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Any recommendations for good Nail guns?

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Any recommendations for good Nail guns?

Looking for nail guns mainly for finishing work preferably under $200 and without compressor.
Anything exists in market corded or cordless?
Or, it has to be used with compressor?
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It really depends on what kind of work you are planning on. I think the most popular is the 18 gauge nail gun but it won't work on some of the heavier duty nailing like roofing or fine carpentry work.

Regardless I highly recommend the ryobi 18g nail gun. Its actually on sale now but without a battery so if you already have some ryobi tools and batteries, this is a great addition. I know it goes on sale frequently so just search the hot deals thread to see how much it went on sale for in the past. Similar to you, I wanted a nail gun without a compressor. This guy is so portable, fast and powerful enough for the weekend diyer.

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/ryobi- ... lsrc=aw.ds
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otaknap wrote: It really depends on what kind of work you are planning on. I think the most popular is the 18 gauge nail gun but it won't work on some of the heavier duty nailing like roofing or fine carpentry work.

Regardless I highly recommend the ryobi 18g nail gun. Its actually on sale now but without a battery so if you already have some ryobi tools and batteries, this is a great addition. I know it goes on sale frequently so just search the hot deals thread to see how much it went on sale for in the past. Similar to you, I wanted a nail gun without a compressor. This guy is so portable, fast and powerful enough for the weekend diyer.

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/ryobi- ... lsrc=aw.ds
this is mainly for laying vinyl planks flooring on Stairs. so i need to glue down and then some nails.
thanks. i will look at it now...do you think this ryobi is good enough for my small work?
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If you only need it for 1 job and have no plans to use again, you could always rent one from Home Depot
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schade wrote: If you only need it for 1 job and have no plans to use again, you could always rent one from Home Depot
Or borrow one from a friend. Loaned one to a neighbour so he could finish a (non-floating) canoe to hang on his wall.
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nowhere2010 wrote: this is mainly for laying vinyl planks flooring on Stairs. so i need to glue down and then some nails.
thanks. i will look at it now...do you think this ryobi is good enough for my small work?
The Ryobi is the best of the Ridgid/Ryobi/Milwaukee that I have used, and better than the Dewalt I used briefly.
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I think I have a husky brand nail gun combo that I bought in the US for $40-50, which included the 18 gauge. I've used many times here and there for random projects at home mainly baseboards. my experience has been fine. Just at the end when the staples are low (4-5 left) it doesnt come out, so i just need to reload it with more and ever thing is fine. So I think you'll be fine with most out there
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Jerico wrote: The Ryobi is the best of the Ridgid/Ryobi/Milwaukee that I have used, and better than the Dewalt I used briefly.
I mostly use my dewalt 18ga and 15ga brushless nailers and they work great. They must be like 2 or 3 years old now, so I think they were the first gen out.

I've used all the M18 ones and for all intents and purposes I think its about the same.

For the dewalt, I noticed a few times I had issues driving a 15ga nail into the top of a maple door jamb to join it to the side for some reason it wouldn't sink in. But really, driving it through maple or oak into an SPF framing or a ply case has never been an issue.

I'll probably keep the dewalt, but in the new year hopefully I can get a M12 pinner.

As others have said, the Ryobi ones are great from what Ive heard, Ive never had the chance to use one, however its probably the best for the price range you mention.
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nowhere2010 wrote: this is mainly for laying vinyl planks flooring on Stairs. so i need to glue down and then some nails.
thanks. i will look at it now...do you think this ryobi is good enough for my small work?
double check what kind of size nails you need and see if it's compatible with the 18gauge ryobi one that I posted but from the sounds of it, I can't imagine you needing very heavy duty ones. I didn't even think that you need to nail down vinyl planks but not sure how it works in a stair installation.
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nowhere2010 wrote: this is mainly for laying vinyl planks flooring on Stairs. so i need to glue down and then some nails.
thanks. i will look at it now...do you think this ryobi is good enough for my small work?
If you are using PL, just do a good job gluing it down and forget about the nails. Those nail will do nothing for you on vinyl.
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toyorav4me wrote: If you are using PL, just do a good job gluing it down and forget about the nails. Those nail will do nothing for you on vinyl.
This is the glue I have. Hope its fine
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nowhere2010 wrote: This is the glue I have. Hope its fine
Perfect, use this and forget about nails. Just make sure your vinyl stick well, use a piece of wood and hammer, tap every area. Make sure everything is glued down, you have long nails. Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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