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04-05-2021 12:10 AM

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I have the cheap Harbor Freight pneumatic one, but breaking out the compressor is a PITA and I never use it. Plus I can never get the pressure dialed in right – it tends to leave dings in the wood or the nails don’t go all the way in. And I have to oil the damn thing every time, and then I can’t find the oil… fuggedaboudit.

So is there an electric one that’s suitable for tacking wood pieces together while the glue dries?

One that doesn’t cost $200 for the bare tool? I’m happy to plug it in, I just don’t want to spend a lot of money for something I’ll only use once in a while.

All the reviews of the very cheap ones (<$50) say the same thing: not enough power.

This would be worth $75 or so to me, not much more than that.

TIA


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#1 posted 04-05-2021 12:27 AM

Well, I’m going to mention a pneumatic one. I’ve been using a porter cable 23 gauge pin nailer ($99) for years now with a 3 gallon craftsman compressor. The nails are like needles. They come 5/8” to 1 3/8”. The nails hold really good. If you pull a board apart you can’t pull the remaining nail out. I bend them back and forth till they break. They make a dot in the wood the diameter of about a hair. I often use them to nail things together until the glue dries. And they work well by themselves too. The nail gun is durable Porter Cable has a long history with them. It is one of the most used tools in my shop.
Nail things together. They hold, and they don’t show. Here is a dresser I recently uploaded to projects. The fronts of the drawers were glued on and screws from the back, but it was aligned and nailed on from the front with a pin nailer. I’d dare anyone to find them without a magnifying glass. No filling just sanded. Anyway, as you can tell I’m a fan. Don’t get me going. I also have their finish nailer.

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#2 posted 04-05-2021 12:30 AM

I absolutely love the dewalt 18g 20v. Best 18g I’ve owned.

Slightly more than 75$. :)

Edit: do you have a good battery system? If no, Maybe invest in more than a nailer.

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#3 posted 04-05-2021 12:32 AM

Thanks, but I won’t ever use a pneumatic one. I don’t have a shop, I have a backyard and a driveway.

It’s just not convenient to get out my compressor, which I hate anyway.

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#4 posted 04-05-2021 02:21 AM


I absolutely love the dewalt 18g 20v. Best 18g I’ve owned.

Slightly more than 75$. :)

Edit: do you have a good battery system? If no, Maybe invest in more than a nailer.

- CWWoodworking

I have good Makita batteries (for my drill and impact wrench), but the bare Makita tool is prohibitive.

And the 12V one for my Milwaukee dremelalike probably doesn’t count.

Also, I have no problem with a corded one, I just don’t like… did I mention that the compressor is a PITA?

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#5 posted 04-05-2021 02:38 AM

I’d be all about that makita 23g. Dewalt doesn’t have one.

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#6 posted 04-05-2021 02:38 AM

You can get adapters. I looked into it. You can adapt DeWalt or Makita batteries to Milwaukee’s line that includes some nailers.

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#7 posted 04-05-2021 02:43 AM

The Makita 23G looks perfect, but $180 is just not worth it for the amount of use I’d get out of it.

Interesting that you can get adapters. I didn’t know that.

Oh, I forgot – I also have an 18V battery for my Grizzly sawzall. But that also doesn’t count.

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#8 posted 04-05-2021 05:23 PM

I have used 2 different electric brad nailers and neither worked well, gave them away and went pneumatic. If you don’t want to mess with an air compressor I would go with a battery powered unit. I have used a dewalt 20v unit and it worked quite well.

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#9 posted 04-06-2021 06:00 PM


I have used 2 different electric brad nailers and neither worked well, gave them away and went pneumatic. If you don t want to mess with an air compressor I would go with a battery powered unit. I have used a dewalt 20v unit and it worked quite well.

- Davevand

That’s probably what I’ll end up doing after I get done grousing at the price. :)

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#10 posted 04-06-2021 09:57 PM

Ryobi (Home Depot) has battery operated brad and pin nailers. I don’t have one but I seem to recall they get decent reviews.

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#11 posted 04-06-2021 10:33 PM



Ryobi (Home Depot) has battery operated brad and pin nailers. I don t have one but I seem to recall they get decent reviews.

- Lazyman

And then you have to buy a battery and a charger for more than the price of the tool. The problem isn’t that what I’m looking for doesn’t exist, it’s that it’s more than I want to pay!

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#12 posted 04-07-2021 12:15 AM

I had a corded stapler/nailer. Found it very inconsistent. I use an old Craftsman pneumatic nailer with a small pancake compressor. I have considered a pin nailer, but I don’t tend to use nails in my furniture, just jigs.

$170 is a LOT for the Makita XTP02Z 24 gauge but I have several 18V tools. If it actually works, it could be real handy. Limited to 1 3/8 though. My air gun does 2” Jumping to the 18 gauge, XNB01Z, is way too series: $260!

I think making an electric nailer is actually hard. That much force is a short amount of time. Not sure how the do it. Wrap up a spring I guess. Now I have the 12V Milwaukee stapler and it is fantastic.

I guess I still will keep my trusty 12 oz Estwing hammer around for a while. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Estwing-12-oz-Curve-Claw-Hammer-with-Leather-Grip-E12C/203075831 One of my all time favorite tools.

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#13 posted 04-07-2021 12:24 AM


Now I have the 12V Milwaukee stapler and it is fantastic.

What do you use it for, just out of interest?

I did make a couple of storage benches that required my hand stapler for the upholstery, and I also used it for the faux leather on a padded wristrest on one of my desks. But it’s hard to see a need for an electric one for those applications unless you do it for hours on end.

Pin or brad nailers are different, because they go in without moving pieces you’re gluing together.

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#14 posted 04-07-2021 03:23 AM

I never used an electric brad nailer. If they are anything like my arrow electric staples I wouldn’t bother.

Here is a review that may help. Me, I’d figure out someway to go air.

https://nailersnow.com/best-electric-brad-nailer-reviews/

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#15 posted 04-07-2021 06:00 AM

I love my Ryobi 18g brad nailer. Easy to dial in. Very consistent. Priced right.

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