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Old 02-21-2009, 08:06 AM   #1
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Cheap framing nailer

I'm looking to pick up a relatively cheap (around $150) framing nailer. It won't see serious duty - just the occasional project. I've been browsing Amazon's website, and they have a few reconditioned nailers that have me interested:

Bostitch U/F21PL


Senco FramePro 502

Of the three listed above, are there any ones you recommend or recommend to avoid???


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Old 02-21-2009, 10:02 AM   #2
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Go for a gun that shoots a full round head nail up to 3 1/2". Of those three, the DeWalt is the only one I'd consider.
A good option for your purposes would be the Porter Cable FR350A.


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Old 02-21-2009, 11:02 AM   #3
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I bought the Porter - best one from what I had heard
I had a box of 16d nails leftover so I started my project with reg nails
Then I forgot I bought the gun & did it all with a hammer & nails
So I just returned it - $199 at HD - I get 10% off coupons all the time
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I also have a Porter Cable FR350A - used it for several projects to include a 24x30 stick framed workshop. Has never given me a problem.

I also have Porter Cable brad, finish, stapler, and palm nailers - I like their products.
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Old 03-03-2009, 01:12 PM   #5
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I have a Senco Framepro that has never given me any problems. It does use a clipped head nail though.
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Old 03-03-2009, 03:28 PM   #6
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I have the Bostitch and its great, especially if you get the second tip. A metal hanger and a framing nailer in one gun. Its kinda heavy for an everyday user but if your just doing a basement or shooting a few strips its great. I have a hard time finding plastic collalated nails, I just buy them on ebay and a case will last a LONG time. I have finished two basements on one box of nails.


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