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May 9, 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.

Review9.0(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 6-Gallon Air Compressor Review CMEC6150

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 […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
Alton Stealth Compressor

Stealth Compressor Professional 20-Gallon Review

When you don’t see a brand name you recognize, there’s some hesitation about pulling the trigger. Realistically, many well-known brands license their names to other manufacturers for tools they don’t make themselves. Those same manufacturers also make their own brands with the same quality as their branded products. That’s the mindset I started with when […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
DeWalt pin nailer loading

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 […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
Makita AN924 framing nailer

Makita AN924 Framing Nailer

We used the new Makita AN924 Framing Nailer on several jobs over a period of several weeks including a complete home remodel. The work required the construction and modification of more than a few stud walls. Having used a Hitachi NR90AE nailer for over a decade, the Makita AN924 held its own as a powerful […]

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 […]