Bostitch makes great Brad and Staple guns, I use them daily in a production environment. Even the old ones, having been dropped on the floor, not taken care of, function flawlessly. FWIW I would try and get a model with the double safety trigger, the ones with the pressure safety on the nose aren't a very comfortable thing to use. You can get the trigger from Bostitch yourself and install it if you can't find it available in stores.
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I am interested in getting a nail gun and compressor. Recommendations on brand/gun/tank size(s), please. BTW, I'm a home-when-I-can-find-the -time DIYer.
I bought a Campbell Hausfeld from Lowes for a gift to a friend, compressor and brad nailer combined on sale last Christmas. He is very satisfied with it only wish I had bought two. They were on sale a couple of weeks ago for under $60, needless to say I bought it for myself this time. I have a Craftsman 18 ga I've had for years I gave over $100 for, no problem with it ever. Harbor freight runs their's for $20 quite often and I've given them for gifts and had no problem with them.
I purchased a Bostich combo, compressor and three tools-stapler, brad nailer, finish nailer. Granted, $220 was a fair amount of money at the time (8 months ago) but I have never looked back. Finished a number of things in the shop, used it on a bookcase (7 1/2' tall x 3' wide) and was faster than I used to be when using a hammer. Recently purchased a pin nailer from Harbor Freight and a framer and roofer from Northern Tools. So far, cannot complain about any of them - and would prefer to NEVER to without them.
I'm big on name brand reconditioned stuff. Think used with a warranty. One big reason is if you decide to upgrade later a name brand, reconditioned or otherwise, is much easier to sell and generally commands a better price than than the Harbor Freight and other low end tools. As far as brands, I have Porter Cable and Hitachi for pneumatics with a Porter Cable 2002 compressor. I think I have roughly $500 tied up in compressor, 23 ga pin nailer, 18 ga brad nailer, 18 ga narrow crown stapler, 16 ga finish nailer and 21* framing nailer. All are recons except the 16 ga and 23 ga which was a combo kit.