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Offline threesixright

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Brad nailer (FinishPro 18)
« on: June 16, 2019, 03:14 PM »
Hi All,

Sorry, another brad nailer question  [blink]

I have a old Bosch electric stapler, we never got bets friends. Either it went through or the nails didn't went in far enough. Hit and miss. Basically misery and I avoided the tool as the plague  [big grin]

So, I have my eye (as my first brad nailer) on a Senco FinishPro 18.

My question: how you regulate how deep the brads need to go in? Obviously different materials and different pin length mean different power. You just set the pressure on the compressor? Or is there something on the nailer itself to adjust it? Then some test shots?

I also saw different pictures of the FP18, a black and red version. Any differences?

Any other (better) alternatives (EU please) for a brad nailer?

Thanks again, as always.

Rog.

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Online pettyconstruction

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Re: Brad nailer (FinishPro 18)
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2019, 03:34 PM »
I have a old senco 18g that has a lot of time on it , and I just turn the pump down to say 100psi.
Not sure but the new ones may have a “shoe” on the tip or some other depth adjustment .
Btw oak and other hardwoods may require more psi.
Good choice in gun and gage.
Charlie


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Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: Brad nailer (FinishPro 18)
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2019, 11:01 AM »
When I was after a brad nailer, I did quite a lot of research (esp. reviews) and went for the Makita AF505N. Cost me around € 108 at the time. Works great.
Cheers, Bert Vanderveen

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Offline RKA

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Re: Brad nailer (FinishPro 18)
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2019, 01:07 PM »
Most air nailers will have a depth adjustment dial.  You should be able to download the manufacturer's manual and confirm.  Sometimes that isn't enough with very dense materials and then I resort to turning up the air pressure as pettyconstruction advised. 
-Raj

Offline mschmidt10k

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Re: Brad nailer (FinishPro 18)
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2019, 05:48 PM »
It has a small wheel close to the trigger that you rotate to increase/decrease depth. I used to have this one before I switched over to the Cadex 18ga - it's a very nice nailer.

Offline threesixright

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Re: Brad nailer (FinishPro 18)
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2019, 06:30 AM »
Thanks all for the feedback!

Just curious, anyone can explain why in the US this nailer goes for as little as 80 USD, while here (across the pond, EU) being sold as high as 350 USD [eek] ?

Since the availability (for a reasonable price) is somewhat difficult  [mad].

Any thoughts on BOSTITCH BT1855-E or BT1855SP-E or any other contender?

Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: Brad nailer (FinishPro 18)
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2019, 06:33 PM »
Thanks all for the feedback!

Just curious, anyone can explain why in the US this nailer goes for as little as 80 USD, while here (across the pond, EU) being sold as high as 350 USD [eek] ?

Since the availability (for a reasonable price) is somewhat difficult  [mad].

Any thoughts on BOSTITCH BT1855-E or BT1855SP-E or any other contender?

I’ve noticed the same, no matter how the pound has been doing, whatever I see in the USA, even when the pound was strong, if an item was/is $100, over here it will be £100.
Strange but true, we’re used getting ripped off in the UK though  ;)

Offline threesixright

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Re: Brad nailer (FinishPro 18)
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2019, 01:35 AM »
Thanks all for the feedback!

Just curious, anyone can explain why in the US this nailer goes for as little as 80 USD, while here (across the pond, EU) being sold as high as 350 USD [eek] ?

Since the availability (for a reasonable price) is somewhat difficult  [mad].

Any thoughts on BOSTITCH BT1855-E or BT1855SP-E or any other contender?

I’ve noticed the same, no matter how the pound has been doing, whatever I see in the USA, even when the pound was strong, if an item was/is $100, over here it will be £100.
Strange but true, we’re used getting ripped off in the UK though  ;)
I hear you, extremely frustrating. But we (on the other side of the canal) have Festool! [thumbs up]

Offline threesixright

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Re: Brad nailer (FinishPro 18)
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2019, 03:45 AM »
// update

after all went with the Bostitch BT1855SP-E (18 gauge brad nailer), mainly because of availability (needed it ASAP). Not giving up on the FP18, who knows ...  [tongue]

Yesterday took it out for a spin, shot ~ 500 nails. So far, pretty good nailer. Happy.