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MAS520

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02-21-2020 04:06 PM

Porter Cable brad nailer will not function and is just blowing air out of the exhaust. Is it kaput? Can I fix it? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-- Mark,Oelwein Iowa Cardinal Fan!


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Phil32

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#1 posted 02-21-2020 04:14 PM

Was it working properly before? Are you using different brad from when it was working okay? What else has changed? Have you re-read the operating instructions?
You need to provide more information.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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tvrgeek

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#2 posted 02-21-2020 04:21 PM

Take it apart and inspect. Sometimes just stuck and a clean and lube. Some of them have little plastic parts that brake internally. You don’t know until you take a peak.

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LeeRoyMan

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#3 posted 02-21-2020 04:22 PM

^ There pretty simple. Could just be an O ring blown out. You could take it apart to find which O ring and then match up a new one, or just buy a rebuild kit that has all the O rings and replace them all.
Or just junk the gun and buy a new one.
For me there not worth the time.

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bilyo

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#4 posted 02-21-2020 04:24 PM

It is possible that a nail has jammed. My gun may be different but, on it there are parts on the nose that can be loosened or removed to clear jams. Check your manual.

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Madmark2

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#5 posted 02-21-2020 04:55 PM

Sounds stuck mid cycle. 1st check air pressure is high enough to cycle tool (mfg suggested min PSI)

Lots of air systems have wet air that leads to internal part corrosion. The OIL DAILY markings are there for a reason. Even with oiling, a tool that has sat for a while can gum up.

Take it apart. Most air tools are pretty simple mechanically. Clean everything. Use an emery board or sand paper to deburr everything. Check all moving parts move smoothly. Oil, reassemble and test. 95% chance it’ll work.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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MAS520

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#6 posted 02-21-2020 05:26 PM

Thanks guys.

-- Mark,Oelwein Iowa Cardinal Fan!

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 02-23-2020 03:58 PM

I have a PC brad nailer and whenever this happens to me, I immediately open up the front of the brad “channel” and pull out the offending brad fragment that is wedged there-within. My nailer even makes this operation tool-less as if PC anticipated it being a common occurrence 8^)

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Think0075

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#8 posted 02-23-2020 04:30 PM

Sometimes a drop or two of oil in the air intake is all it takes to get it going again.

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Dark_Lightning

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#9 posted 02-23-2020 09:59 PM



I have a PC brad nailer and whenever this happens to me, I immediately open up the front of the brad “channel” and pull out the offending brad fragment that is wedged there-within. My nailer even makes this operation tool-less as if PC anticipated it being a common occurrence 8^)

- splintergroup

My PC nailer hasn’t had a problem like that, but it shoots 16 Ga. My Bosch 23 Ga pin nailer does just what you describe, right down to the ease with which the plate comes off to clear out the stuck pin!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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SMP

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#10 posted 02-23-2020 10:02 PM



It is possible that a nail has jammed. My gun may be different but, on it there are parts on the nose that can be loosened or removed to clear jams. Check your manual.

- bilyo


Was going to mention this also, has happened to mine a few times. And after a few it actually bent part of the metal so I had to hammer it closed

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JackDuren

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#11 posted 02-23-2020 10:12 PM


^ There pretty simple. Could just be an O ring blown out. You could take it apart to find which O ring and then match up a new one, or just buy a rebuild kit that has all the O rings and replace them all.
Or just junk the gun and buy a new one.
For me there not worth the time.

- LeeRoyMan


Agree…. cycles in ,cycle out….blowing air most likely failed gasket… simple repair..

But here’s few things you can try #1 hold the trigger while hooking up the air line. If it’s in mid cycle as mentioned it will activate and finish. #2 check for a broken nail in the chamber. This usually obvious with the plunger already extended…

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