Yep, I've borrowed that one from a friend. It works - I'm sure it
will be fine for a few small jobs. The only minor gripe I had was
that you could only load one strip of nails at a time (or else it
would jam up between strips) and it would never fire the last 2 nails
in a strip. Never had any jams or misfires or other problems,
though. I'd definitely get one if I needed it for light-moderate use.
My advice...try it out. Especially if you have a retail store near you.
I've had mixed results with HF nailers. I have a brad nailer/stapler that
works fine, but I tried a finish nailer that was crap. They took it back
with no problem.
You might consider buying the extended warranty, just in case.
HF tools are sometimes good, sometimes junk. If it lasts beyond the initial
warranty and then decides to go south on you, the extended warranty will
gurantee you a replacement. Worked for me on a hardwood flooring nailer.
Ok for occasional work. Like someone said it will jam two clips in. There
will be some misfires with two nails instead one. Also the nails cost about
twice as much than top-of-the line nail gun manufacturers - no idea why.
-- Also the nails cost about twice as much than top-of-the line nail
gun manufacturers - no idea why.
Could it be because they made no money on the nailer since they know
they will make more than enough on the consumables?
Think about all the inkjet printers they give away, then think about
the cost of ink.
Suppose to be standard and they have a gun that adjust to various standard
angles. I already purchased a few boxes from HF and have more into the nails
than the gun. Wish they have a combo pack with various nail lengths rather
buying 2,000 or 4,000 nails at a time for small projects.
Yeah - I just bought a box of 5000 at the orange borg when I borrowed
my friend's nailer. He had just finished off the 1000 that came with
the nailer. I paid about $40 for the box, IIRC? Didn't use very
many, and he bought the rest back from me.
Anyway, my point was that the nails don't have to be more expensive
than any of the rest - I didn't even look at HF for nails.
As well pointed out, absolutely no need to buy HF fodder - but there are
1. ClippedRound head - Framing nails come in 2 major distinctions - full
(round)head, & clipped head. Maybe you saw discussions on that issue
If not, Google may help - main point is you can't mix varieties.
clipped heads in machines designed to handle them, & round heads in
machines designed for them.
HF has one model that is supposedly "adaptable" & can use either - no
experience, but I'd strongly suspect that design will jam a lot more
I would not personally recommend it.
2. Nobody seems to sell framing nails in quantities for hobbyists -
seems to be packed for pro (bulk) users.... Just have to deal with
One guy suggested to contact tool rental places to see if you can buy
batches - didn't try it.
So far, most of my "good buys" have been from eBay and Amazon sellers -
you DO have to watch & know what you need!
I have the adjustable version and have, put about a box and a half of 3"
and two and a half boxes of 2" ( about 8000 nails ) thru it and have had
no problems wit it, no misfires or double nails, it is a little heavy
when compared to a Bostich how ever not in use every day it seems just
fine for the once or twice a year project that I need it for ( hope that
I haven't jinxed myself now )
As others have said, it works well for the weekend warrior. My
father-in-law and I framed up a shed over a couple of weekends using
his. It worked fine. My only complaint was that it would not shoot
the last two nails out of every strip. If you can live with that,
it's certainly cheap. I have an old Hitachi NR83A that I bought used
for $100 and they perform similarly; however the Hitachi is built like
a brick outhouse and you can buy any replacement part for it and it
continues to be supported.
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