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Old 03-04-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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Hi guys. Well I've got a 700 sq. ft. floor to install. No problem there, it's T&M, customer will pay the rental of the nailer.

I don't do a lot of flooring installs (it's too hard on my back) but man, I'm getting sick of renting it. Should I just bite the bullet and buy it?

Next - if I buy it, should I charge the customer the amount that the rental would have been.

Can't make up my mind on this one. I've got 2 wks to make up my mind, the nailer will run about $600, rental would be $120

I'm looking at the Paslode, as it shoots both staples and nails. Any preference on make and model?

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Old 03-04-2010, 07:24 PM   #2
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I bought a used once Bostitch for 1/2 price, including 1/2 box fasteners.

That is a good option as well.

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I never tried the Paslode flooring nailer, but have never had problems with the framers, roofers, trim guns or staplers.

As far as whether to buy, if I need it, I buy it. It's that much sooner it starts paying for itself. The only tool I ever rented was a carpet kicker. Oh yeah, several telescopic lifts over the years, due to storage issues.
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I bought one last summer off ebay and paid for it on the first job 400 square feet.
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katoman,

I have been in the same situation as you many times. I would always just rent the nailer . I really don't do a lot of hardwood so I hated to drop that much coin on the nailer.

I finally bought one a month or so ago. I went with the grex flooring stapler. It will do 1/2" and 3/4" I've layed about 100 sf with it so far with out any problems. It runs about $279 so I figured since I don't do a real lot of hardwood it should suit me well.

I really didn't even know paslode made a flooring nailer, like lone said every gun that I have thats paslode has been great.


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As much as I like to buy tools, I would probably rent that one. If you think you will use it once a year then maybe you can justify buying it. I think the only tools in the last 5 years I have rented were magnetic drill(x2) jackhammer(x3) and a bobcat once. I would like to buy a jackhammer as we could surely put it to use probably very often if we had one.
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Thanks guys, I didn't know grex made one, I'll check it out. Warner - right, sometimes the rentals sell the used ones. I'll look into that too.
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if its something you will use again id buy it, however my personal thought is that i wouldnt pass the entire buck onto that one customer. add the cost of what it would be to rent the tool onto the customer and then a few extra percent onto your next batch of jobs that didnt require the nailer to make your money back a little quicker
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Kirk - ya, wish I could charge it all to the job, but it's for a good customer, and all the work I do for him is time and materials.

But the Grex is only $259 US, trying to find it in my area, probably about $325 can, so less the rental charge of $120 which I'll charge to the customer, that means I can get it for about 200.

For that amount, I'll buy the Grex.
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if its something you will use again id buy it, however my personal thought is that i wouldnt pass the entire buck onto that one customer. add the cost of what it would be to rent the tool onto the customer and then a few extra percent onto your next batch of jobs that didnt require the nailer to make your money back a little quicker


Are you saying to mark up jobs that you DON'T use the nailer on to pay for it?? I hope I just read that wrong.
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I picked up a two month old Bostich MIII from the Home Depot rental dept. for around $300 IIRC (it's been awhile). HD used to sell all of their rental tools for a pretty good deal. Worth checking out. I'd buy it, but I'm a toolwhore so I need the slightest of excuses

Edit: Here ya go....

http://www.cpobostitch.com/flooring_tools/miiifs-r.html
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Are you saying to mark up jobs that you DON'T use the nailer on to pay for it?? I hope I just read that wrong.


i think miss read the too
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I bought mine from princess auto. Under $200 and it works fine.


Not as prestigious as a bostitch but I did my floor over a 3 week period and a rental would have been more that I paid.
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Hugh, I own a Princess Auto one too that I think I got for 170...to be honest I've never used it and I told the misses that I was going to put hardwood in the house months ago!

A friend of mine has the Princess Auto one as well and says it works fine.
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I should add my motto has always been "if you have to rent it once, you will have to rent it again...by that point you may as well have bought it"

But I'm the kind of guy that buys stuff I really don't need or ever use...like the ****** flooring stapler.
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I would buy one at this point. The Bostich is the most popular but there are other brands that your local flooring supply might carry. Check them out. I own a Highpro stapler which I really like.
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I picked up a two month old Bostich MIII from the Home Depot rental dept. for around $300 IIRC (it's been awhile). HD used to sell all of their rental tools for a pretty good deal. Worth checking out. I'd buy it, but I'm a toolwhore so I need the slightest of excuses

Edit: Here ya go....

http://www.cpobostitch.com/flooring_tools/miiifs-r.html
For that price I should get another!!
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For that price I should get another!!
Don't think I haven't thought about it
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Don't think I haven't thought about it
I might have to try out the Grex though, here:http://www.acetoolonline.com/Grex-MS...grx-ms1250.htm

I love my p650 pinner, I wonder how good the flooring gun is?
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Nothing like the convenience of having your own tools.
You can be relatively certain they will work and you don't have
to go to the rental yard to get the one you reserved that "oops we just sent that out", or you get on the job & it is broken. When you figure the job with a specialty item like this add in the "rental" cost. If bidding gets tight you can deduct it. You already own it & wrote it off anyways.

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