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Old 05-10-2009, 11:29 PM   #1
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Budget Framing Nailer


I'm not trying to sound like a complete fool here but I'm tempted to pick up a cheap framing nailer. I do VERY little at work with one, I always build my little stractures with steel, screws or pinners and glue, this will be moreless for renovating my own home.

Bottom line is I don't want to drop 400 on a Pasload if a budget CH or Mastercraft for less then 150 will work. Whats the difference longivity? Weigh? Safety? Should I not waste my money and save up for something good or will this do the trick for the small amount of work it will be used for?

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Old 05-10-2009, 11:37 PM   #2
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About 6 months ago we bought a few of those Campbell Hausfield framing nailers at Home Depot for $60.00 to have as backup spares. My guys use them more then our other framing nailers.

They've performed flawlessly so far.

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I don't do off brand on the tools .....if I feel like saving a buck I'll go to the pawn shop but it's always quality brand names...... unless of course .....she's cheap and picks me.
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:48 PM   #4
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Typically I don't do cheap tools either, although saving 250 on a tool that will get very little use means I can put a little more in my piggy bank for a new TE-40 or TS55 that will get a workout on a regular basis.
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I swear some you guys are prima donnas when it comes to tools. Let me guess you have a gold plated roto-zip too
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na na na they're not bling .....mine are beat to crap scratched scared and missing parts ......but they still run great ......they wouldn't still be alive if they had been off brand
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A "great deal" on a nailer usually always means a helluva time finding parts or someone to fix it, so you better get a few of them for parts.
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You could find a used Hitachi NR83A for $150 to $200, repair the O-Rings, and have a great nailgun for half price.
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x2 on the cambell hausfield.

I was given a new one once, I use it for working in or around dirt/gravel. It has worked perfectly for a year now. Gone through several boxes of nails, (paslode nails) For the price, I would definitly buy another
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You could find a used Hitachi NR83A for $150 to $200, repair the O-Rings, and have a great nailgun for half price.
That's what i was thinking.
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I swear some you guys are prima donnas when it comes to tools. Let me guess you have a gold plated roto-zip too
Nahhh, there all Chrome Plated now, gold gets stolen to fast so I sent all the ones that were left into that cash 4 gold place

To answer the OP's question, name brand & low cost = good --- no name & low cost = bad

Make sure you maintain them & they should last and not fail you when you need it
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10 years out of my Bostitch and it was not real expensive, at least I dont remember.
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I'm not a framer but my Hitachi NR83A has served me well... It only gets used now and then but I've had it around 3 years and I've had no problems.

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Take your pick and lets make a deal.All have been reliable guns.
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loneframer i see you added a new framer to your collection!

take the new one out and the rest post that pic on ebay!
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im surprised you guys not using coil framing guns!

i switched about 8 yrs ago and never looked back!

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loneframer i see you added a new framer to your collection!

take the new one out and the rest post that pic on ebay!
Can't get rid of the matching pair of Impulse guns, got one left belt hook and one right, in true Loneframer style. The other guns still get occasional use, according to what type nails the GC supplies and the volume of nailing to be done. Honestly, there are three parts guns in there too.
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Take your pick and lets make a deal.All have been reliable guns.


mmmm thats hawt!!!
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You could find a used Hitachi NR83A for $150 to $200, repair the O-Rings, and have a great nailgun for half price.
Unless the driver is busted then add $75.00
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Thanks for the input guys, I think I'm going to take the cheap route and snap up a CH. Its really cheap, I don't care if it breaks in a year since its not a critical tool for my industry, I don't want to fix anything or take a gamble this I can atleast return. If it shoots a nail into wood successfuly i'm happy.

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