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Old 10-02-2013, 10:23 PM   #1
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M looking to buy a framing nailer. I'm on a tight budget ($100.00). I've found a 21 degree husky from Home Depot, blue hawk from lowes or the harbour freight brand.. Any comments?.. What is the difference between full head and round head nails? Which are most common?.. Any input is welcome.. Thank u

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I suggest you get one that shoots full head nails--they are code in many areas and will be code in most in the future----

Make sure the nailer you buy takes commonly available nails---any savings on the gun will quickly be lost if you must pay a premium for nails----

I had a Porter Cable gun---it was cheap and worked very well---a thief has it now.

My current gun is a Hitachi---so far so good-----

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Some of the real cheap guns will shoot out the back and are dangerous, beware, even the not so cheap ones will when worn pretty good. Also some of the cheap guns are plastic inside instead of nylon or metal.
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http://www.homedepot.ca/product/22-o...yl-grip/967033

Works well for me, uses lot of various types of nails. Cordless.
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Lol.. I have that one, it's broke
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shoot out the back
what does that mean ?
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The nail will actually shoot backwards, instead of straight down. I have seen a bad gun shoot through the magazine behind the plunger.
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interesting.

i have a HF framing gun. as long as the psi is up, it works very well.
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What do u keep the psi at?.. 100? Can u get nails for it at lowes or is it hf only?
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i think 90 is the max my comp runs at.

i never tried getting them from anywhere but HF. i don't use enough that i need a second source.

i can tell you. the ring shank nails they have = you AIN'T pulling those out.
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I have a Husky from Home Depot that I got nearly free with a refurbished compressor (lucky deal). It looks like the same one they are selling now.
I've used it on a deck (framing only, decking was screwed down) and a privacy fence without a single jam yet. It may be a bit bigger & heavier than some high dollar nailers, but no complaints here.
It shoots full-head plastic collated nails that are pretty common here. I buy the Hitachi nails since that what I found locally.
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Whichever gun you choose make sure it will shoot 21 degree nails, they're the most common. Some of the cheaper off brand guns shoot odd angled nails forcing you to buy their nails which may be tough to find when you need them now.
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I also seen the numax brand and what reviews I seen were pretty good..
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I have usually had decent luck with HF tools. I bought a framing nailer expecting the same luck. No such deal. The nails shoot out fine for 3 or 4 nails, then the gun jams. Then I have to make attempts at dislodging the nail which then holds everything up.
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my HF nailer has jammed 1 time. it was a bum nail. my problem is my air compressor, it won't kick on at high enough psi.

oh, HF nails DO NOT like to be hammered home. if they are out more than 1/2"ish

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