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I helped a friend today repairing some loose oak flooring in his kitchen. I was advised that it was glued down, but it was in fact stapled 3/4" over plywood. I normally rent the nailer when I install floors, but have considered a purchase to avoid rental fees in the future.

Of course today is Sunday and my options were limited. Home Depot only carries the bostich and they were out of stock. Lowes only had the Kobalt, but didn't sell 16g staples to fit in the unit...it's really weird that they don't stock staples for their own house brand, only cleats.

Out of desperation, harbor freight was the last resort so I tucked my tail between my legs and bought a $120 nailer with every intention of returning tomorrow and ordering a real nailer when I sell my next wood floor.

I was actually impressed with this unit. Held air, consistent depth, no jams, no curled staples...it did everything as expected. Granted, I only layed down about 70sf of flooring.

Has anyone used this nailer? Is it crap, or will it suffice for 6-8 floor jobs per year? I wonder how it will perform on harder woods. Just debating if I should just return it or hold onto it for a couple years.
 

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It's a Chinese knock off of the Bostich MIII. Even the rebuild kits will fit. For the use you're going to put it through, I think you'll be fine.
 
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My Senco SKS went out on me a while back and I had to run buy something to finish the job. I wound up at Lowe's. They had Senco, but no SKS. I paid almost 300 dollars for that SKS back when my prostate was intact(a long time ago). The gun I bought at Lowe's was 80 dollars. Not as good, but it says Senco on it.

Most all of it is Harbor Freight quality these days. There are certainly exceptions, but most air tools are junk now. Disposable.
 

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I walked into a harbor freight the other day looking for a trailer tire with rim , I couldn't believe the employee shirts said "quality tools at ridiculously low prices" anything but quality, that's about a flat out lie to my face !
Yep, and I could put my attorney hat on and say " We didn't specify what level of quality - the prices should be an indicator. " lol
 
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