NR1890DC 3-1/2" 18V Cordless Paper Strip Framing Nailer

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out of 5
Metabo HPT


The NR1890DC 18V Cordless Paper Strip Framing Nailer is equipped with Metabo HPT's unique Air Spring Drive System that delivers similar performance as a pneumatic nalier, but offers total cordless freedom. It uses sealed compressed air to drive each nail, which results in zero ramp up time, up to 2 nails driven per second, recoil that feels like a pneumatic nailer and best of all, no refilling of the air tank required. This cordless nailer is ideal for all construction framing applications but is particularly useful for punch-out work on a jobsite for quick in-and-out operation with minimal hassle and professional results.

  • Covered by Metabo HPT's Lifetime Lithium Ion tool warranty & 2-Year Lithium Ion battery warranty
  • Hitachi Power Tools is now Metabo HPT. Same Tools. New Name.
  • Unique Air Spring Drive System that uses compressed air to drive each nail resulting in zero ramp up time, increased driving speed, recoil that feels like a pneumatic nailer and quicker response time between drives
  • Brushless motor for longer run time per charge, less maintenance and increased durability
  • Powered by a Compact 3.0Ah Lithium Ion battery that is 3/4" shorter and .6 lbs lighter than a conventional 3.0Ah battery for complete portability
  • Drives up to 400 nails per charge using the compact 3.0Ah battery
  • Tool-less depth of drive adjustment for a professional finish with varying materials
  • Power switch located on control panel must be depressed for 1 second to activate the nailer and automatically switches off after 30 minutes of inactivity for added safety
  • Selective actuation on the control panel transitions between sequential mode and bump fire mode, when rapid nailing is preferred
  • Battery charge indicator located on tool control panel to easily check the available power in battery pack for less downtime
  • Ergonomically formed soft grip handle provides comfort and ensures a secure hold
  • Dry fire lock out system prevents nailer from driving when fasteners are low for added safety
  • Side lock trigger switch located on handle, locks the trigger to prevent accidental firing when nailer is not in use
  • Pivoting rafter hook for easy storage when nailer is not needed 
  • 30° magazine holds approximately 47 paper strip collated fasteners from 2" up to 3-1/2" in length
  • High & stable driving power allows the nailer to drive 3-1/2” nails into even the toughest of engineered lumber with ease
  • Hardened claw tip resists wear on the nose and minimizes slippage when driving at an angle or toe-nailing
  • Freedom from cumbersome air hose and compressor saves time in setup, during applications and in jobsite clean up
  • No refilling of compressed air tank required for low maintenance and long lasting durability
  • Compatible with all Hitachi 18V Lithium Ion slide type batteries
  • 10.6 lbs and well balanced for easy maneuverability


  • (1) Compact 3.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery BSL1830C (339782)
  • Fast Charger (UC18YFSL)
  • Contractor Bag (372294)
  • Safety Glasses (875769)



Paper Strip Framing Nails

Fastener Length

2"- 3-1/2"

Fastener Diameter

.113 to .131"

Fastener Head

Clipped & Offset Round

Magazine Capacity


Magazine Angle

30 degrees

Battery Type

18V Lithium Ion

Battery Amp Hour

Compact 3.0Ah

Battery Indicator


No. of Batteries


Depth of Drive


Motor Type


Driving Speed

Up to 2 Nails/Sec

Nails per Charge

Up to 400

Firing Modes


Weight w /battery

10.6 lbs

Tool Warranty

Lifetime Lithium Ion

Battery Warranty

2-Year Lithium Ion

Charger Warranty


Rafter hook


WOOD magazine review

A superb framing nailer

Review Summary

Pneumatic framing nailers work great at driving heavy-duty nails in construction, but you've always got to drag along the air hose and keep the air compressor running. This nailer eliminates both the hose and compressor and replaces them with a skinny 18-volt battery pack. Although skeptical at first, I quickly realized this nailer had all the power of a pneumatic nailer, with the added benefit of no-hose freedom.
And not having to account for a hose is huge when working up high setting joists and rafters. It's a little heavier than a typical pneumatic framer, but I'll take that trade-off for the convenience, and it's still pretty nimble. The nose is small enough and the gun body tapered enough to allow easy access to almost any nailing situation. And the biggest question—how many nails can it drive on a charge?—was answered with authority as I drove nearly 500 3-1/2" framing nails on a charge while framing a building with pine lumber. That's impressive! If you're driving a huge amount of nails, keep a second battery (not included) charged so you can switch out without losing work time. And the battery charges in about 40 minutes. I used primarily round-head nails in my build, and it drove them without issue, but when they were gone I switched to clipped-head nails donated by a friend. The nailer drove most of these without problem, but about one out of every 20 times it would fire a blank (no nail). The next trigger pull resulted in a nail fire. So in my experience, it works better with full-round-head nails, but clipped nails will work if needed. My only "complaint" with this tool is the 2-second time-out when the nose safety is depressed. You have to lift and reset the nose and fire within 2 seconds. This results in aggravation when you're trying to meticulously line up a nail and you have to be dead-on with the placement. Overall, this is a fantastic framing nailer that every contractor would love to use.

Detailed Ratings

out of 5





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