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Offline ear3

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Re: What gauge nail guns do you recommend for finish carpentry?
« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2017, 02:25 PM »
I recently converted my guns over the cordless, and have been very happy so far, though would have been nice to do it all on a single battery platform.  15 gauge Milwaukee, 16 and 18 gauge Dewalts, the 23 gauge Makita pinner.  If you're looking into the Makita, bear in mind that they just recently released a second generation -- I learned this a couple of days after I bought the first gen., so I had enough time to return for the newer model.  The newer model has less of an issue sinking the longest pins into hardwood, whereas the older one struggled.

Going cordless has made a huge difference, even when I'm just working around the shop, since I don't keep my pancake compressor loaded with air when not in use.  I can just grab a gun for a few quick hits while jig making or something that only requires a couple of nails, without having to wait (or suffer the ear abuse) while the compressor fills.
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Offline BJM9818

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Re: What gauge nail guns do you recommend for finish carpentry?
« Reply #31 on: November 26, 2017, 07:29 PM »
What ever you choose, please don't do this.

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Last remodel I installed the 1/4 round floor trim with my Grex 23gauge. 4000ft2 house. The painter had never seen 23 Gauge nail holes before.  He was extremely happy.

Offline 1toolshort

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Re: What gauge nail guns do you recommend for finish carpentry?
« Reply #32 on: November 27, 2017, 08:41 AM »
The smallest one that will do the trick, (already posted).  I used to use 15 all the time.  Then I got a 16 Paslode.  It gets used the most.  Also an 18, 21 and 23.  Door jambs, 15; casing 16; door stop 18; trim, 18 and 21.  cross nail on trim 23 or 21, depending on the material.  Just some ideas.  Good luck.
« Last Edit: November 27, 2017, 08:50 AM by 1toolshort »
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Offline demographic

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Re: What gauge nail guns do you recommend for finish carpentry?
« Reply #33 on: December 08, 2017, 01:43 AM »
In the UK we pretty much only use two sizes of nail gun unless we are workshop joiners.
Framing nailers (like the Paslodes and so on) and 16 gauge finish nailers.
If you work on sites where the main contractor supplies the brads then I would always buy the straight version as they hardly ever supply the angled brads. That mightbe different in the US.