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$299.00 $289.00 list($540.00)
1. Porter-Cable CFFN250N Finish &
$309.99 $289.95 list($617.10)
2. Porter-Cable 7518 3-1/4 HP Speedmatic
$219.00 list($269.99)
3. Porter-Cable FR350A 3-1/2" Round
$199.99 $199.95 list($410.00)
4. Porter-Cable 557XXX Professional
$419.99 list($552.85)
5. Porter-Cable FCN200 2" Flooring
$114.95 list($212.00)
6. Porter-Cable 7424 6" Variable-Speed
Too low to display list($766.00)
7. Porter-Cable 7800 Drywall Sander
Too low to display list($329.00)
8. Porter-Cable 895PK 2-1/4 HP Fixed
$224.00 list($466.00)
9. Porter-Cable CPF23400S 3 HP, 4-Gallon
$149.99 list($159.00)
10. Porter-Cable 4212 12" Dovetail
$259.99 list($269.99)
11. Porter-Cable RN175A Coil Roofing
$359.00 list($369.99)
12. Porter-Cable C3551 Job Boss 4.5
$224.99 list($408.00)
13. Porter-Cable 362VSK 4" x 24" Belt
$199.00 list($350.00)
14. Porter-Cable 9750 Variable Angle
$233.00 list($450.00)
15. Porter-Cable 7812 10-Gallon Tool-Triggered
$89.99 list($232.00)
16. Porter-Cable BN200A 18 Gauge,
$199.99 list($219.99)
17. Porter-Cable 6605 Fiber/Cement
$184.00 list($209.99)
18. Porter-Cable DA250B 15-Gauge,
$119.00 list($240.00)
19. Porter-Cable 324MAG 7-1/4" Blade
$238.00 list($472.00)
20. Porter-Cable CFBN200A 2" 18 Gauge

1. Porter-Cable CFFN250N Finish & Brad Nailer Combo Kit
list price: $540.00
our price: $299.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000DCBKX
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 9
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

To be honest, we looked twice at the price, certain the folks at Amazon had made a mistake. But sure enough, they're right--and so is the price. Porter-Cable makes some of the best pneumatic tools in the industry, and these nailers are two prime examples. The 16-gauge is sturdy, compact, lighter and quieter than you'd expect with a grip even smaller hands can get around. Great balance, easy depth-of-drive adjustment, and a pleasure to use. Similarly, the 18-gauge is light but rugged, comfortable and maneuverable, even in awkward places or after long runs. Some other features we like: a special hardened driver blade, a sequential fire trigger, a visual reload indicator, a safety located behind the driver guide for driving brads in tight spaces and an easy-to-adjust depth guide. Both guns have directional exhausts, too. The pancake-style compressor has a six-gallon tank and easily runs both guns at the same time. It's light, portable and doesn't want much from you in terms of maintenance--it's oil-free and Teflon-coated. Some other reasons to like it: a high-flow regulator, an easy-to-read air pressure gauge, automatic thermal overload protection, an industrial-style quick-connect body in the air outlet, and a long-life motor with replaceable brushes. We can't imagine this deal will be around forever.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

Features

  • 300 PSI, 25' vinyl air hose, one air hose fittings (1/4" male plus & coupler), and pipe joint tape
  • Finish any woodworking project with this limited edition kit
  • 16 gauge, 3/4"–2-1/2" finish nailer (model FN250B)
  • 18 gauge, 5/8" –1-1/4" braid nailer kit (model BN125A)
  • 135 psi, 2hp, 6 gallon pancake style compressor

Reviews (26)

5-0 out of 5 stars great value nailer kit
This combo nail gun/air compressor set is a great product combination and wonderful value. I really like it. Each nail gun comes complete with a sturdy plastic carry case, a supply of nails, and tool oil. Everything comes pretty much ready to use. Just break in the air compressor (which only takes 15 minutes) and you are ready to go. The air compressor moves around from vibration when it starts up - I had to put it on a rubber mat to keep it from scooting along my basement floor. It probably wouldn't be a problem on a job site where the floor is not so smooth. The guns load easily. I used the finish nailer to build a display rack for my wife and had no mis-fires or jams using Porter-Cable nails. (I bought the B & C nails that Amazon advertised for these guns, but after later reading the negative reviews about them, I have been reluctant to use them - don't waste your money on them like I did - you can buy Porter-Cable nails at local big name home centers, which are not all that expensive).

This is a great value and well worth the money spent. However, UPS handling has gotten so bad with heavier items that you will be taking a chance by buying it online.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great value!
This kit is an amazing value. One Senco nailer costs more than this whole set. As some one said earlier, I got tired of borrowing compressors and guns from relatives. I used the brad nailer to make 11 porch rail columns out of MDO plywood. (That's 44 pieces that needed to be glued and nailed.) This task would have taken me days with the conventional hammer and nails. I finished the project in an evening. The brad nailer is an extremely useful tool when building projects that require gluing. The thin gauge brads hold the project together while the glue is curing and the leave a hole that is practically invisible. This replaces the use of many clamps or clamps in awkward positions.
The finish nailer is easier to load and as smooth as my father's $300 Senco finish nailer. It is also about half the weight. The ability to drive 2-1/2" nails is a big plus.
The compressor is a little loud but extremely efficient. It actually powered a Senco framing nailer better than the Emglo compressor I am used to using. These tools are great for the hobbyist, home improvement guru, or home craftsmen and they will last for many years. However, the everyday use of a professional will probably wear out the finish nailer and compressor in a year or so. But if you work out of your home you can't go wrong with this set up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Should have bought it long ago!!
WAY COOL! What else can I say. Should have bought it long ago, but thought I could get by with a hammer and a nail set. Change is tough. Buy it!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Crown Molding the EZ way......
I purchased the P-C Combo Kit to install crown molding. This is the best deal available. The compressor is indeed quite noisy. Wear ear protection. Never had a nail gun jam. Wish I had purchased one earlier. I bought this with the "Crown Molding & Trim Instalation Kit by Quint Measuring Systems". Buy the compressor kit with the Quint book & Angle finders & you won't make a single mistake. I didn't. Quint MS also offers an Excel program that is very nice. Just measure & plug in the value..... couldn't be easier. For my first attempt at installing crown molding, you couldn't tell my work from a pro's.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why don't YOU have one yet!?!?!?!
Hello,

My father in-law bought this kit at Home Depot back in January. He told me about it and I saw it but just couldn't plunk down the money. Then I helped him put all new baseboards in his house last weekend. I got home, got on Amazon.com and found that there was a sale coupon which brought the price down to about $275.00 for this kit. SOLD!! This is an awesome kit. Great nailers, Great Compressor at a GREAT price. Other people have reviewed the equipment so I won't repeat what you know. Snatch one of these up ASAP before there gone. I know Home Depot in the Sacramento Area no longer sells them, all sold out. If your looking at it, you'd better buy it now, they ain't gonna last much longer. I did the Free shipping and I got lucky. Ordered it on 6/28/04 @ 727 am PDT, and received it today, 6/29/04 @ 1227 pm PDT, OVERNIGHT for free, WOW. God bless Amazon, God Bless Porter Cable and most importantly God Bless the United States of America. Now, I'm gonna go build something, don't know what, but I'm gonna build something.

Take Care ... Read more


2. Porter-Cable 7518 3-1/4 HP Speedmatic 5-Speed Router
list price: $617.10
our price: $309.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000222V3
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter Cable
Sales Rank: 77
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

When it's time to step up to a bigger router, Porter-Cable's 7518 should be on your list of contenders. It has as powerful a motor as you can find on a router and a reputation for accuracy and dependability. It's designed to work with bits as large as 4 inches in diameter and has electronic soft start and five speeds, to ensure that you'll be able to use those giant panel cutters safely and smoothly. The large bit capacity also makes it a great poor man's shaper when mounted on a good router table. Like most of Porter-Cable's routers, this model features their autorelease collet system, which does a good job of eliminating the problem of frozen bits and the need for rapping on the collet to remove them. Of all the routers we've tried, Porter-Cable's are among those with the lowest vibration and cleanest cuts. One thing we wish Porter-Cable would improve on is the lack of a spindle lock, which means that two wrenches--and potential knuckle wracking--are involved in bit changes. But given that a router's real value is measured by the results it produces, we'd still recommend the 7518 as one of the best routers available and a great choice for any shop. --Brian Trinen ... Read more

Features

  • Ideal for table mounting
  • Soft start for smooth performance
  • 5 speed 15-amp motor maintains constant speed under load
  • Aluminum motor housing prevents heat build-up
  • Auto release collets

Reviews (35)

5-0 out of 5 stars tool for removing bits from porter cable routers
I have had the same problem removing bits from my 7518 and 690 routers, as every other frustrated woodworker has. But, not any more! I had the extra set of wrenches from my 690 and have invented and made a tool that locks onto the base and slides into the nut in one motion and makes the job a snap. My 7518 is table mounted always, so I made the tool with an adjustable leg that sits on the shelf under the router, and the tool just sits there always ready for work. Want one? Contact me at ... . The 7518 is just an "animal"! You name it, and it can plow through it, effortlessly. Keep it clean and you'll have few problems. I have a 1 hp Jet dust collector dedicated to it and have no cleanliness related problems with it. Even walnut with its talcum powder dust has never made any difference in how this beast gets the job done. Since I made the tool, using the 7518 has become even more efficient. (I've never figured out why PC never thought of this. They're certainly charging enough for this machine, and have probably had hundreds of complaints about this.)

5-0 out of 5 stars For What It's Worth
I was very surprised to see the 7518 getting anything but 5-star reviews. I have had mine for five years and had nothing but marvelous experiences with it. It has more power than you're ever going to need, has a soft start that's a very nice feature, variable speeds which come in handy at times, and it's pretty much bullet-proof. What's not to like?

I learned the bulk of my woodworking at Palomar College, which is where I was introduced to Porter-Cable routers. We were taught to always unscrew the base when we changed bits, so it's natural for me to do it that way. Their main workhorse is the Porter-Cable 690, and anything that will stand up to the kind of abuse that 150 students per day can dish out... I first purchased the 690 because of that, and when I made the ultimate router table in the Jigs and Fixture class, I graduated to the 7518.

