I bought a Bostich framing nailer about nine years ago and it has been pretty good. I have not used any others (framing) though. One thing that annoyed me was that the 28 degree nails rarely went on sale, where the 31 (or 33?) degree nails had some competition between brands. It has a way to disable the safety sequence (trigger off, put on work, pull trigger), but I never saw the need for the speed advantage.
Definately LOL, but I have had just fine luck with my harbor freight nailers.
Have a HF framing gun I bought on sale with a coupon 10yrs ago, I think drive out was 69 bucks. I've done 4 or 5 major projects with it, and 7 or 8 minor ones. Now, I'm not framing houses every day, but for joe homeowner it works a treat.
Downside: Quite a bit heavier than the name brands... But heck it was 69 bucks.
I owned lots of Duo-Fast back in the day, when my paycheck depended on it.. good nailers, but that was back in the early 90's. They were a major player back then. Heck, I think I have 5 or 6 old school nailers still at my folk's home in the old tool stash.
I have owned three Passlode cordless guns for many years (Framer with hurricane tie nailer attachment, finish & brad) for the convenience since I don't do production work anymore. I keep the battery chargers hooked up to an inverter that I run while driving around. I rarely use them but when I need them they are there & ready to go with no need to roll out a compressor. When I used to do production framing work, the lightweight aluminum pneumatic Hitachi guns were the best. I have used an assortment of pneumatic finish nailers & staplers in shops over the years & honestly have forgotten which were the best. I remember quite a few Bostich.
I bought one of the new DeWalt battery only framing nailers. I just love it. Haven't gone through the usual get the compressor out etc since.
(I know it said ir nailers but Passloads were mentioned so....)
I have Bostich and I love it. I first bought the "pancake" compressor and three guns. Then a couple of years later Lowe's had a deal on a Bostich compressor, a newer upright model they made a price mistake and had it for $28 and change, Sunday morning early. I ordered it for local pickup. They confirmed it that day, then Monday morning a series of emails cancelled the purchase. Months later I get a call from Lowe's service desk, they have the compressor I ordered. After some confusion, I was cagey and the lady said come get it now, I have it at the service desk. I went and picked it up, never paid anything for it. I love Lowe's.
As for Passlode, I know somebody who actually makes a living buying them, cleaning them up and fixing the issues [they have certain design flaws and weak parts], and reselling them. Believe it or not, he has sold many to the UK and Australia, they pay a fortune in shipping. For some reason contractors there want them and it is a good deal for them. It all started when a pin held in with a rubber retainer ring for the trigger fell out into deep mud and he lost it. The quest to find the tiny pin, and then to find a retainer for it started his business. Why the pin doesn't have a slot with a C clip retainer is beyond me. Designed to fail.
Published on Sep 22, 2016
Price the Hitachi 18-Gauge 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch Brad Nailer on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2daGtcp
If you are someone that doesn't have a brad nail setup, brad nailer, or a compressor, Hitachi has a kit that is worth looking at. We are a big fan of kits that allow the user to purchase multiple tools at a single time. The Hitachi kit is no exception. This kit is an affordable option that puts a high quality pancake style compressor and an 18-gauge brad nailer into a single buy. The compressor feels solid and has features that makes it a quality unit while the brad nailer is quickly becoming my go to 18-gauge brad nailer.
Yes, the Hitachi kit comes with an 18-gauge brad nailer but this kit is great for many folks on the spectrum. With the quality being delivered, this unit is attractive to the professional. While, on the other side of the spectrum, it is a great kit for the weekend warrior.
The compressor can take the use and abuse of the contractor or installer that is on the go. While the brad nailer, is a light, compact, nailer that produces consistent and quality results. This small and compact compressor allows the contractor or installer to easily bring it on the jobsite. As we had mentioned earlier, the brad nailer is quickly becoming my favorite and we will get down to the details in a bit.
The weekend warrior needs a compressor that doesn't take up a lot of room in his or her workspace that can be a standalone workshop, a garage, or even a shed. Just like the professional likes the small and compact compressor, the weekend warrior does as well. Saves space while producing the CFM that is required for the average workshop tasks.
150 PSI 6-gallon Pancake Compressor
6-gallon pancake compressor
As we had mentioned earlier, the compressor the is included with the Hitachi finish brad nailing combo kit is a 150 PSI compressor with a 6-gallon capacity. The "roll cage" on the top of the unit pulls double duty as it protects the compressor and also has a soft rubber handle to carry the unit. It features two ports to use multiple ports at the same time. This is great for smaller to medium job sites so double the work can get done off the same unit. Both the power switch or the tool pressure regulator knob are are red for easy identification. The power switch provides solid feedback to the user allowing them to know when the unit is on or off when manipulating the switch. The regulator knobs provides both an audible click and a nice notch when you turn it to adjust the pressure to the tool ports. The top gauge provides the read out for the tool ports while the bottom gauge provides the PSI for the tank.
The unit provides 2.8 CFM at 90 PSI while it takes approximately 3:00 minutes to go from 0 PSI to full at 150 PSI.
Published on Jun 20, 2014
This video will give an explanation of common problems/symptoms with air nailers and solutions to repair them. Sometimes simple lubrication and cleanliness will fix minor problems. If not, we have the parts!
Have a 1980' Senco framing nailer and a Porter gas (butane) 16ga and a PC brad nailer that I just hooked up to a 5 gallon portable air tank. We never had a lot of use for framing nailers here as steel was the material most used for interior walls, Very few exterior walls are wood.
Published on Nov 6, 2016
Roofed Josh's house this weekend!! Took me a little while to hang of it again but I figured out!! Made a simple video of nailing down some shingles, cutting cap, and just getting it done. This is how to roof a house!! Quick lol I used my Bostitch roof nail gun and boy did it work.
A little something different but I hope you enjoy!
Published on Feb 25, 2017
Price the Hitachi NH90AB 2-1/2" to 3-1/2" Palm Nailer on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2kuJXNH
Palm Sized Power - The new Hitachi 3-1/2" palm nailer - NH90AB - is a very small palm sized nailer that really packs a punch. This tool was designed to working small or confined areas. For contractors, installing joist hangers and metal connectors in confined spaces will be an easier task. Since the tool is so small, we really appreciated the over-molded rubber grip on the top of the tool. That rubber over-mold adds comfort, absorbs vibration and makes gripping and controlling the palm nailer much easier, especially if you have big hands.
With a tool this size, the claim of sinking a 3-1/2" framing nail seemed to be a big task. Our goal of our YouTube video was to give the tool a test of that claim. We were very surprised at the speed that this small tool would sink large framing nails. There is no doubt that this tool passed our Prove It! test by a long shot.
360° swivel fitting for maximum maneuverability
Magnetic nose holds a fastener in place for safe and accurate fastener placement
Front exhaust directs air away from user
Rubber grip for added comfort, better hold, and reduced vibration
Covered by Hitachi's professional 5-year warranty
If you are a framer and use compressed air on your job, this is an awesome pocket sized tool that will come in handy in tight spots. There is no doubt that this tool like air as you can hear our compressor running multiple times in our testing. The speed and performance we outstanding. The Hitachi Palm Nailer will save contractors time on the jobsite and pay for itself in time saved the first day it is used. There is no arguing that this tool is priced right also!
Published on Dec 22, 2017
Learn how to use a Nail Gun. This is a powerful tool and will really increase your productivity. Use them safely, and pay close attention anytime one is being used around you. More about Carpentry tools here https://youtu.be/p-AlTvciSQ8