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Old 08-03-2009, 09:37 PM
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Heads up on a couple of harbor freight pneumatic nailers

Just got done laying about 600 square feet with 200 or so more to go with a 15 gauge finish nailer and a 2 inch staple/cleat combo nailer I bought at HF. The stapler is an absolute great product, surprisingly well built, never missed a beat. I don't know about commercial use but it certainly is running flawlessly for me and I've put probably 2000 staples through it.

The finish nailer I would say is "pretty decent" but not 100% consistent. I am expecting a lot out of it to fire through 3/4 inch maple and into pine subfloor, but its a little finicky on depth. For pine trim and other such things its a no-brainer and does a great job. I did have to "modify" the nail magazine a bit to load more than one strip of nails, however.

Anyway, those considering doing floors should check into these. I think it was 100 bucks for the stapler and 60 dollars for the finish nailer. You're looking at 4-500 for a flooring gun and a couple hundred for a 15 gauge finish nailer elsewhere. Since I only have one floor to lay (cross fingers) these worked out great-


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When we redid our roof, we bought 2 1/2x1/2 general purpose air staplers ( for felt paper ) which were $20 each IIRC. and a roofing nailer which was $89.. both worked great.... instead of Architectural shingles, we opted for cheaper 3 tab ( with the same storm rating ).. done sheds and stuff with 3 tab, but keeping them straight over a 50' length was hard, couple rows you can tell are messed up but.. anyway.. only thing that happened to any of the tools is the nailer had 1 gasket that blew out and began to leak.. easy fix as it just blew out and didn't get damaged
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Originally Posted by killerformula
I am expecting a lot out of it to fire through 3/4 inch maple and into pine subfloor, but its a little finicky on depth.
Thanks for the product review Killer. Regarding the inconsistency on depth, I have three Stanley Bostitch guns (finishing nails through spikes) and they can all be inconsistent at times depending on the wood, the shooting angle, and the air pressure. So to a certain extent, that may go with the territory.

Sounds like decent HF products for the money.
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The guys who did the addition onto my house last year had the HF stuff and they too were very happy with it so this does not come as a surprise. HF definitely does have some good buys and those who just dismiss them as all junk may be missing some good deals, of course there is a lot to be said for buying "name" brands with proven quality and I am certainly not knocking those that do.

To be fair HF does also have some real junk, such as a soldering gun I picked up a while back. That thing was junk and I mean JUNK! It got plenty hot enough, too hot in fact, and within a couple on minutes the plastic housing was melting! After another minute or so it just quite working but by then it was so distorted it was useless, I returned it to the store and it was replaced but the new one did the exact same thing so when I get by there again I will return it for a refund this time. However just yesterday I used my seven year old HF horizontal band saw to cut a piece of 3 1/2" 4130 round stock and as it has done so many times before it cut it off as accurately as my $2000 saw I had when I ran my shop, not nearly as fast of course but just as clean and straight. This saw has seen a heck of a lot of use since I bought it and has worn out a lot of blades but it has given zero trouble the entire time.
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