Freeman Floor Nailer

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Old 11-15-14, 01:12 PM
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Freeman Floor Nailer

I'm about to begin installing about 500' of 3/4 solid red oak. Since I work alone the job will take some time, so I'm planning to buy a nailer instead of renting.

I'm leaning towards a Freeman 618 and was wondering if anybody had any experience with them. HD has a Model 618C on sale for $127 and the 618BR for $189. As far as I can tell the only difference between them is the BR comes with a case. Any advice?

Thx in advance.
Joanne in VA
 
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Old 11-15-14, 01:45 PM
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Looks like the one I got from lowes, Different color but same hammer. worked good for me except I got tennis elbow from swinging hammer.
 
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Old 11-15-14, 01:49 PM
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Pugsl, you don't have to wail on it. The air does the work.
 
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Old 11-15-14, 02:18 PM
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Old 11-15-14, 06:42 PM
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I'm sure it will be fine. Tolyn is correct, you don't have to kill yourself as it is a pneumatic nailer. You need to hit it hard enough to pull the boards tight together but not as bad as a manual nailer. I personally think that everyone should have to bear it through a manual nailer installation to appreciate what is needed to install with a pneumatic one. To the OP, I'm sure you will be fine. I have a bargin nailer from Harbor Freight that has served me quite nicely. Figured I could buy 2 or 3 of the cheaper ones before I would have shelled out the money for a brand name. To date, I still have the original one. Treat your tools right and they will reward you with years of service.
 
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Old 11-16-14, 02:54 AM
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It wasn't the wailing on it was the repetitive movement that did it. 1000 Square ft in a week. Not much for a pro but hell on me.
 
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Old 11-16-14, 03:59 AM
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I had one of my nailers encounter a subfloor screw head direct on and it returned the cleat back up into the cylinder making mine disabled. I had to finish the job, so I purchased one of the Freemans at HD. Was NOT spending $500 on a Bostitch . Fixed the original and now have two working guns. The freeman has not given a minute's problems, as I would have expected from an off brand unit.

Incidentally, I was going to rent a nailer from our rental source, but all they had were Bostitch and they all were in the shop being rebuilt. Doesn't say much, where mine have been running quite a bit and no shop time.....except for the cleat.
 
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