Lightweight, QUIET, yet tough, the Senco package I worked with has been around for quite a few years. I acquired the unit shown about seven years ago, and I’ve been using it in the shop and around my house pretty regularly since. I won’t give it up, though the larger units I’ve now been exposed to are mightily seductive.
The package consists of the company’s PC1010 compressor, a 1/4″ x 25′ recoil hose, and a FinishPro18 brad nailer. The nailer handles the full range of 18-gauge brads, from 5/8″ up to 2″. I’ve seen a similar package with a pinner instead of a brad nailer, but couldn’t get my hands on one for this survey. The compressor has a one-gallon hotdog tank with a maximum pressure of 125 PSI, providing 0.6 CFM at 90 PSI. This is sufficient for a pinner, brad or finish nailer, but insufficient for a framing nailer. I could fire only three 3″ framing nails before the compressor motor kicked on.
Among these compressors, only Senco’s has an induction motor, which accounts for its quiet operation. I suspect this unit will outlive its brethren with universal motors. Weighing barely 20 pounds and measuring 14″ by 13″ by 10″, it totes and stores easily.
The FinishPro 18 brad nailer is altogether satisfactory, though Senco does market newer, more feature-rich units. The gun has on-tool depth-of-drive adjustment but not tool-free jam clearance. To change firing mode from the standard sequential trip, you have to change the trigger. No trigger lock. There’s a belt hook, but it’s fixed, not adjustable. The only thing I’ll grouse about is the way the plastic pad on the safety shrouds the nose, so you can’t easily see exactly where the brad is going.