5 Stars By bwp_guardian on 2015-02-21
Wonderful Pneumatic Flooring Nailer!!! Got Refurbished Version for $80 instead of paying $186 NEW price...
I got this several weeks ago to put in some 3/4 maple hardwood flooring. I got it from BigToolSky.com as a used but refurbished unit. I confirmed with them that everything was included such as the actual nailer, the hammer, both flooring plates, and the storage box etc. The only thing it did not come with in mine was the instructions but you can download those on the manufacturer web site. I tested the unit with my air compressor and it was only barely getting the L clear in there with a massive hit but it was due to how I was testing it on a non-stationary 2x4 with the hardwood on top. When I actually went to use it on the hardwood flooring in the room it worked without any problems anywhere between 100-120 PSI. I had hardly any splitting in my tongue's on the hardwood but that might be because it was maple. You have to hit it firmly with the mallet but not too hard. I got this for $80 instead of the $186 new. That is am amazing price even if it is used and refurbished. Normally renting a nailer at least where I live costs around $35-40 per day. So buying this at the $80 is only 2 days of renting it and saved me $100 off the new price. I would buy this product again without hesitation.
on 2016-12-16 This flooring nailer is fantastic!
Freeman PFL618BR 3-in-1 Pneumatic Flooring Nailer
I bout this baby in 2009. Since then, I've installed around 6,000 sq.ft. of hardwood (all 3/4") including Acacia (Tobacco Road handscraped from lumber-liquidators) & very dense Brazilian cherry.
I've also lent it to my general contractor friend, who has easily installed another 10,000 sq. ft. of various hardwood, including various species of oak, hickory, and walnut.
I've never had the gun jam, and had maybe 10 misfires where the L cleat doesn't go all the way in. All I've done is oil it through the air inlet with 5 drops before every use. For the money, this gun has been amazing. A few weeks ago (Nov. 2016), I installed hardwood in another room in m house, about 300 sq. ft. and the gun worked perfectly. It's been beaten, abused, dropped, and still works as well as the first time I used it.
5 Stars By The Tin Man on 2017-07-30
I only installed about 150 sq ft of oak flooring but this worked great with 2" DeWalt L cleats.
I had my pancake compressor set @ 90 psi and it was setting the cleats perfectly with hardly any splitting.
A friend of mine bought a used Freeman nailer when he was building his house.
I helped him install over 1500 sq ft and had maybe two jams with that one which is why I sought out a Freeman nailer to buy for myself.
It comes in a nice quality case that gives you some extra storage including a space that fits a box of cleats perfectly.
I found the wooden handle on the mallet to be comfortable.
Once you get a feel for the nailer, you can lay the flooring fairly quick, especially if you have a helper laying the boards out in front of you.
It's definitely a plus to have the option of using three different fasteners.
I'd definitely purchase this again.
on 2012-10-24 Why pay more for a "name brand" tool
This was the first of four freeman tools I purchased. I ended up purchasing the other three because I liked this one so much. Originally it was purchased to install 1500 square feet of hickory flooring in an old schoolhouse I've been converting into a house. If you have ever installed hickory flooring, or even worked with hickory, you know it is hard stuff. It will bend nails, break screws, and dull bits and blades faster than you can change them. Like many people, I first thought about renting a flooring nailer. I quickly decided against that when I saw the price of one day and knew I would need this several times because I couldn't simply lay the whole floor at once, it is more of a one room at a time project. So I figured I would just bite the bullet and buy one of those fancy expensive "made in America" bostich nailers, until I realized they were no fancier than this one, and not made in America either. The only thing was that it was expensive. So I figured I would take a chance and try the freeman for the first room. I decided if it didn't work as well as I hoped I would upgrade to the Bostich in the future. I will not be "upgrading" in the future. This tool has driven every flooring cleat (I have not tried it with flooring staples) that I have put through it without a problem; It has not jammed, misfired, or caused me any problems whatsoever. I have only used it with 3/4 flooring so I can say nothing about the 5/8 adapter that is included.
The worst part about this tool is the flimsy plastic case that comes with it, I used it until the hinge broke in two then I built it a nice wood case to live in. I don't consider this a reason to knock it down to 4 stars since I bought it for the tool and not the case. It also includes safety glasses, a small bottle of oil, and a mallet.
