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Forum topic by WillTheEngineer posted 10-06-2013 12:41 AM 1193 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WillTheEngineer

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10-06-2013 12:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question nailer

Hello, I’m looking at getting a framing nailer for an addition to my house, and some future work. I like the Bostitch F21pl because I can use it on metal connectors as well as the normal framing.

Does anyone have any experience with this F21PL, or recommend another framing nailer (it has to be able to use full head nails, which in most cases is a 21 deg.)?

Link for Bostitch F21pl:
http://www.amazon.com/BOSTITCH-F21PL-Positive-Placement-Magnesium/dp/B000A79HWA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381019970&sr=8-1&keywords=framing+nailer


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Firefighter

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#1 posted 10-06-2013 01:04 AM

I framed houses for years and paslode is the only way to go. Tried many others but paslode is all I would use now. Ps… Not cordless… They are great for punch work but not framing. Get a palm nailer for connectors.

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#2 posted 10-06-2013 01:41 PM

Firefighter, thanks for the post. I like Paslode, and have looked at them. However I’m trying to find a full head (21deg) nailer, that will nail metal connectors for code. Paslode does make full head nails for their different deg nailers, but they are more $$$, which adds up.

The full metal connector nailers only nail 1.5~2”, which makes needing a second nailer for toe-nail, header, ledger, etc…where bigger nails are needed.

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#3 posted 10-06-2013 02:38 PM

Firefighter has the solution…a palm nailer in addition to the framing nailer. My palm nailer only cost around $25, but that was several years ago. Surely, they couldn’t be more than $40 today. Use Teco nails for the metal. They meet code.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 10-06-2013 08:11 PM

When I built my shop, I bought a Bostitch full head nailer and it came with a palm nailer as a package. I believe I got it from an Amazon dealer. I didn’t think I needed a palm nailer at the time, but sure glad when I started adding hurricane straps and other metal ties. There are places where it will be all but impossible to get a nailer in and swining a hammer in a tight area is a task. The palm nailer will go where no other tool will.

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Woodendeavor

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#5 posted 10-06-2013 08:58 PM

I grew up building custom homes with my father and we tried the positive placement nailers but came to find that more often than not we could not get the nailer where we needed it. I too would suggest a palm nailer

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lieutenantdan

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#6 posted 10-06-2013 09:07 PM

Have you looked at any powder actuated nailers??

-- "Of all the things I have lost in life, I miss my mind the most."

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#7 posted 10-07-2013 09:59 AM

I was planning on getting a palm nailer for tight spots. I was told, only issue with the Bostitch nailer, was sometimes the nail would rub the connector hole, and not sink in all the way, but still save a lot of time.

Palm nailer I was looking at was just a cheap HF:
http://www.harborfreight.com/palm-nailer-68027.html

Suggestions?

Thanks

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 10-07-2013 12:12 PM

Just did a search for “palm nailer” and couldn’t find one similar to mine.
The one I have has a leather cover and a leather strap that fastens across the back of your hand. The leather cushions the small but cumulative impacts and the strap kept it steady.
The closest I could find was the Bostitch. It’s covering looks like a black canvas.(?) The rest didn’t have a covering.
I would prefer the covering and strap if used all day nailing hurricane ties or joist hangers.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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