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lieutenantdan

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552 days ago

Looking for some recommendations on framing nail guns. Looking at buying something inbetween a Yugo and a Cadillac. Up to 3.25 inch nail capability and pneumatic. Will not be using professionally. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

lieutenant dan

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Tennessee

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#1 posted 552 days ago

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toolie

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#2 posted 552 days ago

i have a PC full head 350. cost ~ $200. if i were doing it today, i’d go harbor freight for an occasional user.

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nwbusa

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#3 posted 552 days ago

+1 on the Bostitch.

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 552 days ago

I have had the HF model for several years. Used it to build a 2×4 frame for a work bench and several privacy fences. Has worked OK. Pretty good buy for a homeowner-occasional use. A friend is using it to replace a fence now.

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#5 posted 552 days ago

I have several Bostitch guns. For $80 for a HF gun, you are taking a chance. It may work fine or it may not. If it doesn’t, you are out $80. I think it’s better to go with Bostitch, PC, Hitachi or Paslode. These are quality guns you won’t have to worry about. If a HF gun quits, it’s basically a throw away.

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crank49

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#6 posted 552 days ago

”It may work fine or it may not. If it doesn’t, you are out $80.”

Maybe not. HF has a no questions asked return policy. I never had a problem getting them to exchange something or refund my money.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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frosty50

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#7 posted 552 days ago

Another option is Senco guns, they have beed a leading manufacture of pnuematic nailers and staplers for years. I have several different ones for different applications and have been very happy with them, would take them of PC or Paslode any day. Some of my guns are 20+ years in age and get a lot of use.

-- frosty

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Drew

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#8 posted 552 days ago

Bostitch is a good gun for the price, will need regular maintenance.

I would recommend the Paslode 350.... This is the best framer I have ever used, and running my own crew for years…. I have used plenty.

With that said, The Bostitch and even the Porter Cable are pretty good for light duty

Must also add that as much as I loved Senco in the 90’s I’m not much of a fan anymore…. Especially their framers.

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Gshepherd

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#9 posted 552 days ago

I use a Hitatchi NR83a and it has been a real work horse. No problems at all and the reviews on it are top of the line.

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guitchess

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#10 posted 552 days ago

For occasional use and if a little more weight is not an issue, the Harbor Freight guns are a very good, cheap option. Wait for a coupon and get one for $50-$60. I used two for a year with my professional framing crew while waiting for parts to repair my Bostich guns.


If you want to spend a little more to get a lot more, I would suggest the consumer level Hitachi, $179-$199. They are much lighter, durable, and more efficiently use the air.



As for clipped or full round head, I prefer and suggest the full round head. While these guns do not hold as many nails, the installed nails have slightly more holding power, and in some parts of the country, clipped heads will not pass code.

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crank49

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#11 posted 552 days ago

One other thought on the subject; be sure the nails to fit your gun are available locally.
The angle of the magazine and the method of collation (paper strip or welded wire or plastic) and the type head (full or clipped or offset full) all combine to make it difficult for retailers to stock the styles for every gun out there.
As a result, they often only stock nails for the guns they sell.

May not be a problem if you’re in a large city, but out here in fly-over land and in small towns it’s a big problem.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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jdon88

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#12 posted 552 days ago

I have the HF model posted by Tennessee, got it for $60. with coupon. Nails available at HD or Lowes. I’ve run about 500 3” framing nails thru it with no issues.

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crank49

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#13 posted 552 days ago

I have the HF 6-in-1 framing gun. Can be set to three different angles and use clipped or full head nails.
I got that specefically because I wanted to be able to get nails from anywhere.
Not sure if they still sell that model, but it’s handy.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Trevor Roth

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#14 posted 552 days ago

I have a senco sn901 and it has been great.

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#15 posted 552 days ago

Interesting timing; I was just about to put up a brand new in the box Hitachi NR83a for sale. Bought it some time ago with dreams of grand builds and never even took it out of the box.

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