09:03AM | 11/16/04
Member Since: 11/07/04
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I am looking for an inexpensive finish nailer to use for installing various moldings in my house (crown, base, window).

Here is an 14 amp electric model from Arrow Fastener that says can use up to 1 1/4" brads and costs around $60 (see,

Is an 1 1/4" brad long enough to install most moldings and does this thing have enough power to go through hardwoods such as Cherry.

Are there any better options that are under $100?

Any help would be appriecated.


09:59AM | 11/16/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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The brad nailer is NOT suitable for most moldings, but can be used for fine work like attaching quarter round to a base or other fine moldings directly to wood. It will not penetrate molding, drywall and framing resulting in the attachment needed for most molding. Think of this as an electric stapler adapted to drive small brads. You need a 1-1/2 to 2-1/2-inch 15 to 18 gauge finish nailer for moldings and most finish nailing.

A finish nailer compressor combo (Porter Cable) can be purchased for as little as $300, and you can add other pneumatic tools as your budget allows. The compressor in these combo kits are minimal for operating a pneumatic gun, and are not suitable for higher volume tasks like air chisles, spray painting, etc.


10:07AM | 11/16/04
Member Since: 11/07/04
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Thanks for information and I agree with your reasoning. Since I only need one for a few days I think I will try to rent one.


12:56PM | 11/16/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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Renting is a great idea if you will not be using a finish nailer often. I have loaned my setup to friends. So, if you know someone with a tool, that might be another way. Good luck with the project.

Again, the brad nailer will tack picture frame miters, and thin stock but is not very useful for molding.
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