Framing Nailer Reviews

Porter-Cable FR350B Framing Nail Gun Review

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We are going to dive deep into the FR350B by Porter Cable, so if you’re unsure about this purchase you hopefully won’t be after this. I just want to start by saying that Porter Cable has been around since the early 1900’s, so they must be doing something right!

As we write this, Porter Cable is owned by Stanley Black & Decker which might come to a shock to many, but don’t let that steer you in the wrong direction. Most major brands are part of a bigger picture and are usually owned by a mother company who owns many brands.

When Porter Cable came out with the Fr350A it was one of the best framing guns on the market. After making several adjustments they came out with the FR350B. I still wouldn’t say that the newer model is that much better, but it is definitely nice to have the two options.

Nail Guns Aren’t For Everyone

Nail guns aren’t for everyone, but I will say it’s the best solution if you want to drive multiple nails efficiently and with minimal time and effort. It can pretty much drive thousands of nails in one day accurately and consistently. But if you don’t have the need for one don’t waste your money, especially a nail gun as big as a framing nailer.

Nowadays, there are so many well-designed nail guns to choose from. However, it is important to know what kind of nail gun to get based on the type of work that needs to be done. It’s important to get the right tool for the job, I know people that will walk into a store and get whatever is on sale or which one looks the prettiest, please don’t be one of them. Do your homework and don’t waste your money, get the nailer that will make your job easier.  This article on the different types of nail guns will shed some light on things if you’re unsure.

You can find nail guns designed specifically for different sizes to do a different job. One such product is the Porter-Cable FR350B.

The Porter-Cable FR350B is a framing nailer that is lightweight and easy to use. The ability to drive large nails up to 3 ½ inches into solid wood are not a problem.

It features a trigger lockout for contact actuation or restrictive mode. It uses a full round head, plastic collated nails with an over-molded grip for a more effective and comfortable hold on the gun.

Features of the Porter Cable Framing Nailer

  • Brand: Porter-Cable
  • Can drive nails up to 3½ inch by 0.131-inch
  • Weight: 7.3 pounds
  • Tool-free adjustable depth of drive
  • Selectable trigger with trigger lockout
  • Magazine set at 22°

Pros

The Porter-Cable FR350B framing nail gun is a well-designed, sturdy yet lightweight nailer with comfort and ease-of-use in mind. It features a comfort grip for better control and handle. This feature also allows for longer working time, with less fatigue.

Weighing 7.3 pounds, it is a bit lighter than most framing nailers.

The 22° magazine is super easy to load, making reloading a breeze when on the job. This framing nailer has enough power to drive through a  3- 1/2 inch nail through a 2 x 4 without any effort at all.

Another quality feature of this porter cable framing gun is its ability for minimal misfiring.

The trigger lock is a great safety feature of the Porter-Cable FR350B, although some may find it annoying. This avoids accidents or premature triggering.  A quick switch to unlock the trigger and you are good to go.

The hanging hook is a nice addition as well, so you are able to hang and set aside this nailer while working on other tasks. It’s the little things that Porter Cable thinks of that sets them apart from the competition making their guns more user friendly.

Cons

Although this Porter-Cable framing nailer is an efficient nail gun, a few users who have used this tool found that the safety can be a littel too sensitive.

You have to fully engage the mechanism in order to get it to fire. You may have to adjust it a bit to your own liking.

They also found that you need about 110 to 120 psi air supply to shoot at 16D spikes. Anything below that will keep the head of the nail above the wood piece about ¼ to ½ inch. This issue goes hand in hand with larger guns.

Another thing you may notice not to be alarmed is a spark when firing at first when using your gun. Something caused by metal shanks on fasteners, especially when everything is so tight on a new gun. This issue usually lessens with time and is common with many large framing nailers.

You also have to be a bit careful to ensure that the spark does not cause any burns or isn’t around flammable gasses.

One drawback reported occasionally in older guns is the framing nailer tends to experience air leaks often times from improper maintenance or carelessness.

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Verdict

The Porter-Cable FR350B is a well-designed framing nailer with ease-of-use and comfort in mind.  A number one choice for many who use them for any extended period of time.

It is lightweight with several safety features including a lockout trigger. It can drive through hundreds of nails, without any issues or jams. Overall, the Porter-Cable framing nailer is a great option if you are looking for a framing nailer that is reliable and affordable. We put a link directly to the manual in case we missed anything.

If you missed our last post on Hitachi nailers, you can check it out right here. If you have any questions or feedback on the nailers we covered we would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

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