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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2006
I own 4 Bostitch nailers and they are all great. I like the light weight of the nailer as well as its more than adequate power. You just can't beat the ease of use for a pneumatic nail gun.

I did a lot of research before purchasing the Bostitch and I am very glad I did. It has yet to jam. The toe nailing claw is great. It really digs into the wood and allows you to drive nails at any angle without slipping.

Can't go wrong with this.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2010
being a pro framer, i have used many brands of nailers. hitachis are my favorite, but if you don't have the cash for them, this gun is a close second. lots of power. will nail into engineered wood. the teeth are nice and sharp making toe-nails a breeze. you won't have to pull out your hammer to finish off any toe-nails with this gun. little things about this gun are nice too. like the air exhaust can be moved in any direction without tools and comes with a rafter hook preventing some nasty falls off joists or trusses. good framing gun, not the best, but a good framing gun none the less. worth buying.

just to add to my original review; after using my gun for a few months of constant use on the job site, i have had a few problems. the rafter hook broke pretty easily so now i have to be extra careful nailing joists and trusses. also, every now and then a bit of dirt or sand will get in the housing and just sprays air out of the exhaust. to fix it i have to take it apart and clean it. it's really annoying considering how much a framer counts on his nail gun. it's still a good gun, but i'm just gonna invest a bit more next time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2007
This product is great and it makes framing a breeze. The only problem is that the wire clipped 28 degree nails are not commonly found in a lot of the public building supply stores (Home Depot, Lowes etc.) They can special order them for you but if you need them right away you are out of luck, with that being said once you do get the nails this is one fine nailing machine that will work all day without any problems.
If you want a trouble free framing nailer this is a very fine heavy duty one Bostitch F28WW Clipped Head 2-Inch to 3-1/2-Inch Framing Nailer with Magnesium Housing
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2008
I have used almost every brand and type of framing nailer over the span of 20 years. this nailer is as close to perfection as i have seen. i was afraid it may have poor durability because of it's extreme light weight, but over the last 2 years, a million+ nails, and a few nasty falls it has crushed all my fears. I can't remember one jamb, sinks nails in lvl and other lam mat. better than any other gun i've used, and i think at this point it's takenthe durability prize. my only complaint would be the smart trigger acts goofy at times since day one. maybe by now bostitch has smartend up the goofy thing. i think i bought the first one they sold.
i noticed one reviewer said nails are hard to find for this gun, "special order" i think he said. maybe out west (WA?) where he is, but around here (PA) 28 wire is the standard. They are everywhere. i've even bought them at a back woods mom and pop hardware store.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2009
This product has saved me lots of time. I have not had a single problem with this nail gun. No misfires and the claws on the side really grab the wood. I wish I would have purchased one years ago.I love that the F28WW will shoot both clipped head and round head nails. This makes it very easy to find nails as some counties do not allow for clipped head nails. This gun will do both.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I am 72 now and this is my second Bostitch 3 1/2 inch framer since 1985 when I built my 41 foot addition onto my Long Island NY home. This one has the safety feature where you have to pull and release the trigger before you can shoot a nail. The Bostitch I had in 1985, you could hold the trigger and just hit the nailer tip onto the spot you want the nail.
I suggest for sheathing, you purchase the galvanized 8d nails, you may have to lower the air pressure to around 100 psi for 8d and 120 for 16d nails. The nailer is not too light, but if your strong enough you can use one hand holding the gun, this is helpful when working alone, as I do, and your fabricating or bracing a wall with a two by four. You can build walls on the buildings deck which is flat. Just cut all you sill plates, studs, crippler and headers beforehand, then use a chalkline snapped to the deck to align your walls and shoot three nails through the bottom of the plates. See my You Tube 331 HD videos, many on building my shed at age 72.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 26, 2006
I picked this up at HD, and after using the paslode cordless, I really like the Bostitch. For it being as light as it is, it really has tons of power, and holds way more nails than the paslode. Because of it's magnesium construction, it's also lighter than the paslode, and with a lightweight airhose, this thing is versitile. The countersink feature rocks due to it's pushbutton guage, and the cleat it has on the safety works brilliantly for toenailing.

For an airpowered gun, this thing rocks!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2008
This gun is the industry standard framing gun in my opinion.
The nails are readilly available in a wide variety of sizes and finishes. I run this gun off a small bostich (pancake) compressor for low duty jobs. For rapid fire nailing I need to use a larger compressor.
Will last you forever if you oil it every day. I have seen guns with leaky o-rings but this is caused by letting them dry out. Also, be sure to unplug the air line at the end of the day especially if freezing temps are expected at the site (or in your truck) overnight.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2010
Having been in the construction buisness for almost a decade now I've had the opportunity to use 3 different models of the Bostitch 28 degree framing nailer, the N80, the N88, and the F28, I have to say that although this gun has many eye catching features as the rafter hook and shiny buttons, the gun just doesn't perform like its predecessors. We have 2 F28s and they don't seem to fire as well, the safetys seem more finnicky causing erratic firing and dangerous operations. The entire crew prefers the N88 over the newer guns. We have had Bostitch SWAT reps check out the guns and say they are operationally fine. I would trade an 88 for my 28 any day of the week. Its still a Bostitch which means its a great gun, but nothing like its predecessors
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2008
This is a great gun! I've used it for lots of stuff like building a shed, repairs and new remodeling projects. It's got plenty of power to drive fasteners into engineered lumber and even the old dense wood used to build my house decades ago. The operation is simple as you might expect, and it is reasonably priced. Mine is made in the USA, and hopefully they still are made here.

My only complaint is that it doesn't include a 1/4" plug with it, and it doesn't come with a case. Not that it's a bad thing, but this thing is pretty heavy and it will give you a good workout. I'd take it over anything else on the market except the Max SN883RH framing nailer, but that thing cost almost 50% more.
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