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06-16-2017 08:58 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question nail gun repair

Hey I’m looking for experienced LJ’s who have repaired their nail guns.

I have a FR350 magnesium round head nailer. It’s been around for awhile and it’s discontinued. The weather was getting colder and I was using the nailer to put up barn board I was up-cycling to my new lumber/tractor shed. This time the trusty (light weight) nailer blew a ring.

I bought a roofing nailer from Harbor Freight which has had light use over several years. Like my framing gun, it too blew a ring and stopped nailing. It’s also discontinued.

Checking out if there are repair kits from eBay, e replacement parts, and Amazon I was surprised and angered at the cost due to these nailers being discontinued.

A complete repair kit for the framing nailer is more than a hundred.bucks!!!!! And you all know about servicing a Harbor Freight tool.

I’m not wanting to rebuild, just replace the specific O rings or???

I understand that a specific symptom indicates the failed part.

Looking for others who found themselves not wanting to spend almost as much as much as a new nailer and solved their problem.

Thanks for your advice and suggestions!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher


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#1 posted 06-16-2017 09:39 PM

I once took a couple of old nailers to a
pneumatic tool repair store and had
them look at them. They gist, as I
recall, that some parts, like o-rings,
may be something they can replace
easily even if the tool is no longer supported.
Other parts are more proprietary. In
my case both nailers weren’t fixable.

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#2 posted 06-16-2017 09:51 PM

I’ve had the same problem with a number of nail guns nowadays some pin nailers are so cheep you’re just better off buying new ones, but nail guns you’ve used for years are like old friends it’s hard to see them go.

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#3 posted 06-16-2017 09:55 PM

Loren Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 06-16-2017 10:01 PM

Jim,

You’ve probably used your guns more than I have. Might be the age? Like me…LOL but they have not seen more than mild to moderate use. Rebuilt my small barn into shop ( new then) Built my garden shed and some repairs to my porch, a couple years later, my feeding station for my outside animals, still a few years later and then the Lawn tractor/wood shed last year.

I was thinking I can like Lorne said ” get some similar “O” rings to replace the faulty area?

I’m heading toward the final year at work with limited income. so I figured I’d fix them if not to time consuming. or expensive.

Hoping for some guidance in this forum

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 06-16-2017 10:10 PM

Try Mcmaster Carr catalogue and search pneumatic grade O rings and see if they have your size. They also have intaallation tools as well. Fixed mu pneumatic flask press with them. It was made in 1956!!!

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#6 posted 06-16-2017 10:13 PM

pontic,

Thanks! first have to see what O rings I need.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 06-16-2017 10:37 PM

if its just orings, you might have luck at a local hardware(NOT big box) store. there was an ace hdwe where i used to live that could make o rings.

might be able to find an auto parts store( not autozone) that can help ya,too.

or an independant plumbing store

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#8 posted 06-16-2017 10:59 PM

tomsteve,

I have a Ace/Fleet Farm in town that serves farmers and their needs. Maybe?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 06-17-2017 04:37 AM

Not exactly sure what it needs, but if it is just an o-ring then a good hardware store will probably have one

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#10 posted 06-17-2017 05:51 AM

Charlie,

I have looked at McMaster Carr and there are a number of different O rings. I will have to set up the compressor and identify the leaking area. I’ve rebuilt other power tools (electric) and have a fair understanding. The YouTube videos are informative although not specific as to technique.

Have you had any similar experience?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 06-17-2017 09:08 AM



Charlie,

I have looked at McMaster Carr and there are a number of different O rings. I will have to set up the compressor and identify the leaking area. I ve rebuilt other power tools (electric) and have a fair understanding. The YouTube videos are informative although not specific as to technique.

Have you had any similar experience?

- DocSavage45

I would take it apart and bring it with me to the hardware store. Then quietly dig around in the oring box until I found one that worked

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#12 posted 06-17-2017 01:04 PM



tomsteve,

I have a Ace/Fleet Farm in town that serves farmers and their needs. Maybe?

- DocSavage45


ive rebuilt a few nail guns. the kits i got were just orings and gaskets. then i just started taking the o rings out and runnin around town to find a match.

ace or farm/fleet just might. if they cant help, ask them if they might know of a place.
ace should have individually packaged o rings back in pumbing dept, too. might get lucky there.

we also had an auto value auto parts store that had a boatload of different orings.

a place that repairs hydraulics might be able to help,too.

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#13 posted 06-17-2017 05:49 PM

Charlie and tomsteve,

Sounds like a process plan! A source, a method and action to take! Thanks!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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