Air stapler / nailer guidance please

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Hi find myself needing a nailer mostly to mend make fence panels, but also to use in my hobby workshop so a nailer/stapler. I think I need one that shots 18g 10 to 50mm. Out of my depth here so any comments or recommendations. I have a good old compressor used mostly to blow tyres up so air seems logical. Looking at a Sealey £58.25 but any thoughts !.
 

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My first nail gun was a combined 18gauge nailer/stapler from Machine Mart many years ago, it still works fine but I only use it as a stapler these days as the firing pin is the width of the staple head so when firing nails it leaves a large dent in the wood.
 

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If you go for a first fix gun ensure it suits popular collated nails, mine (Axminster) is an odd ball size which limits me where I can get nails (Axminster only)
 

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If you want one that doubles as both a nailer and a stapler, Bostitch do the below model:
 

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Thanks for comment - thanks Lazurus never considered the staples thought they were all universal ! never too old to learn. looks like watching out for a Bostitch.
 

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I have that model Bostitch and it’s very good. I originally bought it when I was making lots of aviary panels, but it’s so light, useful & reliable I’ve found I use it frequently. Let me know if I can answer any questions about that model.
 

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This has come up a few times and each time I recommend the £20 Silverline 18g nailer. It is without doubt one of the best 20 quid you can spend. I've used mine for around 5 years and it has never jammed, even when used constantly for 8 hours at a time and mine has fired around 10K nails. I think Custard usues one of these as well
 

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Same as Droogs only I have had mine for just over a year and for such a cheap item it’s been great.
 

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Thanks Droogs n harryc recommendations like this are very helpful - just put in a cheeky offer on a nearly new Bostitch (£50 inc case), give it a couple of days before I buy ! but silverline at £20 and recommended from this site my mind is made up (silverline). Thanks all.
 

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Has anyone filed Down the firing pin on their silverline to reduce the dent left on the wood? Good idea or bad?
 

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This has come up a few times and each time I recommend the £20 Silverline 18g nailer. It is without doubt one of the best 20 quid you can spend. I've used mine for around 5 years and it has never jammed, even when used constantly for 8 hours at a time and mine has fired around 10K nails. I think Custard usues one of these as well
... and where do you find a £20 Silverline 18g nailer? All I have found is twice that price...
 

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... and where do you find a £20 Silverline 18g nailer? All I have found is twice that price...
I think you’re falling foul of the low stock and inflated prices at the moment. Whether prices will ever fall to that level again is anyones guess but it’s a bad time to buy tools at the moment…
 

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Alea jacta est...
I've looked around - and thought hard... I understand fully the advice that an air-driven gun is much more reliable and damages the wood less and may cost £20 in an uninflated world.
The help and advice on here has been really useful. Even if you don't follow all of the advice, it is great to be able to make a decision that is well informed. I have worked in wood for over 65 years - some of that time professionally - but the plethora of toys now available makes me weep with envy(!)
But two factors sway me. First is the fact that I'm going to need this beast on a job down in a Deepest Welsh Valley - so transporting a compressor as well as everything else will be a right pita. Second is that I only have around 10sqm of workshop space and I really can't justify taking up the space of a compressor, even though the ability to blast air around dusty crevices - and spray paint like Repair Shop Dom - as well as driving brads neatly and jam-free.
So I've ordered a Ryobi cordless beast. I have plenty of Makita batteries - so I've also ordered a Badaptor (thank you, whoever suggested that on here!) Hope I don't regret it!!!
(Sadly, the kit will arrive promptly - and then have to sit around, unused, till the Badaptor wends its slow way towards the Man Cave...)
 

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