Not exactly a fine woodworking tool, but it sure does drive nails!

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Review by dbhost posted 09-29-2010 07:57 PM 6027 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Not exactly a fine woodworking tool, but it sure does drive nails! No-picture-s No-picture-s Click the pictures to enlarge them

I have now owned mine for about 6 months, and put it through plenty of hard paces. The good, the bad, and the ugly of it…

The good…
Purchase price $49.99 (had a GREAT coupon)...
Drives a good variety of nail sizes.
Safety works very well.
Reasonable magazine capacity.

The bad…
Uses a LOT of air. My little HF compressor cycles a LOT when I use this thing.
Shortest nails this will shoot 2-3/16”, would like to shoot 2” nails with it.
Limited to 28 degree nails.
Lack of carrying / storage case.

From Harbor Freight’s website, the specs are…

Nail capacity: 2-3/16” to 3-9/16” long, 0.113” to 0.131” in diameter
Air consumption: 8 CFM 60 PSI, 10 CFM 100 PSI
28° magazine for better maneuverability
360° swivel exhaust
Magazine capacity: 90 nails

This thing simply works as it is supposed to. I have used it for my fencing project, and to build a couple of raised flowerbeds with a friend. Every time I have pressed the safety in and pulled the trigger, it has shot a nail and fully seated it. Just give it proper lubrication, feed it plenty of nails, and air, and get to work.

For the money it simply cannot be beat. The only thing lacking for my purposes is a storage case. It is a bit heavy to hang from pegboard pegs, and an odd shape to store on a shelf. Harbor Freight ought to offer a tool case for this to hold the nailer, a small oil bottle, the allen wrenches for the nailer, and one or two boxes of nails. I might just have to build one myself to do that job…

Overall, this qualifies as one of Harbor Freight’s gems. I have used a LOT of air tools over the years from manufacturers ranging from Snap On / Blue Point, to Campbell Hausfield and pretty much everything in between. This nailer is a solid performer, and well worth its place in my shop.

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 12:35 AM

A $50.00 framing nailer is a darn good price. I paid a $100.00 for my well used gun.

Is it heavy?

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 12:50 AM

I have the Ridgid. Love it as it has a magnesium case. It’s light as a feather.

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 04:07 AM

I bought the Porter Cable round head and weight was not a consideration by the manufacturer, but I’ve had no problems. I also bought the HF pinner for pocket change, love it.

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 04:16 AM

I can’t say that weight is a consideration here for my use. Maybe if you are framing all day long, every day, all year long it might be an issue. But so far, this is just right…

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#5 posted 09-30-2010 12:43 PM

Man that is a good buy if it works good for you. Built my shed last year and got the Paslode framing nailer. A really good framing nailer, but paid quite a bit more than the HF one you got.

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#6 posted 09-30-2010 12:50 PM

Nice one. I got the one that you can adjust for different degree nail packs. I figured it gave me more options for nail purchasing. It was around $70. Expecting it to come in one of the blow moulded cases… I was also disappointed. But that was the ONLY disappointment. At these prices, the DIY guy(or gurl) can buy 3 for the price of one of the name-brands and be ooooooh so satisfied.

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 12:34 AM

I have the same one that You have., I think. Mine is about ten years old. Mine came with a case, and a little oil bottle. I paid about one hundred and fifty for it. I added about 1,200 sq ft to the house. It has always worked, but it shows wear around the nail foot. The case is a big thing with 4 clips to hold the case together. You have a great price!

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 02:39 AM

Thanks for the review. I miight just get one. I LOVE Harbor Freight. I know a lot of it is junk, but knowing there are some real gems to be found there drives me to keep trying their stuff. I am not a fan of their pin nailer/stapler but will give this one a shot!

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#9 posted 10-01-2010 03:46 AM

I have several HF nailers. The combination finish nailer / stapler stinks as a nailer, but it okay as a stapler, especially since I got mine free (Friend bought it, and HATED it… gave it to me…). I have a very few projects that use staples, so it won’t ever see a ton of use…

I really love my 23 ga pinner, and of course this gun is first rate…

I have a pretty wide selection of HF tools, and very few have disappointed me. The ones that did, their customer service more than made up for it…

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#10 posted 10-01-2010 11:56 AM

I have shot over 15,000 nails thru mine and has never had a problem. If I worked construction for a living I might have bought a better one but for home use 80.00 was well worth it. Nice to hear your is working well for you.

