Best Framing Nailer of May 2017

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Let me save you the ugly, and hook you up with the best framing nailers of the year.

These were top rated in their class by many users the previous year, and we’re confident you will be set with any of them.

DIYer’s and contractors both have found that purchasing the best framing nailer available within their budget has increased productivity at least 2 fold.

You’ll no longer need that cumbersome hammer or need to keep track of your pack of nails, and on top of that you’ll no longer expend large amounts of energy with minimal results.

Top 5 Framing Nail Guns

ProductAmazon PricePower SourceCapacityAngle
(Our Top Pick)
$207.71 Pneumatic 60 Nails 21 Degrees
$149.00 Pneumatic 60 Nails 21 Degrees
Hitachi NR90AE(S)
(Reader's Choice)
Pneumatic 64 Nails 21 Degrees
Paslode 902600 CF325Li
$515.00 Cordless Electric 48 Nails 30 Degrees
Hitachi NR90GR2
Cordless Gas Powered 35 Nails 21 Degrees

Types of Nail Guns

Coil NailersStick NailersBrad NailersRoofing NailersFinish NailersFloor NailersPalm NailersPin Nailers
Coil nail guns hold the largest amount of nails per magazine when compared to other types. Their nails are mounted in a coil shape, typically held together by two wires (one on each end of the nail, running perpendicular). The nails are then wrapped into a roll, and places inside the gun. Each nail release shortens the coil by one nail until you eventually run out.
Stick nailers get their name from the way that the nails are positioned. Stick nail magazines are stacked vertically with nails on top of each other in a series. Typically you will find them held together by either strips of wire, durable paper, or plastic. Stick nail gun magazines are made for both angles and straight shooting guns, so make sure to keep your eyes open when purchasing magazines.
Picture a finish nailer, but smaller. You will commonly find brad nailers used for doing trim and molding work within homes and wood-working projects. They are best used on delicate or thin surfaces so that you do not risk splitting the surface. Don’t expect them to work well with manufactured wood.
Their main purpose is to attach shingles to the roof of your home. These are extremely common on construction sites that involve assembling homes, office spaces, or warehouses. These are most commonly coil style guns since shingling requires such a high volume of nails.
Another perfect option for the DIYer or casual home remodeler, these can handle any surface that a brad nailer can, but can also deal with the hardwoods and manufactured woods that the brad is not recommended for.
Ever been in a home with hard wood? These are the type of guns used for that job.
These are essentially nail guns designed to fit in the palm of your hand, just as the name suggests. These are popular in the home remodeling space for contractors. They can get into tight spaces that even a hammer has trouble with, and uses basic nails that you can buy from any store.
This is probably the least common nail gun type that we’re featuring in this article. Pin nail guns are used to shoot smaller size nails that come in sheets and are simply glued together. Pin nails do not have a head, and are used for things like assembling furniture cover sheets or handing photos.


What To Look For When Buying

Power Type

It’s important to identify whether you will want a cordless or pneumatic. Chances are if you are a DIYer / hobbyist you will want a cordless fuel or battery powered. A penumatic has very high pressure due to being air powered and is typically best for industrial uses.

Angle or straight

What do you anticipate you will mainly be using the nail gun for? Will you be using it to build framing, attach shingles, or wood work? Decide what posture you are most comfortable with as well.

Nail Type

You should aim to purchase a gun that works with multiple nail types and sizes. This will allow you to adapt the gun to your work rather than being limited by its acceptance.

Protective guards

A protective guard is pretty important, especially with a pneumatic nailer. This will protect you from debris or a loose nail that is kicked back due to whatever reason. Limit your injuries and invest in these.

Magazine Size

How often do you want to refill with nails? The magazine size determines how many nails it can hold, 50+ is pretty standard.


Affordability, whats your budget? What do you want to get out of the gun? These are things to decide on when purchasing.

Warranty & Manufacturer

Does the gun come with a warranty or not? If it doesn’t, how will you get it replaced or will you just buy a new one? Things to consider…

Frequently Asked Questions

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Russ Kannigan

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