Iíve seen a lot of beautiful work from the skilled hands of this forum. Iíll take advise or comments on which youíd prefer as the only 2 choices. I have a lot of trim work upcoming in the homes I maintenance. Iíll need to add/replace base, shoe, chair rail, door and window trim. Also standard wainscoting and 3/8Ē plywood as custom wainscoting. Iíll be using mdf, finger jointed pine and never rot plastic depending on home.
The easy thing would be for me buy a pancake compressor and use my current air 18ga brad and 16ga finish guns. I donít really want to go that route due space constraints in my work truck, plus having air hoses and the compressor in the work areas. Iíd like to carry just one multi use gun, and I have just enough space in my packout box. Plus Iím slightly obsessed in adding tools from the Milwaukee catalog. Iíd love to have both but can really only justify a single purchase.
My worries are the 18ga wonít work for some of the planned 3/4Ē flat stock used as trim. Also concerned the 15ga nail will be too big and crack/chip/blowout the smaller products. If Milwaukee made a 16ga nailer, I wouldnít have any issue, itíd be the best compromise. In the past Iíve had 18ga bend or not fully penetrate in the thicker woods, not had too many issues with my 16ga. We had to stop using my friends 15ga nailer years ago on moldings in his new house because of the splits an chips. We did 90%of the house with 16ga. The 15ga was tons better for doing hardwood floor start and finish rows.