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So I went in to my local tool pusher today to pick up a new brad nailer. As I'm looking around, I pick up the Max 18g brad nailer. Very impressive piece of kit, I think. So I go up to the counter and ask how much....$400:blink:!:blink:! For a brad nailer?!?! I thought his computer must be screwed up, but Amazon has it for $484.71:w00t:. I admit I take a few sips of the green Coolaid every now and then, but this is ridiculous! A brad nailer!?! More than $400! Really?

I had a Craftsman that lasted more than a decade. Still works, but fires too many blanks. I can't see spending more than $125-$150 for one. Especially when you can get a pretty decent one for less than $100.

So, anybody here have the Max? Worth the investment?
 

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So I went in to my local tool pusher today to pick up a new brad nailer. As I'm looking around, I pick up the Max 18g brad nailer. Very impressive piece of kit, I think. So I go up to the counter and ask how much....$400:blink:!:blink:! For a brad nailer?!?! I thought his computer must be screwed up, but Amazon has it for $484.71:w00t:. I admit I take a few sips of the green Coolaid every now and then, but this is ridiculous! A brad nailer!?! More than $400! Really?

I had a Craftsman that lasted more than a decade. Still works, but fires too many blanks. I can't see spending more than $125-$150 for one. Especially when you can get a pretty decent one for less than $100.

So, anybody here have the Max? Worth the investment?
Dam them Max nailers are expensive. Dont seem anything special for the price.
 

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Let me tell you, they are nothing short of incredible. i have yet to find a brad nailer that can countersink as well as this gun and i have used hitachis, senco's, Porter Cable, Ridgid, Cadex, Omer, Paslode and many others. Anti dry fire, clear magazine, rear exhaust, adjustable depth control, great handling, nice slim top design to reach tite spots and get into corners for crown and so much more with very quiet operation compared to other nailers and when you need to approach something on a steep angle, the gun will sink the nails quite well. I have 2 and love them to death. Worth every penny.
 

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Is it just me or does the Max look very similar to a grex?
 

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Yes, I agree it looks like a sweet gun. Very well machined. It does look like the best brad nailer I have put my hands on, but I have not used one. It's just strange to me that the brad nailer is almost the most expensive tool in their line. Most of their other tools seem to be about 15%-20% more than the competition; the brad nailer is 4x! Okay, maybe 2x if you compare to other high grade tools. I guess I'll have to actually use one to see the difference in performance. I remember when a Senco brad nailer was almost that much.
 

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I bought a Max 15ga. finish nailer three years ago. I was nailing five-quarter Mahogany as trim on a house. Bostitch wouldnt set the stainless nails no matter how high the pressure, and we were way over the rocommended poundage.

Max worked beautiful without any problems, If you love tools, you will love the max. If I want to impress another finish guy, I make sure I bring the max
and my lie-nielsen block plane (which currently is lost! I left it on the tailgate:furious:). One or the other will get him to druel.

I use bostitch also, but they do break down. Seals, firing pins, whatever. If you use them a lot, you will end up having two of each model. One to use, and one on the way to get fixed.
 

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Well, I looked around a little online, and saw Ace Tool has them for $339. Being that I probably shoot more nails through the 18g than any other nailer, I might be well served spending extra on this nailer. Toolbarn also has it at this price, BTW.

My wife hates it when I get tool advice from this forum. I always end up spending twice what originally planned. I always tell her that's the tool everybody on here recommends:whistling

http://www.acetoolonline.com/Produc...iler&utm_campaign=googlebase&site=google_base
 

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excellent choice, you will be very impressed, pleased, satisfied with this gun. Kinda sounds like the wife i shudda married...lol.. just kidding

Slim nose allow you to access tight spots
Light weight at 2.6 lbs.
Dial adjustable depth control
No-mar contact tip included
Trigger Lock Lever
Quick side loading
The transparent magazine shows reloading timing
Rear exhaust air design
Built-in silencer
Portable plastic carrying case.
Tangle free swivel joint
FIRING METHOD - Sequential trip
WEIGHT - 2.6 lbs.
DIMENSIONS - 9-1/2"(H) x 2-3/8"(W) x 10-1/8"(L)
LOAD CAPACITY - 100 brad nails
OPERATING PRESSURE - 60-100 psi. (4-7kg/cm2) (Regulator)
AIR CONSUMPTION - 0.018ft3/cycle at 90psi
 

