October 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


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 […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Milwaukee Framing Nailer

3-1/2″ Milwaukee Framing Nailer Review 7200-20

Roofing and framing out houses is hard work, and we appreciate when a tool doesn’t go out of its way to make that job any harder. We recently took a look at 14 different framing nailers, both pneumatic and cordless models, to see which manufacturers actually improve the framing experience by making quality tools. Running each […]

Review9.2(out of 10)
Hitachi NR90AE(S1) 3-1/2" Framing Nailer Review

Hitachi Metabo HPT NR90AE(S1) 3-1/2″ Framing Nailer Review

When we published the results of our framing nailer shootout, we got some feedback echoing our same thoughts – why didn’t Hitachi (now Metabo HPT) do better? The NR83A5 is one of the best-built framing nailers available, but after our battery of tests, it came in 10th place overall. Still, we want to know how […]

Review9.3(out of 10)
Hitachi Portable 1-Gallon Quiet Air Compressor

Hitachi 1-Gallon Air Compressor Review

It might be easy to forget about pneumatic tools as battery power attempts to eclipse all other forms. After all, isn’t it nice to be untethered from an air hose? Sure it is. But keep in mind that pneumatic tools have a few advantages over batteries. Namely, better power-to-weight ratios, lower costs, less maintenance, and […]

Hitachi A5 Series Framing Nailer

Hitachi A5 Series Framing Nailer Receive Upgrades

Hitachi Power Tools recently announced their new line of pneumatic framing nailers. The improved Hitachi A5 Series Framing Nailer models come in a variety of options, which include a 21° Plastic Strip Nailer, a 21° Plastic Strip Nailer without Depth Adjustment, a 30° Paper Strip Nailer and a 16° Coil Nailer. Hitachi modeled the new A5 […]

PTIA award winning pneumatic tools and nailers

2015 Pro Tool Innovation Awards: Pneumatic Tools & Nailers

Owning an air compressor is a rite of passage that opens up an entire new world of tool – air powered pneumatic tools. We’ve got everything from finish to roofing nailers represented this year along with some of the best cordless nailers we’ve ever seen. Whether you’re a trim carpenter, framer, or roofer, here are […]

Review8.2(out of 10)
Paslode F350-21 Framing Nailer 21-Degree

Paslode F350-21 Framing Nailer Review

Framing nailers are the lifeblood of any residential construction project. Want to bring productivity to a grinding halt? Take away your crew’s nailers. Talk to a contractor and you’ll typically find that Paslode enjoys a solid reputation for the quality of their nailers. The biggest complaint you’ll find is the marriage to a 30-degree nail system. […]

Lowe's Announces Exclusive Agreement with Hitachi

Lowe’s and Hitachi Announce Exclusive Deal

Exclusive Deal with Hitachi to Boost Lowe’s Professional Image Lowe’s and Hitachi have entered into an agreement that will bring several more exclusive products to their retail stores and online. The move will make Lowe’s the biggest carrier of the broadest line of Hitachi tools in the country. Lowe’s will be setting up intuitive displays for […]

Review8.5(out of 10)
Paslode F325R Featured Image 2

Paslode F325R Compact Framing Nailer Review

Paslode is well known for their gas/battery powered nailers and certainly has been a favorite of ours in the various repair and remodel work where dragging along a compressor isn’t a good option. Paslode is no stranger to straight up pneumatics though. The Paslode F325R Compact Framing Nailer has come out as the company’s pneumatic nailer […]

DeWALT Air Tool

New DeWALT Air Tools Are Here

New DeWALT Air Tools Are Designed to Deliver Premium Performance We’ve got some new DeWALT Air Tools that have landed on store shelves at your local Lowe’s. This pneumatic tool family includes an impact wrench, drill, angle die grinder, ratchet, and palm sander. We’ve got the palm sander on the way in for testing, but […]