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Looking to overhaul my siding guns and purchase a different line all together. I currently own 3 staplers by Spotnails and 1 Porter Cable. The Spotnail guns were $200 each at the time of purchase and the PC $269. The Porter Cable's heavier weight is a big factor in hating using it. The Spotnail guns can't handle the day in/day out abuse. It seems they're in for repair too often.

Spotnails - http://www.spotnails.com/productDetail.asp?productID=73&productLine=1
Porter Cable - http://www.portercable.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=11540

I'm looking for feedback on some better alternatives. I'd like to purchase 4 guns, trying to stay under $1000.
 

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Ive been using two of the pc's all along. I guess when i have nothing to compare to ive never considered them heavy!!
 

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I have a couple hitachis that we like. Fast and light, very affordable, but we don't use them day in day out so I don't know how long they'd last you...

I've heard and read good things about the Italian brand Omer. They seem to be used in commercial and production settings. Sounds like they still make them high quality not based on a price point. That being said they aren't cheap.
 

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hitchi makes a top notch siding nailer. bostich guns arent bad either

as for omer, they definitley arent cheap. why i was doing production trim the company i worked for had the omer 18 gauge pinners, they ran about $450 a pc
 

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What wood siding are you installing with staples may I ask? Hopefully not shingles. I can't tell you how many times I've cursed the guys that have put stapled shingles on I try to remove them
With my rip. nails.
 

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your right about the staple thing.. we use coil nailers.. but some guys do use staplers.. there a nightmare to remove
 

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Ive been using two of the pc's all along. I guess when i have nothing to compare to ive never considered them heavy!!
At almost 6 lbs, they're the heaviest stapler I've found. The Spotnailers are 4.8 and the Hitachi's I'm looking into are 4.4 lbs. A huge difference when you're nailing thousands of shingles a day, tens of thousands a job.
 

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What wood siding are you installing with staples may I ask? Hopefully not shingles. I can't tell you how many times I've cursed the guys that have put stapled shingles on I try to remove them
With my rip. nails.
Living in Rockport, you're only 90 minutes away so you must encounter this alot as I've never seen production shingles installed with the pony/siding gun, only staplers. I know some do it, but I think they're in the minority. Maybe it's a regional thing as ALL the local yards push and sell large quantities of the 7/16" staples.

I have to agree removal is more time consuming and difficult than box nail installs but my opinion is you get a better hold. We usually strip large areas with a roof shovel going upwards and a quick sideways cleanup with flat bars and a hammer to work the wood shards out. Sink the staples and move on. Trick is to keep switching hands with the shovel to keep your shoulders from screaming after 20 minutes.
 

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We've done several cedar siding jobs with 1/4" crown. Never had an issue with holding power and less likely to cause splitting than 7/16 or 1/2" IME.
 

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We've done several cedar siding jobs with 1/4" crown. Never had an issue with holding power and less likely to cause splitting than 7/16 or 1/2" IME.
Hmmm...would be very nervous using a 1/4" crown stapler fearing the worst. What was the thickness of the material being stapled? 1/4", 3/8" or 1/2" shingles. I would think this would make a huge difference as the thinner, garbage material twists and buckles easier.
 

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1/4" works pretty good for arts and crafts.
 

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I own 3 hitachi 7/16 staplers. Get used daily. Between the 3 of them we put a box+ a week through them. Not a problem what so ever. I also live by Hitachi guns, own 7 coil nailers that see way more use and they treat me well.
 
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