We have acquired 75 sq ft of 1-1/2" wide 3/4" reclaimed maple flooring (unsure of age, likely at least 50-75 years old) to patch an area in our schoolhouse. We were planning on renting a pneumatic flooring nailer (which shoots 2" L-shaped cleats) to secure the flooring.

A friend who was a flooring contractor advised us not to use the pneumatic nailer as "it can cause more problems than it's worth". He recommended pre-drilling and then nailing the flooring.

Anytime I've seen someone lay flooring like this, it has been with a pneumatic flooring nailer, but I have taken some pause due to the fact that this is reclaimed material and is likely drier (true?) than when it was first laid.

Should I use the pneumatic flooring nailer? Thanks.