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Old 10-22-2007, 08:35 PM   #1
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Porter Cable FR350A Jams With Grip-Rite Fasteners

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I have a Porter Cable FR350A framing nailer that has worked quite well for the few years that I've been using it. Recently, I needed some beefy framing nails and settled for some .133 3inch plastic collated fasteners from Menards, manufactured by Grip Rite. I have had nothing but problems with misfiring when using these and the problem appears to be that the plastic from the collations does not discharge, preventing the next nail from engaging the firing pin. If I pull the tensioner back and release, the plastic piece(s) usually comes out and all works fine until the next misfire.

Has anyone had similar experience? The nailer has worked just fine with other, smaller sizes of Grip Rite fasteners (that were plastic collated as well). I have tried increasing the pressure up to the maximum allowed (120psi) but this does not appear to help.

Any input is welcome!



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Old 10-23-2007, 09:23 AM   #2
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The only problems that I have with the plastic collated nails in my FR350A is when the strip in the gun gets low, less than 10 nails, I occasionally get a misfire. I just add another strip of nails and no further problems. I think it may have something to due with the spring tension.


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Old 10-23-2007, 09:29 AM   #3
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I've got the same problem with my Makita gun and Hitachi nails. Grip-Rites work fine for me.
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I used 3 1-4 inch grip rite plastic collated nails in my PC FR350A round head nailer. No jams or anything. Try adding about 5 or 6 drops of oil when this happens. I kept my compressor set at 90psi and I make sure I have a filter on my air line. Maybe your getting to much moisture in the air line so its causing the gun to stick a little.
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Old 11-11-2007, 01:26 PM   #5
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Can't help you there. We run PC-FR350's with Grip-rites and have not had any issues in years.
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