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Framing gun, Makita AN923 any reviews/experience?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Swedishchef, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Hi guys/girls

    I am thinking of buying a framing gun. I currently do not have one.

    I am looking at getting the Makita AN923. It is on sale at my local hardware store for $285 and I have $150 gift certificate to put towards it.

    Anybody own one of these and want to share their thoughts? There are not many reviews online...

    Thanks

    Andrew

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  2. Frozen Canuck

    Frozen Canuck Minister of Fire

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    I have used Makita tools for over 30 years. They don't build junk tools. For the net price of $135 I can't see how you can lose. As a standard 22* stick nailer it looks fine, not commercial duty but then again I will assume you don't intend on putting 5000 cases of nails through it either. If the weight is a consideration (feels light) that is more a result of better metallurgy rather than lack of quality.

    Buy it, I own several titanium hammers (that you drive nails the old fashioned way with) each of them cost more than this air nailer. My commercial nailers start around $500 so unless you want to upgrade to that & live with the extra weight....

    BTW your google tracker must be working well, when I typed in Makita AN923 reviews I got 73,600 results. You law enforcement folks don't do enough tool searches ;).

    Also most folks forget to check all nuts/bolts etc, periodically on air nailers & tighten accordingly.....all impact tools need more checking/maintenance.
  3. Swedishchef

    Swedishchef Minister of Fire

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    Haha.

    Mr Ft McMurray (I presume??).

    I do own a few Makita tools and they work great for me so far. I know that Makita is not known for their pneumatic tools that is why I was wondering if anyone had experience with this.

    I certainly have no intention on putting that many nails through it. I simply want to sheath the inside of my garage, frame from projects, etc.

    We certainly do tool searches :) I did a google search but only found 1-2 sites with usefull answers. LOL. We also have access to some interesting databases hahaha.

    I see there is a safety on the nailer to prevent dry firing. Is that a practical feature to have?

    Andrew
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    ironpony Minister of Fire

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    Makita does make good stuff and if you are going to use it for home use it will probably do fine.

    Canuk, do you have Stilleto t-bones for the titanium hammers?? I love my 15 oz one, saves alot of wear and tear on the body.

    back to the original programming..............
  5. Frozen Canuck

    Frozen Canuck Minister of Fire

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    That nailer should do fine for that volume.

    ;lol;lol Yeah I'll bet you access to some info I don't. Just as well as I lack your training & skill set. Google is just used to me looking for tools & other construction supplies.

    South of Fort McMurray, but yes all the same big puddle of oil.

    As far as the safety features are concerned we usually disable them esp. during winter (working with mitts/heavy gloves). However for the average DIYer they are likely a very good idea.
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  6. Frozen Canuck

    Frozen Canuck Minister of Fire

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    Yep all Stilleto's. The older my body gets the more I like those tools.

    I have swung a 28oz steel framing hammer for longer than I care to recall. I don't miss them one bit.
  7. tekguy

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    Other end of the spectrum, I have a 28 degree HF freight one which i have gone through 3 cases of framing nails with it without much hassle, occasional jam but not that many

    Built a couple sheds and some framing work, good for occasional use... Think it was 79 bucks at the time
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    woodsman23 Minister of Fire

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    I once shot a 3" common nail into my hand when shooting into a hidden knot in a 2x4 i can only tell how this hurt.

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