Manufacturer: Central Pneumatic
Model: 16 Gauge Air Finish Nailer Model 68023
Place of Purchase: Harbor Freight
Cost: $54.99 (Sale Price)
As part of a hardware floor installation, all the base molding was removed. To replace it all with a pneumatic finish nailer would make the process a lot easier. A decision made even easier since Harbor Freight had one on sale for 54.99 and with a 20% off coupon, the final price was $43.99. A no-brainer, right? Let’s see…
Well, there’s the nailer, some oil and a nearly useless manual. That’s about it.
After putting in a couple drops of oil and some nails, it was connected to the airline. The first nails were shot into a couple pieces of cedar as a test. Of course there were no issues as the cedar is such a soft wood. Next, a two oak scraps were nailed together, and again no issue at all. As soon as I started with the base molding, the very first nail, it jammed.
After clearing the jam (by opening the cover plate), I scraped away some of the paint and sanded the area smooth with some emery cloth and the area was lubricated with a small amount of pneumatic tool oil. It has not jammed since.
As with other Harbor Freight purchases, sometimes there is some tweaking required, this nailer required a small amount of effort to make it a reliable tool. For the price, it’s worth that effort.