I'm looking at doing a couple of sidewall cedar shingle jobs and am looking to tool up to make the work go faster. I don't own a pneumatic stapler yet, but am considering getting one for this because from what I understand this is the standard way that cedar shingles are installed these days. Does anyone use a nailer for this? I have a job coming up that involves either a lot of clear cedar claps or maybe fiber cement. If it's decided that it will be fiber cement I'm definitely going to get a siding nailer for it. It seems to me that one could use the nailer for both applications and more. I don't see why a nailer wouldn't work on shingles, so is the advantage of the stapler that it is so compact and light? I hear that staples hold pretty tenaciously due to the glue on them. How about future repairs; is it easy to replace a shingle that have been stapled?
Finally, anyone have advice on models to buy? I'm leaning towards the Hitachi's, maybe the older model that is a bit more money but feels a bit more durable and looks less flashy.
Thanks in advance for the advice.