Pneumatic framing nailers have a big effect on the speed and quality of the work. Tasks that take forever with a hammer can be done in a fraction of the time with a framing gun. I run a framing crew on the Kitsap Peninsula, west of Seattle, Wash. Around here, everyone uses stick guns that take 20- to 22-degree plastic-collated full round-head nails.
For this article, my crew tested 11 round-head stick nailers from Bostitch, DeWalt, Duo-Fast, Hitachi, Makita, Max, Porter-Cable, Senco, and Spotnails. There were usually three or four of us on site, and we framed every day. I kept the guns in the back of my truck for a couple of months, and carpenters were free to use any gun they wanted. The...
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