questionspneumatic framing nailer or combo/set?

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Bostitch is pretty much the industry standard.

They will last you a lifetime. Nails,supplies and warranty work can be obtained anywhere. This is a link to their site, they have reconditioned nail-guns available also.

http://www.cpobostitch.com/bostitch-framing-nailers/bostitch-framing-nailers,default,sc.html

You're right, stay away from the cheap ones. You will always regret it !

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the three brands are great but you pay for the quality. I have experience with and favor Ridge' air tools but eveyone has a favorite. I have tools ffrom all three brands and they are all exceptional.
Porter Cable is a good middle of the road brand and honestly I have 2 harbor Freight guns (one for roofing and one for hardwood floors.
The roofing gun was because our good gun fell off the roof, broke, and we needed a quick cheap replacment; the HF gun has lasted a long time actually. The flooring gun did not last that long but we got its money out of it.

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I've been happy with every dewalt I've had, but have not ever used their nailers. The bostitch I have used worked fine.

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@okham: Wow are the dewalt tools expensive! Even the refurbished ones start at around $200. I agree with you about Dewalt=quality but the price is beyond my gag point.

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@philosopherott: I considered Harbor Freight but there are too many stories like yours. I'm just not willing to take the gamble. I own a bunch of their power tools and have been more than pleased with their endurance, performance and mostly PRICE! I currently own; hammer drill, orbital sander, reciprocating saw, torque wrenches, sockets, hydraulic jack, among others, but think that the workings of a pneumatic nail gun might be a bit too complicated for what they are charging. They have to be cutting corners somewhere or cheaping out on the parts... Somehow I just can't believe that a dependable nail gun could possibly be that inexpensive. I admit that I'm probably wrong though. :)

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The mothership has some special Father's Day discounts on select Dewalt and Bosch tools -- did you check out that sale ?

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I have a an angled framing gun and a brad/staple gun from Harbor Freight and I am completely happy with them. I've always found their tools get the job done at a great price (especially when on sale). I've used these nail guns on several projects in the past year and a half and am about to tackle a deck job with them.

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I picked up a cheap brad nailer on Amazon after my old one died. It's made by WEN. Despite it's off-brand name, it actually works surprisingly well. I prefer it to my old Bostich (even before it broke). It was really inexpensive and might be worth looking into for their other nailers.

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@capguncowboy: Thanks. It looks like the WEN brad nailer, finish nailer, and stapler have decent reviews.The only review for the framing nailer was pretty bad. Maybe I'll consider looking into WEN if I move on a brad/finish nailer...

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I bought a Bostitch kit (compressor and 3 nailers) and use it often. Great kit, but the heaviest nailer is just a finish nailer, not a framing nailer.
For the wood floors, I opted for HF, because I figured even if it broke and I had to buy another, it was still cheaper than getting the Bostitch floor nailer that I'd never use again anyway.

That said, I'd go with the best deal you can find on one of the quality brands.

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I have a Campbell-Hausfield set from Costco. I purchased it a few years ago to build a shed and it works pretty well. It came with a framing nailer, finish nailer and trim nailer. All components have held up and the heaviest one (framing) has only jammed a couple times. If I was a professional builder I might spring for a better set but overall I am happy with this one. I also had a C-H compressor years ago that worked flawlessly, though it was a bit loud. The kit was prob. $199-$229 but it's been longer than my memory now. Definitely got my $$ out of it already.

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well, I like round head nail guns for framing so I can pull out the nails that miss fire or double feed. Clipped head are sometimes difficult to pull - but that depends on the specific style of clipped head. some clipped head nails are about 3/4 the size of a regular nail head and others are about 1/2.

I have another suggestion for you for nail guns - grizzly tools. I have 4 bostich nailguns, all for wood work and interior carpentry, a porter cable pin nailer, and the grizzly framing gun. I have had it for about 4 years, works good. haven't done much framing lately, but that should change by the end of summer.

Make sure you look at how much your nails are going to cost. I borrowed my buddies paslode and about crapped myself when I went to buy nails for that thing (been a couple of years so the prices might be closer now). Interior nails won't cost too much, but those nails made for pressure treated ......