As a framing contractor, I rely on nail guns more than almost any other tool. When I buy a framing gun I look for a model that is comfortable to handle, able to toenail well, and powerful enough to drive nails flush every time. For this article, my crew tested 12 stick nailers: the Bosch SN350-34C, the Bostitch F28WW and F33PT, the DeWalt D51825, the Grip-Rite GRTFC83, the Hitachi NR83AA3, the Makita AN943, the Max SN883CH/34, the Paslode PF350S, the Porter-Cable FC350A, the Ridgid R350CHA, and the Senco SN901XP.

Most manufacturers produce two versions of every gun - one for 30- to 34-degree nails (usually clipped-head) and another for 20- to 22-degree nails (usually full round-head). Here in western New York, 30- to 34-degree paper-collated nails are the norm, so that's the kind of gun we tested. (The one exception is the Bostitch F28WW, which takes 28-...

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