Some people have complained that the mallet broke, mine hasn't, and even if it does the next time I use it I would not change my review, I would buy a new mallet and be perfectly happy knowing how much work it has already done. The instructions tell you this is an oiless tool but for better performance use oil...just go ahead and use the oil, and when you run out go to your local hardware store and buy another bottle of air tool oil. No air nailer is oiless, there are moving parts inside that like to be oiled. The safety glasses are surprisingly comfortable and are actually safety glasses and not those goofy looking goggle things that come with most chinese tools.
After using this tool I would not even consider paying 3 to 4 times as much for the "name brand" tool. Since the purchase of this freeman nailer I have bought three other freeman products: Freeman PFR2190 21-Degree Full-Head Framing Nailer
,Freeman PMC150 1-1/2-Inch Metal Connector Nailer
, and Freeman PP123 23 Gauge 1-Inch Pinner
, all of which were purchased because of my pleasant experience with this tool.
5 Stars By Steve O. on 2010-05-08
Freeman Has Great Customer Support
I purchased 900 sq. feet of hardwood flooring to replace some worn carpeting in our house and decided to try installing it myself. Since I was doing the job over several weeks, renting a flooring nailer at $30/day was not practical so I decided to purchase one. I purchased the Freeman based on the reviews, reasonable cost, warranty and availability of replacement parts. The gun arrived in a nice case with a sturdy hammer and an easy to understand manual. I never had a nail jam and the gun worked great but about halfway through the first room the driver blade failed to retract after firing a nail. This happened a few times despite making sure the tool was oiled before operation. It could sometimes be remedied by pulling back on the magazine spring, but I did have to remove the drive guide a couple of times to correct it.
I called Freeman's 800 number and spoke with a very helpful person who suggested I try a test involving my compressor and call back with the results. Unfortunately, the problem persisted. When I called back again I was told that they were very sorry I experienced problems with their product and they would replace the nailer and send me a return shipping label for the defective tool. I was expecting to get the label in the mail, return the defective tool and then get the replacement as that is how most companies operate. I was very surprised to have a brand new nailer arrive a few days later with the return shipping label enclosed. This is clearly a company that stands behind their products with outstanding customer service. The other reviewers of this nailer reported trouble free operation but problems can occur with any tool, even the most expensive. I can recommend buying any Freeman tool with confidence because of the 7 year warranty and a company that truly backs it up with great customer support. I gave the tool 5 starts despite the glitch because of my positive experience with customer service. I also purchased a Freeman PFN64 Finish Nailer for my project that has performed flawlessly.
5 Stars By KLP on 2014-04-13
The hubs and I have been installing 1600sf of hardwood flooring using a borrowed Bostitch nailer. When said nailer had to suddenly be returned to its owner, we began our quest to find a reasonable replacement.
Luckily, via a post on Criagslist, I found a link to this Freeman nailer, and we have been THRILLED with it thus far. (Err.... the hubs has been thrilled with it.... I'm thrilled that he's thrilled.)
In fact, he likes several things about it **better** than the Bostitch nailer: He says it's smoother, easier to operate (he doesn't have to swing the mallet as hard), and—because the mallet has a diagonal slant on one side, he can also use it as a tapping block. Genius. The case it comes in is pretty stellar too.
Only drawback the hubs mentioned? He said it seems slightly more extended than the Bostitch nailer, meaning that when we get close to the wall, he has to switch to the top nailer one row of floorboards sooner (ours are only 2" wide). But.... pretty inconsequential.
We still have one bedroom and a hallway to go.... but so far, we're very happy with this nailer. Highly recommend!
5 Stars By Kylie on 2015-11-19
Awesome Nailer but, watch out for the oil spray on the walls-cover with a plastic bag!
I just installed my first hardwood flooring in my spare bedroom with this nailer. Worth every penny, never had a jam in the 150sq ft room. My only recommendation is to retro fit a plastic grocery bag around the nailer and tape it all the way around the spot you hammer down on because if not you will have a light mist of oil when you are close to any wall. Guess I had to learn this tid bit the hard way!
5 Stars By 24/7 woodworker on 2013-04-04
For me it is a two in one!!
