Pneumatic Flooring Nailers, continued
This tool is ruggedly built and has good power, but overall it
seemed awkward compared with the other nailers. The handle
points in the opposite direction from the other tools' handles,
which took some getting used to. The handle was also too short
and required more bending.
The tool is the heaviest of the lot and seemed poorly
balanced. It has a nice large shoe, however, making it easy to
align on the flooring. Instead of a safety trigger, the Senco
nailer has a contact safety that hangs from the bottom of the
tool. Though not to our liking, it worked fine, but we wondered
about durability. The hose connection points the hose up and to
the side of the nailer -- less convenient than nailers that
direct the hose straight back. Noise was average.
The Senco's safety trigger hangs from
the bottom of the shoe.
For comparison, we also used my Bostitch stapler for some of
the flooring. I noticed a tendency of the staples to split the
tongue -- something that was never a problem with the blunt
cleats used in the nailers.
For now, I will be sticking with my Bostitch stapler, however.
But if I were to buy a flooring nailer, I would buy the
Bostitch. Of the five guns we had to choose from, it was
definitely our favorite and the gun we tended to pick up the
most. This is primarily because of the way the tool feels in
the hand, its weight and balance, and the ease with which it
aligns on the flooring. As a second choice, for a little more
money, I would pick the Portamatic Hammerhead 2. Though it's a
little heavier, the tool works great. The case is another plus,
and the adaptor plate for face nailing makes it the most
versatile of the guns. Before you buy, though, make sure you
can get the proprietary fasteners, or plan to order them from
Craig Reynoldsis a custom home builder and remodeler in