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I was wondering what brand people have? We have have 2 Maxes but they don't seem to hold up too long till the driver slides off the staple.
 

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I have used hitachis for the most part.. the old model (built by BEA) was a good one but the track would always get messed up where staples wont slide but the new one has a nylon track and Ive never had any issues with it.. only drawback of the new one is having to get used to where the staple comes out... you cant really see where it shoots out like the old ones
 

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I have a Porter Cable that has been trouble free for several years. I'd guess I've probably run at least 150,000 staples through it.:thumbsup:
 

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If you can find one of these old ones, get it.
We have the new Senco also but the old one just keeps on gettin after it. We use it all the time. Not the abuse of a framing job but man it's a good gun.
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My history of staplers:

1/2 crown Paslodes: out of the box, these things work great. 6 months later, time for rebuild. Repeat every 6 months.
Hitachi: I have three of the old style (all metal) purchased about 14 years ago. They rock!! Only downside is the rail slider often doesn't slide all the way up. Can be adjusted by bending slightly.
7/16 Senco: I agree that the newer ones frequently need rebuilt, with slightly less power each time.
 

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I'm with gus, if you can find an old school senco M series and don't mind the bulk, they are bulletproof. I have a newer SKS as well which has been an excellent performer.
 

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I have a senco, not quite as old as gus', but I'm guessing 13 years and it has been rock solid. I got it in one of the return bins at what is now Lowes and they said there was a firing problem. I see an overhoot on the driver so I'm guessing it fell off the roof and bent the nose part. It is a tank, has been used and abused and works great.

I bought a hitachi about 5 years ago and love that one too except for the spring handle for when you need to reload is IMO a bad design. Not very comfortable. But it sounds like a machine gun when nailing sheathing. Could easily get 10 shots a second out of it with a compressor that can keep up.
 

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bostitch:thumbsup:
I was waiting for someone to chime in with Bostitch, I used them about 12 years ago and they were at least 10 years old then. They were 1/2" crown though. Seems to me they were a heavier gauge staple than the 7/16" PC too.
What's up Hugeass?
 

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All i have ever used is senco's ....been using an old boat anchor like gus' most of my career....they wont die and they can shoot fast if you hold down the trigger and drag it.
 

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I'm still using my old T36 Bostitch sheathing stapler, 1/2" crown, up to 2" staple length, and 16 gauge.

This and my T35 roofing stapler, and N80 clipped head framing gun are at least 25 years old and just won't die.

Kind of why I am a fan of Bostitch guns, and have newer N88RH-MCN and F21PL framing guns for the metal connector feature.

Also own Max coil guns, and a bunch of Senco finish guns, old and newer. And like my old Senco LS5 and SFN1 better than the newer guns.


But back to the staplers. You have to watch what the code requires in your area, as a lot of the 7/16 staples are 17 gauge and the code in some areas allows 7/16 staples but they must be 16 gauge.
 

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I was waiting for someone to chime in with Bostitch, I used them about 12 years ago and they were at least 10 years old then. They were 1/2" crown though. Seems to me they were a heavier gauge staple than the 7/16" PC too.
What's up Hugeass?


I'm keepin it real.:thumbsup:

they are 1/2" crown.

Do NOT try to use 1/2 paslode staples in it either:furious:

the one I use on the roof is so worn out that it sounds like a castanette, when I shake it.:laughing:
 

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I have a Porter Cable that has been trouble free for several years. I'd guess I've probably run at least 150,000 staples through it.:thumbsup:

On my old roofing stapler (bositch) I've run at least 150'000 in the last couple of years. It was on old used up war hammer when I got it.

I got it as a throw-in when I bought 20 boxes of staples from a framer in town who was going out of business. He thought it was broken, but I managed to revive her. :thumbup:
 
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