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Old 01-02-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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thinking of getting a roofing gun. what are your recomendations? any will help. thanks
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I have two: stanley bostitch and porter cable. I prefer the porter. You should try renting some to see which you like better.
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I like my Senco . has worked good.
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Hitachi or Bostitch.
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Max all the way! I've had all kinds of them paslode p/c hitachi bostich dewalt the max is by far the highest quality IMHO
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ive owned many different brands but i prefer bostitch
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dont really care for the porter cable at all. its to slow for me. did own a modified porter cable it was alright. still couldnt keep up thou. but it got the job done. my step dad picked up a fairly new makita roofing nailer at a pawn shop last week. still waiting to try it out.
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Max super roofer is a sweet gun
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Hitachi NV45AB

Not the Hitachi NV45AB2
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JW, I may be really slow, not sure, but I haven't had any problem with poter-cables gun.

My Stanley actually quit on me and had to be rebuilt, I bought the Porter while it was being repaired. I dont do a lot of roofing, I hate it actually. But for sheds and small roofs over bay/bow windows I dont mind.
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I have owned paslode, bostich and max

the paslode I originally liked- definitely lighter than othyer guns but that lightnest encourages you to use it in awkward,ergonomically disaterous positions leading to elbow issues

Bostich is great---- heavy but durable- if you think there is the slightest chance you or your employees might drop one off a roof- get the bostich-all of mine have survived multiple falls to concrete with no problems- they are built like tanks

Max ended up being my favorite guns- the first max I had was basically a clone of an older discontinued bostich model - the next MAX I bought was the first gun I ever had with an effective depth of drive adjustment

currently I own a stable of rarely used bostich guns
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Absolutely nothing beats Hitachi.

I use nothing else.
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thinking of getting a roofing gun. what are your recomendations? any will help. thanks

If you want higher weight, less features and aged design that
wheezes when it's rings wear out (which is often), get a Hitachi.

If you want a Magnesium built lightweight 4.9lb reliable easy to
rebuild well balanced rocket that has a one-step loading design
and an awesome warranty, get a Bostitch RN46-1.

Read more here:

Bostitch VS Hitachi Roofing Gun Comparo

Hitachi VS Bostitch

Bostitch VS Hitachi







[Disclaimer: I am a 2nd Generation Roofer with 28 years of experience.]
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For me, I had a Bostitch from about 7-8 years ago. It had the same loading system as the other pics here. It shot great, but the problem with it was if the nails were not in perfect shape in their coil, the gun was constantly jamving. I hated it so much, I gave it away and bought the Hitachi.
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For me, I had a Bostitch from about 7-8 years ago. It had the same loading system as the other pics here. It shot great, but the problem with it was if the nails were not in perfect shape in their coil, the gun was constantly jamving. I hated it so much, I gave it away and bought the Hitachi.
Maybe it was the nails not the gun.?

I have that problem with the cheaper framing nails we sometimes get. The plastic collated nails do not space the racks correctly and the gun jambs.
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Nope, multiple boxes, multiple brands. If the coils were not almost perfectly round, I had a crap ton of jambs. There were other guns using the same nails that were bottom loaded Hitachi and a couple side loaded Hitachi that had no problems. I have had coils in the Hitachi that I thought would jamb and unless the nails are bent so that they are caught up in each other, I haven't had an issue with the Hitachi.


Granted, that was a Bostitch that was not the current generation and sounds like they have improved but I have had absolutely no problems with my Hitachi. Not a single jamb, never a leak, not issues what so ever. Of all the roofers I see, the only gun I ever see is the Hitachi on the jobsite.
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For me, I had a Bostitch from about 7-8 years ago. It had the same loading system as the other pics here. It shot great, but the problem with it was if the nails were not in perfect shape in their coil, the gun was constantly jamving. I hated it so much, I gave it away and bought the Hitachi.
What nails were you using?

I use anything really, but some of the generic brands give the Boss guns the fits.
I spend the extra $10. per box and get the best nails
(Bostitch Coils) and never have any problems with them.

I was just funnin' picking on Hitachi. I'd have no qualms with running a Hitachi,
but I'd try the new Bosch before I'd go to Hitachi or even the newest Hitachi.


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Maybe it was the nails not the gun.?

I have that problem with the cheaper framing nails we sometimes get. The plastic collated nails do not space the racks correctly and the gun jambs.
I posted my response before reading your's CF.

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Nope, multiple boxes, multiple brands. If the coils were not almost perfectly round, I had a crap ton of jambs. There were other guns using the same nails that were bottom loaded Hitachi and a couple side loaded Hitachi that had no problems. I have had coils in the Hitachi that I thought would jamb and unless the nails are bent so that they are caught up in each other, I haven't had an issue with the Hitachi.


Granted, that was a Bostitch that was not the current generation and sounds like they have improved but I have had absolutely no problems with my Hitachi. Not a single jamb, never a leak, not issues what so ever. Of all the roofers I see, the only gun I ever see is the Hitachi on the jobsite.
When Bostitch changed production from Japan (they were being made by Max) to China, there was a horrible run of guns. I heard of a lot of problems with that generation. I haven't gotten a bad Bostitch gun ever (I'm on my 5th gun).

Hitachis are known for working well with any nails.

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