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May 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Finish Nailer Reviews

When talking about finish nailer reviews you have a wide assortment of models. These nailers can include small pinners and brad nailers or even larger finish models for holding in crown or base molding. Our reviews take into account all of these nailer types, and we cover every manufacturers as well. Finish Nailer Reviews by the Pros Our finish nailer reviews, and our reviews of brad nailers, pinners, and staplers cover the models and manufacturers used by tradesman. We also test in all carpentry, trim, and finish applications. We look for build quality, ergonomics, ease of use, weight, firing consistency, and more. Most of all, we carefully test and compare each tool against the competition. We also use the materials and fasteners that enable it to function in a variety of uses. Because of our trade-focused methods, our reviews give you a better feel for using the tool in the field.

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Best Nail Gun for Anyone in 2021

When you ask who makes the best tools, the answers vary. It’s a long-held belief around here that the manufacturer with the best cordless drill doesn’t necessarily make the best miter saw. The same can be said for each type of nailer. In fact, the best nail gun in the various categories and styles we […]

DeWalt 20V Cordless Strap Nailer

Pneumatic vs Cordless Nailers: What’s the Best Choice?

We’ve been reviewing cordless finish nailers for many years now. In fact, many products are in their second or even third generation of tools. Still, should you jump in and pick up one of these battery-powered nailers? In an effort to keep you from spending your hard-earned money on something that sounds too good to […]

Arrow Brad Nailer

Arrow PT18G Pneumatic Brad Nailer

Arrow PT18G Takes Care of Your Light Work For small trim and interior molding work, the Arrow Pneumatic Brad Nailer looks promising. It’s light and durable, and it has those key features to make you more productive. Arrow PT18G Key Features The Arrow PT18G features a rubber non-marring tip to help keep your work surfaces […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
Metabo HPT 18ga Narrow Crown Stapler

Metabo HPT N3804A5 18ga Narrow Crown Stapler Review

The Metabo HPT 18ga Narrow Crown Stapler (N3804A5) is technically a new tool but it’s backed up by the fine pedigree of Hitachi nailers. We use this kind of stapler to install soffits where a brad nail would pass through the material completely. Of course, there are many woodworking, production work, and upholstery applications, too. […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
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DeWalt DWFP2350K 23-gauge Pin Nailer Review

The DeWalt DWFP2350K 23-gauge pin nailer is an exceptionally well-designed pinner that easily installs finer workpieces while eliminating the need to fill nail holes. It’s also great for attaching small trim pieces and reducing the amount of touchup required before painting. I’ve put the finishing touches on several projects with it and found it easy […]

Ridgid 16-Gauge Straight Nailer with Clean Drive R250SFF

Ridgid 16-Gauge Straight Nailer with Clean Drive R250SFF

The newest edition of the Ridgid 16-Gauge Straight Nailer gets the same Clean Drive upgrade we see in their 18-gauge and 15-gauge models. It’s a tighter drive track that gives you up to 17x more perfect drives in Ridgid’s internal testing. In our testing, the system is clearly working well with noticeably fewer jams. Is […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
Ridgid 15-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer

Ridgid 15-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer with Clean Drive R250AFF

The Ridgid R250AFF 15-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer with Clean Drive is part of their latest series of finish nailers featuring a tighter drive track to reduce the number of jams and misfires you get. Pros Clean Drive track reduces jams Easy access for jam clearing Smooth thumbwheel depth adjustments Narrow nose design improves shot placement […]

Ridgid 18-Gauge Finish Nailer with Clean Drive R213BNF

Ridgid 18-Gauge Finish Nailer with Clean Drive R213BNF

The newest Ridgid 18-gauge finish nailer is arriving at Home Depot locations around the country. It’s touting some impressive claims surrounding Ridgid’s Clean Drive system. We all know reality doesn’t always match the claims – check out any political post and following comments on social media if you don’t believe me. I’m not going to fact […]

Senco FinishPro 16XP Application

Senco FinishPro 16XP – More Power, Fewer Misfires

The new Senco FinishPro 16XP hopes to get your attention by tackling two sources of frustration – power and misfires. As always, the question is whether there’s a substantial change in the current model or if it’s just hype. Senco (now Kyocera Senco) is using what they call EX-Clear. This stamped spring latch system has […]

Review8.7(out of 10)
Hitachi 18V Brushless 23 Gauge Pin Nailer

Hitachi Cordless Pin Nailer: 18V Brushless NP18DSAL

We spend a lot of time using powerful nailers for “big work,” like framing and roofing. But smaller nailers provide the finishing touches that show our clients the wow factor. For (almost) all intents and purposes, an 18-gauge finish or brad nailer is appropriate for trim. Today we’ve got the new Hitachi Cordless Pin Nailer, more […]