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Forum topic by Oosik posted 10-20-2013 01:07 AM 3483 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-20-2013 01:07 AM

Anyone have suggestions for a small compressor, a brad nailer and pin nailer?

I was looking at a Freeman Brad and Pin nailer combo on amazon for $75 (PPPBRCK).

No idea on a small compressor. I don’t plan on doing molding just for small projects like toys and furniture.


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#1 posted 10-20-2013 01:17 AM

I think if you buy a small compressor, you will be disappointed. Compressors are so useful, buy one that will do more than just drive a brad nailer. I use mine to blow down my tools, inflate my car tyres and spray with, as well as drive air tools. The difference between a small one and a larger one is little, compared to what a larger one can do. I got mine second hand from a pawn shop. Looked terrible, but worked well.

-- Brian, Queensland, Australia

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#2 posted 10-20-2013 01:39 AM

How big would you recommend? I was look at 3-6 gallon tank.

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 02:37 AM

I don’t really know compressors by the tank size. Generally here they go by the compressor output. eg 8 cuft/min is a size that will produce just enough air to spray a car. Check the air tools you wan to use for the quantity of air they need. But, like disk space, you will use what you have. :)

-- Brian, Queensland, Australia

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#4 posted 10-20-2013 03:05 AM

I have a very large compressor and it is used in my shop for all of the above including spraying. I also have a small craftsman oil filled compressor that nicely handles my pin, brad, and framing nailer when away from the shop. The portability is great and it costs about $125 ($99 on sale). Many other small compressors will certainly provide the same.

I have put huge miles on my porter cable pin, finish, and framing nailers. Also, the pin nailer is one of the few (only?) that will do 1 3/8” nails I think.

~So, Big compressor if you can afford it as it certaily does come in handy.
~A small compressor will do the job for general shop stuff and it easily portable.
~Porter Cable nailers work for me.

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#5 posted 10-20-2013 03:11 AM

I got a small 1 or 2 gallon compressor first. Wanted one, but no budget so got what I could which was better than nothing. Eventually I got a 20 gal 8HP that has the oomph to spray and do bigger things, but I still use my other one more since its a lot quicker and easier to use. If you are interested in getting another one shortly then it might be ok to go with a small (3 or less) they are more than powerful enough for most nail gun projects (not things like flooring or roofing that need constant nailing). If you think you’d like to get one and don’t think you’d want to upgrade than a 6 gallon pancake would be fine. A good mix of size to do things like blowing in addition to nailing and great for portability, just don’t plan to try and spray anything at all.

The freeman nailers look very similar to the harbor freight ones. I have the 23g pin which usually gets pretty good reviews and from personal use I can say its pretty decent. The 18g the other hand if it is a clone of the harbor freight isn’t very nice. When I looked at it it appeared to be all plastic and low quality. I’d hope since there is a huge price difference, that its a much better quality, but judging from the photos I’m not really sure. This is 18g brad nailer that I have which is all metal and a pretty good quality. Hope that helps

Oh and my last advice is if your going to be moving around a lot this is a great hos so your not constantly having to recoil. And cheap fittings are cheap. I spent the money on this set and its been worth it. I find the inexpensive stuff leaks too much and you constantly have to wait for the compressor to refill.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#6 posted 10-20-2013 03:17 AM

I had a small, undepowered, oil-free, 3 gallon pancake compressor. I was actually happy when it died so I could justify an upgrade. While it was (barely) good nuff’ to pop nails and brads, it was inadequate for just about every thing else. Plus, being small and whimpy, it constantly has to cycle on. And being oiless, it was loud.
I got this Senco 4.3Gallon, 2hp, oil-lube compressor.
I like the Senco…..a lot. Its got just enough power and capacity to do what I need, but is still portable. It’s well over 50lbs, so you wouldn’t want to take a long walk on the beach with it. Buts its easy enough to tote around the shop when necessary.
As said before- there are LOTS of uses for an air compressor. You’ll be sorry if you buy too small.

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#7 posted 10-20-2013 03:18 AM

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#8 posted 10-20-2013 03:36 AM

I know Bostich has a nailer and air compressor bundle. I have the brad nailer and compressor (bought separate before they offered the bundle). I’m very happy with it and the compressor is plenty for everything I need. It isn’t light weight (for an old guy) but I just got a 25 foot lightweight hose. I have a Porter Cable pin nailer I got at HD. Im very happy with all of them and would not hesitate to recommend them. I’ve always been leary of the cheap tool deals. I believe the Bostich bundle also includes a finish nailer. I think Lowes carries Bostich.

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#9 posted 10-20-2013 04:17 AM

+1 on the rolair JC10 compressor. It’s small and light, very quiet and has a 70% duty cycle. Most compressors have a 50% or less. It’s a winner.

For nail guns I have a narrow crown stapler, pin nailer and brad nailer all by hitachi and all work perfectly.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#10 posted 10-20-2013 12:40 PM

I have the EMGLO em810-4m..with the wheels $350 from tylertool…comes with the oil lubricated pump to..


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#11 posted 10-20-2013 07:34 PM

For a brad and ion nailer what size range do you recommend?

1/2” – 2” brads or 5/8” – 2”?

I have no idea for a pin nailer.

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#12 posted 10-20-2013 11:50 PM

What Bandit said. You can’t do better than those 2 recommendations.

-- Art

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#13 posted 10-21-2013 12:02 AM

Recommend the $200 ones vs the $100 or can a hobbyist get away with the cheaper nail guns?

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#14 posted 10-21-2013 12:30 AM

I have Bostitch, Ridgid and Harbor Freight and haven’t had any problems with any of them. No jams. Bostitch is nice in that it is oilless. Any of these are well under $100. I also have a small and larger compressor. I bought a Porter Cable 6 gallon and if you only need it for nailing it is great. It was on sale at HD for $99.
The go to nail gun for me is my narrow crown stapler. I have 2 but the one I use most was on clearance at Harbor Freight for $14. Less than a box of staples. It saves a lot of time when assembling all types of carcasses. I have always been a little leery of the combo nailers. Just me I guess.
My pin nailer is a Ridgid and it’s great.
I have seen small compressors with several nailers at Lowes and Home Depot as kits. That might be the way to go.
Come to think of it I haven’t paid over 50 or 60 bucks for any of my guns.

Ps – Black Friday ads will be out soon. I bet you can pick one up and save yourself some money then.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#15 posted 10-21-2013 12:44 AM

Cutworm, Is your Ridgid a 23 gauge pin nailer? I have never seen a Ridgid pin nailer. But I would buy one as I love my Ridgid 18 ga. brad nailer and my finish nailer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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