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    What angle framing nailer?

    I have a project coming up and I am in the market for a framing nailer. I know I would like to shoot round-head nails and not the clipped ones.

    How do I decided about the angle. I have seen 21, 22, 28, and 30 degree nailers. Is there much of a difference in performance?

    The only other thing that seem to make a difference is which angle of packaged nails is easier to find or cheaper. What is the standard and why are there different angles to choose from?

    Conrad

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    RE: What angle framing nailer?

    First off, any gun will do the job.

    That said, there are a number of reasons that the angles are different, it can be the thickness of the heads (they stack one under another), or to make the magazine taller and tighter to the gun head so that you can get it into tighter spots (kind of like the difference between and angled- and straight-clip finish nailer).

    As to which angle . . . go with what is available locally. Chances are if the store that you get the gun from sells nails, they'll sell all the popular sizes that fit that gun.

    Personally, I think you're making the right choice by going with a full-round gun . . . never mind the debate of whether the clipped head nails are inferior . . . if you don't have it, you never have to question it. ;)

    Mine is a P-C FR350, it takes the same 22-ish nails as some popular Makita, Senco and Hitachi models, so I can get nails pretty much anyplace that sells them . . . in fact, the 2-3/8" ring shanks I used on my shed were Senco brand nails.

    If you don't plan to make a living with the gun, don't be afraid to buy used or refurbished like I did. ;)

    Hope that helps!


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    RE: What angle framing nailer?

    Thanks Mark,

    I was considering the P-C FR350 and so it is nice to know you are happy with it. I have other P-C guns and like them.

    As for buying local, more than likely I will buy from the internet. I seem to get better prices that way.

    I had never considered a refurbished model. I guess I wasn't sure I could trust them. I think of a nail gun as a rather dangerous tool (funny, I don't have quite the same fear of most of my power saws, lathe, etc. That is not to say I don't RESPECT them.)

    Conrad

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    RE: What angle framing nailer?

    I bought a refurb'd one when I got mine.
    Mine is a Hitachi.
    When my PC narrow crown stapler gave up recently, I replaced it with a Hitachi also. (I was in the middle of re-doing the bunks on my boat trailer. NOT a good time for a stapler to give up. :( )

    Granted, a refurb'd isn't a brand spanking new gun, but it has had anything worn replaced, and actually put through it's paces by the refurber. (Is that a word?) ;)

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    RE: What angle framing nailer?

    Hi, I went to the Harbor Freight framing nailer,I got the one that shoots both round and clipped head nails.I bought it a few months ago but haven`t got to the outside projects that i want to do so i haven`t used it yet.It seems very well made a little heavy but i won`t be shooting nails 8 hrs. a day 7 days a week.I only paid about 79$ for it on sale with a 20% coupon.I like you,didn`t know which to buy,clipped or round so i went with one that shoots both. Carl

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    RE: What angle framing nailer?

    >As for buying local, more than likely I will buy from the
    >internet. I seem to get better prices that way.

    Conrad--

    I was referring more to the availability of nails locally rather than guns, the gun you only buy once if you do it right. }>

    So, that in mind, make sure you've got a local place where a weekend warrior can get a fresh box of nails in a reasonable assortment of sizes on the weekend. ;)

    As to the refurb, I got mine from my local Porter-Cable/Delta 'factory' store . . . though with that line falling under Black and Decker now, I don't know if that will still be an option for too long. :(

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    RE: What angle framing nailer?

    Sonny! You've got a japanese nail gun? :O :D

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    RE: What angle framing nailer?

    Conrad, I got the HF 21-degree full-round-head framing nailer. The one that cost about a hundred bucks.

    Yeah, it's a good nail gun. I've got no gripes at all with it. Just keep the pressure regulator on your compressor cranked up 'cause like any framing nailer, it won't drive 'em home unless it's tanked. :)

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    RE: What angle framing nailer?

    Conrad; I bought a Bostitch N88RH-2MCN Nailer. I asked pretty much the same questions you have on this forum and got lots of really good advice. You need to consider what you are using it for and how often. I do some building, but not full time. I also use engineered lumber so wanted a reasonably priced nailer with enough power to sink nails into the engineered lumber. The Bostitch fits the bill niceley. It also comes with a tip and the capability to shoot the metal connector nails into those holes in the connectors. Thats like getting double duty out of the gun as no other guns have that capability and its not fun putting those all in by hand. Its also a fairly light and well balanced nailer. I have put about 2500 3" nails and about 750 1 3/4" metal connector nails through it with no jams. Performance has been really good. I got a good buy on it through ebay at $205 delivered to my door and for that price I'd rate it a great value.

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    RE: What angle framing nailer?

    Ummm....
    Yep, sez so on it.
    Hey! It sez so on my SCMS, too!
    What the hell is this? I Bought them here in Kallifornicate. How could they be "offshore"?
    Well, at least they aren't yourapeein stuff. That's a bright side.

    Come to think of it, they are both reburbed. Shouldn't that neigate the "Made in Japan" if they are refurbed here? They didn't export and re-import them, far as I know, anyway.
    It's all sooo cornfusing! }>

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