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Forum topic by Garbanzolasvegas posted 03-07-2015 07:25 PM 3775 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2015 07:25 PM

I like Kobalt tools and have had a18 gauge pneumatic nailer since last spring. Today I think it gave up the gost. Taking it apart was a choir. and I tore up a tiny gasket in the rear where the air goes into, so I need a new one I guess

When I pulled the tragic is just sort of give a little puff and the some of the air escapes out the back.

My questions is

1) has anyone had any issues with Kobalt tool in general and more specially pneumatic nailers and brad nailers.

If this is a common issue with this tool I would like to buy another brand but I really liked this tool.

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#1 posted 03-07-2015 07:48 PM

I don’t what to tell you. You seem to have lots of tool issues like your table saw a such. Well yes I do know what to tell you. Buy better brands if your want tools to last. Yes they cost more money. Off brand and house brands are targeted for the occasional home owner’s use.

There’s a saying ” buy once, cry once”. Look at Omer, Grex, Cadex they will last you a lifetime.

I have some Senco nailer I bough years ago never an issue with them. However I’m not sure the quality is as good today as they use to be.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#2 posted 03-07-2015 08:33 PM

Is it jammed? Are you using their fasteners or a name brand? Do you have your air turned up to at least 90 psi or so? Are you oiling it?

I’ve had good luck with Porter Cable and Bostich. A few folks on here swear by the on sale at $19 Harbor Freight finish nailer. Heck, for under a twenty dollar bill it’s worth a shot.

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#3 posted 03-07-2015 09:27 PM

In my experience there is very not much difference in quality between ridgid and kobalt.

-- Tom - Sunnyvale Ca

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#4 posted 03-07-2015 11:02 PM

See if kobalt has a refurb kit with gaskets etc. I use an old porter cable brad and a grex pin. I oil them regularly and they work reliably. I don’t buy kobalt except an occasional wrench or doodad. Seems comparable in quality to craftsman stuff. Tom

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#5 posted 03-07-2015 11:35 PM

A couple years ago I had my roof redone. After listening to air nailers most of the day, the noise slowly subsided into hammers nailing.
I went up and all three of their Kobalt air guns were jammed or quit firing. I offered to take them into my shop and look them over, mostly to help them get the banging over with since it was driving my wife nuts.
I found that in two of them, the heads were jammed with staples, a sort of common complaint on Lowe’s website on these, and one, the piston seemed to be stuck. I sprayed the piston one full of penetrating oil, hit it with 100 PSI air, and in a shot or two, it started up. Shot all the oil out and put in a very fine weight gun oil, few drops. It ran the rest of the day.

The other two, I cleaned up the heads, and oiled the head area. I then put in three-four drops of the same gun oil in the air entrance, and they both started up fine and ran the rest of the day.

Truth be told, after working on these, I didn’t see how they were any better than the Harbor Freight units I keep in my shop. And I paid less then $20 apiece for them. I also have two Stanley Bostitch units that are high priced, but if the air nailer works, it works. My Harbor Freights work, so I buy them. I have a 18 ga. nailer, an 18 ga. stapler, and a 23 ga. brad nailer, and one of those nailer/stapler units, 18 ga. All HF and they all work fine for the last four-five years I have had them.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 03-08-2015 02:42 AM

I hope they weren’t installing asphalt shingles on your roof. The thing with some staplers and fin nailers is the paper like gluey material they use to hold the staples and nails in line, it clogs the shaft and nosing of the gun.

2nd the operator is in such a hurry to move to the next item that they often maintain hold on the trigger and cause double fires before the gun is lifted high enough to allow the fastener to deflect off the head of the previous shot.

3rd they don’t believe the gun needs the amount of oil it does to run properly. A pneumatic needs oiling before use halfway through the work day and as it’s put to bed for the day.

I never had a clog with coil nailers plastic or wire collation. All heavy use tools need monthly clearing/cleaning, all need inlet caps to keep crap out. All my fin nailers are old Senco and PC. All my framers are old Paslodes and a Hitachi 8p coil. Roofers old Hitachi, sidewall old Paslode. Most of my construction pneumatics are from the mid 80s and still running.

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#7 posted 03-08-2015 01:02 PM

Well I read up and decided to get a DeWalt nailer. I have never had a DeWalt tool fail me in any way. I still have a Corded Dewalt Drill I bought over 20 years ago that I still use every day. I Found them at Home Cheapo online 20 miles away. So I drive out there. Guess what NO DEWALTS!!!

But they did have endless isles of RIDGID NAILER and tools!

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#8 posted 03-08-2015 01:14 PM

Ya know I do have one Ridgid tool that really works great and paid for its self this last summer. I bought the biggest wet/dry shop vac Home Cheapo had. The Mighty Ridgid 6.5 HP 16 gallon BEAST. Cost me $350 bucks with all the extra stuff. My AC in under my house, DON’T ASK WHY, it just is. Crawl space. The water condenser water line got clogged and had a lake under my house.

The Ridgid shop/vac got that water out of there quick. I had to empty out the water in the vac 12 times there was that much water under my house.

So you see, even in a RIDGID tools works correctly.. THEY STILL SUCK! HARD!

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#9 posted 03-08-2015 03:31 PM

KOBALT? isn’t that Lowes brand of tool?

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#10 posted 03-08-2015 04:01 PM

I have Porter Cable and Bostitch nail guns. They have never failed me. But I do oil them before each use (although the Bostitch claims no oil is required). I do not use them all day (they are for woodworking, not being used for work), so they usage is pretty light when I do use them. I shy away from Harbor Freight and in general really inexpensive store brands. I just do not trust a highly mechanical tool like an air nailer, when I see prices in the $20 range.

Basically all the tools you buy are from China, but some brands are clearly better built, and the price should reflect that. It is rare to find a Japanese tool anymore, unless it is a hand tool like saws, files, rasps, etc. And you definitely know when you run across a European tool. I have a Festool track saw and paid dearly for it. And no regrets whatsoever. It is an absolute joy to use.

-- Lee

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#11 posted 03-09-2015 01:13 PM

Unless you dropped the tool and cracked the housing what you have should be fixable if it’s a worn o-ring.

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#12 posted 03-09-2015 02:06 PM

I bought a set of their screwdrivers about four years ago. What a joke. I used two of them and the tip of the blades just crumbled or broke. When I go into Lowes now I often take the opportunity to tell the clerks what a mistake they are making by slowly turning Lowe’s into Kobalt Land so far as tools are concerned. I buy a good many tools and I will never give Kobalt another chance. I have some Klein screwdrivers in my shop that are fairly old and looked a little overworked because they have been overworked but so far as utility goes they are just as good as new. The only reason that I bought the Kobalt screwdrivers was that somebody asked me to do them a favor and I didn’t want to go back to my house and get my tool box which would have cost me a half an hour at least.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 03-09-2015 02:31 PM

I recently bought a Kobalt air paint spray gun to finish/paint some cabinets I am building for a finished basement. I wanted to disassemble everything and clean it well before I used it. Every thread on the thing is complete garbage and leaves filings when installing/removing them. One of the hex fittings was a totally random size! Not 1/2” Not 9/16” Not 13 mm Not 14 mm, just what ever they felt like making. Surprisingly it did spray alright, but at ~$50 I thought it was about 2X overpriced. For the money, I’ve had other HF sprayers that were much nicer.

-- Aaron in TN -

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