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Old 03-18-2012, 01:41 AM   #1
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Who makes the best 18g nailer
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:43 AM   #2
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Re: 18g Finish Nailer


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Re: 18g Finish Nailer


Well, there's this:
http://www.toolsofthetrade.net/indus...ticleID=501441

For what it's worth, I've got a 2" Porter cable, and the only time it gave me any trouble was when a coworker loaded it with 16 gauge nails instead of 18 gauge, and even then, it still kind of worked.
My dad has a Senco brad nailer, and again, it works just fine.
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I have one from Rigid. I like it a lot.
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I'm looking at the new Grex green buddy but I'm having a hard time forking over $200 for a brad nailer when I can get the rigid for under $100.
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I love my new Bostitch.

http://www.amazon.com/Bostitch-BT185...2089754&sr=8-1
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I don't have the new version but I own the Bostitch. I have had it for over ten years I believe.
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Re: 18g Finish Nailer


porter cable hell no... especially the new ones.. their diy grade. not too sure about rigid. i have the 23 gauge which is much nicer than the pc though

if you want the best 18 gauge its gonna cost you.. omer makes one thats by far the best nailer and i owned mind you it runs about $350-400 i believe.. never jams, always sinks nails and the nail hole is the size of the nail head itself unlike some brands which leave a huge hole from the drive pin....

if it means anything i own a paslode(really good) and bosch(so-so) currently,, had a pc, used the newer pc (crap), old and new senco (new is crap), old style hitachi(good), prime (crap), king canada(crap) dewalt (jamb like crazy)
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Sometimes I use it to shoot into composite decking which can be very dense, therefore it needs good driver power
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I've been really happy with the Ridgid, good power, great exhaust system and nice case with a pocked for a few boxes of nails. Had the Bostitch but it broke down after only five years of service.
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I have Bostitch, Porter Cable (older), Duofast, Airy, Senco, Craftsman and Smith & Wesson (seriously). They all work pretty well once you figure out what air pressure they like.
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I have Bostitch, Porter Cable (older), Duofast, Airy, Senco, Craftsman and Smith & Wesson (seriously). They all work pretty well once you figure out what air pressure they like.
I would be interested to see a photo of that Smith and Wesson. That's funny.
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I loaned out the 18 ga. and 16 ga. nailers to my son earlier today. Here are pictures of the 15 ga. angled nailer.
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For me it is the Rigid..from the banjo-like swivel air fitting to the clip that easily hooks on a ladder or my tool belt. It is easy to load..lightweight and you can adjust the air exhaust port as well..well designed...
My Porter-Cable is good too but the Rigid is a better design..
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I would be hesitant to buy any of the current 18ga bradders out right now. With almost every brand, the new releases are mere shadows of what they used to be. They have all gone from Japan to China or Taiwan and are crappier in every aspect except maybe price. People on here have had senco, hitachi, dewalt and bostitch that lasted for years. Now people are seeing even the great Max nailers be reduced to mediocrity.

I went with Omer on the advice of many. It is Italian made, lifetime warranty and if you really look hard and haggle a bit can be picked up new for $220 plus shipping. The fit and finish are excellent, really feels like something that will last. It is light and sinks 2"ers into oak on oak every time so far, nice small hole. I cannot see anyone being less than happy with this purchase. I never had the opportunity to use the now discontinued Max st-18 but aside from that I think the Omer is the best out there.

For a bit less money I put serious thought into Cadex and Grex Green Buddy. These two seam to be ok but have receive mixed reviews at best. In the end I didn't want to make this purchase again for as long as possible and the Omer seemed to give me the best chance of that. Especially with the life time warranty.

Good luck and let us know what you get.
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Based on the tools of the trade write up and the recommendations on the site here I decided to go out this morning and buy the rigid for 69 bucks at the local HD. Got back to the job, loaded it up with 2" brads and started nailing 3/4" MDF into sheetrock with 2x4 studs behind it. First I notice that the nail barely sinks. Then as I proceed to shoot the gun decides it only wants to fire a nail on every other pull of the trigger. I was using porter cable nails. Switched to bostitch nails. Same thing. Marched right back and got my cash back. Nothing annoys me more than a gun that misfires. Guess I'll be forking over the $200 for the grex green buddy after all.
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I say the grex green buddy. I have ran a decent amount or nails through it and not a misfire or a nail not countersunk yet. Its a little heavier than the others, but it seems to be very well built.

The nose on it is a lot nicer than the other guns out there too, it will fire at just about any angle.


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I've had my Grex for a while now and can definitely recommend it. No problems whatsoever.
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the nail hole is the size of the nail head itself unlike some brands which leave a huge hole from the drive pin....
Easy fix, file down the driver. I did this to both my Ridgids and the hole they leave is just the size of the head.

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you guys with the green buddy

What does the nail hole look like? Is it bigger than the nail head?

Ive got an old school cadex i picked up and it is awesome. Plenty of power and the nail hole is the same as the nail head...really easy to fill that way and mdf doesnt pucker.

I have a rigid....and it has been reliable since 2006. But the nail hole it leaves is noticablly bigger than the older (yet newer to me) cadex. It is unknown if they make the new rigids the same way and in the same place they did mine as we know how much tool quality has dropped in the last five years

I bought a hitachi in 2008 and it died last year on me. Cant countersink a 2" brad into a fir stud. made in china

I wonder if the new cadex is of the same quality as their old one that i have. It sounds like the new grex is pretty good?

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