My 1st brad nailer only cost about $20, however it only lasted for about a year.
My 2nd & current brad nailer is a Sears Model #351.181720 (shown in the picture below), it cost around $90 & is currently around 7 years old. I should have bought the Sears brad nailer, to begin with, would have saved myself $20.
The Sears brad nailer specifications are as follows:
1. 100 braid nail capacity
2. Oil less operation
3. 18 gauge brad nails
4. Accepts 5/8″ to 2.125″ length brad nails
5. 60 to 100 psi operating pressure
6. Requires 0.94 SCFM @ 90 psi
7. weights 2.7 pounds
Common brad nail lengths available at my local Sears store are 5/8″, 1″, 1.25″, 1.50″, & 2″.
Regarding brad nail length to use, the general rule seems to be to use a brad nail length which is 2 to 3 times the thickness of the board being fastened.
If I am concerned about the brad nail possibly coming out the side of the board being fastened to, I use a brad nail which is 2 times the thickness of the board being fastened, otherwise I use 3 times the thickness of the board being fastened for the brad nail length.
The Sears brad nailer has worked well & I have had no problems with it. I have driven brad nails up thru 2″ in length, without any problems.
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