Because of the weight (18 pounds), I have never left the motor in the router table, as some of my fellow students found that doing so tended to deflect the insert plate over time. I do leave the base attached at all times, but when I'm finished with the router table, I unscrew the motor, blow out all the sawdust from both motor and base, then store the motor in a cabinet. There are no scratches on the motor, and it has always been very easy to adjust the depth of the bit. I think those who are having problems with sawdust gumming things up over time could resolve this by simply taking off the motor and blowing out the sawdust when they're finished using it.

Changing bits has never been a problem because of the procedure I was taught at Palomar. I merely lift the insert plate with attached router out of the router table, unscrew the base and change bits. Pretty simple, really.

I have mostly used the 7518 in my router table, but there have been a few times when I've needed it for hand-held operations. The only drawback then is the weight, but all that power comes at a cost, I suppose. Actually, the much-maligned (and deservedly so) Sears router does pretty well for edge routing because of the light weight and those big handles.

After LOTS of use I can honestly say the 7518 looks like it's brand new. I firmly believe that I will be doing woodworking for the next thirty or forty years, and I have every confidence that my original Porter-Cable routers will still be in use, having, at the very most, had the brushes replaced.

It's a superb router. Buy it with confidence.

5-0 out of 5 stars Power to spare
This beast turns the Freud 3.5 inch router bits with ease. I have it perma-mounted in my Jessem router table. I would recommend this to folks that want to use large panel raising bits and don't want to make 3 passes. I've been able to run the Freud 3.5 inch bit with backcutter through solid cherry in one pass without any hesitation from this monster.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome
I bought this router to replace and older 1 1/2 hp Porter Cable router which I thought was great until I purchased this Porter-Cable 7518 3-1/4 HP Speedmatic 5-Speed Router, WOW what a difference in power it is night and day, I use to use a speed control to operate larger bits and the smaller router would bawg down but not this "Mac Daddy" it has speedmatic which increases power under load without making larger bits spin like crazy, I realize that it costs more but if you are a hobbyist like I am or even a proffesional this router is definately a good investment, my only complaint would be the two wrenches to tighten bits seems kind of old fashioned in this day and age

4-0 out of 5 stars Make sure you read what's included
I think it's criminal that Porter Cable has chosen not to include both the 1/4 inch and the 1/2 inch collet with this $300 plus router. This collet can't cost more than fifty cents; yet it's retailing for around $12. This is especially true since Porter Cable has joined the ranks of other companies, manufactoring their blades and bits in China. I have a number of Porter Cable tools, and they've always been first rate. I was really surprised when I received my new 7518, and it only had one collet. If they're going to rip you off on a collet, who knows what corners they're going to cut inside the case.

Aside from the collet problem, this appears to be a first rate router. I bought it without comparing it to other routers in it's class because I have several Porter Cable tools, and I trusted their quality. I can't say I have the same level of trust anymore. In the future, I'll definately make some serious comparisons before I buy another Porter Cable product. ... Read more


3. Porter-Cable FR350A 3-1/2" Round Head Framing Nailer Kit
list price: $269.99
our price: $219.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000B3AR9
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 398
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

Porter-Cable never disappoints, especially with their air tools. Here's a great nailer for the contractor or do-it-yourselfer in the Southeast, Gulf Coast and Western regions with its 22-degree plastic collated round head framing nails from 2 to 3-1/2 inches long. We like the new rounded body style on the nailer, which Porter-Cable says has doubled the tool's life, and we can tell you it feels right in the hand. It's still packing plenty of power, even though it's more compact. As always, we're fond of its tool-free adjustable exhaust, tool-free adjustable depth of drive with detents, and an internal piston catch for consistent power. The triggers can be set to restrictive or contact mode, so you've got complete control over nail release.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

Features

  • One year limited warranty
  • Great value for the price
  • Powerful enough to drive nails into engineered lumber
  • Compact body design for better balance and style
  • Kit includes nailer, air fitting with dust cover, oil, operating manual and carrying case

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars SO SWEET !
This is my first framing and I like it. I only compared this tool to the reviews I read online from various construction sites. There are no bad reviews on this gun, just that they would not use this everyday. With nails loaded I found some scrap and fired one off. The head was proud of the surface but
with an adjustment I was sinking them in seconds. I like the sequential fire mode better, but i'm not use to the gun yet.
The bump fire mode is real dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. The first nail sinks, then the recoil, next thing
you are forcing the gun down to fire again all by reaction.
Before you know it you just fired 4 nails and one an inch above the surface, it's like a machine gun!
Buyer beware !!! All of the framing nailers are not toys !
They are not like the brad, finish nailer and narrow crown
stapler all of which are lightweight and easy to control.
Price was a major factor when buying this, but I was looking
at the Hitachi NR83A2 for about $100 more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Framing Nailer
Just finished house number 2 with this bad boy. You just can't beat Porter Cable. Stick with the 350A instead of buying the 350mag. It is only about a pound heavier, comes with a case and you save $40.

Very Well Balanced Machine, little fatigue during the day. Great hands-free depth adjustment. Extremely easy to load, advance and clear. You can change from restrictive to sequential fire easily on the trigger.

My Hitachi can now be retired, I will not go back, this is my framing nailer of choice. As another reviewer seems to have found out, this is not an appearance nailer, for something like siding you may want to try the Porter-Cable RN175A Coil. I have had no problems sinking 16D's in even engineered lumber. For everyday use the 350A is highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Round head framing nailer
This gun lacks for power when using 16s on KD spruce framing. I have a large compressor capable of delivering 110PSI, 25 gal. with 3/8" hose. There is a fair amount of kickback but even when well braced it will leave heads proud. I wanted the round head for appearance on exterior trim. The plastic collated nails leave little bits under each head which ruins an otherwise nice flush look. I would not recommend this gun for contractor use. ... Read more


4. Porter-Cable 557XXX Professional Plate Joiner Kit
list price: $410.00
our price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004YKUO
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 19
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Though this Porter-Cable tool is priced higher than comparable DeWalt and Makita models, the 557 is Amazon.com's top-selling plate joiner. Its success is perhaps due to its very powerful 7-1/2 amp motor--the largest in the industry--which turns the blade at 10,000 rpm and does an excellent job of making clean cuts in any kind of wood. As well as cutting slots for the standard no. 0, 10, and 20 biscuits, Porter-Cable's joiner features an exclusive, full-thickness, FF biscuit developed especially for cabinet face frames. Another unique feature of the Porter-Cable joiner is the 2-inch blade (included), which is small enough to make cuts in stock as narrow as 1-1/2 inches. We found the microheight adjustment works well, allowing for precise biscuit placement. The tool is well balanced and comfortable to use. --Michael Shilling ... Read more

Features

  • The micro height-adjust knob allows precise biscuit placement
  • The powerful 7.5 amp motor delivers smooth, accurate cuts
  • Includes 2- and 4-inch diameter blades for standard and face frame biscuits
  • The unique fence adjusts from 0 to 135 degrees to ensure accurate mitered joints
  • The top handle is attached directly to the fence for maximum stability

Reviews (55)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tool to Butter the Biscuits!!
I am now hooked on the biscuit joints! I use to like the ease and use of dowel rods for end joints, but was sometimes limited with the size and application of the dowel. But this PC biscuit joiner has changed my mind!

The ease and accuracy is simply amazing. The fence system is simple to operate and allows for a host of heights and angles, all with precise cuttings. The powerful motor (7.5 amp) always cuts a smooth and accurate slot. There is very little, if any, vibration that could cause distortion. Changing slot sizes is as easy as turning a knob. Includes the #0, #10, #20 and FF cuts. The smaller 2" blade, which is included, is a simple task to change over to cut even smaller frames.

This unit has a great dust collection system. The dust bag REALLY works! All chips are routed to the dust opening chute and neatly collected in the bag. The bag is easily removed and emptied.

This unit might be a little more expensive than other plate joiners, but the results are in the end product. Accurate, precise cuts yielding a smooth, strong joint are almost a sure thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hard to improve on this one
Not everyone admits to liking biscuit joiners. Some people still like the discipline of slower, more labor intensive joining techniques. Some of these have their place. Decorative dovetails improve the look of some cabinets. Mortise and tenon joints are stronger and better for some applications, like a bench base. But for a fast, reasonably strong, no-nonsense joint, a biscuit joiner is tops.

The PC 557 is a fine and specialized tool. It cuts cleanly, allows for very small biscuits using the 2" blade. The fence is strong and accutate. It has all the power that you need. Could the dust collection be better? Maybe, but it is at least average and maybe better than average for a tool like this. The PC cases would benefit from real latches, not the cheap plastic clips that they use. But these are very minor issues. I can not imagine anyone being disappointed by this tool.

The main competitor for the 557 is the Dewalt. It is also a good joiner but Dewalt seems to have a lot of trouble with quality control. The tools work well, but I have too many friends who have had bad switches and other minor but annoying problems with Dewalt tools. PC, Delta, Ridgid, Makita all seem like better bets to me in general... and the PC 557 a better bet in particular.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Tool only minor changes recommended.
After much research, I purchased this tool from a local retailer. Right out of the box, this tool was very straight forward to use and laid out well. Within the first three days of purchase I probably jointed 200 biscuits, this thing rocks!, I was impressed. The accuracey and control design are excellent. I'm glad I spent the extra cash and went for the 557, the Dewalt and other brands seemed cheaply built. My only complaint is with the dust collection, It is useless. After all the use, I have yet to empty it, it just does not work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hobbyist wood worker and carver.
The porter cable 557 type 3 arrived yesterday, and I made a few test cuts today. After reading numerous reviews on the web on this and earlier models I had a couple of concerns. Noise: I was expecting something comparable to a 1 hp router, but was pleasantly suprised it is much quieter than that.
Torque: I expected a mild jump when the motor spun up, but noticed no jump whatsoever. I did clamp the piece to the work bench and used both hands on the tool. The handle which holds down the front guide on the work piece is angled back towards the operator and gives a very comfortable and secure hold on the tool. My cuts were made in scrap pine so I can't address jump as the blade enters a hard woood like oak, but on pine it is effortless. I dry fitted some #20 biscuits. They slid in smoothly with a light friction. The work pieces mated up perfectly.
Overall the components appear solid.

5-0 out of 5 stars very easy to set up and use
This is my first plate joiner and even with that it was simple to set up and use. I have only used it for one small project so far.

