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Old 07-30-2018, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default Which Framing Nailer should i buy

I am a DIY guy that could use a framing nail gun for a couple projects each year. My question is which one to buy, I don't want junk but I don't want to put a lot of money into something I will only use for a few projects every year. I will only use one for a few projects each year but it should would be handy and a time and elbow saver.

Should I get a 21 degree or 30 degree?


How about Harbor Freight? Their have a Central Pneumatic for $100, a Banks $100 & $80 and a Pierce for $160.

Or should I avoid Harbor Freight and go with something else?

Thanks for the input.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:00 PM   #2
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Donít have one of the above, but HF has come a long way with consumer grade tools the last few years. Would not hesitate to buy one from them for random projects.


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Old 07-30-2018, 05:38 PM   #3
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I have had an hitachi for about 5-6 years and have been happy with it. I use it for a couple projects a year and loaned it to the church crew for rebuilding homes after Harvey. Never had any issues with it.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:40 PM   #4
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I have a Bostitch F21PL in like new condition that I'll let go for $150.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:57 PM   #5
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I have a Bostitch F21PL in like new condition that I'll let go for $150.
^^^ Thats a pretty good deal.

If you have a Southern Fastners (Southern Carlson) close by, they carry a line of China made nailers that are proven to hold up. Better then HF and still under $200. The name has changed possibly but they were called Interchange I believe. Hitachi, Bostitch, Max, or Senco in a 21deg are all great products.
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Old 07-30-2018, 06:08 PM   #6
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I have a Bostitch F21PL in like new condition that I'll let go for $150.

If you were only closer. I am thinking shipping to OKC would not be cheap and would take the good deal away.
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:15 PM   #7
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Hitachi! You will always be able to find nails and anyone can service them.
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:25 PM   #8
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I scoured the net in search of reviews etc and of course the high dollar bostich and Milwaukee were good but I am not in the framing trade- just build fence here and there
I bought the home depot 21 deg husky brand for 88$
It came w hand nailer too.. I must say it's a beast and reviews are nearly 5 star so in my opinion best bang for buck- I've built 2 large fences and framed a room with zero issues with feed or jams
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Old 07-30-2018, 07:33 PM   #9
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Porter-Cable has been good for me.
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:48 PM   #10
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Whichever brand you choose get a 21 degree. There are tons of variations of nails available, and with it this angle being the most used the nails are the cheaper than other angles.

I have a 28 degree and will be getting a 21 degree soon.


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Old 07-30-2018, 10:22 PM   #11
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Whichever brand you choose get a 21 degree. There are tons of variations of nails available, and with it this angle being the most used the nails are the cheaper than other angles.

I have a 28 degree and will be getting a 21 degree soon.


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This and Hitachi. I used and abused them when I was younger and worked as a framer. Watched them fall off a 2 story roof more than a few times and still work just fine. If there's ever an issue, they can be rebuilt easily.
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Old 07-30-2018, 10:45 PM   #12
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21į no doubt, and just about any brand. Keep em oiled and they will last. HF builds a good gun but it ain't light by any means.
If you're not building houses, I would go cordless. A buddy just bought a Milwaukee, and you can shoot nails all day on 1 battery. No hose, is a thing of beauty. Soon as I can fund it, I'm getting one.

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Old 07-30-2018, 11:21 PM   #13
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I also vote for 21 degree and Hitachi, I’ve been beating mine up on my current remodel and it’s a beast
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Old 07-31-2018, 07:08 AM   #14
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Have had a Bostich for 15 years ad still going strong, it's a bit heavy. Also have a Rigid that's about 10 years old and dos a great job as well. Would recommend a small whip to help with mobility. Like all air tools, keep them oiled and they will last longer.
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Old 07-31-2018, 07:22 AM   #15
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I have a paslode cordless framer it runs on gas cartridges and battery. I like it because I can use it anywhere since I don't need electricity to run a compressor but it is heavier and loader and probably out of your budget unless you find a used one.
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Old 07-31-2018, 07:26 AM   #16
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I bought a harbor freight one after my dewalt took a dive. No complaints about the Harbor Freight one. I only use it on a couple of projects a year also.
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Old 07-31-2018, 07:49 AM   #17
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Check your local pawn shops. I bought a senco years ago for $50.
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:26 AM   #18
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I got mine at northern tool
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:47 AM   #19
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Porter-Cable has been good for me.
I've have mine for 25 years and just replaced all of the o-rings for the first time. I go in spurts on using it - I might use it to build a barn or shed then nothing for several months, then build a deck or porch, etc. I don't recall what I paid for it new, but I do know at the time I was dead broke and it was cheap.

wsteffen's suggestion for pawn shops is a fantastic idea. Senco makes great nailers and there are usually shops that will work on those.
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Old 07-31-2018, 09:12 AM   #20
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Buy a good used Hitachi
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Old 07-31-2018, 09:22 AM   #21
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I have Rigid and its been a good nailer. We used it to build the well house and the skinning shed at the deer camp.
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Old 07-31-2018, 02:21 PM   #22
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Ive had a paslode for ages. Pretty much all i know is i have never done anything to it but feed it nails and a little oil now and then


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Old 07-31-2018, 02:43 PM   #23
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I have a 21 degree Porter Cable. No complaints Mr smaller nailers are Hitachi no complaints with them either.
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Old 07-31-2018, 08:28 PM   #24
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Iíve had two different Bostitch nailers for the past 9Ė10 years, and theyíre both still going strong. Iíve never replaced the O-rings, just a little oil now & then.


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Old 07-31-2018, 08:40 PM   #25
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bought the big one from Harbor Freight, seems to be solid tool. Have used it a few times and it works fine. Beats paying several 100 dollars for one that does the same thing ... drive long nails into wood.
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:09 AM   #26
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Porter Cable FR350.
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:26 PM   #27
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Thanks for the input guys, I found a gently used Porter-Cable FCP350 for $100, it is like new. Seems to work great. It will sure be easer on these projects I have lined up.
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Old 08-02-2018, 04:44 PM   #28
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All the framers on my house used Hitachi. I have a Harbor Freight. The difference IMO is you can get parts for a 20 YO Hitachi. You can’t get parts for a five YO HF.
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Old 08-02-2018, 04:47 PM   #29
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I have the Harbor Freight framing nailer and it's been fine for me. Like you, I only use it a couple of times each year. I have used it to build an entire workshop and it worked flawlessly.
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Old 08-02-2018, 09:15 PM   #30
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I found a refurb Porter Cable for $100 and it's been great, built a lot of stuff with it. 21 degrees is what you need, the rest is kinda odd ball, lots of nails for the 21 too.

Pawn Shops can sometimes offer up a nice deal if you find what you want.
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:07 AM   #31
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Don't buy a Harbor freight. I bought one and it was junk. Bout a Hitachi and it works great. The harbor freight would shoot 2 nail at once and jam all the time.
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Old 08-12-2018, 11:08 PM   #32
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HITACHI...brother
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Old 08-12-2018, 11:22 PM   #33
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Iíve only ever owned a Duo-Fast. Itís likely older than I am, and still working like a champ.



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Old 08-16-2018, 11:11 AM   #34
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We have run Paslode's for 15yrs, they are heavy but made to last.
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Old 08-18-2018, 12:04 PM   #35
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Hitachi for sure. I have a friend that is a framer and his entire crew runs hitachi nail guns. They have tried many brands and now stick with Hitachi. Its $160 at Lowes. Find a 10% off code online and get it cheaper.

My Dewalt broke after 1 remodel. Never again.
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