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Nailer Review: Eight Nailer Air Compressor Combo Kits Tried by Our Expert
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Expert Bill Hylton Woodworking Expert Bill Hylton put eight nailer combo kits to the test and offers his suggestions on picking one for your shop.

Everyone who has watched a certain bespectacled and bearded woodworker on television use a pneumatic powered nailer and stapler to tack a piece of wood securely in place knows that these tools can be really handy. But there are so many different kinds of compressors and nailers ... how can you choose which is right for you?

Staple Gun Many of the combo kits also come with staple gun attachments which are perfect for securing drawer joinery.

Obviously, if you get a combo kit of a compressor, gun and hose, you leap ahead in the game, which is why I was asked to round up eight compressor/nailer/stapler combo kits for review.

Nailer Reviews:
Nail guns, like this one from DeWalt, can make cabinetry a breeze, especially when they are paired with a top line air compressor.

Home Depot Husky H1504FK
Hitachi 6-Gallon 145 PSI
Porter-Cable PC3PAK
DeWalt’s D55141FNBN
Bostitch CPAC300
Sears Craftsman Evolv
Campbell-Hausfeld FP209599AV
Senco PC0947/FP18KIT

Nailing the Right Kit
Panel Nail Up Pneumatic nail guns can be extremely useful in the shop and picking the right one is as much about picking the extra attachments as the base unit.

Clearly, if you’re planning to add pneumatic fastening to your arsenal of power tool woodworking, there are lots of decisions to make in this “combo” category. Generally I think they present good value, and their all-in-one convenience will get you popping those fasteners in no time. While I wasn’t charged with the task of picking a “Best Bet” here, I would suggest you look beyond a lowball price when making your choice. As that old cabinetmaker’s adage goes, buy the best quality tool you can afford, and you’ll only cry about it once.

posted on June 1, 2011 by Bill Hylton
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