I was impressed with the accuracy of the fence and smoothness of the cut. ... Read more


5. Porter-Cable FCN200 2" Flooring Cleat Nailer
list price: $552.85
our price: $419.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005JRKG
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 1129
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

If installing hardwood floors is in your immediate future, the Porter-Cable FCN200 two-inch flooring cleat nailer is a smart tool to consider. The nailer is designed specifically for installing tongue-and-groove hardwood flooring with L-shaped flooring cleats and a thickness of 1/2 to 25/32 inch. The nailer works on 70-100 psi of compressed air and drives cleats with accuracy and force through even the toughest woods, but without damaging even the most delicate pre-finished floor. A 45 degree angled head saves time and frustration. A mallet is included to help position flooring strips prior to nailing them into place. And a rear-load, gravity-fed magazine makes cleat loading fast and easy (though some issues with the last few cleats in the clip have been reported). The tool is solid and stable. Heavy-duty, die-cast construction ensures quality. It also gives the tool a little bulk, but it's still relatively easy to use and well worth the effort.--Carl Thress ... Read more

Features

  • One year warranty/30 day performance certification
  • Drives standard "L" cleats from 1-1/2 to 2 inches
  • Non-marring base will not damage flooring materials
  • Safety trigger prevents accidental firing
  • Balanced design provides better stability, keeping tool upright

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Porter-Cable FCN200 2" Flooring Cleat Nailer
Excellent nailer. I have laid over 1,500 feet of flooring with 2 jambs. It takes about 45 seconds to clear a jamb using the provided tool. Also the last nail in a set from Porter Cable seems to eject about 20% of the time which is not a big deal to me. Tells me to fill up. I let someone who used a hammer nailer use this one and he could not believe how fast and how much more power he got from the floor nailer.
After using for a few days and since the 2 jambs I have not had any additional problems. Senco nails for me are better than the Porter Cable. Senco nails have a glue that keeps them together where as the Porter Cable break like staples in your pocket or pouch. Overall an excellent tool but for $400 plus what do you expect. If you are on the fence over various brands go with Porter Cable. The nails are available locally and the tool performs well.

3-0 out of 5 stars Last cleat symptom
I read another review of the last cleat problem. I had several instances where the last cleat damaged the job before I realized what was happening, the tool also "dropped out" as many as four of the last cleats. One set of four got jammed in the mech. and was necessary to disassemble tool.I called the Porter Cable factory they said, "never heard of that problem, the tool should drive the last cleat".They did reccommend that I take it for warranty repair. I examined the pusher mechenism and could see the reason as the pusher does not go completely forward to push cleat against wall of dispenser. The pusher also hangs up at the last four or five cleats because of the latching arrangement causing the cleats to drop out. A visit to my local tool store showed the same conditions on the same model. I am using the tool to install brazilian cherry which is very hard, there is no problem in that respect it drives the cleats home every time and the tool is easy to use. I have been using Porter Cable products for 20 years and never had a problem before. If they re-design the pusher and refit the tool I will give it a 5 star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a great must have tool for DIY wood floors. While every company that's in the tool business seems to make a nailer (Senco, Bostitch, etc.), what sets the Porter-Cable apart is it's balance and civilized look. The look doesn't matter, but if you don't want to mar the wood floors by having a tool keel over and damage the floor, then this is the tool to get.

The "last nail" comment is a very true. If you try to drive that single last nail, unpredictable results may occur. In my case, I had to throw the piece away (actually cut it for the closet), since the last nail went in almpst parallel to the surface of the wood and skimmed the finish off the top. If the wood hadn't been there, it probably would have shot across the room.

Finally, although the pneumatic nailers save you from backbreaking hammering, the nose takes more than just a light tap. A slightly sharp wack will drive the nails perfectly. Too soft and the nails don't get driven all the way. Too hard, and I'd be afraid that the tool would get damaged.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a winner!
Porter-Cable's flooring nailer FCN200 is a joy to use. It's well balanced, it stays upright, gentle to pre-finished floors and very trouble free. My one caution would be not to use it down to the last nail, reload while there are a few nails left in the gun, it sometimes has "issues" with that last nail. That said, it's the tool to use for installing a hardwood floor.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Floor Nailer
This is an outstanding floor nailer. Very easy to use, very easy to set into place and then without hesitation, the nail is set into 3/4" oak. ... Read more


6. Porter-Cable 7424 6" Variable-Speed Random-Orbit Polisher
list price: $212.00
our price: $114.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004SUQ8
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 108
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • One year warranty/30-day performance certification
  • 3.7 amp motor for efficient polishing action
  • Electronic variable speed
  • Random, swirl-free polishing action for a fine finish
  • 100% ball bearing construction for durability

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Machine
I just used the machine on my 1996 Ford Probe. It did a great job at removing the swirl marks and bringing out the shine. It didnt remove everything I wanted it to but my paint is 8 years old and may need more aggressive measures. Cut the time of waxing in half because its so easy to remove the wax from the car after it hazes over. Overall, a great buy from a great company.

5-0 out of 5 stars Polisher
Totally awesome polisher. Lightweight, smooth, and powerful. I have a 30' boat that would typically take all day to wax with a cheap orbital polisher. I can now complete this job in three hours with a much better finish. I use the 7424 to apply wax and the Dewalt polisher to remove and finish the boat. These tools save valuable time and give this boat an incredible finish.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Wax Applicator ever
I use it to wax my 45' Boat and three cars. So good, I bought two!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Money well spent! Works like a charm! A+++++
Very easy to use, even for someone who's never used a polisher before. I used it on my wife's car which had a Maaco paint job a year earlier. Really brought it up nice. I can't say enough about this machine!!
I used the 3M Finesse-It II Finishing Material Machine Polish to start with and then used Zaino. Here is a pic of my wife's car after it was done.

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5-0 out of 5 stars ...
Hi All, I am one who can't get a high enough shine and wax protection on my new truck. I am for ever washing/polishing/waxing my new 2003 Suburan truck. At the cost of a viechele today we must maintain them to the best we can!This Porter Cable Orbirter is OUT OF THIS WORLD! It makes a back breaking job SOOOOOOOO much easer and brings up a shine on your vechile that cant be matched. It does this with TOTAL SAFTY of your paint! You never need to worry that the paint will burn or anything.It a light weight easey as can be to work with and we have found the white foam polishing pads made for it by porter cable( Item # 54745) are the BEST! Other co. offer a new screw on velcro head with velcro polishing pads that we have found dont hold and "FLY OFF IN USE". The one from porter cable is a one piece screws in tight polishing head NEVER A PROBLEM with it... ... Read more


7. Porter-Cable 7800 Drywall Sander
list price: $766.00
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Asin: B00002267Z
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 3464
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Porter-Cable's drywall sander is currently the only one of its kind. While this may have momentarily eliminated competitive pressure, Porter-Cable still put together a high-quality tool. Long enough to sand 10-foot ceilings from the ground, lightweight (8 pounds), and able to suck up the vast majority of the fine, potentially harmful dust with an attachable vacuum, this drywall sander impressed us right away. Drywall contractors all over are excited about this new tool. The 1-1/4-inch vacuum hose is 13 feet long, so a person can cover a lot of ground without having the move the vacuum. Simply put, this sander saves a tremendous amount of time (and countless muscle aches), while employing the same great sanding technology featured on other sanders made by Porter-Cable. It easily sands three times faster than hand-sanding--maybe even four times faster. And the end result is a large, smooth, uniform surface. Porter-Cable's done good with this sander--we predict everyone on the job site will agree. --Michael Shilling ... Read more

Features

  • One year warranty/30 day performance certification
  • 3.5 amp motor for efficient sanding action
  • Variable-speed 1,000 to 5,000 rpm to match the application
  • Finish sands drywall joints three to four times faster than conventional methods
  • Sands with minimal clean up when used with vacuum for dust collection

Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars Time Saver
Real time saver for do-it-yourself drywall projects. I have done quite a few drywall projects and I always had problems with the seams, especially on the finish coat on ceilings. The Porter Cable sander works great on the ceiling seams. I used it for the first time on a major renovation on my daughter's 100 year old home and the ceiling seams are virtually invisible. My sanding time was reduced from approximately four hours to less than an hour and the results were excellent. Also, I always applied three coats of mud to accomplish perfect finish work. The Porter Cable sander reduced my mud coats from three to two coats with blemish free results. If you are a do-it-yourself'er, and if you can afford it, this product is definitely worth the investment. Also, the Porter Cable vacuum is a difinite plus.
When you use this product for the first time, it takes a little practice to get good results. Don't force the sander by using pressure, let the sander do the work. After two passes, the surface is usually smooth. You will still have to hand sand the corners, but the power sander turns this task into a joy. Also, there is very little dust to clean up after the sanding job is completed. Gone are the days of dust in my eyes, ears, mouth and nose ( in addition to all over the house ).
On the negative side, the sander is a little hard on the arms when doing ceilings ( especially 9 or 10 foot ceilings ). But this is a small price to pay for the results you get.
As stated earlier, with a little bit of practice, this sander will give you excellent results. It's fast, clean and a real time saver. The only thing that kept it from a five star rating was the arm strain when sanding ceilings.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent start for product design
I have over 15 years experience with drywall, so I'm not new to this. I agonized over spending this much money on a sander for a couple years. Yes, it's been available that long. But, I'm getting older and the back and shoulders don't like hand sanding on ceilings and I have yet to perfect the "sponge" method.

Regardless, I purchased the P-C sander and a box of 150 grit pads. If I didn't like it, I could sell it on "auctions". After one large room, I was pleased. I will agree with some other reviewers that you can make plenty of swirl marks. That's the first thing I did. The second thing I did was to spend 5 minutes playing with it to figure out how NOT to make swirl marks. It really isn't that hard. It is much faster than hand sanding and virtually no dust. My customers love that part!! (I do alot of remodelling jobs). If you do a good job mudding, there should be minimal sanding to do anyway.

This sander will NOT do inside corners. Based on its design, it can't get any closer than about 3/4" to the actual corner. Know up front that you will still need to touch up the inside corners. This sander is primarily for large relatively flat surfaces, and in my opinion it does a good job when used properly.

The other thing that P-C should work on is the weight. I know we all carry around tools that weigh more than 8 pounds. Try holding it over your head for any length of time though. While it is balanced nicely, 8 lbs. is still 8 lbs.

You also don't need to spend "money" on the vacuum either. (Sorry P-C) My QSP shop vac with a Cleanstream/Gore-tex filter($22) works just fine.

