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Forum topic by UpstateNYdude posted 257 days ago 935 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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UpstateNYdude

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257 days ago

I know this isn’t used typically for woodworking but I am using it to build a something out of wood for my wood storage so advice would be helpful.

So I’m going to be building a fairly large shed throughout this week and the weekend and I have had it with pounding nails the old fashioned way and looking for advice on a good framing nailer to get the job done I already have a bunch of Hitachi nailers and want to get a framing nailer to make my life easier any help would be appreciated.

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bluekingfisher

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#1 posted 256 days ago

I have a bostitch framer, with a 22 degree stick load angle. I bought it for the same reason as you. It works great with the 3 1/2” nails without a jam but had the occasional jam with 2 1/2” nails?? Still worked Granth though.

If it is a one off build just buy a cheapie but if you intend it for prolonged use I would investigate the upper end nailers.

Have to done an online review check of which nailers get the best feedback. Even Amazon should have some reviews on the best framer. Just a thought.

Good luck which ever way you go.

David

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 256 days ago

I also have a Bostich, bought for a one time job when I was finishing my shop. Since then SIL has used it to build his shed. For such a use I didn’t want to buy a new one, so I got one off e-bay. This one has been through a war, and still works fine. Be aware, the pros like the gun to fire when you “bump” the wood. That way they can hold down the trigger and pound the nailer down where they want it, the gun fires. I had to change my trigger to the more novice-friendly pull the trigger to fire mode. That was incredibly simple, you just change the trigger to a different style.

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NiteWalker

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#3 posted 256 days ago

My narrow crown stapler, pin nailer and brad nailer are all hitachi, and all are great performers, so I’d probably check out a hitachi framer first.

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reedwood

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#4 posted 256 days ago

All of my guns are Senco. The Bostich uses its own nails and you can’t use after market nails – unless something changed. The after market gun nails are cheaper and mare available.

The other thing to consider is oil less guns and the length of the nail rack. If you were a framer, you would want a longer nail rack. For remodeling, a shorter gun rack is easier to use in tight places but it holds slightly less nails.

The guns come with two triggers like Fred was mentioning but I believe the non bump trigger comes on the new gun for insurance reasons. I wouldn’t bother changing it – easy to get used to and safer in case others use your gun.

If you only plan on using it a few times, the Harbor freight gun is dirt cheap and might be good enough for your needs.

-- mark

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PaulHWood

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#5 posted 256 days ago

I too have a bostitch 21 degree plastic collated full head. I bought it when it was on sale, came with the simpson head for shooting hangers, and a free palm nailer. Used it extensively this summer on a shed and covered grilling area project, worked like a champ, the galvanized 1 1/2” for the simspon hangers would nails would jam up pretty good usually towards the end of the strip, but the longer nails 2 3/8” and up rarely jammed and the 1 1/2” non galvanized nails rarely jammed also.

i would recommend the bostitch for a good workhorse, also very easier depth adjustment if your shooting plywood sheathing.

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crank49

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#6 posted 256 days ago

Loews used to have a Hitachi that shoots full head nails for around $190

I have a HF 6 way framer. Can change the angle on the rail to shoot just about any nail. Great gun for $100.

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JayT

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#7 posted 256 days ago

A couple suggestions. First of all, look at renting a framing nailer. Unless you are going to be doing a lot of framing, they are both costly to buy and take up quite a bit of space.

If renting is not a possibility, look into buying a reconditioned unit. You can frequently find these for about 1/2 of new price. With a pneumatic tool, there isn’t a lot to go wrong and if the internals have been rebuilt, it will function just as new. The other reality is that a lot of pneumatic tools sold as reconditioned are what I refer to as “big box rentals”. Someone needed an expensive tool for one project, so instead of renting, they buy one from the BORG, use it, then return it a week later saying it doesn’t work. The BORG then sends it to the warranty repair facility for full credit from the manufacturer, the repair center goes through it and then sells a practically brand new nail gun as reconditioned.

As far as brands, I am with reedwood. Bostitch makes their guns to use nails that don’t fit any other brand, so you are locked into using their fasteners. Fine if you have a nearby source, very frustrating if you don’t. Going with another brand with a more universal design will make your life a lot easier. Senco, Hitachi, DeWalt, Porter Cable, Paslode, or a number of other brands would all fit.

Good luck with your decision.

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waho6o9

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#8 posted 256 days ago

Hitachi framing nailer and a Senco finish nailer here, had them for years
and they’re still working. The Hitachi is an oiler, whereas the Senco is oil free
maintenance wise.

Enter Paslode. For a quick cleat or two the framing nailer is fine, but for all
day work I would suggest one with a compressor.
The angled Paslode trim nailer is indispensable IMHO.

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JayT

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#9 posted 256 days ago

Wahoo, I should have been more clear. I was not suggesting Paslode’s fuel cell framer, they have pneumatic guns that are decent quality.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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MrRon

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#10 posted 256 days ago

Some building codes require using full round head nails. That means a 21° gun. Check before proceeding. I have the Bostitch; great gun, but there are others just as good. Au contraire; I use nails from other companies in my Bostitch; no problem.

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Jofa

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#11 posted 256 days ago

Interesting that this came up.

I bought a Harbor Freight framing nailer about ten years ago when I decided to finish my basement in my old house. This was a pretty big basement and I ended up getting three good sized rooms out of it and I used that nailer for the whole job. I also used that same nailer for a couple of decks and a good sized shed/workshop.

At the time I had no clue as to maintaining pneumatic equipment. Never oiled it, never did any maintenance.

Today, I started on my new workshop with some 2x material for shelves for my power tools and for a wood storage area. Popped in some Senco’s, added a couple of drops of pneumatic oil (first time efer) and it did the job perfectly. Very strong.

My point is, if your needs are limited and yes, if you have the space for it, go grab one of these for cheap. If you make a living framing houses, I would get something that has a better rep.

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Bill1225

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#12 posted 256 days ago

Depending on the supplied nails I run hitachi nr83 for full head and paslode fs250 air( I think that’s the model number and implulse for clipped head all three are good guns just oil them and blow out the magazines/ tips and your good to go

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mrjinx007

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#13 posted 256 days ago

Haborfrigh has a cheap one that I used to build several frame-like sheds and it has lasted me for several years. I think I paid $65 for it.

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jonah

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#14 posted 256 days ago

If you need it for one job, don’t spend a dime more than a Harbor Freight one. Framing nailers are a great example of something people buy for one task and then stick in a drawer for five years.

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robswork

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#15 posted 256 days ago

I agree that if this is your only job a cheap harbor freight is the way to go. But as a contractor I will never buy any framing gun other than a hitachi full round head nailer. I have a few of them and they work the best and hold up better than any of the other guns. Enjoy your project.

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