|Item Weight||16 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||19.2 x 6.8 x 17.5 inches|
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|Item model number||402|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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402A, 16-Gauge Manual Hardwood Flooring Nailer
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- Uses 2 in., and 1-1/2 in. T Headed 16 Ga nails
- Binds 5/8 in., 3/4 in. and 33/32 in. domestic solid wood flooring
- Accessory shoes, sold separately, allow you to face nail and nail 3/8 in. - 9/16 in. solid wood, 5/8 in. bamboo and 18mm flooring
- Comes with an extension handle, mallet, angled shoe for 5/8 in. to 3/32 in. tongue and groove flooring, wrenches and a rugged carrying case
- Multi-hit minimizes fatigue while providing greater impact
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I nailed until the cartridge was empty every single time - no problem. I actually liked the ratcheting mechanism, despite reading poor reviews about this. The ratcheting mechanism allows you to take smaller swings when in a closet or close to the wall - allowing you to get one and possibly two extra rows nailed before hand nailing was necessary. Be careful when nailing close to a wall. I was a bit careless at first and took some good chunks out of the drywall when nailing close to the wall.
The nailer worked flawlessly. I averaged 75 sf/1000 nails with 3 1/4" wide flooring on a 6" nailing schedule. The box of 10,000 nails did come with the corners a bit crunched, which meant broken rows of nails, but I was able to feed the broken rows into the nailer and use them all up with no problems. I did not get a single jamb in the entire 740 sf. All nails drove flush, absolutely none sticking out.
I found that most nails would set with two swings. You could do it in one swing if you wanted, but I found that a weaker swing followed by one last hard swing seemed to pull the floor together a bit tighter. It was still necessary to pry some of the warped boards over with a pinch bar. This nailer won't straighten out the severely warped boards.
I found it neccessary to hand nail the first and last 12" due to the geometry of this nailer. Note that I did not order the face nailer. I did all of my face nailing by hand.Read more ›
After about 5,000 nails, I needed to fine tune it again, but in almost 20,000 nails more, it has not needed any more adjusting. I prefer the mechanical nailers for pre-finished woods, because there is no sealer that goes on after nailing the floor down to seal gaps. With pre-finished floors, any gap that you leave is there for the life of the floor. Unless the board was warped very badly, the porta nailer was able to draw the floorboards up tight.
The tool requires the use of the included mallet, which is very heavy, and can tire you out quickly. This isn't a tool problem, because you do need all the force the mallet delivers to drive the nail and draw the floor up tight. I'm very happy with the tool, and if I had to lay more flooring, I'd reach for it again without hesitation.
1. The 402 is much lighter than an air driven nailer.
2. No air hose to drag around and knock your nailer and other tools over.
3. The nails for the Porta-Nails cost 1/4 as much as the Bostitch nails.
4. The Porta-Nails is made in the USA
5. After using the Bostitch for several hours my back just about killed me, the Porta-Nails didn't bother my back at all.
6. The Porta-Nails holds many more nails than the Bostitch.
I lost no productivity with the Porta-Nails.
Of the tens of thousands of nails I hammered, this tool only failed twice, and that was because I needed to clean and oil the ram mechanism. Customer service was knowledgeable and helpful.
I would advise buying the Porta-Nail Nail Punch and the Face Nailer Plate as well.
Now that I am finished with my floor, I will be lending this nailer out to my father who plans on doing his own floor.
1. The bamboo/metric face-plate isn't standard on any of the Porta-Nailer kits, so you have to purchase it separately ($40-45).
2. The face-nailer shoe is useless on solid vertical bamboo - it splits the flooring no matter which direction you position the nail. However, it was easy to pre-drill holes for the nails and nail them manually close to walls (where the nailer doesn't fit), setting them with the Porta-Nailer nailset (also an extra purchase @ $15).
Overall, a great, well-designed tool; comfortable and easy to use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought one of this nailer. After using it to drive approximately 50 nails the rachet system damage. Contacted the company and was told that this is a rare case. Read morePublished 3 months ago by V. Managal
This nailer is perfect, it forces the wood together and is easy to use. I have used it for a few jobs. Is sturdy and has lasted for years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The one I purchased was grey (not red) and a little less expensive I think, but regardless, this is a good product. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Bond
At first I doubted I would be able to use this manual nailer and almost bought a air-powered nailer. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Judith Harms
I had rented this same nailer from our local rental store half a dozen times over the years. This year we are putting in maple floors throughout the top floor of our home (approx. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Z
It would not surprise me if professional flooring installers recommend this product, as the average person will be looking for a professional installer if they receive what I did. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by R. Barnes
I have to do about 1500 sq ft of hardwood flooring installation and this has worked like a charm. I have about half of it done and there hasn't been one single misfire or... Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by jason
I bought this nailer to install about 700 square feet of 5/8-inch bamboo flooring. This was a one-time DIY project that I knew was going to stretch over several weeks as I found... Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Night
OK if you want a tight nailer this is it. I rented a air nailer to apply the flooring in one room. After completeing that room a friend at work had one of these porta nailers so... Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Thomas.a.Caldwell