The Senco framing nailer has a few issues with recoil and firing strength, but ultimately, it makes a compelling case for becoming your next pneumatic framing nailer with its solid build, feature set, and value ratings.

The FramePro 325FRHXP Senco framing nailer is relatively lightweight, but it hits hard. With its sub-$200 price tag and power, it placed 8th in our Best Framing Nailer Shootout last July. With both pneumatic and cordless models competing, we were able to run 14 different models through a battery of tests to see which framing nailers worked best in any particular application. 8th place might seem like an uninspired finish, however, the models had very few differences overall. The ratings had us prioritizing the various categories of performance and features. If you don’t value a particular area, then a tool which placed lower might actually be a better choice. With that in mind, the Senco 4H0101N excels in several areas. Where it doesn’t excel is in model numbers and names. Is it the Senco 325FRHXP or the Senco 4H0101N? We’ll leave that to you to figure out.

“Feeling” really goes a long way with framing nailers. Many roofing and construction applications require heavy use—often at uncomfortable angles. Of course, weight also factors into how good a tool feels in the hand. The Senco framing nailer weighs a very manageable 8.o5 lbs. This falls into the median of the 13 pneumatic models we tested. While not the lightest nailer, it also won’t wear you out too badly over the course of the day.

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Assigning a value to a tool’s grip and balance seems a little subjective, but we’re not above doing it! We really liked the way the Senco 4H0101N felt in our hands. Senco has pretty much got their balance worked out with this nailer, with the nose having the slightest pitch forward. We also really enjoyed the grip on this tool. The rubber overmolding feels grippy without being sticky, and the handle design works with the shape of our hands.

The 4H0101N features a depth adjustment dial that moves easily, and it doesn’t require additional tools. Senco’s design recesses the depth adjustment which keeps the dial from getting inadvertently knocked out of whack.

The actuation mode change on the Senco framing nailer requires that you push up a pin in front of the trigger and slide it back to switch the tool into bump-fire mode. It’s not quite as simple to use as some of the other models, but again, Senco’s design eliminates a lot of potential for unintentional mode changing.

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We didn’t really see very many models that included an adjustable exhaust port; Senco also left it off this model. However, we do wonder why they neglected to include dry-fire lockout. Most brands started including this handy feature to prevent firing off a number of blanks when the magazine runs out. We really missed having this feature on Senco’s model.

You'll find Chris behind the scenes of almost everything Pro Tool Reviews produces. When he doesn't have his hands on tools himself, he's often the man behind the camera lens making the rest of the team look good. In his free time, you might find Chris with his nose jammed in a book, or tearing out his remaining hair while watching Liverpool FC. He enjoys his faith, family, friends, and the Oxford comma.

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