The 13' hose means you can put the vacuum in the center of a room and not have to move the vacuum, just walk around and sand.

So, don't look for mine on "auctions". It's staying in my toolbox.

5-0 out of 5 stars Owned one for 6 years
Everyone HATES sanding drywall, but this tool makes sanding drywall so much much easier. Even with this tool you have to hand sand inside corners but that is all it won't do
If this tool was stolen I would for sure buy a new one

5-0 out of 5 stars Does the trick
I'm a homeowner with reasonable renovation skills. But drywalling is an art, and without this sander, my two-room rennovation would have been a lot harder. And I suspect the results wouldn't have been as good, especially on the ceiling. I used a fairly fine grit disk becuase the reviews I read suggested the tool could gouge. You have to proceed slowly and keep the unit moving. But it really works well, especially when hooked into the companion vacuum.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice product for a nasty job
I am a pro drywall finisher. I just bought this machine from Tool Crib, and while I have not learned to use it to it's full potential yet, (only had it two days)I can see that it will do the job. I will say this word of warning; I really DO NOT think that it will replace the final sanding. I apply three coats of setting type compound, not sanding at all till the third coat. Then I use thinned topping compound for a fourth coat, applied with the aid of a strong work light angled toward the wall. When that dries, I use a damp sponge and fine sandpaper. Probably overkill, but my customers love me! This tool is very usefull for that third coat sanding, i.e, smoothing the major flaws. ... Read more


8. Porter-Cable 895PK 2-1/4 HP Fixed Base, Plunge Base Kit with Height Adjuster
list price: $329.00
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Asin: B0000DCBKN
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 74
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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What's your biggest complaint about using a router in a table? Height adjustment, right? Welcome to the router of your dreams. Porter-Cable's routers are among the best in the industry, and they just went one step better with a simple but ingenious device called a "Router Table Height Adjuster." It does what it sounds like: lets you adjust bit height from above the table. That's just one of many reasons we're so impressed with the 895 kit. Soft start tames the voracious 12-amp motor so there's no twist at startup. Variable speed ranges from 10,000 to 23,000 rpm with electronic feedback. Both bases are among our favorites in the routing world for their ease of control and fit in hand. The plunge base rides smooth as silk, and the locking mechanisms and depth turrets area right where you'd naturally want them. Dust is collected right through the base, too, for a clean sightline. Another nice feature: For safety's sake, there's an automatic bit-changing power lock-off. This is the perfect outfit for the home woodworker--it's the only router you'll ever need, since the plunge base in included--as well as the professional, who demands the kind of performance Porter-Cable brings with this model.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

Features

  • Includes one year limited warranty on parts and accessories.
  • Powerful 2-1/4 HP, soft start motor, 12 amps
  • Variable speed 10-23,000 rpm, Electronic feedback, Table top heght adjustment, handle switch access and spindle lock
  • Premium 1/4" and 1/2" self releasing collet system for easy bit removal
  • Includes plunge base with machined brass post bushings, quick motor release, thumb rotating depth stop, templet guide sized sub-base, removable springs, and bulit in dust collection

Reviews (21)

4-0 out of 5 stars overall a great router
This is my 3rd router. My 30 year old B&D commercial router still
works but it was tough to adjust the height after I mounted it in a router table. This led to my purchase of a Bosch 1617 which works much better in the router table. I was disappointed that it was so noisy, especially since it was advertised to ne a very quiet machine. Changing bits on the Bosch was was as awkward as changing them on my B&D.
I have been so impressed with my new 895PK that I discarded my Porter Cable router table and built a new router table using oak for the cabinet complete with 6 drawers and storage compartments. I love the ease of height adjustment and blade change, the quiet motor, and the power this machine has.

I haven't used the plunge base yet. I have never had a plunge base router and doubt I will ever have much use for the plunge base. I would rate this router 5 stars if the owners manual was
better written

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than the 690, good for a router table
This is the first router designed specifically for router table use, so promoted by Porter-Cable. Adjusts nicely from the top of the table. And is removed nicely with the same adjuster.
This is my third Porter-Cable router.
The other router I was looking at was the 8529 Porter-Cable which is just a plunge router that's supposed to be good for the router table, which you can adjust from the top of the table.
The plunge base I find somewhat awkward. I don't do that much in terms of plunge routing and the plunge routing I did do was manageable once I got up to speed. I think it will be ok if I need too use it. It seems to stick a bit, it's not a tight, smooth plunge and the lever feels alittle awkward. I do believe it's much better than the 690s plunge base which I thought was a slight step up from useless. If I begin doing more plunge routing and I find this base isn't working good for me I may reevaluate my review and/or get another router.
My first use is in the router table, second is hand held so for that I like the fit, finish, overall design and ergonomics.
For running simple edges and some jointery I found this a good option. The ability to adjust this so well from the top of the table without having to get a lift is well worth it for me.I also liked being able to use some of my guide that i previously bought for my 690.
If I needed to do a lot of panel doors and a lot of horsepower. I'd get a shaper and not waste money on a dedicated router and lift.

1-0 out of 5 stars Base is cracked upon receipt
Well...ONE star. I bought this model based on reviews on various woodworking forums and for the above table adjusting feature. While waiting for this to arrive I built my own router table for this model. As mentioned by a previous buyer, the spindle lock was cracked, except mine came that way. So I cant really rate the performance. Not sure at this time If I will go with a replacement unit or just return the whole thing and get something else. I really wanted the above table feature but the finish on this really leaves a lot to be desired. I will update with performance if I get a replacement.

1-0 out of 5 stars Useless router
I just bought this piece of %#*&%*# about 3 weeks ago. When I opened the box, I was so disappointed about the finish and the material used. It seemed like that it was made in a cheapest labor country using the cheapest aluminum and plastic. The plunge locking lever, the clamp, the height adjustment seem will break down soon with a little use. The plunging action is stuck most time, and the locking mechanism hangs up. After only a couple of times of changing the bits, the spindle lock bend, cracked and stuck there. Now the router can not be used until it gets fixed. Some other guys said better not use the spindle lock, but for making the dovetails, there is no room there for using two wrenches. From the crack, you can tell the material used for the spindle lock is a cheap metal. Also the spindle lock itself is too small to stand a proper torque..
Overall: the plunge base is useless. That means one fourth of its value is gone. The material is cheap, and the finish is poor. Some parts will break down themselves sooner or later with a little use.
Some guy may think I am expecting too much. Come one, this is a more than $250 router. And what router's plunge action should be stuck most time, and the locking mechanism hangs up sometimes? What I expect is that it should do the job it is supposed to do. I think there shuld be some better routers out there in the market.

5-0 out of 5 stars Problems with PC 890 plunge router base
I purchased the PC 895 combo back in February and I also experienced a problem with the plunge base. The plunging action was not smooth and the locking mechanism seemed to hang up. Was not happy with it at all.

Last week I had a trip scheduled to Atlanta so I took my plunge base and motor by the Atlanta PC service center. The technician adjusted the locking mechanism and the plunge and now it seems to work great. The plunging action is smooth and the locking mechanism is crisp and no longer hangs up. I would suggest that any of you who are experiencing this problem to take it by the repair center. There was no charge for this and I am now happy with the plunge mechanism. ... Read more


9. Porter-Cable CPF23400S 3 HP, 4-Gallon Side Stack Compressor
list price: $466.00
our price: $224.00
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Asin: B00004WGQL
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 352
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • One Year Warranty
  • 3 HP induction motor delivers 7.7 SCFM at 40 PSI, 5.5 SCFM at 90 PSI
  • New high-pressure design keeps tank pressure between 110 and 135 PSI
  • Higher tank pressure provides more usable air per tank re-charge
  • Convenient control panel has regulator, gauge, and two quick connect outlets

Reviews (31)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great General Purpose Portable Compressor
I bought this compressor to run nail guns, air sand and spray paint. It is much more compact than other units of similar capacity. The controls are conveniently located and easy to operate. There is an on/off switch located behind the main control that will turn off the unit if you leave it plugged in. (I always unplug everything before leaving my shop.) The tank pressure gauge is just behind it.

The main panel has a working pressure gauge with a pressure adjustment knob next to it. This regulates the pressure that reaches the hoses, not the tank pressure. If you work at lower pressures, the unit will not cycle as often. It is also handy to limit the pressure to safe levels for your various air tools. The two quick connect hose couplers are located on this panel also.

You do have to "break it in" before working with it; just open the drain valve and let it run for 15 minutes. Shut it off, close the valve and turn it back on; you're ready for action! The unit really is portable, especially with the well balanced carry handle protruding from the top. I can easily carry it with one hand from the tank side.

I plug it directly into a 20 amp circuit and have had no problems with breakers popping. I wired my shop area with 12/3 to carry enough current for power tools. The unit does not stay on too long when it cycles, so the noise is not really a problem. It is not as loud as large upright compressors, but it does make a fair amount of noise, although not as much as I expected.

It will keep up with nailers and other "burst" applications without cycling too often. I use it with a Souix air sander and it does run longer when I am working. I like to take a break every minute or so to clear dust anyway, so this is not a problem. I don't think it would keep up with two continuous flow tools. Painting on furniture sized projects is no problem. If you take on a tractor trailer, get a bigger compressor.

Overall, this is an outstanding unit with few limitations for the average user. I also consider it an great value, given its capacity and well thought out design. It will be a great addition to your shop. (It will also inflate tires!)

