2" Air Brad Nailer with 1" nails - anyone use this

23 May 2007
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I'm about to buy an air brad nail gun, as I want to build a fair amount of timber furniture. I'd normally use screws (pilot hole first), but it's time consuming and the screw heads leave a large area to be filled and sanded.

My question concerns the nail gun. I'm looking at a generic gun that can use 10 - 50mm 18ga brads and type 90 staples. These guns are all over ebay and discount tool shops up and down the country. Are these guns known for jaming with smaller nails (like 1"). I imagine that there will be people out there that have these cheap brad nailers, and use them with different size nails. If that's you, I'd appreciate your experiences.

Just a bit wary of one tool that claims to accommodate many different size nails. If needed, I could buy two nail guns, for 1" and 2", as they seem to maunfacture them in different sizes.

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hi FK, at work we eack have a clarke 2 inch nail gun, it will fire anything smaller no problem, ive never had any problms with inch nails aslong a you have good air pressure, if its no good, it might jam more easily, just telling you from experience, may be different dpending on the gun ;)

hope this helps

Thanks Tom,

I'll buy a 2" gun then, and see how I go. If I have problems, I'll add to this thread.
All of the brad nailers I have used are quite capable of using different length brads. from 19mm up to 50mm. ;) ;)
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as long as you realise 18 gauge is only like a thin pin with little pull out resistance
Have used both air nailer and electric and both seem reliable.I usually dovetail the nails to reduce pull out.

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