Are you looking for a budget floor nailer but don’t want to sacrifice quality? Consider the Freeman Floor Nailer. It has an easy to swallow price tag and according to quite a few owners it holds up quite well.
Freeman Floor Nailer Product Features
- Freeman Floor Nailer Shoots three types of fasteners without changing magazine rail T-cleats L-cleats and staples
- Anodized aluminum and oilless parts for extended wear
- Durable plastic carrying case
- Interchangeable floor plates fro different thickness flooring
- 7 year limited warranty
Freeman Floor Nailer Product Review
The Freeman PFL618BR is a 3 in 1 floor nailer. It shoots T-cleats, L-cleats, and staples for installing various hardwood flooring. It will shoot 15.5 and 16 gauge staples with lengths of 1 to 2 inches. For nails it will shoot 1-1/2 inch to 2 inch nails using either the T-cleats or L-cleats.
It will hold a little over 100 nails/staples. As discussed in another review, 100 nails will cover about 60 feet or 5 rows on a 12 foot room. This is important because the more time you spend loading, the less time you are working.
The gun is constructed of die-cast aluminum to keep it light but durable. It comes with two base plates similar to other models. Simply install the base plate that is correct for the depth you need.
One feature I really like about this nailer is its 7 year warranty. The Freeman floor nailer is distributed in the US by Prime Global Products. Another very popular budget floor nailer is the Akuzuki floor nailer. It gets high marks from customers, is priced similarly, but all I was able to find for a customer service contact was an email address. Freeman on the other hand provides a phone number and uses a US company to handle their service and distribution in the US. It makes it much more convenient and moves the Freeman to the top of my list for budget floor nailers.
What others are saying
The Freeman PFL618BR Floor Nailer has received 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
One user had it break on his second job. He commented that the customer service was excellent and they replaced the tool in 3 days.
Another user that had a break found customer service to be very helpful. They tried to help him get the floor nailer working again. When it was clear that it was a defective unit. They told him they would send him a return label and would replace the gun. Much to his surpise they sent the return label with his replacement nailer to avoid delays with his job.
The Freeman Floor Nailer has received very positive reviews from home owners. Even a couple of professionals gave this nailer high marks. One even compared it to his Bostitch. Stating that they were similarly made and reported that it was easier to clear jams on the Freemand than a Bostitch.
It is a little larger than some of the other nailers, but users commented that after a few minutes you wouldn’t notice the difference in size. Overall it has received very positive reviews from customers.
If you are a contractor/professional I don’t know how long the Freeman floor nailer will hold up. If you read through the warranty it states that it is not intended for use in an assembly line or commercial use. The warranty is not intended to cover normal wear and tear or “abuse” to the product. So far though, everyone that has had an issue has been very happy with the customer service and it seems that they are very willing to replace the defective products.
If I was installing flooring for a living I may purchase one of these for my backup, but I would probably invest in a professional grade nailer. However, for a homeowner that enjoys doing their own work, this looks to be an excellent alternative to the higher priced nailers. It has my vote for the best budget nailer I’ve seen.
Where Can I get one?
Currently Amazon is selling the Freeman PFL618BR 3 in 1 Pneumatic Floor Nailer for $189.99. Click the link below to check it out.