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Hitachi NR83 vs. NR90

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I need to pick up a framing nailer this week. I don't do a lot of framing so I usually use a hammer but it's worth it to get one just for this job. I'm sure I'll need it again, eventually.

I was going to get a Hitachi as my local hardware store stocks their nails and parts. Why is the NR90 $100 less than the NR83? Is it really worth it for the requirements I described? And what's the difference in the different suffixes for paper collated nails? (S), ADPR, AA3, AA4?

I can just buy a NR90 new but I'll probably get a used NR83 if that's the gun to get.
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I have the NR90. It works fine until it jams. Then you will want to throw it in the dumpster because it takes some serious doing to get the hammer pounded back when a clipped head gets stuck in there. It might help if I used different nails. I use senco kc27's because that is what is at the lumber yard. I want a 83 but the 90 works for now. If time is of the essence possible jamming could be a problem for you. If I had employees using it I would definitely go with the 83.
I loved the weight and feel of my 90 and used it over my new model paslode and older porter cable....After about a year of pretty intermediate use it blew a gasket and doesn't build pressure.... I will have it repaired, but I have guns that are 10 years old and all I've ever had to do to them was add some oil now and again.
I've used this one almost exclusively for the past 7 yrs. and love it. Don't think I've ever seen it jamb or ever had a problem with it.

It's a bit heavier than the stick nailer but sure beats carrying a bunch of sticks around with you and having to constantly feed the thing. Just my 2 pennies.


http://www.hitachipowertools.com/index/main-navigation/tools.aspx?d=9,46&p=820
If you're not framing with it everyday, any of them will do. Get one that you can find nails for locally - paper, plastic, coil...
I have one of each. They're both good as far as I can tell, but I don't use them all that much. I've either got one for me and one for my helper or I have them set up with two different kinds of nails. The NR90 is not lighter, at least not by more than a couple ounces. It does have a little better ergonomics. The NR90 also shoots a little bigger nails. I have a feeling the NR83 will last longer and be more serviceable, but for me I don't think it will become an issue.
http://www.contractortalk.com/f14/more-hitachi-frustration-143297/

we have 4 90s and like 8-10 83s. if you're not gonna be using it daily, save the $100 and go with the 90.
I'm so glad you said that.:whistling

I just bought the 90 about 30 minutes ago. I barely ever use a framer but the time it takes to go rent it seems like a waste when I can buy a gun for $200. Thanks for all the feedback guys!
http://www.contractortalk.com/f14/more-hitachi-frustration-143297/

we have 4 90s and like 8-10 83s. if you're not gonna be using it daily, save the $100 and go with the 90.
I would go with the 83..... 300 now or 200+200 to replace....

also buy from bigskytool.com

recon 83's for $200
If you read that thread the guy who posted it talks about the 90's he's had breaking the driver pin.
I'm so glad you said that.:whistling

I just bought the 90 about 30 minutes ago. I barely ever use a framer but the time it takes to go rent it seems like a waste when I can buy a gun for $200. Thanks for all the feedback guys!
Yeah and read the link I posted in that thread for the 83 recall cause they shoot nails out the side. which has happened several times with several of ours.
It's possible but considering that I've bought a Makita cordless jigsaw, a bosch cordless right angle kit, a Bosch GLL2-50 laser, another Bosch bulldog 1", Realtime Landscape Architect 2013 and a framing nailer, saving $100 right now matters. I'm also about to pull the trigger on a new camera.:censored:

I held off until this year because we're expecting a baby in July so I'm going to have one hell of a write off year. Daycare quote is over $1500 a month for three days a week.:eek:
I would go with the 83..... 300 now or 200+200 to replace....

also buy from bigskytool.com

recon 83's for $200
Did you get the 23 degree or the 30 degree?
SoCal Framer 14+ years. 83 is the way to go my friend
What do you know? You think beaches, bikinis and 70* days are good....
frankpgosteli said:
SoCal Framer 14+ years. 83 is the way to go my friend
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Didn't California invent framing? Isn't every framing method known to man named after Cali.? Don't forget where Larry Haun did most of his magic.
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CA sets the bar when it comes to framing and the weather :). Duur
mbryan said:
What do you know? You think beaches, bikinis and 70* days are good....
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Don't listen to the sun-tanning wussies, but do get the NR83
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I have 2 nr83s and 2 nr90s and 3 bostich n80s (I think) but the 83 always go first, and the nr90s last
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