When considering a one off remodeling job in the house or garage, most people will spend a lot of time going back and forth over the idea of a framing nailer. In all honesty it is true that everything you would do with a nailer you can get done with a hammer, but at a very significant cost. On the one hand, during your typical DIY job, you can save as much as 2 hours per day just using a framing nailer. On the other hand, by banging away with a hammer you will inevitably push the occasional nail too far and damage the dry wall or wood that you are fixing beneath, not to mention that you will be shaking apart some of the internal structure of the dry wall. So, taking all that into consideration, we decided to put together the following list of the best framing nailers on the market, focusing on tools for the enthusiast do it yourselfer as well as the professional who needs such a tool for his day to day job. That is why you should make sure to scroll down past the list to find our in depth reviews that will help you decide which framing nailer is the best for you.
1. Freeman P4FRFNCB Framing/Finishing Combo Kit
Our number one choice as the best framing nailer on the market is one that is definitely aimed at professionals or at DIY enthusiasts that simply do not have any financial restrictions to consider. Considering that the Freeman P4FRFNCB Framing/Finishing Combo Kit is in fact a kit comprised of 4 different type of nailers, it is actually the best deal you could get, but ultimately you do need to spend a lot of money for it, so it is definitely not an investment that you should make lightly. Beside the fact that you get 4 different nailers, there is the fact that each one of them is beautifully manufactured with an attention to details that really impressed us. For one the magazine holds between 100 and 55 nails depending on the size of the nailer, and it is made from anodized aluminum, which means it is both extra light and durable. Then there is the fact that the piston is made from the same anodized aluminum with a Teflon O rings, so it is an incredibly reliable tool. You also get a canvas bag to easily store and carry your framing nailer kit. So all and all, you do get an exceptional bag of goodies, for a relatively low price, but it is a price you should not even consider paying unless you are going to use these nailers for less than a dozen jobs.
2. NuMax SFR2190 21 Degree Framing Nailer
If you are going to handle just one project, or even just the occasional project and you need to stay on a tight budget, the best solution for you is the NuMax SFR2190 21 Degree Framing Nailer. It has a depth adjustment system and relatively high quality internal bits, so it would also be a good choice for a professional who is just getting started. It has a 1 year warranty, and generally, under heavy use it will last at least that year, and then you can think about investing in a more expensive system. There is also the fact that it has its own air filter and that should further improve its chances of lasting for many years with proper care.
3. Bostitch F21PL Round Head Framing Nailer
Finally, as part of our top 3 best framing nailer choices, you have the Bostitch F21PL Round Head Framing Nailer. Considered on its own, it is actually a better framing nailer than anyone of the nailers in the Freeman kit, although not that much better, and it is a cheaper alternative to the complete kit, if you do not need all the other nailers. It has a magnesium housing, which, depending on who you ask is better or just as good as the anodized aluminum one you have on the Freeman. It actually comes with a second nose piece that converts it from a framing nailer to a metal connector applicator, so it is still a pretty good value for money deal.
4. Hitachi NR90AE(S) Plastic Collated Full-Head Framing Nailer
There are 2 more framing nailers that drew our attention to the point where we just have to talk about them, but that just were not good enough to make it in the top 3. On the one hand we have the Hitachi NR90AE(S) Plastic Collated Full-Head Framing Nailer. Its main feature is the fact that it is a Hitachi, so, if you need a tool that you know will never break down, than it is this. It has a 2 piece anodized aluminum magazine, so even if something brakes it is very easy and cheap to get it fixed. Just as you would expect you can manually set the depth that the nails will reach, but you do not get an extra head to improve the versatility of the nailer, which is why it did not make our top 3.
5. Freeman PFR2190 21-Degree Full-Head Framing Nailer
The second product that we just had to feature here is the Freeman PFR2190 21-Degree Full-Head Framing Nailer. It has those anodized aluminum magazine and cylinder with Teflon O rings, and it also has a magnesium case, so it is a bullet proof tool. Still it resembles so much the tools you would get in the kit, and as a standalone is so expensive, that we just had to drop it as our last entry in the search for the best framing nailer. It does come with its own plastic carrying case, so, depending on the jobs you need to tackle, it may be a better choice than anything else on our list. It also has a 7 year warranty which, although does not guarantee or imply that the framing nailer will last that long, it does suggest that the manufacturer think of this as one of their top end products and place full confidence in it.