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Forum topic by Nels posted 02-01-2015 06:05 PM 1051 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2015 06:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: power tools job tools harbor freight senco porter cable compressor drill-driver

I have a business that installs woodwork. Some trim, panels, cabinets, and all sorts of architectual woodwork. In the early 80’s I started using the 18 gauge Senco pinners. They were revolutionary to the industry.
Now the micro pinners (23 gauge) are moving into some of that niche. At first I bought the Porter Cable ($150)and they worked great for a job or 2, then the drivers would give out. Repairs were about $60. Then Porter Cable put a spare driver in the box with a new pinner. Now HD has them for $120.
In the past 2 or three years I have been using the Harbor frieght pinner (yes, I’m embarrassed to admit it). I think of the 5 or 6 I’ve purchased, 4 or 5 are still in use. And if your nervous, HF gives you a years replacement for $7!!
Besides that their micro pins (1”) are $5.50 for 8,000. Senco is $7.50 for 2,000. However, I haven’t used a full box yet. So we’ll see.
I did need a longer nail and just bought a Senco 1-3/8” micro pinner and we’ll see how it holds up.

As a guy who buys alot of power tools, I find it difficult to discover out how tools hold up under abbuse. Most of the reviews talk about features and cost. Our tools get thrown in a gang box at the end of the day. I try to stick with good quaility tools that can be repaired easily.
I like Bosch cordlesses because of the pro vantage guaranty. I like bosch jig saws. I did like the 347 Porter Cable saw, but they discountiued it.
My carpenter son likes Festool, but you can buy 3 decent tools for the price of one of theirs.
Not sure about compressors yet. Emglo’s were tanks, but alas they are no longer with us. And Dewalt’s aren’t the same!!

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#1 posted 02-01-2015 06:27 PM

To me compressor noise is the biggest problem. I bought a California Air Tools (CAT) to run my small nailers. The compressor is so quiet, you can’t hear it 10 feet away. Rolair has a similar compressor.

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