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Old 12-31-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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I'm about to dive into a roofing nailer, but would like to get one that I can use to hang hardie siding too. Has anyone used their roofing nailer to hang siding? I'm interested in the brand/model, and how it worked for hanging siding.

Can't afford two different guns, but was told there's guns out there to handle both tasks.

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Old 01-02-2011, 08:37 AM   #2
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I guess I've got the cooties. Y'all have a nice day.

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New roofing guns with depth adjustment will do but you are going to have to use the large head roofing nails. I looking same as you, I have 2 RN45 Bostich guns but I don't think they would be accurate enough ( line of site) to install siding. I mostly do vinyl and lot of hardboard "CANELX" over syrafoam lately ( have to pre drill a lot). I am looking at Bostich coil siding nailer ( $249.00 or so on sale) I don't like buying on another tool but seems you got to to be effective these days, & couple jobs you more than pay for itself. I never regreated buying quality tool that lasts and make job go faster / easier.
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go to toolsofthetrade.net for good onsite contractor tool reviews. I prefer the nailer's that use a round driver rather than a "D" shape. Bostitch is one like that, and a depth control, replaceable wear guard too.
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I made the mistake of buying a Rigid Roofing Nailer because my Porter cable went to the shop.
The Rigid came out of a pawn shop for 70$ and looked like it had about 1 roof on it.
That Rigid Roofing Nailer has been the BEST roofing nailer i have ever used!
Sold the Porter cable when it got back form the shop

The "Mistake" came in when i realized i had bought a Homeowner Grade tool and all the guys have mocked me over it. The mocking has stopped, and the Rigid is still going for the last two yrs with no problems.
Also, i like to keep all my tools one brand, for repair purposes, and i get to know ONE tool shop dealer and location.
Im trying to switch to all Makita, and Rigid Orange will just never fit in.
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Hi, Mfee! Welcome to contractortalk. I use the bostitch roofing nailer for both shingles and Hardiplank siding (fibercement board), and have no complaints. It will not work for vinyl or siding with plastic nailing flanges because it sinks the fasteners too deep, and it is not accurate enough, as one poster said. It is fantastic for Hardi siding, thought.
As far as brand goes, I have had great success with Bostitch. My boss owns a Max, and it is also very good. I would try to stay away from the Dewalt roofer, based on the poor performance of the single one that we had (constant misfires, and poor reliability), but you may find that to be just the thing for you. I have just really enjoyed using my Bostitch roofers.

hope that helps,
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I am looking at Bostich coil siding nailer ( $249.00 or so on sale)

you want a ''quality'' siding gun look to makita or max
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Or Hitachi. Look at weight when deciding on a sider (there is alot more fatigue on your arms/shoulders when holding it straight out)
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i have the bos as a back up,it is less expensive but...thats about it
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Oh,

To the original question. I've used a senco roofer for Hardie and it worked great. Look at the Hardie spec book for your region, I think they changed this year to require HDG for the North West (I don't know why). I prefer a siding coil gun because you can use the same gun for your corners, siding, fascia and sofit.

I Love the Hitachi and it is very light.

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