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Apparently technology has passed me by(?).
I have two air finish nailers; one, a 16Ga...probably about 25-30 yrs. old, and an 18Ga dual brad and staple gun about 8 yrs old. The 16Ga is causing problems and I can't get my head around just chucking it; they're a really simple device...probably hardened 'O' rings or something similar. If I send it out for repairs I know it'll end up costing as much as a new one.
OK, so I'm checking on-line for new 16Ga guns and everyone is promoting 18Ga and 23Ga. I'll admit I've been tempted to buy one of the little beauties but the reality is I really want my old 16Ga for doing exterior work...galvanized brad nails for trellises and screens being my first concern.
Does nobody make or use them anymore?!
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Yikes!
If any of you non-Canuck memmbers think we're whiney little princesses...check out the two links below...they are not the same.
Now, tell us we don't have a legitimate beef!




http://www.amazon.ca/Bosch-FNS250-16.../dp/B0022NHVZA
http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-FNS250-1.../dp/B0022NHVZA
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Ridiculous, isn't it........

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Apparently technology has passed me by(?).
I have two air finish nailers; one, a 16Ga...probably about 25-30 yrs. old, and an 18Ga dual brad and staple gun about 8 yrs old. The 16Ga is causing problems and I can't get my head around just chucking it; they're a really simple device...probably hardened 'O' rings or something similar. If I send it out for repairs I know it'll end up costing as much as a new one.
OK, so I'm checking on-line for new 16Ga guns and everyone is promoting 18Ga and 23Ga. I'll admit I've been tempted to buy one of the little beauties but the reality is I really want my old 16Ga for doing exterior work...galvanized brad nails for trellises and screens being my first concern.
Does nobody make or use them anymore?!
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I've always rebuilt my own. They are easy to rebuild, but if you don't think you can... Well... I've enjoyed talking with you about allot of things in the last 1-1/2 years. You've been a friend and we are somewhat neighbors...

If I can find the kits or the replacement o-rings... maybe even heads if they need them... I'll rebuild them for you. You just pay the parts and shipping.

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Yikes!
If any of you non-Canuck memmbers think we're whiney little princesses...check out the two links below...they are not the same.
Now, tell us we don't have a legitimate beef!




http://www.amazon.ca/Bosch-FNS250-16.../dp/B0022NHVZA
Bosch FNS250-16 16 Gauge Straight Finish Nailer - Amazon.com
And they probably came from Asia. Last I heard, Vancouver was still a major port of entry.

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Or look at a 15 gauge gun... In that range and for what you said you were using it for... I have a Porter Cable 16 Gauge Finish nailer that shoots aluminum nails and a Senco 15 gauge angle nailer that shoots steel galvanized nails. Both are less than that Bosch.

EDIT- I get it now... Canadian Duty

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I have the Porter Cable set (16ga finish, brad, narrow crown stapler) in 2 years of use neither one has jammed or misfired. I can honestly recommend them. Right now the 2in. brad nailer kit with case is on Amazon for $73.99. I don't know about the Canadian cost, but it may still be worthwhile.

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Bosch FNS250-16 16 Gauge Straight Finish Nailer: Amazon.ca: Tools & Building Supplies
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Both of us being in the trades... 25-30 years for a finish gun was well worth the price when you bought it.

I know I am fanatical about oiling my guns. (was drilled into me) Couple drops in morning, 2 more at lunch. I also learned on nail guns that cost is not the only consideration. I got burned a few times. Hilti, although you would think at that time a big major name... stopped making nails for my Hilti clip-head. I had 2 5 gallon buckets left of nalis for it, but saved it for home use until that supply ran out. I had a kid on my crew that used cheap HF finish guns. Would last 2-3 months before leaking air. Other brands would change their models and stop stocking kits for the older ones...

Never had problems with bostich, porter cable or senco... Nevr had any problems finding parts or fasteners for them. I'm sort of bias to them. Never used Bosch guns so I can't comment on them.

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Of those 3 brands, the only company reps I've met is from Senco. I have to say, they keep making improvements to their finish guns. As Hitachi has been what to emulate as the Cadillac in framing nailers, Senco is in finish nailers. (I didn't always believe that.) Their line of rechargeable electric finish guns... adjustable depth, actually shooting to depth, long battery life, light, small. It's the first rechargeable that is not just worth a ****... I think one may have finally made it to my want list as worth having.

On duties... You're in BC, What happens if you come "visit"? (But then fuel cost...)

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If we come across for 24 hours we are allowed $200 duty free or if we come across for 48 hours or more we can claim $800 free, except maybe for the Goods and Services tax of 5%. However, that is only on personal use items and doesn't include anything destined for commercial use so it might be a crapshoot as to how they would classify it.

It's interesting how you rated the Hitachi. I just bought a 1 3/8" 23 gauge Hitachi and it is a very nice gun with the exception of the trigger safety. It is a litltle awkward to pick it up, then get the safety held down with your middle finger, so that you can fire it with your index finger. No problem for continuous use but a little unhandy when you pick it up and put it down often.

I've bought 3 of their routers and I'm starting to get pretty fond of that green color.

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