Re: Which tools are the best value for the money?
For the power tools I'd recommend Craftsman, they're decent quality for the money and will hold up to what most homeowners can dish out or require of them. The nail gun can also be an inexpensive unit, say Chicago Pneumatic ( CP ) from Harbor Freight. I don't generally recommend HF tools, however for the price and the work load placed on it, it should last the average DIY'r pretty good. A CP gun will run you $25 to $50 as opposed to professional guns that run into the hundreds quickly, you can see how the lesser tool will save you money.
I bought a CP 1/4" crown stapler last summer and have used it quite a bit. No, it doesn't have the quality feel or accuracy of my Senco equipment, but at a fraction of the price I figured it was worth it even if it only lasted for the one or two projects I had at hand for it. It has shot around 5000 rounds and is still shooting just as good as the day I bought it.
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