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May 9, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Cordless Nailer Reviews

If you haven’t yet used a cordless nailer you’re missing out. Our cordless nailer reviews put these non-pneumatic nailers and nail guns into the hands of Pros. We try and see if they can hold up to the rigors of jobsite abuse. While many of these products aren’t as lightweight as their pneumatic counterparts, there are distinct advantages. Our nailer reviews test gas models and battery-powered tools for how they fit into a contractor’s daily work. For the fuel models, advances such as new Paslode framing fuel allow for better use in cold temperatures. The same goes for better li-ion batteries. Cordless Nailer Reviews for Roofing, Trim, and More The thing with new cordless nailers is that they can tackle a wide variety of applications. New products have come to market from Milwaukee, Makita, Paslode, RYOBI, DeWalt, and others. These products include cordless trim nailers, framing nailers, pinners, and even cordless roofing nailers like the Paslode CR175C. For punch lists and interior trim carpentry, our cordless nailer reviews have been consistent. Also, these tools can really save on setup and teardown time.

Review9.1(out of 10)
Hitachi Cordless Brad Nailer

Hitachi Cordless Brad Nailer Review

Before I really get into this review, let me tell you a story. It’s called, “The Hitachi Cordless Brad Nailer: A Love Story in Three Short Paragraphs.” As an on-site, custom woodworker, the idea of “cutting the cord” has always appealed to me. Rather than having to drag out multiple tools from the van, making […]

Review7.1(out of 10)
Bostitch cordless framing nailer

Bostitch Cordless Framing Nailer – BCF30PTM1

Bostitch entered two models into our Framing Nailer Shootout back in July. One was their pneumatic F21PL2 that impressed us with an overall 5th place finish. This model, the BCF30PTM1 Bostich cordless framing nailer, does away with the hoses in favor of a 20V Max battery pack. But can this cordless edition hang with the solid performance […]

Review7.9(out of 10)
Best Framing Nailer Shootout and Review: Pneumatic and Cordless

Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer Review

Plenty of Pros swear by the Paslode CF325XP Cordless XP framing nailer, especially when it comes to punch-list work. We put it up against some of the best framing nailers in a head-to-head comparison to see exactly how well it performs on a broader spectrum. Paslode CF325XP at a Glance The major benefit to this […]

Review7.2(out of 10)
DeWalt 20V Max Framing Nailer

DeWalt DCN692 20V Framing Nailer Review

Cordless nailers are becoming more readily available and more relevant as technology improves. One area that has seen little growth in that realm is framing nailers. There are certainly obstacles to overcome with these larger nail sizes. The most significant is getting enough power to fully drive a 3+” nail up to 0.131″ diameter. If […]

DeWalt 20V Max Cable Stapler: New Tool Tip-Off

DeWalt 20V Max Cable Stapler

Electricians have a new best friend with the new DeWalt 20V Max Cable Stapler. The big deal here is definitely time savings. If you’re currently hammering in your cable staples, you’ll fly through your installations with a stapler like this. DeWalt says you’ll go twice as fast, but there are some areas I think it […]

Review8.7(out of 10)

Makita 16-Gauge Cordless Finish Nailer XNB02 Review

There’s a new Makita 16-gauge cordless finish nailer on its way to retailers and we got an early sample in to check out. The straight finish nailer fills out a line that includes an 18-gauge brad nailer and 23-gauge pinner on the 18V platform and a similar pinner on the 12V CXT line. They’re still lacking […]

DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Framing Nailer DCN21PLB

DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Framing Nailer DCN21PLB

DeWalt is taking another crack at a cordless framing nailer. The new DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Framing Nailer features a 21° magazine instead of the 30° on their current model. This model drops the maximum nail length to 3-1/4″ but lets you go with a thicker 0.148″ nail diameter. Weight actually increases slightly and the […]

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 […]

Makita Cordless Pin Nailer: XTP02 23-Gauge 18V LXT

Makita Cordless Pin Nailer: XTP02 23-Gauge 18V LXT

Nailers are a growing class within the cordless tool sector. Starting on the finish side, they’re branching out into framing and flooring with some whispers about cordless roofing nailers coming. Some of the first 12V models are showing up as well. But what hasn’t been as big of a push is the cordless pin nailer. […]

Review9.0(out of 10)
DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Flooring Stapler Review

DeWalt 20V Max Cordless Flooring Stapler Unleashed

A new wood floor brings remarkable beauty to a room but the installation can be literally back-breaking. It’s tough on the knees, too. Traditional flooring fastening tools don’t have a reputation for making the job easy. Most flooring nailers and staplers tether the installer to a hose and operate with a mallet and bumper. Other pneumatic […]