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#11 posted 10-05-2010 10:57 PM

I am a contractor and I have the same nailer, have used it almost daily for two years. It’s a work horse and it still gets the job done. Bought it when I was just starting out because I couldn’t afford anything else, figured I’d upgrade later, haven’t needed to. Lowe’s is now selling a nailer with the same casing under a different label, can’t be too bad…

I also have the flooring and roofing nailers sold by HF, both work great. My Dad, who’s a custom homebuilder picked up the flooring nailer and has used his quite a bit more than I have used mine and he has been very happy with it. at nearly a quarter of the name brand price you really can’t go wrong.

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#12 posted 10-05-2010 11:20 PM

Another thing, we all wince a bit at the thought of buying chinese tools, but when you’re young and trying to run a business and make a profit in today’s financial climate it is very hard to pass up those deals, especially when the tools perform as well as the American brands. I live in Detroit where “Buy American” is practically a law, if you own a foreign car it might get keyed at the supermarket. You actually feel some genuine guilt when you buy something manufactured in a far off land. But we’ve become borderline socialist in our thinking, and we’re pricing ourselves out of the market on nearly everything we manufacture. Stepping back and really looking at the big picture, it’s un-American to not purchase a product that gives you the best bang for your buck. Is this not the United States of America where Capitalism is king? Survival of the fittest is just as relevant in business as it is in nature.

There are a hell of a lot of unemployed people out there right now and many of them are simply too stubborn and spoiled to take a lesser amount of money or a lesser job to pay their bills. They’re relying on hard working people to support them through unemployment and welfare programs. I have survived in a tough market because I’ve been willing to work for less. I stay busy and I pay my bills. Lotta dudes just like me out there working hard for a little less and not complaining. That’s the F*ing American way, make due and fight on!

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#13 posted 10-06-2010 12:30 AM


I have no problems buying “foreign” products if the quality is there. Hell, much of the equipment we used in my business (precision metalworking components) was Swiss, German or Japanese. We actually paid far more for these machines, but the ROI was worth it due to consistent, close tolerance production.

Where I beg to differ is when products from China, Mexico etc. are imported here at 1/4 the price of American products, due to sweat shops and inferior materials, that drive our manufacturing companies out of business.
These products we import are designed here and then produced overseas (manufactured/assembled) to sweatshops that our own corporations contract to, and sometimes own outright. It’s industrial suicide. Why? for a better bottm line and higher stock price. There’s your answer to where the good, decent paying American manufacturing jobs disappeared to.

Meanwhile, over the last 15-20 years of this debacle, good paying professions were replaced here by low paying service jobs making us not much better than the sweatshop jobs overseas.
This is what’s forcing you to “work harder and take a little less”.
It’s the first time in the history of this country that we don’t expect to do better for ourselves and our children. We’re just looking to survive, and the politicians and Corporations, over the last 30 years, allowed it to happen.
Oh, and by the way, our complacency at the polling place gave them license to do it.

Ask yourself, why was it that 30 years ago, every tool or machine bought here for business purposes was “made in America”, and amazingly, people/businesses flourished by using that equipment. They were successful through innovation. Now you think that buying the “cheap stuff” will somehow give you an edge on your competition.
Bad news, they are doing the same suicidal thing, so there is no advantage, just more lost jobs in the U.S.

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#14 posted 10-06-2010 01:38 AM

I was wondering if the HF framing and roofing guns had bump fire triggers or if you could get them for these guns? thanks for the help.
I have also used the HF flooring stapler and was very impressed with it for the price. Not it expecting it to be such a good product deffinatly comparable to the bostich staplers I rented before this.

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#15 posted 10-06-2010 01:55 AM

Looks like you got a bang out of that.
Thanks for the reveiw


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