4-0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Power to Offer...but it needs plenty, too.
This is a nice tight little machine which should have plenty of power
to run two hoses at one time, and the professional HVLP spray painting
gun I plan to use with it in my small general contracting business,
BUT, it will need the right power source. I tried the compressor on an
undedicated 15 amp circuit, and it immediately blew the switch every
time. I called Porter Cable and they admitted this 3HP motor NEEDS A
DICATED 15AMP CIRCUIT (with nothing else on the circuit to compete).
I also learned (the hard way, of course) that if you are using the
compressor with a 50' extension chord (with too high a guage) on a 20
amp circuit, the pump will not get enough electricity to pump air
after cutting-in when the tank pressure drops to 110 psi (the
specified cut-in pressure) - the pump will start pumping, but quickly
stop and you'll hear the motor straining until it blows the 20 amp
circuit, too. Porter Cable told me that if I plan to use even a 20
amp circuit with an extension chord, I need to use a 12 (preferable
10) gauge extention chord (ideally 25' rather than 50'), or the pump
won't get enough juice to cut-in properly and refill the tanks. It's
cheaper, my new Porter Cable friends say, to buy more air hose than
the right gauge extention chord - Ah, such knowledge I'm gaining.
Sadly, the compressor arrived with an air intake filter housing badly
bent downward (done apparently at the factory, as the box from Amazon
wasn't damaged), so I couldn't remove the air filter. AND, the drain
valve (to drain water from the bottom of the tank) would not
completely close allowing lots of air to excape from the tank. In my
chats with an Amazon tool sales rep, and later with a Porter Cable
tech rep (to help me unravel the compressor's electrical-needs
mysteries), both Companies quickly and nicely insisted on sending me a
new air intake filter housing and a new drain valve (I guess I'm
getting two of each?) - no questions asked. The machine is fairly
loud, but it only takes my pump about 6 seconds to refill the tanks
from the 110 psi cut-in pressure to the specified 135 psi cut-out
pressure. I figure the noise level goes hand-in-hand with the added
power this compressor offers - power I think I need. Suggestions: the
manufacturer needs to tighten quality controls inspection of the
product prior to boxing & shipping, and the editorial reviewers
need to "call a spade a spade" in write-ups on this tool's
power needs.

5-0 out of 5 stars First Impressions...
It only took 3-days for my new compressor to arrive at my doorstep! And best of all, the shipping was free! I immediately unpacked the unit and checked it over. It was in perfect condition. I followed the manufacturer's advice and went through the 15-minute break-in period leaving the tank drain valve open while the motor was running. When I shut the valve after 15-minutes of run time, it only took a few seconds to fill the twin tanks to 130 p.s.i. (~90 p.s.i. output). Although I haven't used my compressor yet, first impressions are everything. This unit is compact, relatively light weight, fairly quiet, and fills up extremely quick! I can't wait to attach my air nailer and get to work!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars look no more
175 bucks and free shipping, no brainer, buy 2 because your neighbor won't return yours when you lend it to him.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little air compressor
This air compressor is great! This unit is fairly quiet, compact, light enough to be toted around if needed, no oil needed and very powerful. With 5.5 CFM @ 90 PSI, there is enough power to do most jobs around the house. This unit replaced a 12 year old 15 gallons, 2 hp, craftsman rolling air compressor and all I can say is that I wish I purchased this unit sooner. It runs quieter and is definitely more powerful then the craftsman. I like the portable size too, it doesn't take up too much room. When comparing the 2 units the Porter Cable is definitely stronger, the only difference being that when you are running any tools the compressor is running almost non stop compared to a unit with a larger tank that does not have to refill as fast. I consider this a plus though, because I always drain the tank after each use and it does not take as long to release all the air. At this price range there are many choices out there for anyone looking for a compact air compressor but when you start to compare CFM ratings @ 90 PSI this one has the highest ratings. ... Read more


10. Porter-Cable 4212 12" Dovetail Jig
list price: $159.00
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B0006AAS8S
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter Cable
Sales Rank: 396
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Features

  • Will handle stock from 1/4"-1 1/8"
  • Patented alignment lines and router bit depth stop allow for quick, easy set-up
  • Will cut half-blind dovetails, rabbeted half-blind dovetails, through dovetails, box joints, and dovetail dadoes (sliding dovetails)

11. Porter-Cable RN175A Coil Roofing Nailer
list price: $269.99
our price: $259.99
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Asin: B0000B3AR8
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 8409
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Includes 1 year limited warranty on parts and accessories
  • Uses 15 degree 3/4- to 1-3/4¿ wire collated roofing nails
  • Rounded body style for updated look
  • Powerful high performance motor with adjustable tool-free exhaust diffuser
  • Steel safety contact with dual carbide inserts

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Works good!
I have one of these little nailers - mostly used for roofing sheds. It works good. No complaints. Maybe one nail in 80-100 I'll finish with a light tap with a hammer. That's probably more a ding on the little compressor I use than on the nailer. For what I use it for it works fine. As the man said - It sure beats a hammer.

3-0 out of 5 stars I have a love/hate relationship with this nailer
I should preface this review by saying that this is the first nailer that I have owned other than a brad or staple nailer. My exposure to nailers of this size is limited.

I just finished a siding job on a rent house that I own. The siding I used was Hariplank and it called for roofing nails for installation. I paid $249 for this nailer at Lowes.

The good:

- Much better than a hammer!
- No jams whatsoever
- Durable and tough (with the exception of the magazine cover)

The bad:

- Heavy!!! During the middle of my siding project I worked two days on a habitat for humanity project. On that project I used a DeWalt angled framing nailer. The DeWalt was much lighter than the PC. When climbing up and down ladders and on roofs a few pounds is really noticed.
- Inconsistant driving depth. Probably half of the nails stopped 1/4" - 1/2" short of being flush with the siding. When I attempted to adjust the depth some of the nails were impacting too hard so I had to back off the depth again. Maybe this had something to do with the fact that the material was fiber cement rather than wood?
- The magazine cover is made from a very flimsy plastic. It didn't break on me but I imagine that one day it will.
- For the price a carrying/storage case would have been nice. ... Read more


12. Porter-Cable C3551 Job Boss 4.5 Gallon, 150 PSI, Oil-Lube Mobile Compressor
list price: $369.99
our price: $359.00
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Asin: B0000B3ARN
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 3731
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Here's plenty of power, whatever your pneumatic needs are, and it goes where you need it on big, rugged tires and a telescoping handle. It has enough juice to keep two nailers going at once, and its huge capacity means a lot less down time on the job. Even when it does cycle, it's ready to go back to work in about 15 seconds. The oil-lube design is a plus in our book because it'll run quieter and last longer than oil-free models. Bravo to Porter-Cable for their removable two-port console design, too. Take it to your roughest job site and have no fear—it rolls like a dream, even up and down steps. Just for safety's sake, there's a great roll bar protecting the pump and motor. If you're a contractor looking for the right compressor, you've found it.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

Features

  • 120 V/ 60 hertz/1 phase motor
  • 2.5 hp single tank air compressor
  • Oil-lube air compressor for maximum durability
  • 150-PSI tank pressure for longer tool run time,
  • Quiet motor is easy on eardrums

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars way to go porter cable BEST MACHINE ON THE MARKET
this my 2nd air compressor matter fact I was building a arbor for the back yard after pressure was reached for nailgun I work over 1 hour before the compressor recycled the only problem I have had is to set the pressure on the nail gun after about 2 tries it worked perfect. I really like the idea on the removeable gauge face the compressor stay in 1 spot and 50 to 100 feet you can attact the face to a fixed object so you can save on trips back to the compressor when you need another nailgun as in replaceing the framer to finishing gun .great idea porter cable WAY TO GO PORTER CABLE

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding compressor
After using and wearing out several other compressors over the years, I have learned a thing or two about quality. While I use a couple of the DeWalt compressors in my business and am pleased, this PC is my new baby. Very quiet. Works well, as promised, on a 15amp circuit, and just generally well made. The wheels are GREAT. Removeable outlet/guage panel is a very good idea. Will easily run 2 framers unless the guys are very fast. Don't even think about buying the oil free version. The oiled units are quieter and have 3-4 times the lifespan of their oil free brothers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Performs to expectations
I purchased the porter cable model C3551 after considering the Dewalt suitcase carry model. Although the Dewalt weighed 20 pounds less, I liked the Porter Cable model that rolls. I also had reservations about the number of Dewalt suitcase models being sold as referbished.

My C3551 arrived with a defective tank pressure guage. I called Porter Cable, and they are sending me a replacement guage. According to the output regulator, the cut-off pressure was right at 150 pounds and cut-in was near 120 pounds. The manual was easy to read and follow. The break-in procedure was simple and necessary. I believe it will operate a round head nailer and roofing nailer with moderate use as stated by the manufacturer. Both meet my needs. The noise level was not excessive, and a conversation can be carried without shouting.
I am very pleased with the performance. I specifically wanted an oil lube compressor for durability, and this model fits that requirement.

The Porter Cable logo was not put on with the greatest of care, but it hardly merits any bad criticism. For handyman work or specialty trim nailing, this compressor is ideal. It is well worth the 5 star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great design/performance, small QC problem
I bought this compressor to run Porter-Cable air nailers. The component layout is well done and compact. The regulator, cut-on/off control, and compressor are well protected. I like the single tank design better than the popular twin stack design (fewer welds to crack/leak). The handle extends out similar to that of a high-end travel luggage with wheels. The beefy tires allow it to pull over curbs, bumps, and up stairs with good ground clearance and roll-over stability. The metal plate on top is handy for storing the air hose. This will serve well for transporting the compressor to various remodeling jobs.

The compressor is quiet enough for indoor use; it doesn't drown out conversation in the same room. The first day of use, I noticed that the compressor would cycle on once every 1 1/2 hours, even with no use of the attached air nailer. Yet, there was no hissing sound from a leak. With the soapy water method, I found that the safety valve threads were leaking air, and the large threaded coupling into the main tank (under the check valve) was leaking a lot of air. After depressurizing the tank, I removed the factory compound from the threads and put on fresh joint compound (teflon tape is a no-no for air applications). After that, the compressor could hold steady for 1-2 days---no pressure drop at all. The factory joint compound looked as though it was put on too sparingly, but even then, it seems like a QC check would have found the two air leaks just by doing a pressure leak-down test.

The compressor is powerful, and rebuilds pressure for each cycle in only 10-15 seconds. At around 150 psi, the capacity is a lot --- it only cycled on 2 to 3 times a day when using a 18-gauge brad nailer. Since this compressor is oil-lubricated, it has a higher duty cycle than the oil-free version (will help when using framing nailers). The literature for this 4.4 CFM@90psi compressor rates it for only 1 framing nailer, even though similarly sized previous models with slightly less CFM@90 are rated for 2 framing nailers. I called Porter-Cable support to get an explanation. The guy provided the crucial data: A framing nailer such as FR350A only consumes 0.06 CF of air per nail. It's not the stated number of nailers that matters, it's the nail rate... 4.4/0.06 = 73 nails / minute or more for all attached nailer(s), plenty of capacity for my needs.

