I always research any tool that I purchase and this one was no different. if you know the limitations of your tools you rarely go wrong. the craftsman nailer does what the spec's says it will do drive brads for small woodworking projects. I have had little trouble getting a nail into any of my projects and I really enjoy using it in my shop.
I have tried this thing a dozen times and it will occasionally sink a brad all the way in, but ALWAYS damages the wood at the hammer head. I wouldn't have another one if they were free.
Pros: Good for small furniture/framing projects. Handy due to the fact that its is electric and does not require a compressor.
Cons: not very effective on hard woods and materials.
Good product. Used it to install quarter round on the ceiling with ease. Went through the wood with no problem at all.
<p>I brought this because a friend used it in his house and liked it. I do a lot of wood working projects and have yet to be able to make a decision on the air compres nailer I want so I decided to try this out for $50. This nailer works well for small woodworking projects in medium to soft wood and putting up trim and molding only.</p>
<p>Dont buy this if you plan on doing anything else with the tool. It is great when doing trim because you dont have to lug a air compressor with you everywhere. The downsides include the power and the consistency of the pressure. Lots of times the nail pushes the nail all the way in and then sometimes doesnt and I have to hammer them in. Overall it is a good purchase for $50 if you expectations are small projects. It can not handle a wide verity of projects</p>
Can think of alot of jobs to use this one on! Great one!
I wish I would have read more reviews before buying this nailer. I figured it would be a good alternative rather than dragging out the compressor for a very small job I had.
The purchase itself was a pain because the outside of the package doesn't indicate at all what nails will work in the nailer. I asked a Sears employee and they couldn't find any Crastman nails in the store that had this model listed on it. 18 gauge strip nails did worked.
The unit itself didn't seem to have enough power to drive in an 1 1/4" nail through base shoe into drywall. I had to go back to nearly every nail I drove and pound it the rest of the way with a nail set.
Additionally the power dial on the back is very sensitive, At one point I noticed the power got dialed way back because the cord brushed against the dial.
The red bumper that you push into the wood to release the safety also popped off once. . . And I had all of these problems working with less than 10 feet of trim!
Bought this to build a fireplace place mantel with hardwood (Alder). I wanted to get by on the cheap and avoid buying or renting compressors and air powered nailers. I opened a Sears charge account in order to save another $15 on the purchase price.
I knew that the hardwood would be a challenge for the nailer, and so I had a hammer and nail setter handy as part of the job. It worked great. No jams, misfeeds, or misfires. It put the 1" brads in almost all of the way by setting it to full power. I did use the nail setter to finish off the brads that didn't quite make it all the way in. The nailer did not make any marks on the wood, as the nozzle protector worked well enough. .It did the job just fine, and if I had it to do all over, I would use this nailer again.
It seems to be quite reliable and is a handy tool to have. No regrets.
I bought this for small trim projects around the house, and after several done including building a new closet, it has yet to misfire or jamb. I'm using 1" Craftsman brads and have the power set to low, and it does fine with most trim. I ended up just throwing the little red safety cap away. It served no purpose other than to let the user know where not to put your fingers or hands when you pull the trigger. Really? Are people that stupid? Don't answer that! So, okay, it did split some oak trim a few times, but that can happen with any brad. That's not the nailer's fault at all. I also have a Craftsman compressor, and quite a few air tools, but can't imagine having to buy an air nailer unless I have to do some house framing. I got this brad nailer on sale on line which made it an even more desirable tool to have. So, I'm not saying it's the end all, be all of nailers, but for most small DIY projects should dojust fine. I plan to start framing pictures soon as I'm also into photography, and I'll really put this thing to the test, but so far, so good.
The nailer comes in a very nice case with extra brads included. The case keeps things together and is very easy to store and transport from one location to another. Brads are easy to load in the clip if you want to call it that. One thing is nice when you remove the clip the remaining brads do not fall out. The clip is easy to remove and replace. The hand works for either a left or right hand person. I am mainly left handed but it works well with either hand. My compresor can be adjusted for different pressures depending on the length of the brad or the hardness or thinkness of the material you are using. When the pressure is set right, the head of the brad is well below the surface to add putty to hide the head. However, in many cases, you don't have to use the filler because the hole is very difficult to see. But, if you like perfection then filler can be sued to really hide the brad. I have used the nailer quit a bit on a remodel project. It only misfired two or three times and those were my own fault and not the fault of the gun.
I rate the gun as an excellent performer compared to the one I replaced with the craftsmen.
I make small furiniture peices as a hobby i have a bostich 18 g brad nailer and 8 gallon compressor but dont alwyas wnt to lug it around this gun fired 3 1" brad nails then broke, the three it shot didnt even go into 3/4" soft pine, save your money buy a small compressor and 18 g brad nailer (sears sells kits), i should have known it was too good to be ture
<p>Not the strongest but does the job when compressed air is not an option.</p>