We generally see framing nailers used with softer pine for the majority of applications. Sometimes, however, we’ll need a nailer to punch through denser material. That’s why we tested all of our nailers by firing into 5 layers of plywood held together by generous helpings of wood glue.
Admittedly, the Senco framing nailer struggled here. With the PSI set at 95, we fired 10 nails and hoped that they’d all sink flush. Unfortunately, the Senco 4H0101N only sunk 3 nails completely flush, with 4 nails sticking out 4mm, and 3 at 3mm. Granted, we probably won’t often fire nails into material this dense, but it’s nice to have the power when you need it.
Firing nails into boards at strange angles can get tricky, but some nailers handle it better than others. The Senco 325FRHXP framing nailer manages to do a solid job. We did experience a little slip here and there. The nose design features a couple of sharper barbs that steer outward to really bite into the wood. We might like to see a couple more to really shore things up.
Accuracy and Visibility
The upside to having a minimal amount of barbs involved with the nose design is that you can more easily see where you’re shooting. This is to say that we did really appreciate the sort of visibility that the Senco 4H0101N provides. You probably won’t always need a high degree of accuracy when firing off nails into framing lumber, but we like having that capability when needed.
The Senco 325FRHXP nailer tended to fire just a touch less than 100% accurate. Consistently, we noticed that our nails landed about a millimeter off from our target.
You’ll need a firm grip for the FramePro 325FRHXP as recoil control seems to be the one area that Senco hasn’t fully worked out. To be frank, every model we tested had better recoil control than the Senco framing nailer. It just had a lot of bounce. While this is probably the weakest point about this nailer, it shouldn’t truly deter you from using it effectively.
The Senco framing nailer will cost less than $190. With two exceptions this was the least expensive framing nailer we tested. It also comes with Senco’s 5-year warranty, which is better than most of the warranties provided by competing manufacturers. Between the price and features of the Senco 4H0101N, we feel like this framer offers considerably good value.
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for a framing nailer that won’t murder your arms or your pocketbook, the Senco 325FRHXP framing nailer might be a great option for you. It could stand a bit more power, and we’d love to see this model with better recoil control. But if comfortability and ease of use are important to you, you probably won’t find too many better options at this price.
Senco 4H0101N Framing Nailer Specs
- Model: Senco 4H0101N (FramePro 325FRHXP)
- Power Source: Compressed air
- Nail Length Range: 2″ – 3-1/4″
- Nail Size: 0.113″ – 0.131″
- Magazine Angle: 20°
- Magazine Capacity: 64
- Dry Fire Lockout: No
- Operating Pressure: 70 – 120 psi
- Selectable Trigger
- Exhaust: Not adjustable
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 20.25 x 4.5 x 12.25 in.
- Weight: 8.05 lbs.
- Warranty: 5 years
- Price: $188.99