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Old 11-04-2014, 05:34 PM   #1
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Help Choosing Framing Nailer


The time has come to finally buy a top quality framing nailer (stick nailer). I started working for myself in the spring, haven't had any big framing jobs yet but a couple are around the corner and I took a fall with my homeowner grade framer I bought for $50 4 years ago and now its double firing...

What's everyone's opinion on who is making the best one?

From my research I'm torn between the Paslode PF350s and the Hitachi NR83whatever...

When I did production framing and when I built custom homes as an employee I used a lot of hitachis and was super impressed with how tough they were and how well they performed, the plan was always to replace my ****ty homeowner grade nailer with a hitachi when the time came. My problem with this is all the ones I've seen on the shelf are made in Taiwan. I want a Japanese one if I'm going to drop $450...

On the other hand I've used a PF350s which was basically my gun when I worked as a lead for a renovation company. I put quite a few nails through this gun (additions, basements, strapping etc) but no where near what a hitachi on a production framing crew would see in a couple months... That said I was super happy with the way this gun performed. Actually it was the only gun that would work in -25C to fasten strapping for siding when the hitachi stapler (newer taiwan ones...) were jammed up from the cold. Oh and I believe the paslode is made in USA...

Thoughts? Anyone beat the hell out of a PF350S for a couple years +? Anyone beat the hell out of a taiwanese Hitachi?

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I have the hitachi. Light with large nail capacity and always performs well. No rafter hook though which is irritating.
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I have the hitachi. Light with large nail capacity and always performs well. No rafter hook though which is irritating.
You can buy one for it
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Think about buying one every day then go home and don't do it. Must not be too irritating yet I guess.
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My vote is either the new model paslode or the low profile bostitch
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I use the pasloade. Great guns. You can get them dirt cheap used on eBay.
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Nr83
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I've dropped em, thrown em, you name it. The best there is. Maintenance is easy and cheap. Worth the cash.
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Nr83.....everything else is for rookies.
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I hate paslode cheap gun diy grade tool
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I hate paslode cheap gun diy grade tool

It costs the most out of every framing fun on the market
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And performs the poorest
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I should have said cheaply made
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I hate paslode cheap gun diy grade tool
Did they change something? I've had mine probably 10 years no problems.lots of hard use. Guess I've been missing out.
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I have been using almost exclusively Paslode for 30 years. Some of my current guns are at least 15 years old. I can get these for about $220 each or sometimes less. We rarely oil them, beat the crap out of them, and they just keep ticking. The first edition Powermasters were crap though, other than that, they have worked very well.

I do have a couple of old Hitachi staplers that have been very dependable, and we also have a 15 ga finish gun with no complaints.
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I have been using almost exclusively Paslode for 30 years. Some of my current guns are at least 15 years old. I can get these for about $220 each or sometimes less. We rarely oil them, beat the crap out of them, and they just keep ticking. The first edition Powermasters were crap though, other than that, they have worked very well.

I do have a couple of old Hitachi staplers that have been very dependable, and we also have a 15 ga finish gun with no complaints.
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My vote is for Hitachi also. I actually have one sitting around if your interested in buying a used one. It does have one of those crappy rafter hooks but it works.

Let me know if your interested.

Edit: WHOA! Didn't see that you are in Canada. Shipping would be more than the gun. Definitely not worth getting it from me.
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And performs the poorest
We use them all the time, I never liked them, but last year a friend talked me into trying them again. That's all we use when framing remodels now. It's defiantly not a production framing gun, but when you have to measure every stud and a million other things between nailing, there isn't any point of having the compressor running in the background. No hose is also nice.


Edit, I always forget they have air guns too. I've never used one of those

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A Hitachi is a much smoother gun to use I have used paslode years ago and current guns I would almost rather hand nail than use a paslode

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