The tank pressure regulation is supposed to be 150psi (cut-off) and 120psi (cut-on). The indicated tank pressure was more like 145 / 115, but the manual indicates that the 150/120 spec is approximate. The deviation could be in the gauge rather than the controls. Anyway, what matters more is the accuracy and stability of the output pressure, which worked well.

The manal is well written, and its procedures (such as break-in) are very important to follow. Even though this is my first compressor, the manual is thorough enough in describing the dangers (inherent to all compressors) to make me feel comfortable using it.

The front console is easily removed (insert air hose between console and compressor), for remote regulation at tool use site.
Despite the minor air leaks that got past QC, I still give this product 5 stars for its design, performance, and oil-lube cast-iron cylinder durability .

5-0 out of 5 stars It rolls!
The only unit of its type I've found that rolls over rough terrain in a balanced fashion. Easy to move around indoors and out. Powerful motor and compressor. Have used it to run two nail guns at the same time without excessive run time. Came fully assembled and ready to run...just had to fill with oil that was included. Runs on a 15 amp electrical circuit with no problems. Heavy duty, high quality piece of equipment that runs circles around similar units I've used. ... Read more


13. Porter-Cable 362VSK 4" x 24" Belt Sander with Case
list price: $408.00
our price: $224.99
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Asin: B0001ZI5DI
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter Cable
Sales Rank: 995
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Porter Cable 362VSK 4" x 24" Belt Sander Variable Speed ... Read more

Features

  • Powerful 12.0 amp motor provides 20% more power than before
  • Motor is located directly over platen for maximum performance and perfect balance
  • Variable speed dial is conveniently placed on the handle allowing belt speed adjustment from 1,000 to 1,500 SFPM
  • Designed for flush sanding up to vertical surfaces

Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars almost good
I've owned this sander for a couple years, but not being a big fan of belt sanders it has spent much of that time wishing I would notice it. Sporadic use made me feel that it was a worthwhile addition to the toolset, but it wasn't really tested until recently. Retired now, I volunteered to install an unfinished red oak floor in my son's family room, and having the time I decided to use the PC 362VSK for the sanding phase. I consider this a serious use of a belt sander. Here are my thoughts so far:

The tool is heavy (as we all know), so its weight (combined with the proper belt grit) provides the necessary "pushing down" force. Belt change is easy. Belt tracking is also easy to set and even if tracking wanders (not often) the easily-accessible knob makes it a non-issue. The balance seems to be good. After doing the entire floor (3 grits) it was still going strong.

Now for the negative, no stars (not even a glimmer) ratings: the dust collection is pathetic. That useless bag sticking up there getting in the way, coupled to the tool with an ineffective ball thingy that's difficult to use (and has no seal) is..well...pathetic. The dust bag will eventually fill, but this is purely coincidental...not to be confused with a dust collection system that actually works. And as far as I can see the port isn't designed to be connected to a separate vacuum...I duct-taped the hose of my Fein vac to the port and that worked well, but c'mon...duct tape?? (BTW if you take this route also tape the power cord to the vac hose making it essentially one unit...much easier to manage).

The other major issue is the sanding shoe...it warps, as another reviewer reported. Mine became convex, so the sander "rolled around" on the platen digging in and not sanding flat. Some time ago I had purchased some carbon impregnated fabric from Woodworker's Supply that was designed to be used on sander platens, so I took the metal shoe off, fitted a piece of this stuff to the cork shoe, and it worked fine. I wouldn't recommend this machine until PC includes the carbon shoe as standard. If you do buy it get the carbon shoe at the same time and send the metal one to PC with some appropriate suggestion as to what they might do with it.

This tool can do the job, but out of the box I don't consider it ready for a serious sanding project. You have to figure out how to deal with dust collection because Porter Cable hasn't, and you have to get rid of the metal shoe. It's probably one of the best 4x24s out there apart from these issues, but if mine ever goes to the boneyard I'll be tempted to try the Bosch.

5-0 out of 5 stars High quality
I have had this sander now for 10 years,and have put many hours of use on it. Absolutely no problems with reliability,no problems with the platen.This is a heavy sander,so I use it on larger surfaces; the vac bag really works.If you have a lot of surface to sand down, this will do the job.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great sander that gets the job done.
Finally decided to buy this sander, was waiting for others to review it first.Bought it at Home depot, since I needed it immediately for subfloor preparation.It does everything that is promised and it definitely has enough power.Although I found myself using it on high speed.Getting the belt tracking takes a bit of practice but stays centered otherwise.I used it all weekend sanding OSB underlayment for our subfloor in preperation for laminate flooring.It did everything I had hoped for.It did not remove material as fast as I though it would even with 60 grit belts, but this is in comparison with a floor sander, so no fault of the product.Only reason why I rated 4 is because of the sanding shoe that comes with it.I read some other posts on similar sanders and some people had problems with the sanding shoe warping.Well I had that exact same problem with this unit.So I highly recommend getting the graphite impregnated sanding shoe along with this sander.Once the shoe cups in the center, it is essentially useless since there is no more contact with the surface, other than the edges.This thing does get very hot quickly, which would explain the shoe cupping so fast.Light work would probably not see this cupping so soon, but since I was sanding floors, it was immediate.The dust extraction works good, it actually sucks the dust into the bag very well, as compared to other sanders.It is heavy as you hear from others, but this comes in handy where the weight may do some of the work for you by staying in one place.I paid the same price for the sander as amazon had listed, but I also had to pay tax.But got a 10% off lowes coupon from ebay and used it since HD takes competitors coupons, so was less than amazon.Overall I am happy with the unit. Just to give you an idea of how powerful this thing is, it was able to drag me across the room while on my kneepads and I'm 160 lbs.It was kind of fun, when I was done sanding one area, I would use the sander to drag myself to the next room and continue working without having to stand up. ... Read more


14. Porter-Cable 9750 Variable Angle Tiger Saw Kit
list price: $350.00
our price: $199.00
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Asin: B0000ASDMK
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 487
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Includes 1 year limited warranty on parts and accessories
  • 11.5 amps, 0-2,900 spm, 1-1/4" stroke
  • Keyless clamp and shoe with variable speed trigger
  • 180 degree joint adjustment and 360 degree blade rotation
  • Includes case

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Designed Tool
I bought this saw a year about a year ago. I needed to cut a 2" cast iron pipe that came up vertically through a 12 inch square concrete hole. The cut had to be in the bottom of the hole and be at a perfect 90 degree angle. Theoretically the same cut could have been made with a modified hacksaw, but it would have taken 50 blades and two days. With this saw it took two blades and 10 minutes. This was the only power tool that could perform this cut, which it did with some effort on my part The important part was that this cut eliminated the need to delay the project for three days to remove a hot water tank and a three foot square area of concrete in order to use a standard reciprocating saw or grinder. Since then I have found this saw to work great as both a standard reciprocating saw and as a special purpose saw.

Most of the time this saw is used like any other reciprocating saw - fully extended and straight. However, the one time that you need to cut something that is not in front of you and perfectly square to you, you will see where this tool shines. The head on this saw can be positioned in many angles and the blade literally spins 360 degrees. This adjustability does two things. First, it effectively makes the saw shorter, which was why it worked where no other could in my plumbing example. Second, the saw can be adjusted to literally fit the angle of the material that you are cutting, no matter where you are in relation to that material. Often, when you use a reciprocating saw in a remodel situation, you don't have the luxury of standing dead square in front of a level cutting surface.

This saw gives you more control by allowing the blade to be adjusted so it is square to the cutting surface when the operator cannot get into that same position. Since, the head on this saw that holds the blades can be positioned at almost any angle relative to the trigger handle, this means that you can get the saw's shoe, into a position that allows the shoe to rest on some part of the project; thus improving control AND safety. For example, with this saw, you can cut fit the saw head (not the whole saw) between 2x4 studs on 16" centers. This allows you to make more precise, square cuts in existing walls (say that have sheet rock on one side that you do not want to disturb) for modifications to the framing. Reciprocating saws have always been good for remodel work, but this saw is amazing. This saw has a system for loading blades that is quick and secure. The saw is smooth running and the variable speed control is .... well.... smooth. You can make cuts with this saw that, until now, were done with handsaws, drills, chisels, brute force and circular saws held in dangerous positons.

I have thought about writing this review since I bought this saw over a year ago and used it on my plumbing project. I have used it many times since and each time I think "I am going to write a review on this saw because people need to know that the extra money spent on this saw is well worth it for the added functionality." I used the saw AGAIN this weekend and I was AGAIN reminded how well designed and built this saw is. If you plan to use this saw for remodeling you will not be dissapointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST SAW EVER MADE , MOVE OVER MILWAKEE
I HAVE BEEN A CONTRACTOR AND HOME BUILDER FOR 30 YRS AND I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A MILWAKEE SAWZALL FAN,BUT HAVE ALWAYS ADMIRED THE TIGER SAW FOR ITS SHEAR POWER.THEN CAME THE VARIABLE ANGLE TIGER SAW AND I HAD TO HAVE ONE. WELL THE GUY WHO DESIGNED THIS SAW IS ONE OF THE GREATEST MINDS IN TOOL DESIGN. THIS SAW CAN BE ARTICULATED INTO ANY POSITION YOU NEED. IT GOES WHERE NO OTHER SAW WILL GO AND ALLOWS YOU TO HOLD IT IN POSITIONS THAT MAKE IT EASIER AND MUCH LESS DANGEROUS TO THE OPERATOR AND THE POWER IS FANTASTIC, IT CAN'T BE STOPPED. THIS IS NO GIMIC, THIS IS A SAW IN A CLASS ALL BY ITSELF, THERE IS NO BETTER SAW OUT THERE.THIS SAW IS WORTH TWICE THE MONEY,DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND SPEND THE EXTRA MONEY ,ITS WORTH EVERY PENNY AND YOU WILL NEVER BE SORRY. ... Read more


15. Porter-Cable 7812 10-Gallon Tool-Triggered Wet/Dry Vacuum
list price: $450.00
our price: $233.00
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Asin: B00004TRAS
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 1294
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • One Year Warranty/30 Day Performance Certification
  • Powerful 9 amp motor
  • Dual filtration system provides 99.85% filtration efficiency for fine dust pick-up
  • Built-in outlet for use with power tools--vacuum starts automatically when tool is turned on
  • Large wheels for easy maneuvering

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Really works
Purchased vacuum for use with the PC drywall sander. The sander works great, and in combination with the vacuum, I finished drywall with the door to the room open. It's not particularly loud, and the auto-on feature (accessory plugs into vacuum, vacuum plugs into wall) when you turn on the accessory tool is great. I used it on a chop saw as well as the drywall sander for renovation of two rooms in an occupied house. The bags hold plenty and the secondary filter (like a large lawn mower air filter) keeps everything out of the air. Didn't like the cheap-ish hose, and it could use an adapter that fits std vacuum accessories. Watch power usage: add amps of vacuum and your accessory tool.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great vac and dust collector
I have been using this vacuum for over a month now building custom cabinets in basements. I agree with most of the other comments regarding the nice features-especially the tool trigger outlet.

