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nailer for trim work
« on: June 14, 2017, 01:41:01 pm »
Needing a nailer for all the trim work in the cabin. base boards, window and door trim ,any one with sugestions as make model nail size most are 1 inch up to 2.5.  Will be using 3/4 inch wrc. I see porter cable on for 199. most are in the 230 250 range.
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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2017, 04:54:34 pm »
I recently bought a Porter Cable 18ga brad air nailer that I like. It is light and small and works well.

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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2017, 07:47:18 pm »
I see that Canadian Tire has some on sale, there not name brand but if my experience with their roofing nailer is any indication it should be alright.
   
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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2017, 08:30:59 pm »
I have been using a porter cable DA250A 15 ga 2 1/2 inch angled one for about 20 years. It works good, but sometimes you get a extra shot when you bump it. I also use a brad nailer and pin nailer for smaller moldings.  They are all timesavers and I use the galvanized nails because they seem to have more resistance to pull out.  :)
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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2017, 09:32:00 pm »
I prefer a 16 or 15 ga nail for most trim and 18 ga for very light work.

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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2017, 09:33:10 pm »
You really need two guns.  One a 15 gauge for casing and baseboards.  I've had two both Senco that were perfect.  i sold my first one because it would only take up to 2" nails and the newer ones take up to 2 1/2".

The 18 gauge is needed for small stuff.  Its easier to conceal the nail hole and sometimes you can get away with using color head nails.  I've had Porter Cable, Bostich, and my latest is a Hitachi that shoots 2 1/2" nails.  I think they are all Chinese and throw away, but I've had good luck with them.
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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2017, 10:18:49 pm »
I agree with Larry having two is a really good idea. Same as 21incher I always buy the galvanized nails for my trim guns mostly because I like the way they hold, but it's nice if you have to use a few outside to be prepared.
My trim guns are Senco and Hitachi and for the most part like them equally.

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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2017, 10:02:48 am »
Nowadays I would consider going cordless.  I use my dewalt 18v battery powered 18 gauge nailer all the time in the wood shop.  They also make a 15 gauge and 16 gauge as well.

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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2017, 08:09:20 pm »
Before you buy I would check E-bay.
Sure is some great deals there.
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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2017, 11:40:21 pm »
I use a Porter Cable 15 ga for base, window and door trim.  Crown moulding as well.  I have a 18 ga brad nailer, also a PC, for smaller applied mouldings, and for holding small, glued on mouldings and furniture parts, I use a 23 ga pin nailer. 

You can do without the pin nailer if you're working on a cabin, but I would want both the finish and brad nailer available to do a nice job.
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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2017, 06:15:59 am »
I have a framing nailer and a roofing nailer that work great .However I've never found a finish nailer that could drive a nail through ash trim .That I had to drill first .Just bends the nails other wise .

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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2017, 12:30:21 pm »
Thanks for all he information. HD had a dewalt on sale. Will see how I like it 18 g. There is a big jump between 15 .16 to 18 in price.
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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2017, 04:27:16 pm »
You have to be careful in thick hardwood with the 18 ga. I have had them follow the grain around and come back out right next to the nailer. :)
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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2017, 09:17:40 pm »
Did you go battery powered or air?  21 is right, nails can come out in unexpected places by following the grain- like in your hand/fingers!

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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2017, 09:59:06 pm »
After 41 years as carp and wood worker I would want a 16 gauge if I had to pick one. I very rarely want  a 15 gauge indoors but an 18 gauge is very handy. Narrow crown stapler too.

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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2017, 10:54:49 pm »
bluthum, I'm curious why you don't use a 15 ga inside? Not knocking it just wondering

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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2017, 12:57:29 am »
My thoughts on going to 18 g was to keep the splitting to a min. The other, small nail less notice of the nail head.
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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2017, 07:40:43 am »
Why I don't use 15 ga, inside? Because it is overkill 90% of the time. Down sides are larger hole and much more expensive nails.
Not fair to say i never use 15 ga. inside but rarely.

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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2017, 11:50:43 am »
I went air. We do have a battery  framing nailer in dewalt. But did not want to spend 4 to 5 hundred on a finishing one.
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Re: nailer for trim work
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2017, 03:57:32 pm »
I agree with bluthum on the 16 gauge nailer.  Although I've got a 15 gauge and an 18 gauge finish nailer.  I don't have a 16 gauge, but If I did I think I would use it a lot more than the 15.  However, for setting interior doors I'd still use the 15 gauge. 

By the way, all of my nailers are Bostitch.  I've had good success with them.  And, I bought most of them off of E-bay, some used, some new, but I found some pretty good deals on them.