October 21, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


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 […]

Review7.9(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 […]

Review8.5(out of 10)
Bostitch Framing Nailer

Bostitch Framing Nailer Review – F21PL2

When framing or roofing, it helps to have the right tools for the job. But how do we settle on that “right” tool? With so many varieties on the market, we can struggle to figure out which model suits our needs best. We recently got a hold of both pneumatic and cordless models from a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review8.8(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 […]

Review9.2(out of 10)

Hitachi Metabo HPT NR83A5 Pneumatic Framing Nailer

There are a lot of solid framing nailers on the job, but Hitachi’s have been a tradesman’s favorite for years now. Reliable, low-maintenance, and powerful, the NR83 and the NR90 models have built more trusses, windows, sub-floors, roofs, and all of other types of framing than anyone can count. Both the company and its customers have […]

Review8.2(out of 10)
DeWalt Framing Nailer

21° DeWalt Framing Nailer Review – DWF83PL

Recently, we put a variety of pneumatic and cordless framing nailers through the ringer to see which ones came out on top. We tested build quality, feature sets, firing capabilities, and more. You can read our full Framing Nailer Shootout right here. Today we’re taking a closer look at the DWF83PL DeWalt Framing Nailer. Feature Set Standard […]

Review8.8(out of 10)
Estwing Framing Nailer

21° Estwing Framing Nailer Review – EFR2190

Framing can be tough work, but like any other job, having the right tools helps. But how to go about settling on that “right” tool? With so many varieties on the market, we can struggle to figure out which model suits our needs best. That’s why we grabbed both pneumatic and cordless models from a […]

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 […]