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PORTER-CABLE FR350A Round Head 2-Inch to 3-1/2-Inch Framing Nailer

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  • Uses 20 degree to 22 degree nails, 2-inch to 3-1/2-inch by .113-inch to .148-inch plastic collated round-head framing nails
  • Power to drive nails (up to 3-1/2-inch by .131-inch) into engineered lumber
  • Compact body design for better balance and style
  • Consistent power on every shot with internal piston catch mechanism
  • Selectable trigger - restrictive or contact actuation mode; Tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment with detents for proper setting of nail heads
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Product Description

Ideal for carpenters, woodworkers, and do-it-yourselfers, the Porter-Cable FR350A 3-1/2-Inch Round-Head Framing Nailer Kit has all the power you need to drive round-head framing nails into engineered lumber. Its compact body is well-balanced for a natural feel, and its user-friendly design allows for fast reloads, tool-free adjustments, consistent power, and more.

The Porter-Cable FR350A Framing Nailer Kit
At a Glance:
  • Pneumatic driving action of 70-120 PSI
  • Internal piston mechanism
  • Selectable trigger
  • Tool-free adjustable depth-of-drive
  • Compact, balanced body design

An in-line, hard-coat anodized magazine holds up to 64 nails and provides balance.
Enough Raw Power to Tackle Tough Jobs
The FR350A nailer helps simplify everything from siding jobs to framing work to furniture construction. Whether the job is big or small, the FR350A works fast and provides high-quality results nail after nail.

Powered by an operating pressure of 70-120 PSI, the FR350A supplies the necessary raw power to sink nails fast. And thanks to its internal piston mechanism, its power remains consistent throughout the job, which means you'll enjoy smooth, trouble-free operation.

Selectable Trigger and Adjustable Depth-of-Drive
For additional flexibility and versatility, a selectable trigger lets you choose restrictive or contact-actuation modes. For convenience, tool-free adjustable depth-of-drive eliminates guesswork with detents for proper nail-head setting.

Time-Saving Design with 64-Nail Capacity
A great time saver, this framing nailer has an in-line, hard-coat anodized magazine that holds up to 64 nails. And to keep you on track, a nail lockout mechanism lets you know when it's time to reload. The reloads themselves are quick and easy thanks to the bypass nail pusher. And to save you even more time, a tool-free adjustable exhaust minimizes downtime.

An added bonus, a removable non-marring nose tip offers on-tool storage to helps keep you from dropping or losing nails.

What's in the Box
FR350A framing nailer; carrying case; 1/4-inch air fitting with dust cover; and oil.

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Porter-Cable FR350A Round Head 2-Inch to 3-1/2-Inch Framing Nailer

Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number FR350A
Item Weight14.9 pounds
Product Dimensions23.5 x 19.5 x 6.2 inches
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Item model numberFR350A
ColorSilver, Black
Power Sourceair-powered
Item Package Quantity1
Included Componentsbare-tool
Warranty DescriptionYes
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #218,448 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight15.7 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableAugust 1, 2003
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125 of 126 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Brown Jr. on November 29, 2004
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I have plans to begin finishing out my basement in the near future. After researching several different brands of framing nailers, I decided on this one based on the overwhelming number of positive reviews it received. After only breaking it in, I can tell you that I can see why everyone has such good things to say about this nailer. It is without a doubt a quality, powerful, confidence-inspiring piece of equipment that anyone would be proud to own.

I bought it right after I purchased the Porter-Cable CFFN250N combo kit. After breaking in the compressor (very important I might add), I set the regulator at 100 psi, and connected and loaded the nailer with 3" .120 coated framing nails. I found a couple of scraps of 2x4, stacked them one on top of the other, and let her go. At 100 psi, and with no adjustment to the gun right out of the box, it went through both pieces and sank the first nail perfectly flush, no problem! After a few more test shots, I gave the depth adjustment on the gun a quarter turn just to see what difference it would make. At the same pressure, it put the head of the nail slightly below the surface of the wood, just as it should. As expected, there was quite a bit more recoil with a nailer this size, and I found that just a little more pressure on the board helped when firing a nail. After all, it is shooting a 3" nail in one shot! I also changed the trigger to the "contact actuation" mode, which shoots a nail every time you touch the tip to the wood. This is a great feature, but as one other reviewer noted, I would suggest using it with caution. In the hands of someone unfamiliar with it's operation, it could be very dangerous! Nevertheless, it worked flawlessly, and all initial indications are that this gun will serve me well for many years to come.
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96 of 97 people found the following review helpful By P. Holley on May 25, 2004
Just finished house number 2 with this bad boy. You just can't beat Porter Cable. Stick with the 350A instead of buying the 350mag. It is only about a pound heavier, comes with a case and you save $40.
Very Well Balanced Machine, little fatigue during the day. Great hands-free depth adjustment. Extremely easy to load, advance and clear. You can change from restrictive to sequential fire easily on the trigger.
My Hitachi can now be retired, I will not go back, this is my framing nailer of choice. As another reviewer seems to have found out, this is not an appearance nailer, for something like siding you may want to try the Porter-Cable RN175A Coil. I have had no problems sinking 16D's in even engineered lumber. For everyday use the 350A is highly recommended.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By James A. Mckelvey on May 2, 2006
I bought this based on a lot of positive reviews that I read while researching framing nailers on several different websites. I must say, I am VERY pleased.

First of all, this tool has copious amounts of power. I was able to sink 3.5" 8d nails with no problem, even while adding a work bench and shelving in my new/old garage which features some really tough dimensional lumber. Further, and in spite of what I had read, I thought that the recoil was minimal.

Some of the reviews I read gave this tool mediocre to above average reviews w.r.t. balance and weight. I'm not sure what inspired these comments. The only issue that I had with balance was when the air hose got caught on something and pulled on the nailer but let's face it, this is an issue with any air tool. In fact, after using it for residential framing for two days straight, I did not notice any fatigue in my forearm or wrist. When I first opened the case, I looked at the size of the thing and assumed that it would be heavy. Quite the contrary. I've had the opportunity to try a few other framing nailers (Senco, Hitachi) and I thought that this felt lighter. Just my opinion.

I live in Chicago, Illinois and have had absolutely no problems finding nails (Lowes and the Borg have multiple selections for this tool). A box of 2500 2-3/8" nails cost me $25.00. Strangely, this is perhaps one item that is cheaper to buy locally when you factor in shipping charges.

I had read somewhere that the exhaust was not tool free. I bought the nailer conceding this fact however I found that it is not true.

I've read a couple of gripes based on the fact that the nailer does not have a holder for the mar-free nose piece. To this I say "big deal.
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Celtic Framer on July 30, 2005
Rough Framing is not for everyone or every nailer. We had three of these porter cable nailer because of the price on a framing crew. As time went on we had one nailer on the job because two were always in the shop. The guns do not have the duribility needed to stand up to driving a few thousand nails a day. We oil the guns every day and keep the compressor at 110 but still had problems. The guns jam at least twice a day and there is no easy way to fix them while hanging off the side of a house. I've used Dewalt, Hitachi, Bostich, and a few other and never had to wonder if they would fire each time I pulled the trigger. It is also tricky to change out a clip of nails once they are loaded.

The tool free adjustable muzzle and depth are nice features. I wish that the nailers were put together better. We chose to go to Hitachi and get a nailer worth the money.
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