Porter-Cable FR350MAG Round Head Framing Nailer Review

porter-cable-fr350magCompact frame, tool less adjustment, consistent power delivery and quick reloading are few facets that make Porter-Cable FR350MAG Round Head 2 3/8-Inch to 3-1/2-Inch Round Head Framing Nailer stand up a notch above the rest. While it operates, the pressure is kept to a minimum of 70 PSI and to a maximum of 120 PSI, and surely at these pressure points the nailer delivers constant power no matter the complexity of the task at hand, and the rigidity of the work area.

Price and Features

It goes for about $513 in amazon.com. It may not be as cheap as the other nailers, but brings a good number of features including:

  • Very lightweight housing made of magnesium that weighs 7.4 lbs
  • Comes with a nail lockout mechanism that calls to reload tool, thus extending driver blade’s life
  • Bypass nail pusher accounts for speedy reloading
  • Tool free adjustment settings
  • Hard coat in-line magazine holds 2 strip nails totalling up to 64
  • Makes use of standard plastic rounded head collated stick nails

Who is it for?

This nailer is ideal to use on all construction projects, wood working tasks, and any forms of carpentry.

Pros and Cons

The nailer’s easily adjustable trigger makes it easy for you to switch over between two modes namely restrictive and contact actuation modes, just with a simple push. Its nail setting is well defined, and its adjustment of depth drive without any tools is certainly one of its strong points. With a capacity of up to 64 nails, the nailer saves plenty of time. Its magazine is sturdy, in-line and very well hard-coated, and does well with its lockout mechanism which signals whenever reloading is required.

On the other hand, the nail pusher makes quick reloading even easier, and is well complemented by the time-saving exhaust that is hand adjustable. The nailer has a non-mar tip tied to the nailer unit which prevents nails from being lost or dropped. Isn’t it a good feature after all?

Reloading, clearing and advancing don’t take as longer as it used to take before, thanks to this nailer, it not only allows users to drive nails easily but also helps save time. Power delivery of this nailer augments significantly when efficient air compressors work in tandem with it.

A few users complained that the nailer would jam whenever they were about to run out of enough nails especially when the end of a strip is reached. Similarly, a few users who wanted to use it for toe nailing said they would have liked a rafter hook; anyway the nose had excessive play but inadequate teeth for better toe nailing. The power of its recoil may not be as impressive as professional contractors would have liked to, however, it is not a deal breaker. With proper backup one can easily correct this issue though.

Why you should buy it

Not all nailers work as promised, but this nailer does more than what it is touted to do. It performs as expected by driving even nails above 3+ inches to required depth each and every time without goofing up.


The quality of this Porter-Cable FR350MAG is well evident with each and every nail it drives along the work surface with minimal effort.