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Old 06-02-2010, 11:26 PM   #1
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I was at home depot today and ran across what I thought was a good deal: A Porter-Cable 3 nailer combo kit with compresser, it was on sale for like 270 or something, it can be found at home depots site, the store SKU is: 222516

Anyway, I am kind of broke right now so unable to pick it up at this time, but I am thinking about grabbing it perhaps later in the month, I figure it would be a good entery level kit to get my feet wet.

Applications? Well, we do need to replace a fence, I would like to install baseboard, perhaps build a shed (well, telescope storage area, err...an observatory ) and probably could find other things to to do as well

Would the Porter kit be good even at 300 bucks for an entry level kit?

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I've had good luck with the Porter Cable guns--Good value for the money.

The compressors are LOUD--they seem to work well but did I mention that they are LOUD?

If you can live with LOUD go for it --that's a good price.--Mike--

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I bought that kit about a year ago (price was down to $259 then so I grabbed it) and have found it very useful. No problems with any of the components. But be aware that it would have limited usefulness for some of the projects you mention -- building a shed, for instance, needs a framing nailer which that kit does not include.
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I kind of figured I would need a framing nail gun for a shed so that leaves me to ask:

Would this set be a good starter kit and would the little tank be able to power a framing nailer?
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I wondered that too, and have been told by others (haven't tried it myself) that that compressor WILL power a framing gun; it just has to cycle/recharge more often than a larger tank would. If you're doing fast-paced framing I imagine that would be a pain but for a casual DIYer I've been led to understand that it's fine.

I've found the set to be a very good starter kit (even added a pin nailer to it) -- easy to use, trouble-free. It is loud, as Mike says. And I plan to upgrade to a longer hose -- the one it comes with is fine for in the shop but it'd be nice, when working indoors, if the hose were long enough to run in through a window so the noisy compressor could be outside.
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I have used a One Gallon Compressor to drive PC FR350 Framing Nailer.
I have three compressors, two are larger than the little one gallon but it is still large enough to occasionally drive a few nails for a very small job.
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Keep your eye on those HD sales. They can drive you nuts. It often seems like there is a better deal after I have committed. As far as the nailers go, they sometimes offer package deals that include a framing nailer with the other three standard guns. Seperatly, they cost quit a bit more but you can research and get exactly what you want.
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I bought that kit about a year ago (price was down to $259 then so I grabbed it) and have found it very useful. No problems with any of the components. But be aware that it would have limited usefulness for some of the projects you mention -- building a shed, for instance, needs a framing nailer which that kit does not include.
I purchased the Porter Cable combo kit, like it very much, however, having trouble getting the larger gun (finish nailer) to fire. I have the pressure at 80 psi but won't fire. any help would be appreciated.
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I have used a One Gallon Compressor to drive PC FR350 Framing Nailer.
I have three compressors, two are larger than the little one gallon but it is still large enough to occasionally drive a few nails for a very small job.
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Can you advise on the Porter Cable finish nailer? (part of the combo set) it won't fire..I have the pressure at 80 psi.
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Did it ever fire? Things to check-----Have you oiled it?
Is it jammed? (look for a nail under the driving pin)

Is the driving pin in the 'up' position? (open the nose of the gun and use a small screwdriver to push the pin all the way up)


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Did it ever fire? Things to check-----Have you oiled it?
Is it jammed? (look for a nail under the driving pin)

Is the driving pin in the 'up' position? (open the nose of the gun and use a small screwdriver to push the pin all the way up)


I don't own a PC finish gun---however, they all work about the same way.--Let us know what you do,
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just took it out of the box yesterday. checked the driving pin...yes it's up. do you think the pressure is too low? I have it at 80 PSI. Also when I opened up the front mechanism, there were 4 nails jammed in there. I removed them, so I think the pressure is so low it won't fire the nails into the wood. ( hence the nails stuck in the mechanism. what pressure can I move up to safely?
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Have you oiled it?

Turn it up to 110 lbs. If it still doesn’t work take it back.
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It should have run at 80.--If Kwikfishron's suggestions don't get it working---take it back.

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See if that gun has a 'no nails--won't fire' feature. The gun might think that it's empty and won't fire.

Just a thought.I've got two guns with that feature.
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just took it out of the box yesterday........
Have you put drops of Air Tool Oil, from the little plastic bottle into the gun's air inlet before you attached the air hose?
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