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Skip the Hammer - Porter Cable FR350A Wood Framing Nailer Does the Job

Updated on December 29, 2015

Why Porter Cable FR350A Nailer Is A DIY Top Choice

Using a nail gun like the Porter Cable FR350A saves valuable time. They are extremely efficient, driving the nail into the wood almost perfectly every time. Using a hammer can get tiring and bending nails is no fun at all. The Porter-Cable FR350A nail gun is one of the most popular and efficient nailers on the market today.

Recently, I basically rebuilt the patio cover over my porch (since the wood slats had major rot going on). After getting the wood back to my house and trying to drive the nails into the slats using a hammer, I nearly gave up. Most of the nails bent or didn't align correctly. Having had a lot of experience working with wood structures, I thought this project would be relatively easy. Little did I know that it would prove very time consuming. Automatic nailers are built to provide efficiency and create a manageable project (especially if you don't have a lot of help available). That is why most construction contractors use them when building a house, fence, barn, etc.

Quality Nailgun FR-350A
Quality Nailgun FR-350A

Applications, Uses and Highlights

The FR350A is a great choice for the DIYers, professionals, and beginners alike. It is one of those tools that had the user in mind throughout the design process. For instance, it is well-balanced so that it fits naturally in the form of any hand, the design allows it to be reloaded quickly, you can make adjustments without having to use additional tools, and it uses the power efficiently and consistently during operation.

Here are some applications that this product could come in handy for:

- Furniture Builds

- House Framing

- Sub Flooring

- Fence and Patio

- Trim

FR350A Is Lightweight

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

This nail gun comes with a sturdy plastic carrying case, keeping it safe during nearly all types of transport to and from job sites or projects. It weighs in right around 8 pounds. While this may seem like it is heavy for such a tool, it is comparable in weight to most other nailers on the market. Extended use of the product during a short period of time may cause some people to become tired, but keep in mind that with most jobs or projects you will be working on there will be other tasks that will break up the continual use of the product enough for you to recover. The weight does have a benefit to working with a nailer. It generally becomes more stable and is able to reduce the recoil if it has some weight to it.

Porter Cable FR-350A
Porter Cable FR-350A

Features and Specs of the Porter-Cable FR350A Nailgun

The FR350A holds a magazine of sixty-four round head nails from 2 - 3.5 inches. The extended length of the magazine is helpful since it doesn't require as much reloading as some of the other competitive brands.

The PSI is a range of anywhere between 70-120. That makes it really easy to run off basically any air compressor out there. 70 PSI is really the minimum since driving nails with anything less would be frivolous. Here is a list of some features that the FR350A comes with:

- Anodized hard-coat nail magazine capable of holding 64 nails at a time.

- Actuation mode selection located on trigger for ease of access

- Well designed body and handle system

- Tool free adjustment

- Sturdy Carrying Case

What People Say About The FR350A

The Porter-Cable FR350A gets stellar reviews from people who have used the product for home improvement projects or on a construction work site. Most people are generally surprised how good the quality is for the price. One person stated that this nail gun was used to frame his house and it worked flawlessly, requiring less air to drive the nails in as some of the other brands he tried. Another person said that this product makes framing easy, driving the nails straight into the desired area, whether the wood was loose or tight. A regular user of the FR350A encouraged potential buyers to check the availability of the nails at the local hardware store (also check out Amazon, they have a ready supply), but noted that the adjustable exhaust was a great bonus to keep the air away from the user.

Porter Cable FR350A Video Overview

Do you enjoy outdoor work and could use a Porter Cable FR350A to get the job done? Using a hammer is useful for smaller scale projects, however, getting work done quickly and efficiently with a nail gun can accomplish the task with straight nails and less headache. Let us know how you would use one of these tools in the comments section below:

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      bueler lm 5 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thanks for the comment KonaGirl. Yes, the FR350A does require and air compressor to operate. By the way, I have been to Kona several times and it is one of my favorite spots in Hawaii. I also like the Volcano National Park on the other side of the Big Island.

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Nice review, but since I am lacking in home improvement knowledge when it comes to power tools, does this nail gun need an air compressor to operate or is it a self contained unit? Thanks for the info.