With the vac hooked up to my table saw, circular saw or router table, dust is held to a manageable level. No more choking on plywood dust! While the vac won't catch all the dust (don't expect to work in a finished area and not get dust anywhere in the room)it keeps the air a lot clearer. Also makes clean-up at the end of the day a breeze.

My only complaints are the lame single hook for the cord and the thin diameter of the vacuum hose--don't plan to pick up small scraps or longer nails/screws.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Vacuum for the money
This vacuum has picked up everything that I needed it to. Porter Cable even allows the use of bags to collect all the dust, so you don't have a mess in emptying the full vacuum. You don't need to use the bags if you have a lot of clean up. The built in pleated air filter catches all the dust, and the outside cleaning tool allows easy cleaning of the filter without opening the vacuum. The on board storage brackets for the accessories and the auto shut-off feature for water pick-up are also great. The tool power feature, is great. When used with the power outlet for tools, the vacuum only turns on when the tool is running and turns it off after 15 sec when you turn off the tool The purchase of the accessory kit will save you trouble finding attachments. The literature and manual also could be a little better. Unit has been running great for about six months in my shop almost every day. No problemsb

2-0 out of 5 stars good and bad
1. the tool-trigger feature can really save your back from back ache and head from head ache

2. I don't mind it getting dirty because it's already black and grey!

What I didn't like:

I'd rather get a Fein vacuum because the wheels seem to give better mobilty; the same can be said of those Ridgid vacuums at HD. This PC seems to be able to move forward and backward very wheel, but not sideways. That's a really important feature, especially if you're having a bad day and you don't want to wrestle with the vacuum. The Fein also has similar features to this Porter-Cable. Lastly, this thing is a little bulky.

4-0 out of 5 stars good quiet vacuum
I was looking for a new shop vac to replace my 15 y/o
Sears Shopvac and save my hearing. Having purchased and used several different house vacuums over the years, severe dust allergies required me to purchase a Nilfisk HEPA vacuum for house. After using this I realized how much fine dust < 1 micron leaves the exhaust in my Shopvac. My choices for vacuum were narrowed down to Fein and P-Cable. It is easy to find Fein Vacuums in local woodstores. Finding information on Porter Cable is very hard. I ended up purchasing PC based on reviews here. I liked features of Porter cable more as it was designed for drywall vacuuming. Fein required extra filters and brackets for fine dust. I still cannot find data on how fine filtration is on Porter's unit. It appears excellent as it comes.
I agree with other reviewer that accessory tools are essential
It can clean any car, boat, shop or garage mess. Unit is very quiet. I wish it had a place to wrap electrical cord when stored.
Hose appears narrow caliber and flimsy for quality of vacuum.
It wheels easily and doesn't seem to tip over easily at all.
The plastic casing is well made and very durable.
Overall I am very impressed. ... Read more


16. Porter-Cable BN200A 18 Gauge, 2" Brad Nailer Kit
list price: $232.00
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B00004SBBQ
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 168
Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This Porter-Cable 18-gauge, 2-inch brad nailer is a compact, comfortable-to-carry unit that might not offer quite as many extras as other (more expensive) units, but it's very reliable and does its job well. This nailer shoots standard brads from 3/4 to 2 inches long and has an anodized magazine with a reload indicator. The die-cast aluminum body is lightweight but still very strong, and the handle is comfortable to hold, even over long periods of time. The quick-release nosepiece lets you clear jams quickly and easily. Other features include a sequential fire trigger, a safety that's located behind the driver guide for driving brads in tight spaces, an easy-to-adjust depth guide, a directional exhaust port, and a removable rubber nose. The kit comes with a 1/4-inch male coupler with dust cover, a rugged plastic carrying case, oil, and 1,000 brads. --Jonathon Tudor ... Read more

Features

  • One year warranty/30 day performance certification
  • Uses standard 18 gauge brad nails from 3/4 to 2 inches long
  • Adjustable exhaust port and depth-of-drive
  • Removable non-marring tip to protect delicate work
  • Quick-release nosepiece for fast clearing of jams

Reviews (29)

5-0 out of 5 stars Call Me Quick Draw Magraw!!
Hello All,

I'm so thrilled with this new brad nailer that, I'm telling everyone about it. I purchased this unit as a replacement for an older model Campbell Hausfeld brad nailer. What I LOVE about this unit is, that it has the ability to ADJUST the brad depth. For many moons my only means of doing this with my Campbell Hausfeld unit, was to drop the air pressure.(What a royal PITA)I also purchased brads ranging in length from 5/8"-2" to test the gun with.

The BN200A shot all the above brads without a catch, not a single misfire nor any problems with drifting brad depths. I can't say enough good things about this nailer!! If you're looking for a great little brad nailer at a good price, then look no further! I truly believe that you too will find the weight and quality construction of this brad nailer outstanding.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet!
I've only used one other brad nailer and it was as flawless in functionality as this one, but the PC has more features that make it worth the price.
I really like the nail-depth setting, it's a LOT nicer than adjusting air pressure(yuck!!) I also like the swiveling exhaust port, I always seem to get in a position that I get an oily blast of air in my face before I remember to move the port somewhere else.
I haven't had a single problem with it, no jams or misfires.
Very nice tool!

As far as the fit and finish, this guy is top notch. It feel solidly built and very well balanced.

I actually like that this only has a single-fire trigger. I can't see needing to use a brad nailer at the pace of one of the bigger framers with a bump trigger. One is available at extra cost if you find a need, though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works well, great price, better than Senco FP18
I was looking for a 2" brad nailer to do wood trim and help with furniture building. I wanted an 18 gauge for the tiny hole that it makes and virtually non-existent wood splitting compared to a 15 or 16 gauge nailer. 2" is enough to go through the trim and drywall and bite into the wall stud.

I originally bought a Senco FP18 brad nailer based on Senco's reputation and the fact that it went on sale for a great price at the local Menards. However, it did not set brads very deep in the wood - barely 1/32" below the surface, any size nail, any type of wood, at 120 psi.

The Senco went back, and I ordered this Porter Cable from Amazon with the free shipping. Ordered Sunday night, arrived Thursday. This nailer has a very solid feel and does an excellent job setting the brads deeply into any wood, including 2" brads into solid red oak. It works fine off of 90 psi.

I am very happy with this unit, and with Amazon's shipping. I've ordered lots of various things from Amazon and always have great results.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good little brad nailer so far
One of my coworkers recently bought a reconditioned Porter Cable BN200A because the Senco SLP20 at work wouldn't countersink brads anymore. The first Porter Cable brad nailer he bought was defective (misfired), so he exchanged it for one that worked properly. We've been using the Porter Cable for several weeks now, and it has held up nicely.

We've mainly used it on quartersawn oak, particularly the smaller pieces of trim. The adjustable depth of drive functions as expected, and the nailer has had adequate power. It countersinks well and leaves only a small hole in the wood. The only time I've experienced difficulties with it was when I tried to fasten trim to a plaster-coated brick wall in an old house. The brads couldn't penetrate the brick behind the plaster. However, this isn't a shortcoming of the nailer since I couldn't even get my 15-gauge Hitachi finish nailer to drive through the brick without pretzelling.

I like the short height of this brad nailer--it came in handy when attaching trim behind a cast iron radiator where there wasn't much room.

If you're trying to decide between buying a 15-gauge or 18-gauge nailer, perhaps this will help. In my opinion, the 15-gauge nailer is more versatile because 1) it can fire longer nails (good for attaching crown molding, door casing, baseboards and some framing applications); 2) it can be used for structural applications like setting prehung windows & doors; 3) the 15-gauge nails are more difficult to bend so they have better success when firing into hard or dense surfaces (plaster & lath, plaster over mortar, soft brick, thick MDF, etc.); 4) angled 15-gauge finish nailers can fit into some spaces better than straight brad nailers. However, the 18-gauge brad nailer excels in firing into small diameter trim pieces (door jambs, shoe base, etc.) and in situations where the size of the nail hole is more important than the strength or length of the nail. Although some 18-gauge brad nailers can fire up to 2 inch long brads, the longer brad lengths are so thin that they sometimes have difficulty penetrating dense materials without pretzelling all over the place. A 15-gauge nail will generally penetrate farther and hold better.

I gave the Porter Cable 4 stars (instead of 5) because the first one my coworker bought was defective.

