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October 26, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Air Tool Reviews

Pro Tool Reviews publishes reviews of pneumatic tools or air tools from most major manufacturers. Our air tool reviews includes framing nailers, finish nailers, staplers, and brad nailers. Pneumatic tool reviews of roofing & siding nailers as well as air compressor reviews also fill this section. While recent excitement surrounds the use of cordless nailers and battery-powered products, pneumatic nailers and air tools still dominate. These tools occupy a wider place in framing and construction. Pneumatic Air Tool Reviews vs Cordless On the jobsite you’ve got to get your work completed on time and on (or under) budget. That means you need the most efficient method for framing and finishing. That involves the speed and agility offered by pneumatic air tools. Cordless nailers knock out punch lists quickly, but nothing currently matches the economics (and ergonomics) of an air powered nailer. That goes for framing as well as finishing applications. When you search through these reviews, pay attention to the ratings so you understand how we rated each tool and how well it did in our testing categories.

Review9.6(out of 10)
Metabo HPT Pancake Air Compressor

Metabo HPT Pancake Air Compressor Review | The Tank

Metabo HPT Pancake Air Compressor Runs Two Framing Nailers at Once Ever thought how nice it would be to run more than one framing or roofing nailer using a smaller compressor? That’s what the Metabo HPT pancake air compressor—nicknamed The Tank—claims it can do. Pros Easily ran two framing nailers in our testing Higher PSI […]

Review9.6(out of 10)
Milwaukee M18 Fuel Framing Nailer

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Framing Nailer Review

The Milwaukee M18 Fuel cordless framing nailers (2744-21 and 2745-21) hit store shelves back in June 2020. They put out both 21-degree and 30-degree models that work identically save for the nails used. We only wish it would have been here in time for our best framing nailer shootout. Pros Zero delay, even in bump […]

Review8.4(out of 10)

DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Roofing Nailer Review DCN45RN

For Punch List Work and Small Jobs, the DeWalt 20V Max Roofing Nailer is a Huge Timesaver The DeWalt 20V Max roofing nailer is the first cordless roofing nailer we’ve been able to get our hands on that uses just a battery for its power source. No gas cartridges, no fumes, no hoses, no compressor. […]

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 […]

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless Quiet Compressor

Milwaukee Cordless Compressor

Milwaukee Cuts the Cord with 2-Gallon Quiet Compressor They finally did it. We’ve talked to a lot of Pro carpenters and remodelers over the years. Right after mentioning their desire for a Milwaukee cordless framing nailer, another tool entered the conversation…a Milwaukee cordless compressor. Pros should like the specs on the Milwaukee M18 Fuel 2-gallon […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
Skil 12V Inflator Review

Skil 12V Inflator Review IF5943-00

Skil 12V Inflator Takes the Guesswork Out of Tire Inflation The Skil 12V inflator is a relatively recent addition to the PWRCore 12 line. I’ve been using to fill bike tires and car tires to see what to expect from its design and performance. Pros Simple to use design Automatically and accurately stops when you […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
Craftsman 6-gallon air compressor CMEC6150

Craftsman CMEC6150 6-Gallon Air Compressor Review

The excellent Craftsman 6-gallon air compressor is part of the company’s hard-to-miss refreshed and expanded lineup. We use it to inflate tires on ministry vans, tires on neighbors’ bicycles, and as the power source for framing nailers. Here’s how this reliable compressor works. Pros Enough power to inflate our high-pressure passenger van tires We couldn’t […]

Review8.5(out of 10)
Metabo HPT 3.5 in coil nailer flooring

Metabo HPT 3-1/2 Inch Coil Nailer Review – NV90AG(S)

The Metabo HPT 3-1/2 inch Coil Nailer is the former, reliable-as-the-day-is-long Hitachi NV90AG(S) with a redesigned head guard. It’s technically a new tool but we’ve actually been using the Hitachi-branded model for years. We’ve been framing up a storm on a recent house remodel: new floor joists, walls, sheathing—you name it. It gave us the […]

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)
Everwin Joist Hanger Nailer

Everwin Joist Hanger Nailer

The light and compact Everwin Joist Hanger Nailer fits in tighter spaces than its competitors and improves upon manual metal framing hardware installation by a long shot. We’re using it to construct a porch over a home’s front door by tying into the existing roof – let’s show you how it works. Pros Notably light […]