Smartnail Product Review: Choosing a Framing Nailer

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Smartnail Product Review: Choosing a Framing Nailer

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When it comes to choosing framing nailers, there are a plethora of options and styles to choose from. It is important to know the type of nail collation (coil or stick) as well as the nail length and head type. This article will focus on providing some criteria for choosing the right tool and reviewing 5 different strip-style framing nailers for your construction jobs.

Knowing your Fasteners:

Some nailers are coil nailers while others are strip nailers, meaning that the nails are collated into a coil cartridge or a stick of nails that can be put into an angled magazine. There are a variety of nail types and length that can affect the framing nailer for you. Some nailers work with round heads while others work with clipped heads. Knowing your nail will go a long way into choosing the best framing nailer for your job. The table below explains the framing nail standards from the Ontario Building code and the ESR-1539 is an international standard for power driven fasteners.

Diameter of Nails for Framing
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If you have any questions about the type of fastener you need, see our Fasteners page or contact us (519-488-4943). Our Smartnail experts can give you the help you need!

Framing Nailer Criteria:

Much of the information to follow will come down to personal preference, but there are some key things to consider before purchasing your nailer. We’re going to assume you’ve chosen a strip nailer which means you need to be aware of the framing angle. Angles are fixed on the nailer and generally range between 15 and 34 degrees. The degree of the nailer needs to match the degree of the framing nails. Generally, a larger angle means the nailer can do better in tight spaces and around corners.

The two most common types of framing nailers you will come across are cordless and pneumatic. A cordless nailer runs on a battery and tends to be much more maneuverable since it isn’t attached with a hose. They are terrific when a job site lacks power, but you can run into issues with battery life and replacement. Pneumatic nailers will require a power source and you don’t need to worry about the battery running dead. They tend to be more powerful and faster than their cordless counterparts. Choosing your type will depend on your work site and your desired level of convenience.

Some additional things to consider are the types of materials your nailer is designed to power fasteners into. It is essential to choose one that will meet the power needs of the material you’re fastening.  A framing nailer is heavier and more cumbersome than a finishing nailer due to the materials you work with when framing. Cordless framing nailers tend to be heavier than the pneumatic ones due to the extra battery weight. It is important to consider the size and weight of the nailer for your workload.

Framing Nailer Reviews:

Metabo HPT Framing Nailer  18V Cordless 3-1/2" 30°

Metabo HPT cordless framing nailer for professional construction and DIY

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This excellent choice for a cordless framing nailer which will give you the power and feel of a pneumatic nailer, while providing the convenience of cordless operation. It can deliver up to 2 nails per second and a total of 400 nails on a single charge. The brushless motor provides that longer battery life. 

This nailer is ideal for all framing jobs, but especially punch-out work to meet those tight deadlines when you don’t want to be bothered by a compressor and hose. There is an easy switch to move from bump to sequential through actuation on the control panel. Metabo nailers like this one have excellent ratings and made top reviews on sites like Bob Vila!

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DeWalt 20V MAX* 30°

DeWalt cordless framing nailer for DIY and professional construction projects

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DeWalt tools have improved their design with this cordless nailer with an upgraded engine which improves the power and drive quality compared to previous models. The dual-speed motor is tuned for many applications and its 33° magazine holds up to 55 paper collated nails.

Users find that the compact shape, balanced design, simple to use features make it an efficient tool for do-it-yourself or professional jobs.

While this nailer is not in our main stock, you can contact Smartnail for a special order of this nailer.

Vaun Powerhouse Pneumatic Framing Nailer

Side view of a pneumatic framing nailer made by Vaun

Smartnail had this framing nailer designed specifically to make sure our construction professionals have the best tools in London, Ontario. Now we want to make sure that professionals across Canada have access to this lightweight but powerful pneumatic nailer.

It’s designed for 34-degree paper tape clipped head strip nails from 2” to 3 ¼” in length and with 120psi, there are no problems punching into the toughest material. Smartnail had this manufactured specifically to reduce the recoil, and the wear and tear on your body for those long days at the work site.

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Cordless XP 30 Degree Framing Nailer

Paslode Framing Nailer

See the specs from Paslode.

This is one of the lightest cordless nailers you’ll find coming in around 7.2 lbs making your job easier. The battery also features a quick charge feature which provides 200 nails in 2 minutes so you can squeeze out the end of a job without waiting for a full recharge.

Paslode designed this nailer to fit a variety of applications like: studs, truss attachments, wall panels, blocking, and more.

While this nailer is not in our main stock, you can contact Smartnail for a special order of this nailer.

SENCO Cordless Framing Nailer F-35XP

SENCO cordless framing nailer

See the specs from SENCO.

SENCO has delivered a cordless nailer with the operation and power of a pneumatic one. It utilizes Fusion Cordless Air-Power Technology which has no ramp-up time and delivers the power needed to fasten into the hardest substrates.

This SENCO nailer delivers 600 nails per charge and the battery is fast-charging, reaching 80% in 30 minutes or 100% in an hour. With a 60 nail capacity, you can get your work done quickly without frequent reloads.

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When it comes to selecting a framing nailer for your job, make sure to consider the type of fastener you’re planning to use so that the angle, head, length, etc. all match. Know what type of material you're sinking your nails into so that your nailer has the power to deliver the punch you need. It’s important to consider if you want pneumatic or cordless and there are personal preferences like weight and feel that can make it the right tool for you. All of the tools we listed above are high quality tools offered by Smartnail or by a brand we stand behind. Feel free to reach out with any questions: