Veteran builder Tim Uhler remembers when framing nailers were bigger and much heavier. He and his Seattle area crew took 7 lightweight plastic-collation stick nailers to the job site for real-world evaluation. All of these latest models weighed under 8 pounds (without nails). The crew tested speed, percentage of nails driven flush, balance, and other performance factors. Different specs and features were also compared.
This article is adapted from the Spring 2013 issue of Tools of the Trade magazine, a sister publication to JLC. To read the original tool test, click here.