Durable, lightweight aluminum construction is heavy-duty without sacrificing comfort.
The FCN200 features a balanced, ergonomic design, and it stands upright for easy, stable use. It also has a low center of gravity that allows it to stand independently without falling over.
And because the FCN200 is made from durable, lightweight die-cast aluminum, it's heavy-duty enough to complete tough jobs, yet comfortable enough for extended use.
The FCN200 uses a compressor to provide air at approximately 70-100 PSI. It weighs just 13 pounds and arrives preassembled with an angled air hose nipple.
L-Shaped Cleat Extends Floor-Life
Whereas traditional flooring nailers use staple fasteners that don't allow for wood expansion and can shorten the life of a floor, the FCN200 utilizes an L-shaped cleat as its fastener. This cleat allows the floor to contract and expand naturally, even as it holds the floor in place.
And because standard 3/4-inch-thick solid hardwood flooring requires 2.0-inch cleats for secure installation, the FCN200 accepts cleats measuring from 1.5 to 2.0 inches. This means you can handle flooring materials of various thicknesses, including thinner engineered woods.
Additionally, the hammer head is short enough to allow the compressor to get close to the wall for installation of starting rows.
What's in the Box
FCN200; mallet; oil; wrenches; and 1/4-inch air fitting with dust cover.
From the Manufacturer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The "last nail" comment is a very true. If you try to drive that single last nail, unpredictable results may occur. In my case, I had to throw the piece away (actually cut it for the closet), since the last nail went in almpst parallel to the surface of the wood and skimmed the finish off the top. If the wood hadn't been there, it probably would have shot across the room.
Finally, although the pneumatic nailers save you from backbreaking hammering, the nose takes more than just a light tap. A slightly sharp wack will drive the nails perfectly. Too soft and the nails don't get driven all the way. Too hard, and I'd be afraid that the tool would get damaged.
One more item to note is that depending on the hardness of the wood flooring, you will have to adjust the air pressure to prevent cracked tongues. This isn't a FCN200 issue, but just generally true overall.
After 4 years or so, the tool is still as good as the first day I bought it. My initial personal project was about 800-1000 sf. I'm now past 2500 sf (helped two friends install their floors in family/living rooms) installed and another 1500 sf or so more to go for my own house.
This is a professional tool and the quality shows. I haven't had to have it rebuilt or order parts. Clean it ocassionally and use oil and an air filter and forget about it.Read more ›
After using for a few days and since the 2 jambs I have not had any additional problems. Senco nails for me are better than the Porter Cable. Senco nails have a glue that keeps them together where as the Porter Cable break like staples in your pocket or pouch. Overall an excellent tool but for $400 plus what do you expect. If you are on the fence over various brands go with Porter Cable. The nails are available locally and the tool performs well.
First of all, order the right cleats. 1 1/2in for 1/2 or 5/8 material, 2in for 3/4 or bigger material.
After studying the instructions again and again, I saw a diagram at the end of the setup instructions, showing the base plate resting flat on the board, and the nose of the tool sitting on the tongue of the board. The diagram wasn't referenced in the instructions. My tool certainly didn't do that -- it looked like it might have been set up for a 3/4 or 23/64 thick material. I shimmed up the base plate (the plastic part that rests on the board you are nailing) with about 1/8" inches of paper, and everything looked great. From there, the tool worked flawlessly, drove the nails just where they should be, no splitting, and drove them deep enough that the next board didn't get hung up on the previous board's nails.
So I hope that PC might add some instructions on shimming up the base plate or better yet, ship plates of different thicknesses. Otherwise, its been a great tool.
Overall, this is a great product, and I would recommend it to anyone installing wood flooring, although I wish it came with a case...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
No problems, easy to use. Even my seventeen year old nephew was able to help with the project without difficulty.Published 2 months ago by Kathy A Contreras
Yes, this had been an excellent nailer.... well balanced, non-marring, no jams BUT after laying a total of about 3000 ft. sq. Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. Brand
This is a terrific nailer an certainly deserves 5 stars. We put down a 16' X 24' over the past two days. It's really terrific. And the price was too good to be true!Published 14 months ago by carrie evans
You MUST keep it loaded when using it. On the last nail it would jump and ram a nail through the face of the board, wasting it unless that part could be cut off and the rest used... Read morePublished 16 months ago by DM in MD
Background: I am a pretty avid do-it yourself'r, but had never done hardwood floors before, I have basic to moderate experience with most tools... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Madison Taylor Weed
I had bought one of these 6 years ago with excellent results. I just bought my second for another large floor job. Read morePublished 21 months ago by W. Louis
After reading stellar reviews for this Porter Cable flooring nailer, I decided to purchase a used one off Amazon. Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by nailer1
This cleat nailer has a number of issues...
After laying down about 500 sf of flooring the nailer failed... Read more
I have used this tool to install 1000 square feet of 2&1/4 red oak hardwood flooring and have found it to be an excellent tool. Read morePublished on January 22, 2010 by JPKchicago