PORTER-CABLE Framing Nailer Review

Will Barinas
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This is our detailed product review for the PORTER-CABLE Framing Nailer.

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Our rating: 5 / 10

Cost: $$

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  • Attach to your belt and leave your hands free to do other work while you nail
  • Covers a lot of area quickly while minimizing fatigue
  • Performs like a pneumatic nail gun
  • Features a job site box of 900 nails
  • Well-assembled and comes with a 1-year warranty
  • Dry-fire lockout
  • Features a depth adjustment knob
  • Adjustable nose piece for crown molding


  • Inconsistently fires nails
  • Output in nails per minute is less than comparable models
  • You have to push hard on the nails to get them to set
  • Can jam if nails are not hit squarely

Portable, lightweight, and stable, the porter-cable framing nailer is full round and designed for easier use than a pneumatic system. The nailer's adjustable depth of drive helps it to fire nails at the proper depth. The power simply to drive nails that far distances and the tool-free depth adjustment to ensure it's set correctly.

Portable and Lightweight

The porter-cable framing nailer is really crisp and well made. The weight is just 7.3 pounds, so you can reasonably expect that if you are working at a depth for 3 1/2 inch nails, you will not have any trouble in making it out to the course. It is also made of magnesium so it is very lightweight.

Comes with a Carrying Case

The carrying case is solid poly that will hold the tool and your nail gun. It is nice that the carrying case is included, but I worry about the poly, and I would be more careful transporting it.

The unit itself is designed so that you can adjust the depth of drive by simply depressing a lever on the front. This will ensure that your nails are set at the depth you want.

Durable and Reliable

The porter-cable FR350 has a nose cap that is made of rubber. It is this cap that you will rest on the surface of your wood to drive in the nail. This piece is made of a more dense rubber, so the nose cap will not indent or cause any damage to the surface you are working on.

Shoots 3 1/2 Inch Nails

The frame nailer also shoots metal and plastic pins, which can be quite handy. Pins are quite useful for securing corners, which can be difficult to use brad nails for.

Standard Bit

This is a standard framing nailer that has a double action trigger, which means that you will have to press the trigger each time you want to fire it. This also takes some getting used to, but it is really important to make sure you are using the nailer consistently enough that you are not putting too much pressure on it.

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