5-0 out of 5 stars A litte gem, well engineered with consistent results!
I tried the Porter Cable BN200A and the Bostitch BT200K. The PC worked flawlessly, felt more solid, and just generally outperformed the Bostitch. This surprised me since I own other Bostitch nailers and am quite satisfied with them. The Bostitch would not throw the nails consistently slowing down my work flow considerably. Additionally the PC seems to be able to tolerate different types of nails more easily. All in all the PC is just simply better. Spend slightly more and save yourself time and trouble => Buy the Porter Cable. ... Read more


17. Porter-Cable 6605 Fiber/Cement Shear
list price: $219.99
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B00006J6QA
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 1731
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Aluminum gear housing and magnesium bearing plate for durability
  • Powerful 6.8 amp motor
  • Electronically controlled 0-2,500 strokes per minute
  • Contoured soft-grip and multi-position belt clip for comfort and convenience
  • Cleanly cuts cement siding and backerboard up to 5/16-inch thick

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Fiber Cement Siding Tool
This shear works great for installing fiber cement. I used it in conjunction with a fiber cement saw to install about 30 squares worth of siding on my home. The only function that it is not really good for is to trim a small amount off of an edge. That is where the saw comes in. It also produces very little dust. ... Read more


18. Porter-Cable DA250B 15-Gauge, 2-1/2" Angle Nailer Kit
list price: $209.99
our price: $184.00
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Asin: B00006411D
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 558
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

Porter Cable’s redesigned angle nailer fires standard 15-gauge angled finish nails and brings along a list of improved features and benefits. For starters, Porter-Cable upped the nail capacity, taking nails from 1 inch to 2-1/2 inches. The streamlined body balances the ample magazine in the center of the handle rather than off to one side, offering better balance than most of its competitors. Another nice redo: the angled coupler minimizes interference with the air hose during reloading. The tool’s weight is down, too, from 6 pounds down to 4.2 pounds, thanks in part to a new Teflon cylinder and a high-impact plastic magazine. The magazine loads from the rear with a by-pass pusher you can reach from either side of the tool. A non-marring rubber nose tip (with on-tool storage) will protect your workpiece. This nailer comes with a restrictive trigger, but a bottom-actuated trigger kit is available from Porter Cable.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

Features

  • Adjustable exhaust port and depth-of-drive for maximum comfort and control
  • Drives 1-inch to 2-1/2-inch, 15 gauge DA type finish nails
  • Internal piston-catch ensures full driver blade stroke every time
  • In-line glass filled magazine for left or right hand access
  • Quick-release nose piece for fast clearing of jams and less down time

Reviews (9)

5-0 out of 5 stars Is this a cannon or what?
I was building a cabinet the other day and using this nailer, and man, I tell you, you could feel and hear the power of this puppy throughout the shop. It fired rounds of 2" nails in solid oak and with every shot, there was a consistent message being sent out to the wood, "don't mess with me"!
When working with solid hardwood material, and finish nails, the last thing that you want is your nails to be proud of the surface where you have to go back and set them all manually, or the nailer leaving an ugly mar on the surface. None of that with this baby;) It sets the nails and does it exactly where you want them. Very nice tool!

5-0 out of 5 stars This tool is more powerful, than the 16 gauge finish nailer
I have been using Porter Cables 16 gauge finish nailer, and their 18 gauge finish brad nailer, for over a year now. It has performed great. I was doing some tongue and groove cedar on a wall, and wasn't able to get a the nail on the 16 to sit down flush in the upper corner of the tongue. I picked up one of these 15 gauge, the new DA250B, and this thing kicks butt. It is substantially more powerful, than the 16 gauge. POW, their is no mistake about it. What that amounted to, was the 16 gauge would not drive the nail all the way into the inaccessable corner of the tongue. When I tried it with the 15 gauge, it drove the nail in further, all the way to clean with the surface, down in the corner. The 16 gauge took it to the extent the tip would go, but the 15 gauge went beyond the restriction, all the way to a flush finish. So you could say, the tongue extends out farther on the 15, like beyond flush. It is not the air pressure, I'm running it on a 6HP 60 gallon tank, or the setting of the head depth, I played with all of those. It simply is a more powerful machine, and the tongue appears to extend more, to drive the nail deeper in situations where you can't get the head all the way in a corner. It drives it in anyway.
I would like to make a comparison. It is like comparing the 18 gauge to the 16, but moreso. Maybe it is the new technology, but this thing kicks. The second you fire the first nail, you know it, before you even look at the result. It does leave a larger hole of course, and it has a slight D-shape to it. Reminds you of the old hand forged nail look, but on a finish nail size, and it is a little hole, rather than an exposed nail.
You will notice that Porter Cable states that it is improved to accept other manufacturers nails. I think that may be the nature of the problem some others were experiencing with the older model. They put strange nails in the gun, but now it can accept them.
I highly recommend it, and I expect it will give me the same reliability the 16 and the 18 have given me over the year.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect the first time
I purchased this nailer as a companion to a P-C brad nailer that I had gotten in a combo kit. I was building cabinets for my garage (about 20 feet worth) and wanted something that could handle larger nails. I built drawers, face frames and various wooden assessories for the cabinets. I went through nearly 1000 shots in the first week without the least problems or bumps. And the time it saved in labor probably paid for the unit. I have had no trouble with it at all. When not in use, I keep it clean and cased... the secret to air tools. The overall quality is very good... well worth the price. So far, solid and reliable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Exactly as expected
I would give it 4.5 stars but that is not an option. I got this one for xmas, I guess the wish list on amazon does work (hehe). Just finished up a basement finsish, shot about 4 boxes of 2.5" and 2" nail through it, not a one miss or jam (watch me jinx myself). I do know that porter cable has completely redesigned the "B" version of this gun, maybe all the negative feedback for it was for the "A" version. I can't complain about this nailer, not in the least, except it seems to be slightly inconsistent in the "blow out" in the wood. It feels light in your hand and the adjustable exhaust is great.

2-0 out of 5 stars Expensive to repair
I bought the DA250A after owning the Porter Cable brad nailer/compressor combo for over one year. I never had a problem with either one, and was expecting the same performance, but I was very disappointed. It worked fine with the Porter Cable nails it came with (about 500 nails), but it consistently jammed using Senco nails, gouging the magazine, rendering the nailer useless. Speaking of gouging, a new magazine is about [$], one third of the cost of a new nail gun! I can see why Porter Cable redesigned the gun, but I am now wary of buying another product from them despite the good luck I've had with their router and brad nailer because of these problems. Porter Cable should give a trade-in allowance on this poorly designed product. ... Read more


19. Porter-Cable 324MAG 7-1/4" Blade Right Circular Saw
list price: $240.00
our price: $119.00
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Asin: B0001GUEE0
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 284
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

All circular saws are not equal. This one would sit above the rest even if all that set it apart was its blade-change system. No more wrestling with wrenches—-say hello to Porter-Cable's Quik-Change keyless, tool-free blade change setup. It's ingenious in its ease and simplicity. But the good news doesn't stop there. It's aggressive and powerful, cutting cleanly through whatever you feed it. Some really nice features distinguish it, too, like the on-board cord clip that keeps the power cord clear of your cutting line. And the built-in dust port that rotates 205 degrees for efficient dust collection with a 1-inch outlet. Even the handle gets a nod from us, with its soft, comfortable grip. Miter capacity is a versatile 0-50 degrees, and of course, there's a super-accurate positive stop at 45 degrees. Whether you're a dedicated home do-it-yourselfer or a professional, you can't go wrong with this saw.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

Features

  • Standard equipment: Saw, 18T carbide tipped Riptide blade #12800, case #907834, and operating manual
  • Quik-Change keyless blade change offers tool-less blade changes in seconds
  • Magnesium construction provides more durability and lighter weight at 9lbs
  • Aggressive cuts with a 15 amp motor at 5,800 RPM
  • 100% ball and needle bearing

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Saw
Flawless. All the power you would ever want in a circ saw, with barely half the weight of a worm drive. The cast magnesium base is rock solid, glides easily, and adjusts like a dream. Adjustable dust chute, comfortable grips, solid trigger.

How much did this cost again? Can that really be the price?

This saw takes on all comers.

My shop is fast becoming the domain of Porter Cable, and it's because of tools like this. I have a vivid imagination, and I can't think of anything - anything at all - that could make this a better tool. Highly recommended! ... Read more


20. Porter-Cable CFBN200A 2" 18 Gauge Brad Nailer/Compressor Combo Pack
list price: $472.00
our price: $238.00
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Asin: B000067A4D
Catlog: Home Improvement
Manufacturer: Porter-Cable
Sales Rank: 178
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Remember when you were a kid on Christmas morning, with a pile of new toys to play with--but no batteries? Well, Porter-Cable's not going to let that happen to you again. Here they've packaged their hard-working 18-gauge brad nailer with its power source--a 15 amp, 120-volt, 6-gallon compressor driven by a 2-horsepower oil-free motor. Fill up the nailer with standard 18-gauge brads from 3/4 inch to 2 inches long, hook up, and you're ready to install baseboards, chair rails, moldings, even make quick work of those wooden craft items like country shelves and vegetable bins. Here's a nice feature: the safety is located behind the driving guide, so you can work in tight spaces. The die-cast body weighs only 2-3/4 pounds, and a removable rubber nose won't leave a mark on your workpiece. There's a handy depth adjustment for setting the drive depth of the nail and a directional exhaust port. When the anodized magazine's visual reload indicator tells you you're empty, reach into the rugged carrying case, where there's room to store 5,000 brads. The kit comes with quick connects, 25 feet of 300 psi air hose and thread sealing tape. It's the perfect combination at a really good price. Kris Jensen-Van Heste ... Read more

Features

  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Professional nailer shoots 3/4" to 2" 18 gauge brad nails
  • Nailer features cushion grip, depth of drive, quick-release nosepiece, and directional exhaust
  • Oil-free compressor produces 3.7 scfm at 40 psi and 2.7 scfm at 90 psi
  • Complete kit with quick-connects, 25' 300 psi air hose, thread sealing tape, nailer case, and wrenches

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product delivers almost everything promised
This nailer kit is by far one of the greastest additions to my home workshop. The tool is flawless and the uses for readily available compressed air keep on coming. Ordering from Amazon was easy and the product arrived on time in excellent condition. One of the main reasons I purchased from Amazon was the $50 promotional certificate. DON'T EXPECT AMAZON TO HONOR THEIR OFFER. All you get is some gibberish about a technical error from Amit. Fat chance I will ever buy anything from Amazon.com again.

4-0 out of 5 stars A happy owner!!
I bought this kit because I wanted a larger compressor than I had, one with a tank, and a brad gun. I came upon this and bought it. The gun is great and never jams and is easily adjustable. The compressor works flawlessly. My only complaint (be it a minor one for me) is that the thing sounds like a jackhammer. It is LOUD!!! I mostly use it in my garage so I ended up puting it in a shed outside and running a hose into the garage. Now I barely hear it. The 4 stars is only because of the noise level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good deal for the money
Positives: works very well, plenty of power to drive nails into hardwood, doesn't split the wood (even at the edge of a board), it's consistent in depth of drive, doesn't mar the surface, and the price is good.
Negatives: none other than the noise of the compressor, but hey it's a power tool what do you expect.
Summary: highly recommend!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my needs.
I purchased this kit because I had a ton of baseboard molding to replace. This included everything I needed in one convenient package and is perfectly sized for my needs. I have used it for molding installation and have purchased two additional nailers to use with the compressor: a framing nailer and flooring stapler. The compressor will cycle more often because of its small capacity but that is not a problem as long as you are near an electrical source. This is the perfect size for the home improvement enthusiast. ... Read more


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