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Old 11-18-2010, 08:34 PM   #1
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What's Your Favorite Trim Nailer?


What's your favorite gauge for a particular application, and what brand of nails / guns have worked best for you over the years?

For the record, I have a Senco 15 Ga nailer, a Porter Cable 18 Ga, and a Bostich 16 Ga.

For me, I prefer to secure my door jambs with trim screws, and then on pretty much everything else trim-wise I like to use an 18 Ga for the smaller, easier to fill holes. There is the increased risk of a nail deflecting out the side with the thinner nails, but they're just so much easier to fill and they still hold very well. I find that if I use the proper length nail, deflection is very rare as well. I suppose a 15 Ga is a sturdier nail, but it seems like overkill as trim is usually not subject to lots of stress. Perhaps someone can enlighten me as to why 15 Ga is every really preferable. The 16 Ga I use simply because I can get 2.5" nails in it for thicker trim pieces.

I'm curious as to what everyone else is using out there, and what they think is the best.
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Re: What's Your Favorite Trim Nailer?


I've always used 16 gauge nails, primarily because that's what was prevalent when I started gunning trim in the late 80s. I always used Paslode pnuematic, or Hitachi. Both used the same nails.

Over the last few years, I've been steering away from the air hose and going cordless. I have 2 18 gauge and 3 16 gauge Paslode Impulse trim guns, as well as 3 framing guns.

I've been doing more and more PVC trim on exteriors and being cordless is priceless.

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Re: What's Your Favorite Trim Nailer?


Grex for my 23 ga., Cadex for an 18ga (most used), bostitch 15ga, bostitch narrow crown, paslode 16ga angled and straight (not used very often).
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Can you get stainless nails for the Impulse?
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Bostich 16 series here, 1" - 2 1/2"

Covers my needs, pretty rare I run into a use for anything else.

I want a pinner, but I really have no need for it.
And until I do, I guess I'll go without.
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I really like the idea of those impulse guns. The cost and upkeep of a compressor, hoses and time lost hauling that around is probably worth the cost of the butane, especially if you were to buy it online. Now I want to ask what the best gas powered ones are, but I've already posted too many threads in this forum tonight :p

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Can you get stainless nails for the Impulse?
Yes. I have been using angled 16 ga., straight 16 ga. and 18 ga. stainless fasteners on Azek trim packages.
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I love my 16g angled paslode impulse. For a 15g air nailer...My Senco FinishPro has never let me down in the 8 ish years i've had it. I use both all the time but it's easier to get stainless nails for the Senco. I also prefer the 15g nail and head for PVC trim.
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Can you get stainless nails for the Impulse?

Yes....I have to get SS 16g angled Paslode nails online or my yard has to order them. 15g Senco SS nails are availible pretty much everywhere.
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Maybe I should sell off my paslode framing nailer and angled nailer.
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I like my Paslode Trimpulse but, I have been a die hard Senco Fan/user since the mid 70's.

They always perform, parts, when needed, are available and nails are plentiful.
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I really like the idea of those impulse guns. The cost and upkeep of a compressor, hoses and time lost hauling that around is probably worth the cost of the butane, especially if you were to buy it online. Now I want to ask what the best gas powered ones are, but I've already posted too many threads in this forum tonight :p
There is a bit of maintanance required to keep the Impulse guns working at optimum performance, but in reality, a gun takes about 10-15 minutes to properly clean and lubricate. Every other month with heavy use has worked fine for me.

It is a pleasure to grab the appropriate gun, or guns, pop in the battery and fire at will. No hoses to mark up the drywall, corner beads or paint on the baseboards. They are great for running shoe after the floors are installed. You can't beat them when your up on the pump jacks running fascias, cornice, etc, without a hose to drag you down.

Edit: Impulse is the original gas powered nailer and Paslode has been refining it for over 20 years.
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Maybe I should sell off my paslode framing nailer and angled nailer.
How much? Package deal.
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Re: What's Your Favorite Trim Nailer?


I could sell them both, don't remember the last time I used the framer.

The trim nailer is just too loud to use inside finished houses.
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I could sell them both, don't remember the last time I used the framer.

The trim nailer is just too loud to use inside finished houses.
They can be loud, but I tend to wear hearing protection more often than not, so it's not really an issue.
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Man, now I want to go cordless so bad! Thanks LF, you've sold me. One other question: what's the best way to go about getting refill gas cartridges, how long do they last and how much are they?
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Man, now I want to go cordless so bad! Thanks LF, you've sold me. One other question: what's the best way to go about getting refill gas cartridges, how long do they last and how much are they?
I buy them at the big box stores. I only use the small ones (Paslode 16 ga angled and 18 ga). They cost about $23 for a four pack. They say they'll shoot about a thousand nails. I've never counted, but I think it's a little less than that.
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If we're using the slang term for "trim",
then the answer would be me!
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Man, now I want to go cordless so bad! Thanks LF, you've sold me. One other question: what's the best way to go about getting refill gas cartridges, how long do they last and how much are they?
The fuel cells are available at Home Depot, Lowes and through just about any fastener supplier. Many hometown lumber yards carry them as well. They run about 20 dollars for a box of 4 and should last well over 1000 shots each.

If you're going to go 16 gauge, I like the angled gun much better than the straight nailer. The 18 gauge shoots up to a 2" nail and mine has been very reliable.

Here's a video of a job I did recently. Notice how convenient the belt hook can be, as well as the fact that there is no hose tangled around my ankles.

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3 pieces in 10 minutes?

You need a better cut man.

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