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MIKEGOUGH1 12-02-2006 03:23 PM

Pneumatic Nailer
 
I am looking to purchase a new framing nailer. It looks like most of them handle nails from 2" to 3 1/2". Price ranges from Central Pneumatic at $99 up to some of the better Hitachi or Paslode for around $300. I want to buy a good trouble free nailer, and would rather pay more up front. Any suggestions from experience on which one I should lean towards.
Thanks,
Mike

Rehabber 12-03-2006 12:30 AM

How often are you going to use it? Do you have an air compressor? If you are going to use it daily, get a Hitachi. If you frame occasionally like I do, look at a Porter Cable FR350.

AtlanticWBConst. 12-03-2006 01:10 PM

I agree 100 % with both of Rehabber's recommendations.
Hitachi for lots of framing... (best running gun for lot's of hard work)
Porter Cable for once in a while....(most tool for your buck, reliable too)

gedereco 12-08-2006 03:53 PM

I have a HITACHI NR nailer and its great, use to have paslode kept miss firing and nails jam . but been using hitachi for 6 months and no problems as long as you keep it oiled and clean . I use it for framing, decking and cladding buildings, its a very good all round nailer ..:)plus i got 2 boxes of nails with it ..

sjrhome 12-08-2006 05:27 PM

I just broke down and bought a paslode. It does mis fire quite a bit, but i love the portability of it.

HarryHarley 12-08-2006 06:10 PM

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Originally Posted by MIKEGOUGH1 (Post 25606)
I am looking to purchase a new framing nailer. It looks like most of them handle nails from 2" to 3 1/2". Price ranges from Central Pneumatic at $99 up to some of the better Hitachi or Paslode for around $300. I want to buy a good trouble free nailer, and would rather pay more up front. Any suggestions from experience on which one I should lean towards.
Thanks,
Mike

I think you get what you pay for, however in my case I got a Central Pneumatic. Granted, I only use occassionally but have had no jams. What I like was it can convert to a 21 or 34 degree "Full" nail head.
I didn't want to use a "clipped" nail head. Make sure you have good access to the correct nails you will be using. I do some fence work, so I settled on only using stainless steel nails. Good luck.

MIKEGOUGH1 12-11-2006 07:58 PM

Okay, I have narrowed it down to the Hitachi, now I am trying to decide which model, the NR90AC3 or the NR90AE. The AC3 uses full head nails from 2 3/8" to 3 1/2", the AE from 2" to 3 1/2". The AC3 will handle a larger diameter nail and looks like it may hold more nails. The AE is lighter.
What is the difference between a full head nail and a round head nail?

sjrhome 12-11-2006 09:20 PM

the difference between a full round head nail and a clipped head nail is as it sounds. The clipped head is a 1/2 moon looking head. Most building codes for new construction require full round heads now, but clipped heads are fine. As long as your not building homes.


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