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Old 09-29-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default 21, 28 or 34 degree pneumatic framing nailer

What is the difference? I never owned a pneumatic nailer before but I am about to begin framing the inside walls of my house and I figured it will speed things up and save my shoulder.

I hate buying cheap tools from HF but after this project, I will probably never use it again. I was looking at this one form HF which states it can b set to 21, 28 or 34 degrees.




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Old 09-29-2011, 08:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: 21, 28 or 34 degree pneumatic framing nailer

I believe it'll be the angle the gun feeds the nails from. The greater the angle it feeds from, the tighter spot it should be able to fit into. Don't quote me on this but I believe it'll also determine which head of nails it will shoot, clipped or round head.

I bought a good one to begin with, a Porter-Cable FC 350. It has given me no serious problems. I'll take a couple of jammed nails over smacking my thumb with a hammer any day.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:08 PM   #3
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Default Re: 21, 28 or 34 degree pneumatic framing nailer

I bought a 28 degree HF nailer several years ago, and although it works ok (misfires once in awhile, but that really doesn't slow me down much at all), I can't find 28 degree paper taped nails locally - just from HF.

Like many HF tools, it comes down to how much and how hard you're going to use it. If I need to depend on it, I buy quality.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:34 PM   #4
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I believe the sharper angle is for clipped head nails - which allows more nails per load and therefore less frequent loading. Some building codes only allow full head nails though.
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Default Re: 21, 28 or 34 degree pneumatic framing nailer

Thanks for the responses. I have seen a lot of stories about clipped head nails not being allowed and may become hard to find. I am torn between by a quality nailer and one from HF. I'd hate to spend $300.00 on a nice one that I will never use again but on the other hand if the HF breaks and I have to buy a new one, I will be just as mad.

I am leaning towards buying a good one and maybe selling it for a few bucks when I am done.
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Default Re: 21, 28 or 34 degree pneumatic framing nailer

Buy a used Paslode cordless gas nailer. You can thank me later after you experience the freedom of using it. Sell it after you are through with it. Around here, they go for around $150-250 used. It's like getting your first Ipad after using a desktop computer.
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Default Re: 21, 28 or 34 degree pneumatic framing nailer

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Buy a used Paslode cordless gas nailer. You can thank me later after you experience the freedom of using it. Sell it after you are through with it. Around here, they go for around $150-250 used. It's like getting your first Ipad after using a desktop computer.


I had rented a cordless nailer a couple years back for some molding work. I was sweet.

A guy at work has a Porter Cable framing nailer that he loaned to me. Nice unit. Light and sinks the nail consistently.
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Default Re: 21, 28 or 34 degree pneumatic framing nailer

Ive bought 3 from the pawnshop. Bostich, Hitachi &,Cambell Hausfeld.

Paid $75 or less for each. None of them had been used very much.

I like the Hitachi the best of the bunch.
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Thanks for the responses. I have seen a lot of stories about clipped head nails not being allowed and may become hard to find. I am torn between by a quality nailer and one from HF. I'd hate to spend $300.00 on a nice one that I will never use again but on the other hand if the HF breaks and I have to buy a new one, I will be just as mad.

I am leaning towards buying a good one and maybe selling it for a few bucks when I am done.
Trust me, once you buy and use it once, you'll use it again.
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Default Re: 21, 28 or 34 degree pneumatic framing nailer

I'm considering a framing nailer too for hanging OSB on the interior walls of my new shop. Based on my experience with HF's flooring nailer, I'm going to give HF a try for the framer. I used the flooring nailer which I got for $129 with coupon and on sale to lay about 600 sq ft of 3/4" oak hardwood and about 10 boxes of HF L-head cleats without a single jam! If their framing nailer works anywhere near as good as their flooring nailer, I will be very happy.
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:23 PM   #11
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Default Re: 21, 28 or 34 degree pneumatic framing nailer

It's all about the nails. Buy the nailer to match the nails you want to use.

It's a lot like a printer -- find the cheapest ink you can, then match it to the printer. Not the other way around.

FWIW, I have a couple harbor freight finish nailers and I've never had a problem with them.
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Default Re: 21, 28 or 34 degree pneumatic framing nailer

I bought a Hitachi full round head 21 gun when I was doing some framing and modifications before sheet rocking my shop. I was going to sell it later, since they hold their value and I got a good deal on it used. After using it, I decided to keep it and have used it several times since on small projects where it saved me from beating big nails into places that would have been disruptive to something adjacent. The nails are easy to find just about anywhere.
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I have a Dewalt pneumatic framer and love it. I use Sensco (sp?) 16p nails and it works great with no misfires. I have some Bostich nails that always cause misfires and jam. I am stuck with a huge box of the Bostich nails unfortunatly.
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