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Topic by Dan Lyke posted 05-09-2011 09:08 PM 7286 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan Lyke

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05-09-2011 09:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question nailer framing sheathing siding

Reading the code and drawing up the plans for my shop, I thought this was going to be fairly easy: Framing requires standard 3” nails, siding 2” nails (although I’ve got a little question about that, given that between siding and furring strips in building a drainage plane takes up at least 1½”).

So, I’m now looking around at framing nailers. I’m normally averse to buying Harbor Freight anything, but my Dad has had great luck with an HF flooring nailer after his $450 Porter Cable broke and the Harbor Freight one was cheaper than repairing the PC.

There’s a Senco nailer in my local Craigslist for $125, I’m not sure which version, the 502 is available on Amazon for $150, the 602 is $230 or so. Reviews on the former complain about the lack of depth control, on the latter the difficulty in dealing with jams and the magazine is easily bent.

So: I’m normally a Festool guy, however in this case I’m not likely to use a framing nailer after my shop is built. I’m going to need to frame, apply sheathing and siding (HardiPlank or equivalent) and roof sheathing (not shingles, I’m doing a living roof so will have alternate other roof materials).

What should I be considering in purchasing a framing nailer for building one structure?

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/



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Todd Thomas

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05-10-2011 03:54 AM

well if you where going to keep it and use it more I would say the bosch gun is a great one…..but if not I would craigs list/pawn shop or borrow one for the short amount of time you’ll need it.

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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Dan Lyke

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05-10-2011 04:59 AM

If that’s the best, then one option would be to buy it, use it, and sell it afterwards. I’ve learned that the right tool can make life nice in subtle ways that people can’t always figure out how to talk about.

Silly question: Code for the framing talks about 3” nailer driven nails (since I assume none of these actually drive full-on 16 common), but is that the right thing for doing siding with HardiPlank or similar? If not, what am I looking for?

Thanks!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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Dan Lyke

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05-10-2011 05:01 AM

And I guess that’s also the difference between the 20° nailers and the 34° nailer? The 20° uses full head, which is probably what I want for siding?

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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garypr

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05-10-2011 07:48 AM

I have been building homes since 1997. I have used the Sinco nail gun alot. I have used the bostich as well. There is no gun on the market that will beat the performance of Hitachi NR83. All that really need to be said with this is it is the right weight and fit to your hand. When you are nailing walls that are on the floor the nails are in the most comfortable position. It is balanced well. If you are looking for a tool to use for a long time go with the Hitachi. Also if you are looking to get rid of one after you buy it new it will sell. It is the best for framing. It is so good that hitachi can not even improve on it. If you do not buy hitachi don’t try Sinco or bostage they are not worth the money they cost. Festool might be a great gun, if you can afford that then I encourage you to go to home depot and get the hitachi and if it lets you down you can return it and get the festool. Too Easy. Good luck with what you get. Keep in mind there are two kinds of triggers. restrictive and not restrictive. with restrictive you have to remove your finger from the trigger to shoot a second nail.

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garypr

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05-10-2011 07:52 AM

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Dan Lyke

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05-10-2011 04:07 PM

Festool doesn’t make a gun. If they did, I’d have to justify to my wife that I’m buying something else.

I do have a Hitachi brad nailer that I’m quite pleased with, and $300 after taxes sounds like a decent price. Thanks,

I’ve also got a Bostich pin nailer that’s way too twitchy, a restrictive trigger sounds perfect for me.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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garypr

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05-10-2011 05:29 PM

I dont know much about festtool but I do know they are expensive. Without question they are very high quality products i am sure. Read some reviews of these guns.

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Todd Thomas

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05-10-2011 11:57 PM

I’ve got a ridge gun about a year old if you want it I’ll let you have it at a reasonable price. Good gun no problems I’ve owned 2 of them, one got stolen…...I just like the Bosch better…..so I don’t use this one that much…..It will drive a 16 nail, 3 1/4 for hardie you would want to use 8 or 6 s galvanized or coarse….good luck

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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allmyfingers

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05-11-2011 02:14 AM

we use PC full head framer and finish nailer, but also use LOTS of Hitachi tools in our business and never had a failure. if you want to try hitachi and save $$$ go to reconditionedsales.com for factory refurbs.

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alkillian

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11-13-2011 05:05 AM

I have a hitachi 33 degree nailer. This allows me to get inot tighter spots with it. Most places allow a clipped model. Make sure you get the extiorer finish nails and ring shank.

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