For general framing, I prefer stick for less bulk. Several make Mag
light(er) weight nailers -- all the ususal suspects: Bostitch,
Hitachi, Senco, etc., etc., etc., ...
Paslode others note is good when hose is a problem but are more
expensive to operate. To me they're a "for purpose" tool, not the
I'm partial to full-head rather than clipped, too...
If we're voting, I've standardized on Bostitch (although I can no
longer say why the initial choice over several others) and can make the
above endorsement as well... :)
(Might as well give OP something non-definite to go on, this _is_
Usenet, after all... :) )
Paslode clipped head. Don't remember the exact model, but didn't use
it that long before parts were falling off of it. wound up in the
dumpster. Other guys swear by Paslode. Maybe that was a cheapie.
Senco SN 15 clipped head framer that was heavy but tough and reliable.
They don't make em like this anymore. Drop this off a second floor
onto concrete, dust it off and keep going.
Senco frame pro full round head. Nice gun but jam prone. I wouldn't
buy another one.
Duofast full round head. mistake. clunky and unreliable. bought it
brand new and sold it a year later for a hundred bucks to get it outta
Bostich. full round head .clunky, poor balance. could sink a 3 1/4"
nail into a LVL though. A person I work with has two of these. Give
framers the choice of these or Hitachi's, and the Bostich won't leave
the tool box.
Hitachi NR 83A This gets my vote. they make both a clipped head and
round head version. I like clipped head, because I find the round head
to be finicky, especially in cold weather. Good balance, reliable.
Hitachi NR90AE lighter than the old Hitachi. I haven't used it much
(the company I work for owns one), but other than the silly looks, it's
a good gun.
Pasload impulse framer. great if you have a few nails to drive, if
it's over 40 F out, if you have a fresh battery, if your gun has been
recently cleaned, and if you don't mind the smell. you also need to
yes the Bostich is heavy. the new hitachi is light, as is the Paslode,
which I did dis but I know people who swear by them. Course weight
isn't everything---balance is important too.
these are all stick guns. I haven't used a coil. they aren't used
much for framing in my area. the coils are the drawback. they can't
be carried in your tool bags as if they get banged around they don't
feed well. I can carry 20 clips of nails in my tool belt if I want.
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