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  • The rear-mounted swiveling hook presents a variety of hanging options. You can hook everything from hammer loops and trusses to ladders and pipe staging.

    Credit: Roe Osborn

    The rear-mounted swiveling hook presents a variety of hanging options. You can hook everything from hammer loops and trusses to ladders and pipe staging.
  • Credit: Bruce Greenlaw

  • Credit: Roe Osborn

Some pneumatic framing and roofing nailers have built-in hang hooks, but many popular models don’t. Without a hook, you’re constantly holding these bulky tools between your knees, carrying them by hand up and down ladders, and parking them precariously on stepladders, top plates, and roof sheathing.

Add-on hooks are available, but most of them bolt awkwardly to specific models only. The Pneuhook universal quick-change hook, which was just unleashed by veteran Cape Cod residential and commercial carpenter Scott Jacobson after two years of field testing, may just be the solution to that problem. It’s equipped with a coupler and a male plug so you can simply snap the Pneuhook onto the nailer’s male plug and snap the air hose onto the Pneuhook. This design suspends the nailer head-first for maximum stability, allows the hook to swivel to your desired position, and makes it easy to swap the hook between multiple nailers. The hook also can hang from a nail and can double as a blade wrench for your circular saws.

Oregon production framing contractor Terry Goodrich has been using Hitachi framing nailers with bolt-on hooks for years, so we asked him for an opinion of the Pneuhook. After using a pair for several weeks, his framers are really impressed. Goodrich says he wouldn’t hesitate to pay the asking price.

The Pneuhook comes in black or yellow. It costs $30 with a 1/4-inch I/M-style coupler and plug, or $40 with a 3/8-inch P-style or H-style coupler and plug.

Visit the Pneuhook website to view a video or to place an order. —Bruce Greenlaw is a contributing editor to JLC.