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So I went in to my local tool pusher today to pick up a new brad nailer. As I'm looking around, I pick up the Max 18g brad nailer. Very impressive piece of kit, I think. So I go up to the counter and ask how much....$400:blink:!:blink:! For a brad nailer?!?! I thought his computer must be screwed up, but Amazon has it for $484.71:w00t:. I admit I take a few sips of the green Coolaid every now and then, but this is ridiculous! A brad nailer!?! More than $400! Really?

I had a Craftsman that lasted more than a decade. Still works, but fires too many blanks. I can't see spending more than $125-$150 for one. Especially when you can get a pretty decent one for less than $100.

So, anybody here have the Max? Worth the investment?
If you are looking for a gun to go out and shoot daily with lots of use then yes it is most worth the money. I would only put that much down if you are going through more than two guns a year. they make a wonderfull tool not just nailers, the framers and staplers are excellent also.
 

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I know that everyone loves the old max but are there any opinions on the new one. Anyone own one? I am looking at these guns right now:

Paslode
Grex
Max
Makita

Can't pull the trigger on which one. I own the max crown stapler and it is a really solid tool. Looks like the brad nailer is a clone just that it shoots brads instead of staples.
 

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Well, i took the advice here and bought the old ST18. I found one on Ace Tool for $299. It only hurt until I fired my first shot. Thanks to the folks here at CT for the great advice! I went back by my local tool pusher a couple of weeks ago, and did get a chance to look the new ones over. I'm NOT impressed! I have never fired it, but it just felt cheaper in the hand. It just wasn't as refined. The nose wasn't as well designed either. I'm considering the new Grex "Green Buddy" as a second gun, as I hate changing out the brads all the time. It doesn't look quite as good, but pretty decent. Better than others I have seen. Omer gets good reviews too.
 

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I have to buy one. Max make make by far the best sticknail framers, the best 7/16 stapler, and a top 3 roofer. They must spend more $ on R+D.
 

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Well, i took the advice here and bought the old ST18. I found one on Ace Tool for $299. It only hurt until I fired my first shot. Thanks to the folks here at CT for the great advice! I went back by my local tool pusher a couple of weeks ago, and did get a chance to look the new ones over. I'm NOT impressed! I have never fired it, but it just felt cheaper in the hand. It just wasn't as refined. The nose wasn't as well designed either. I'm considering the new Grex "Green Buddy" as a second gun, as I hate changing out the brads all the time. It doesn't look quite as good, but pretty decent. Better than others I have seen. Omer gets good reviews too.
They still have the old ones there?....no wait...clicked the link....says it no longer exists.

Should just say....quality nail guns that arent made in china no longer exist.
 

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I would have been happy with my PC and pasolde Brad nailer. Now I have to get this hard to find Max Brad nailer. Curse this forum for feeding my tool habit. By the way I do have some brad nailers going for cheap very soon.
 

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I would have been happy with my PC and pasolde Brad nailer. Now I have to get this hard to find Max Brad nailer. Curse this forum for feeding my tool habit. By the way I do have some brad nailers going for cheap very soon.
No doubt. I have an old Campbell Hausfield Pro brad nailer that I really like, but it is only 1 1/4. I need to trim a couple doors today and need a longer nail. I really only need a throw away 15 dollar HF gun until I find the gun I want. Off to the store I go. Oooh, look at all the shiney Hitachi's and Dewalts and Bostiches, even the Senco looks nice. Nearly had a 16 and an 18 in my cart until I realized I had forgotten to stop at the bank first. No deposit, no money. :laughing: That is all that saved me.

As sad as it is, I ended up with a HF just because I had hit there first. 15.99. My last one ran like a champ, but this one isn't purple. I liked the purple one.

Long way to say, I now am now wishing I had went back and grabbed the Hitachi, at least until I can get a Max that is. Hmmmm... I've made my deposit, my wife is at work, I can sneak them into the truck... curse you CT and all your gateway tools.. :laughing:
 
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