I need to buy a framing nailer. I see the cordless Paslode models can fire
a lot of nails between having to replace energy cells and recharging the
battery, so am tempted to go for one of those. It will only be used on my
house, for example framing out my basement and other miscellaneous jobs that
come along, so not heavy duty.
A question for the group - what are the best types of nails to go for - I
see guns shoot a variety (paper collated or weld for example)? Any other
advice on framing nailers gratefully received.
For a weekend warrior it will make very little difference what gun
you choose. If you need or want an air compressor for other needs
including an air finish nailer, I think I would encourage you in
that direction. Code compliance in some areas requires full round
head nails for framing - many of the old systems used clipped
heads. I would suggest making sure it uses nails that you can buy
locally. The Harbor Freight stuff is adequate for your needs, but
watch availability of nails.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
On Sun, 6 Apr 2008 12:37:30 -0500, "Moo" <no> wrote:
I'd go for a pneumatic. A compressor is a wonderful thing to have.
My house was without one for 30 years or so- and within a month of
when I got it I couldn't believe I ever lived without it. [far more
valuable than the variety of nail guns I've bought for it since.]
Shooting round headed nails was important to me.
I ended up with a Porter Cable 350 bought from Amazon. I watched
ebay & craigslist for several months for a good deal on a used one-
then caught a special on Amazon for about the used price.
Can a framing nailer be used to toe-nail wall studs without
overdriving the nails or splitting the studs?
KC, yes framing nailers make wonderful toe-nailers especially if, like me,
you aren't a good toe nailer. After a while you will figure out exactly
where to hold your gun and at what angle to get a perfect toe nail. I've
never split a stud with a nailer. However, it is very easy to split a stud
with repeated blows of a hammer. \\
If the nailer is shooting round head nails (evidently required for framing
in some jurisdiction and obviously required for roofing), it's got to use
the roll-fed nails, paper-linked nails.
There's a big difference between a battery-operated nailer and a
batter-operated drill: It takes a LOT of power to drive a nail.
I have the cordless Paslode framing nailer. It is reliable and
durable. The gas cylinders are pricey but go a long way. A fully
charged battery lasts for a long time but I would suggest getting
a spare. It never seem to fail that the battery goes dead at the
most inopportune time. Nails are expensive. Thats something to
compare between brands. The cordless units are big and bulky
compared to the air powered nailer. It requires an extra grunt
or two to get the thing into the proper firing position. Especially
when you are standing on your head and every limb is extended two
inches beyond their design limits.
It's a tossup as to which type is the most useful. Granted the
cordless will get into places where it would be difficult to drag
in an air hose, but on the other hand the air nailer will fit into
smaller spaces and can drive a lot more nails in a given time. It
also has a larger magazine. Just like the battery you will find that
you run out of nails just when you have squeezed the thing into the
most awkward place on the job.
If I had to make the decision again I probably would go with the
air powered nailer. Having said that I still do not regret buying
the cordless. Unless you are a pro its six of one, half a dozen
of the other.
I've had mine for over five years, not sure of current prices but
I wouldn't be surprised if you can get a compressor and a air
nailer for less than the cost of a cordless unit.
Thanks LdB and other contributors. I already have a compressor and numerous
other air-tools, so have decided to go for a pneumatic framer too, based on
this excellent advice. I have many Bostitch tools (stapler, brad and finish
nailers) and love them - will probably go for one of them again.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.