A finish nailer is a great tool to have in your workshop. It’s great for small projects, foundry installations, wallboard and more. After using both kinds of finish nailers for many projects, I want to break down the pros and cons of each one.
I could have scored Campbell-Hausfeld nails and the compressor combinations around Father’s Day at Lowe’s for $ 69! (MSRP $ 99 normally) I used the compressor-powered nailer for many years on a kind of DIY projects (such as Art & Craft Studio my scrap wood wall.) I did not have any problems with it. It is reliable, lightweight and can shoot a series of nail-length finish and U-staples. For the value, you can not go wrong. Campbell Hausfeld weaknesses related primarily to the compressor. It was great when the air tank is loaded. It’s a bit bulky to store and transport around. You are limited in the length of your pipe and a gas energy source. And you have to empty the tank and maintained periodically.
In all the ways that the Campbell-Hausfeld failure, Ryobi Air Strike excels. It does not take much space to store. No compression needed because it is mainly built into the tool. As long as the battery is charged you are ready to shoot nails on a moment’s notice. The light will shine in the dark work areas. You are not forced into a pipe or compressed air. This allows you the freedom to roam anywhere with a nail gun. And it was quiet (with the exception of the states as nailing.)
The downside is that it does not shoot U-staples. The gun itself is heavy to hold for the pin and the size of the gun. If you lose the charge in the battery, you have to wait a while for it to charge. Finally, the price is higher than that of Campbell-Hausfeld MSRP at $ 129 for a while.