I have had this nailer for about a year now and I really like using it. Just like you, I have done a lot of research on various brands and decided for 200 bucks I have to see and try this nailer. It looks very similar to the Bostich brand. When it arrived I looked everything over first and was surprised for this price how everything screamed quality to me. The paint, bolts and instructions were perfect. I oiled it up and started to lay 3/4" rustic white oak t/g flooring. I was using L shaped nails and used them for the whole floor which was about 1,200 sq ft. I had no problems with the nailer and I forgot to mention that the mallet that was provided was of top quality as well. My next job was 800 sq. of oriented strand bamboo prefinished flooring. I used T shaped nails and again not one problem. My next floor was about 1,000 sq. ft. of unfinished red oak. For some reason I have never liked using staples. I have always liked the cleat nails because I feel that they hold better based on there design then the staples, but when I went to my local DIY center they only had staples left. I bought the Bostich brand and so when I got back I loaded them up like the nails and away I went. After the third clip of staples I jammed. This jam required me to take apart some screws in the front which removed the shoe part of the nailer. I got to the problem and noticed it sheared a staple in half the long way. I have never seen that before. This caused the driving pin to stick in the downward striking postion and not come back up. I put everything back in place and thought this was a fluke and back to work I went again. So, nail, nail, nail, etc, then jam again. I went through the same routine 4 times. It was frustrating and I thought the nailer was broken. I was ticked and thought I over paid. I decided to go to another home center and buy L or T shaped nails. I am glad I did, because when I put them in I was back to work and not a jam after that. So, the conclusion for me is that it only works on L and T cleat nails and I am okay with that even though they are more money to buy in the long run compared to staples. Even with that fluke, I would buy this again no questions asked. Great price and overall great quality.
Update on 4/1/15
I just want to update how incredible this nailer is that I decided to buy another one. This time from AlumiGogo. The case, hammer and fittings are really well made. The new nailer has nailed down 3,000 Sq ft with no problems and the other Freeman nailer is up to about 8,000 Sq ft. I will repeat one thing though and that it won't nail staples. It shears them off. It is great for L and T leat nails.
5 Stars By Jay Chan on 2016-05-26
Work Great! And the Price is Right!
I have used this flooring nailer to install hardware flooring in my kitchen and in the adjacent hallway. Comparing to using drill/hammer/nail-set to nail down a flooring board, this flooring nail works great: It is way faster, and it makes much less mistake than my way of using drill/hammer/nail-set. Therefore, it works faster and works better.
When you use it to nail a floor board, the floor plank will be forced into close contact with the floor board behind it; hence, closing up any gap. This also makes the result looks much better than otherwise.
I don't have a problem using this flooring nailer as long as I remember to do these: (1) Hold down the flooring nailer tight to the floor, otherwise, the recoil can cause the nail not to set all the way. (2) Hit it with authority; otherwise, the nail won't go all the way in. If there is not enough space to hit it well, I moved the obstacle away to make room. If I cannot move the obstacle away, I will have to hold the mallet closer to the weighted end and hit with it in high speed to compensate for the lack of leverage.
Please also note that it doesn't need a lot of air to operate. I simply use a 1-hot-dog-style 1/2-hp 1-gallon air compressor to operate this flooring nailer. Of course, sometime I need to wait for the air compressor to catch up. But honestly the air compressor waits for me more than I wait for the air compressor because I simply don't work fast enough. Sorry if you want to find an excuse to upgrade to a bigger air compressor, it is not the one.
The case that comes with it has plenty of room inside. I can pack everything inside including one box of flooring nails, a flooring nail set, and some miscellaneous stuff that I don't remember what they are now -- in addition to the flooring nailer itself.
Finally, this flooring nailer is cheap as comparing to other named brand. Therefore, it is cheap and good -- just what I like the most.
4 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2016-08-18
Basically this nailer was awesome, or it immediately screwed up
So, Basically I bought this nailer off of everyone's reviews. Basically this nailer was awesome, or it immediately screwed up. There was no in between ...... I am a Carpenter by trade. My nailer I bought worked awesome! I had a few cleats that miss fired, but honestly, might of been operater error? I will say that managing your air pressure is key....... I was blowing the tongues out for a few boards before I dialed in the air pressure.