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Framing Nailer?

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hoggs222

I am looking at picking up a framing nailer? Any suggestions. It would just be used around the house from time to time.

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PierBridge

I would suggest the Paslode cordless framing nailer I have the Paslode angled finishing Nailer and really like it.

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opsirc

I have a framing and finishing nailers. Both are Porter Cable, love both of them. Both are air powered, down side pulling the air hose around, but the up side they will drive a 3 1/2 nail thru a steel plate no matter how long I have been using them.

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mntraveler

I'm in the middle of finishing my basement but nearly done with the framing. I did a little research on framing nailers but ended up with the Porter Cable 350 (FC350A I think). I decided on this one mostly on price but as of now I have no complaints. Also, I picked up the pancake compressor/brad/finish/stapler combo at the big orange box with it. It seems to be a really good setup for me so far.

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sparkyaber

I second the pasload cord/hose-less framing nailer- I wouldn't frame a house with it but I used one to finish my basement and that thing is awsome. No noisy compressor, no hoses, you can't beat it for small jobs. One down side it does get finiky when the temps drop below, and are around freezing.

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End of the Line

Anyone I've ever seen with the gas cartridges always carries and extra hammer anyway to "finish nailing it" sometimes. Never had that problem with a air hose one. I understand the handy idea of owning one but the hose ones work better and you dont have to keep buying those cartridges which go into the garbage. I have a Bostich air hose type, never had a problem. I and all my friends and family have used it too. Its the only I've owned.

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18 inch Crappie

Paslode on ebay, thats where I got mine. Love it

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bode

if your just using it once and a while then any of them will do. just keep it oiled real good and use it once and a while to keep it lubed. check the pawn shops and ebay- should be able to get one for less then $100

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YukonDew

If you can find a used Hitachi for a good price - that would be my first choice. They make the best framing and roofing nailers, hands down. I have both, used almost year round over 5 years old. No problems. Have have other brands as well. Bostitch and Porter-Cable will be easy to find nails, and are also good tools ( I like Bostitch a little better) Those two might be a little easier to find used. Stay a way from the off brands, they'll drive nails but I've seen guys have jaming problems with them. The only name brand I would avoid is Craftsman. Not sure who makes those things but I sold mine after two boxes of nails and I don't know anyone who has been happy with thier framing nailers. Not sure how the rest of thier nailers hold up, but I've steered toward Hitachi and Bostitch and been happy since.

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stmichael

I prefer Bostitch, I am on my third box of nails, Jammed once...due to operator error. I have used Hitachi darn thing jammed 1 out of 10 consistently (maybe this nailer happens to be the lemon). The bostitch I run uses full head nails, Hitachi used the clipped head. I do not know if there is any significance to that? I bought the Bostitch at a pawn shop for $125 going on 4 years. Outside Temperature has not affected performance.

Hoggs I'd be willing to borrow it out, no sense in buying one...Besides if I borrow it out that means I cannot help out with buddies projects. some are lazy, you just have to mention that the work will be by hand, then for some reason, they do not want to start the project. Technology is a good thing... only if you were used to the way it was. (IMO) Sometimes I prefer to get the ol' framing hammer...I am alone on this one...when it comes to my friends.

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iffwalleyes

For a do it yourself campbell hausfeld are all you really need. They are priced right for what you will be using them for. The others mentioned a great nailers but unless you are a carpenter using them day in and day out you don't need them. I would say the cordless would be nice but they still aren't worth the extra $$$ in my mind.

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YukonDew

That's a bad deal on the Hitachi you were using! I've never heard of any brand jamming that often! Something must have been wrong with nails or who knows, nailer could have been broke. You can get a Hitachi in clipped or full head framers. It's just a function of the degree of the nail clip. Typically less then 22 is full head, 28 or greater is clipped. No real advantage to either, except you usually get better clearance with clipped framing nailers. But they all (Senco, Bostich, Hitachi, Porter Cable, Paslode) are good tools -I only dislike Craftsman - Not enough expierience with other brands to comment

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stmichael

I do not know why the jamming occured, maybe it was the drop tests that the gun had been involved in. Looks to be in rough shape. I did not ask the guy who owns it how long he has had it...not to mention who knows when he looked at it last to try and fix the problem...So here it may not be the product. ooo.gif

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