By Michael Davis

Publication Date: November/December 2002

Pneumatic Nailers for Framing Hardware

Tool

Weight

Fastener Range (length and guage)

Magazine Capacity

Tool Height (from nosepiece to exhaust plate)

Tool Length (from tool body to end of air inlet fitting)

Depth of Drive Adjustment

Collation Angle

Street Price

Hitachi

NR65AK

6.2 lbs.

1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches

(.131, .148, .162)

44 nails

(2 strips)

13-3/16 inches

17-5/8 inches

No

34-degree

$389

Comments: The NR65AK is a sleek, streamlined, downright good-looking tool. It's a breeze to fit into a 16-O.C. joist bay. Its nail-probe hanger-hole locator is excellent. The optional short magazine really makes it compact, but reduces your magazine capacity by half. It's the lightest tool in the category, is well balanced, and feels good. Hitachi thought this tool through and engineered it to set the standard for this category. On its own, I love this tool. Throw in the color-coded Tracker nails and I think it can't be beat. 800-829-4752. www.hitachi.com/powertools

Tool

Weight

Fastener Range (length and guage)

Magazine Capacity

Tool Height (from nosepiece to exhaust plate)

Tool Length (from tool body to end of air inlet fitting)

Depth of Drive Adjustment

Collation Angle

Street Price

Paslode

5250/65S PP

9 lbs.

1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches

(.131, .148, .162)

44 to 48 nails

(2 strips)

13-5/8 inches

12 inches

Yes

30-degree

$399

Comments: Paslode's probe-style hole locator is the best in the group. The probe is very visible, which means that even in awkward positions you can still place nails easily and accurately. It's a well-made, low-maintenance tool and worked perfectly; however, it's the heaviest tool in the group, which can make it somewhat tiring to use. Its code-stamped nails are a big plus. 800-682-3428. www.paslode.com

Tool

Weight

Fastener Range (length and guage)

Magazine Capacity

Tool Height (from nosepiece to exhaust plate)

Tool Length (from tool body to end of air inlet fitting)

Depth of Drive Adjustment

Collation Angle

Street Price

Senco

SN60MC

7.7 lbs.

1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches

(.131, .148, .162)

30 nails

12-13/16 inches

14 inches

No

18-degree

$499

Comments: The SN60MC is solidly built and mechanically dependable. Working head on, it fired nails well; however, its nail probe system didn't support the nail well: If you pushed on it too hard the nail would shoot in at an angle, which concerned us in the field. Its body is compact, but it's hard to see the nail probe, especially in awkward positions. 800-543-4596. www.senco.com

Tool

Weight

Fastener Range (length and guage)

Magazine Capacity

Tool Height (from nosepiece to exhaust plate)

Tool Length (from tool body to end of air inlet fitting)

Depth of Drive Adjustment

Collation Angle

Street Price

Stanley-Bostitch

N88RH-2MCN

7.9 lbs.

1-1/2 to 3-1/2 inches

(.131, .148, .162)

61 nails

14-3/4 inches

19-7/8 inches

Yes (with framing nose)

21-degree

$399

Comments: Stanley-Bostitch is on to something with this dual-purpose nailer. Built on a framing nailer's body, switching nosepieces makes it a hardware nailer in seconds. The tool-less nosepiece exchange works smoothly. A framing nailer is a lot of tool for joist and rafter bays, though, and, although it's light, it can be tough to move around. I wish they could slim it down and find a way to dummy-proof it a bit better, because I'll surely lose a small nosepiece. The tool went into full production in September. 800-782-6539. www.stanleyworks.com

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