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Required PSI for Finish Nailer

Hello, I've got a HF Central Pneumatic 3 gal. air compressor, and wonder if it would be adequate for operating a finish nailer? I'd be using 1/2"-2" fasteners only, and though the gauges read up to 180PSI, I've no idea what pressure it would actually put out.
Or, of course if it would need to constantly cycle to maintain pressure.

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Should be adequate, set regulator at about 70 lbs PSI and give it a try, if it does not not drive the nails in all the way work your way up in 5lb increments but should not take much more than 70lbs PSI.

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with a EX-21
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You should be able to run a finish nailer off pretty much any compressor. I have a Porter Cable unit similar to yours, it runs framing and roofing nailers just fine.

Applications demanding continuous air flow, like sprayers and auto-shop tools (impact wrenchs, grinders, etc.), are where compressors with bigger tanks and/or more powerful motors become useful.
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Thanks guys! That's good news. I'll be picking one up soon.
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You might say those little compressors are made for nail guns because they are. I generally set the compressor between 100 and 120 psi. Many of the guns say not to exceed 90 but I've never hurt a gun at that pressure. At 90 the guns often leave the nail head sticking up.
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Thanks a lot Steve. I read the section here on selection and it narrowed the search for me a lot. This week I hope!
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I have used many nail guns and compressors and the settings that Steve suggests work very well for me.
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