I was just at Home Depot searching for a framing nail gun. It will be used for home use, not a business. I like the Paslode, gas cartridge/battery operated but it is spendy and I've heard the #1 nailer that is returned with problems, mainly not being cleaned as instructions say to do. I looked at Bostitch, Porter Cable, and several others but just not sure what is the best middle of the road nailer and that will work reliably.
Best Answer i own a Hitachi (full headed nail model), metal body framing gun and love it. i also own the Hitachi roofing nail gun. i do home improvement for a living, and guys that i have worked with have switched to Hitachi after working with me and my guns. one guy used to use bostich, but switched, the other used senco guns. also, the Hitachi's continue to fire and set nails when the others don't, when the air pressure runs low. as far as the paslode, nails cost more for those, and then you need the fuel cells, too, if you have a compressor, i'd go for an air nailer. if Hitachi's are too pricey for your budget, i'd suggest that you look at the new Milwaukee guns, i know that they are priced affordably, and if they are anything like their power tools, will be well built. another thing to consider is repairs, check your local yellow pages for air tool repair shops, and see what brands they fix, just in case. squirt the tool with a few drops of air tool oil before you start to use them for the day, and again after lunch if it's humid and you shouldn't have any trouble whichever tool you buy. good luck, hope this helps.
I'm moving into my first home and want to purchase good quality tools that I'll be using to build a new wall, tear down an old one, refinish some cabinets and things like that. What brand of tools should I go with and what specific tools do you suggest?
Best Answer 17 years as a GM mechanic taught me that Snap-on tools where worth the money when you used them daily, for the average home owner I would go with craftsmen, husky, etc. that have a lifetime warranty for sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, etc. as for power tools the brands I like are Milwaukee, makita, dewalt, in that order just to name a few. never owned a bad Milwaukee tool, the others seem to make good and not so good lines so I buy the better (more expensive) ones. now if your tearing down a wall and building a wall, you’ll need a good framers hammer. I’d go at least 20 oz. (26-32 is best but what ever your comfortable with) steel handle is my preference. Erwin I believe is the brand I own, but there are many good brands. a good pry bar or three big, med, small. a 12-14" flat bar is a must, start there. A saws-all (hint: Milwaukee invented the saws-all) with a variety of blades, all purpose and a metal/hacksaw type, for starters. with those three tools you can tear down a house. to build the wall you have the hammer. you’ll need a good circular saw, I love my makita! 99-110$ would own no other! A combination/framers blade, and a good finish blade (32-64 teeth) if your going to cut plywood or other finish wood. A framers/carpenters square, not a framing square unless your building stairs. A plumb bob and a good level (all levels need to be checked for accuracy, buying an expensive one doesn’t work here) check each bubble on a level/plumb surface and flip the level 180 deg. end to end and check again. you should get the same reading then turn it over and repeat. check all bubbles. nails I four building a single wall but an air nailer if you finishing a basement. drywall screw gun, utility knife, drywall square, 5", 8", 14" taping knife, stainless steel mud pan, 18 volt cordless drill, corded drill-with 1/2" chuck, mud mixer, orbital palm sander, belt sander, mini-rotary cutter "dremmel", just to name a few. 17 years as GM mechanic, 7 years as building contractor, 3 years home inspector, have bought over $40,000 worth of personal tools. I’ve only scratched the surface so far, contact me if you want more specific info. I could go on for days........my wife hates any tool sales place, but she loves my repairs!