based on customer reviews

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#10 posted 05-20-2016 08:12 PM

I have a Bostitch, came with an 1850BN brad gun. I also own a Shop Fox brad gun, the $60 one. The difference between it and the Bostitch is that Shop Fox is much heavier but drives a nail deeper with less pressure. The Bostitch really needs about 120 psi to reliably sink brads whereas the Shop Fox will send a brad halfway through a board at that pressure.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 05-20-2016 08:31 PM

I have the PC combo and have never had an issue EXCEPT using off brand nails. I discovered that the off brand nails were of a slightly different shape. I just buy the PC nails to go with my PC guns and it works like a champ. Loaned it to family and it’s worked great for them. My PC combo worked great for all of my trim work and small project work.

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#12 posted 05-20-2016 09:17 PM

I’d look closely at the Rolair JC10. I have one and it’s so much better than the pancake compressors like the Porter-Cables. Shockingly quiet and it’s been very reliable for me.

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#13 posted 05-20-2016 10:51 PM

Have the PC nailers and they got used a lot from both my shop tank and a Bostich pancake (that was defective from day one but I got it fixed). Repair parts are pricey on the PC’s. While waiting for parts to repair them I bought a Bostich kit so now I have 2 of their pancakes and 3 of their guns (16/18/stapler). I think they are all the same IMHO.

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#14 posted 05-21-2016 12:20 AM

I’ve had a PC combo for close to 10 years and barely a hiccup. It’s the 18ga nailer that shoots up to 2”. I’ve not had any problems with using off brand brads. My only complaint it that the compressor is so darn noisy.

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#15 posted 05-21-2016 02:02 AM

How often do you guys drain your compressors?

-- Rick M,

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