Porter Cable FR350A Nailer Review

Porter Cable FR350A nailer review introduction. The Porter-Cable FR350A Nailer is a powerful and well balanced, pneumatic (compressor) powered Framing Nail Gun that will drive home 2-inch to 3-1/2-inch nails of up to 0.131 inch diameter with absolute ease.

Porter Cable FR350A Review







Porter Cable FR350A Nailer Technical Details


  • Nailgun application: Framing
  • Nailgun type: Pneumatic
  • Operating pressure: 70-120 PSI
  • Weight: 14.9 Pounds
  • Length: 23.50 inches
  • Width: 19.50 inches
  • Height:6.25 inches
  • Nail types: It’ll use 20 degree to 22 degree nails, 2-inch to 3-1/2-inch by 0.113-inch to .148-inch plastic collated round-head framing nails
  • Payload: up to 64 nails per magazine
  • Power to drive nails 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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The Porter Cable FR350A Nailer Review


Weighing in at 14.9 pounds the porter cable fr350a nail gun has some great features that you could argue gives it an edge over other nailers in the same price range (like the Senco, Hitachi etc).

For starters it has a tool free adjustable muzzle to accommodate different size of nails and depth capability for hassle free on the job flexibility.

Operating pressure of between 70 and 120 PSI, the FR350A supplies the necessary raw power to deliver nails very fast. It will sink a series 3-1/2 inch x 0.131 inch nail with ease at 100 PSI. And due to its sophisticated internal piston mechanism, its power remains consistent throughout the job – meaning you’ll enjoy smooth, trouble-free operation.

For smaller nails you’ll be able to operate at the lower pressure range, but once you are working with larger nails then you’ll be operating at 85 PSI and above.

As a compressor type nail gun it works as well with a 3 gallon compressor as well as with a 30 gallon compressor.

It can be operated in one of two modes – restrictive or contact actuation. Which basically means that you can use your FR350 nail gun so that it delivers the nail home when the muzzle simply makes contact with the surface (contact actuation) else it additionally requires the trigger to be depressed simultaneously with contact.

The nails themselves are housed within a hard-cast anodized magazine which will hold 64 nails at a go. And once a magazine is depleted, it’s a snap to reload, taking no more than about 10 seconds.

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There are naturally quite a few framing nailers on the market, and a fair few have been reviewed here at Top ailer Reviews. To see how this nailer compares with the other framing nailers check out this new comparsion page which compares the best framing nailers.

Final comments about the Porter Cable FR350A

The Porter Cable FR350A Nailer is without doubt a hard working and durable framing nail gun which is great value for the money. But it’s not a finishing nailer of course (for that check out the Porter Cable RN175A Coil), it’s just a great framer!

I have seen reports that some people have (surprisingly) had problems locating the 22 degree nails. But if that’s the case, then it’s a cinch to order them from Amazon.com!

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