Model # FN250SB

Internet #204460935

Porter-Cable 16-Gauge Pneumatic Nailer

Discontinued Porter-Cable

16-Gauge Pneumatic Nailer

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Product Overview

The Porter-Cable 16-Gauge Finish Nailer is ideal for Interior trim, Crown Molding or Staircases. This Nailer drives 16-Gauge straight finish nails from 1 in. to 2-1/2 in. Toll-Free Depth-of-drive adjustment allows for proper and consistent setting of nail heads.

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Customer Questions & Answers

Regarding the Porter Cable Finish Nailer, FN250SB, what is the adjustmen on the back of the main body and what is the pinch clamp thing

With all due respect, this is the worst operations manual I've ever seen. There is no parts diagram of the nailer at all and no explaination or discussion of the adjustment on the back of the main body of the nailer or the pinch type mechanism near the nail discharge area of the nailer. What are those things, what is their purpose and how should they be operated? Thank you,
Asked by: JL56
I can only confirm the statement about this being the worst manual ever. Another example is that this tool is being advertised as having a tool-free jam removal mechanism. They decided to keep it a secret how it works though. Not mentioning of it in the manual.
Answered by: Matt
Date published: 2015-12-30

Does the FN250SB need oil or is it oiless

Asked by: slick
This will use oil.
Answered by: CommunityAnswer
Date published: 2016-09-07

Tool-free jam removal mechanism

This tool is being advertised as having a tool-free jam removal mechanism. I have a nail jam after the first 20 nails (Porter Cable branded nails) and cannot find any information on how to remove a nail jam. The manual only informs about which parts of your nail gun are worn when jams occur. Very frustrating after 20 nails...Any one knows how this tool-free jam removal is supposed to work? Thanks.
Asked by: Matt
The "Butterfly wings" at the front release the front nail drive plate exposing a any jammed nails. The plate hinges up easily. Odd that they never mentioned how this works in their manual.
Answered by: Fred
Date published: 2016-10-21

How do you load the nails on the FN250SB Porter Cable nail gun?

Asked by: North
Hello North, You can find illustrated instructions of the loading process at the link below. I hope this helps. Cheers, Chris Usage manual:
Answered by: ChrisFixit
Date published: 2016-10-21
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Customer Reviews

16-Gauge Pneumatic Nailer is rated 2.3 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice nailer It's worked great for me. Only gone through couple hundred nails so far but no jams or any issues like the other reviewers are reporting. I've been sure to put in 5-6 drops of oil every time I use it (as instructed in the manual) and it's worked like a charm. I'm not a pro though so perhaps it doesn't hold up to that level of use, but for a weekend warrior like me, faster than a hammer. I set the review value to 'Fair' b/c I think it's a bit overpriced. I bought a combo deal from HD which was an air compressor (C2002) AND this gun for only $180, the gun was basically a free add-on so can't complain!
Date published: 2014-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible instruction manual for FN250SB. I am returning this item before I try to use it. No mention of what the black adjustment ring on back of gun is used for.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pretty much garbage This thing is solid and feels pretty beefy. The pneumatics are great. The problem is that the tolerances are very poor on the loading mechanism. The thing jams all the time. There is not nearly enough adjustment for depth either. The depth adjuster simply moves the gun closer or farther from the workpiece, but doesn't change the depth that the hammer moves. There is also not a good enough range of adjustment; you can't adjust it shallow enough so that the hammer doesn't punch your project. You end up having to make pressure adjustments with the regulator on your compressor to lighten the hammerstrike so that it just barely has enough power to seat the nail. Then you run into the issue of the tip of the gun being rounded and any change at all in angle will affect your nail depth, leading to inconsistency. This thing works fine if you are doing a garage project, or working on some part that won't be seen... but it is definitely not for finishwork. You'd think that a finish nailer would be a bit higher quality. I am thoroughly disappointed. My Craftsman brad nailer was cheaper and lightyears ahead in quality and adjustment. It never jammed and was totally solid. The only problem is that it's 2800miles away right now.
Date published: 2013-12-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from problem multiple issues with gun, hammer hits wood project, poor adjustments, loading issues, jamming issues and it jams alot. thought this would be a great gun since porter cable is a name brand, but i wish i never told my wife to buy this for me as a gift, should have bought a nother brand....I have only used the gun 3 times on small projects and it was difficult, now i cant even use it at all since some internal seals and stuff are broken and the hammer no longer will hammer a nail into the wood. I would not recommend this. I have tens of thousands of dollars of work to do on our new home and all came to a halt since i cant use my new gun.
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No problems so far Have used nailer on various projects - ran hundreds of nails. No problems jamming at all. Maybe other reviewers have a defective unit or need adjustment. Also have not had it mar the wood in any way. Has been a great tool for me and at a low cost buy in for my first nailer.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from o rings rot quick. O rings and head parts are made out of some poly that breaks down after a year or so. Had 3 porter cable nailers. Won't buy anymore. Good luck. Tom in La.
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible piece of junk This nailgun is junk. Tried using it to secure a few pieces of 3/4 inch flooring around a wall and stairs. Also tried to use it for trim and it jams about every other nail. I would have been better off pounding in nails with my hand than using this terrible tool.
Date published: 2014-06-23
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