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.
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