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Old 06-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #1
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I have a porta nailer, manual and 900 sf of pre-finished to install. Wasn't looking forward to doing this and was thinking to buy a pneumatic nailer for $450.

I have a helper and I was thinking I could have him work all week for $450.

What kind of nailer would you guys suggest? I know the bostitch with the cleats is available, I'm not sure what else. I certainly prefer the cleats vs. the staples.

If I go with the porta nailer, do I need a soft touch attachment for the pre-finished wood?

How much easier is the pneumatic vs. the porta nailer? Will 900 square feet between two guys be do-able, or will we both have sore arms and blistered hands?
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:32 PM   #2
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buy a 150 nailer from harbor freight. buy the warranty protection. I beat the crap out of my first one - put down about 3000 feet before I broke it (what you cant hit it with a framing hammer instead of a mallet?). Walked into the store with a broken one; walked out with a new one in ten minutes. They let me put warranty protection on the new one for twenty bucks. In other words it's an instantaneous repair instead of taking your MIIIFS to the shop and waiting a week. I also got a free mallet out of the deal. If I get a new nailer every 18 months for 20 bucks it would take 22.5 years before I spent 450$ and I would have 15 free mallets.

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I've never used a manual nailer but I've heard from men lazier than I am that they suck. It's plenty of work just using the pneumatic, it will pay for itself.
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I beat the crap out of my first one...(what you cant hit it with a framing hammer instead of a mallet?).


I like the pneumatic ones as getting close to a wall, I can hit the side of it and have it still set.
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x2 Harbor Freight disposable cheapos

It will die but you aint getting 5x the life of that with a Bostitch
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I can honestly agree that the HF flooring nailer is the way to go. So far with mine I have put down about 1200 ft of foor, and I have yet to have a jamb, just keep it oiled. I used an older bostich gun I borrowed from a friend and I had jambs about every 100 ft of floor
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I install or sand hardwood everyday. I have never used the harbor freight gun, but I own 4 Bostich MIII's and 2 Powernail staplers (as well as several cleat nailers). I would guess that my Bostich guns go about 30-50,000 feet between rebuilds, and the rebuild takes 30-45 minutes to do. They almost never jam (i stopped using generic staples, that solved that) I wouldn't even consider a nailer that needed to be returned every few thousand feet. I actually prefer the Powernail guns because of their thicker handle and better "feel". Just my $.02.
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I like the pneumatic ones as getting close to a wall, I can hit the side of it and have it still set.
+1. Manual nailers aren't so bad out in the middle of the floor, but you'l get at least one more row, maybe 2 in near the wall with a pneumatic, without scuffing up the walls with your mallet.
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I recently bought a Freeman Pneumatic from Lowes for $198 that takes L or T cleats or staples. Only used it on 300 feet of prefinished oak so far but had no problems with it.
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I have to agree with the Freeman, I just sold one and after about 1500 sq. ft. of flooring it still worked great.
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buy a 150 nailer from harbor freight. buy the warranty protection. I beat the crap out of my first one - put down about 3000 feet before I broke it (what you cant hit it with a framing hammer instead of a mallet?). Walked into the store with a broken one; walked out with a new one in ten minutes. They let me put warranty protection on the new one for twenty bucks. In other words it's an instantaneous repair instead of taking your MIIIFS to the shop and waiting a week. I also got a free mallet out of the deal. If I get a new nailer every 18 months for 20 bucks it would take 22.5 years before I spent 450$ and I would have 15 free mallets.
Agree with you 100%. Hands down a great value. I've had a couple minor jambs but that was due to me hitting it like an ole lady when I was too close to the wall.

I seriously could not tell you how much flooring I have put down with this fella.
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My Bostich and Powernail guns have treated me very well. Ive never used a harbor freight gun.
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Another vote for primatech..
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I can honestly agree that the HF flooring nailer is the way to go. So far with mine I have put down about 1200 ft of foor, and I have yet to have a jamb, just keep it oiled. I used an older bostich gun I borrowed from a friend and I had jambs about every 100 ft of floor
The Freeman is $189 and it will last at least twice as long as anything from HF.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...n+floor+nailer
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Bostitch - never used any of the others. Works like a champ, not one problem. I always Bostitch staples.
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I got a hitachi. Only did about 5000 sqft of flooring and no problems. Anyone knows how long its going to last ?

Got it as a gift and apparently it was $900
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primatech vote here too, it's all we use and it will allow you to get closer to the wall before you need to swtich to a brad nailer.
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The Freeman is $189 and it will last at least twice as long as anything from HF.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...n+floor+nailer
The freeman is the same nailer harbor freight sells painted black.
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Bonjour to the Primatech nailer. I have a call in to them and they are supposed to tell me where the closest dealer is. I think that was on monday. But the gal did have a nice voice on her message.

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