Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 7
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Schneal Good for tight spaces
I'm renovating a portion of my attic and there are lots of spots with very little room to swing a hammer. This gun worked great for installing connectors in awkward locations. In spaces where I could swing a hammer, this gun cut the time for installation by about 90%. I could only drive one or two nails by hand in the same time this gun takes to do the entire connector.
Quality seems good but I've not used it a lot yet. Weight and balance are fine. Be sure to follow the instructions and put a couple of drops of oil in the gun before each use. After about 3 nails, I had a jamb but once I added some oil, it worked without jambs for the rest of the project.
July 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike4Online Great nail gun for connectors
This nailer works well with 1.5 inch Strapshot nails to fasten Simpson connectors to Douglas fir framing. I happen to be pre-drilling to ensure no splits. I can drive these 1.5 inch nails into pre-drilled holes at a mere 50 psi.
I took the advice in the PMC250 user guide and bought 1/2" air hose (two 50 foot Flexilla hoses), and connected them using 3/8 inch fittings (Milton "H" style). These fittings are 3/8" industrial on the "body" half of the fitting, and 3/8 or 1/4 inch pipe thread on the other side. I also bought a 1/4 inch male by 3/8 inch industrial ball swivel connector for the end of the gun, from Acme Automotive. The swivel connector, Milton H fittings and Flexizilla 1/2" hose ensure minimal resistance from the compressor and plenty of power to drive nails. No leaks, either.
I also intend to drive 2.5 inch galvanized Strapshot nails into pre-drilled holes to fasten 1/2 inch plywood sheathing to cripple wall studs -- part of a seismic retrofit. I may update this review once I've had a chance to try out the 2.5 inch nails.
The tech support at Prime Global Products, the makers of Freeman nail guns, is excellent. They sent me a Freeman air hose and fittings -- 2nd day delivery, at no charge -- after I mentioned difficulties I was having with leaky (non-Milton) fittings. That's going above and beyond any customer support I've ever encountered previously.
Tech support also pointed out that I should not use oil labeled "Air Tool Oil", and instead look for oil labeled "Pneumatic Tool Oil". That was a distinction that was lost on me. I bought DeWALT-branded pneumatic tool oil from Home Depot and it seems fine. Which brings up a point: though the PMC250 is technically an oil-free design, the manual recommends adding two or three drops to the incoming air port each time you use the gun. So it isn't really oil free.
I bought the Freeman Mini Palm Nailer as well, and it's great, too.
December 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mikkel1955 Great feel and ballance.
From the first use, this nailer felt comfortable in my hand. The balance is well suited for the way I work. I like the attention to detail, from an easy to use safety to an oil bottle that comes with a cap so you don't have to worry about it leaking all over your tool box.
The front loading of nails is a bit different then what I am used to, but it works out well. One feature that may not be as popular is that you can not hold the trigger and drive a nail each time you bring the tool in contact with the work. You have to release the trigger between nails. I like this feature, but I am normally pausing between nails to get the next one lined up. So this safety feature works well for me.
August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by HDKevin Quality seems good but unable to find nails
This nailer seems to have a lot to offer but I am unable to find any 2.5 inch 35 degree nails at Home Depot. The instructions indicate that this tool is only compatible with Bostitch brand nails
I went to my local home depot store and no one could find them on the shelf. They looked on the computer at the pro desk and home depot doesn't carry them. I checked homedepot.com and they once sold 1.5 inch 35 degree metal connector nails but now discontinued.
I checked with competing home improvement stores and found a few, but they were only sold online and shipping charges were excessive due to the weight.
Overall the tool seems well balanced and made from quality materials, but not having easy accessibility to nails makes it a challange
September 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by esteban good for the price works well
works well at first was skeptical about the product but does very well not sure how durable its going to be but so far so good
May 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jimbo Another fantastic Freeman pneumatic tool
I am going to build a shed in the upcoming Spring and plan to use metal connectors and plates etc. This Freeman 2.5 inch 35- Degree Metal Connector Nailer is the perfect tool for that job. I am currently removing a pear tree which is on the spot where the shed will be constructed. This nailer is large but handles very nice. It drives 2.5 inch nails. Exactly what I needed. Thank you again Home Depopt for another fantastic pneumatic tool. I am sure I will be using this tool every chance I can once I begin the construction.
August 27, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Brian Great nailers but nails are difficult to find "easily"
First I must inform those interested in this nailer that it specifically uses B*st**h nails as it clearly states in the manual and on their webpage and HomeDepot does not carry them at all...do not try S**p**n nails as they do not work and I verified that from S**p**n. After a long wait for the nails to arrive from a third party retailer, I used the nailer with great results...I even think the pressure needs to be dialed back a bit from spec since it dimples into the plate pretty good. The safety switch is a little difficult to use with your thumb while holding the nailer...you must use your other hand and depress the switch to turn the safety off. I would prefer to have it as an easy one-handed operation so you can set the safety while holding plate(s) in the other hand...it would be quicker and more convenient from a safety standpoint. The nailer is lightweight and comfortable and the tip of the nail is clearly exposed to position into the holes of structural plates before firing. I wish Home Depot carried the nails to make it a bit easier and quicker for day-to-day operations but I guess you should expect to need to order in large bulk quantities if you frame every day for a living...I only do it every once in a while so a box should last for my needs...still inconvenient though to not carry support items for merchandise sold at HomeDepot. For the price this is a great nailer so far.
October 9, 2014