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Our Best finish nailers for 2020!

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So you’re looking for the best finishing nailer for that DIY project or home workshop? A finish nail gun is a true time saver if you are going to use it enough to justify the cost of one.

The Best Finish Nailer Reviews for 2020

So you’re looking for the best finishing nailer for that DIY project or home workshop? A finish nail gun is a true time saver if you are going to use it enough to justify the cost of one.

Corldess Paslode Finish Nailer 902000

Paslode 902000Paslode’s corldess nailer model #902000 is a great a great addition to any wood worker’s arsenal. I have one of these nail guns and appreciate the ultimate convenience they offer. Saving me large amounts of time when I need a nail gun to get a trim job done fast. I no longer have to drag out my large heavy compressor, hoses and set up everything to start nailing things. I don’t have to worry about making a mess or knocking over a client’s fine china with the hose as I move through a room installing trim.

This Paslode  Finish Nailer also uses the 16ga straight nails and will drive them through oak, which is difficult for any nail gun.  I have even used mine to secure the first few rows of 3/4″ oak flooring into 3/4″ sub flooring with no problems. It also holds 2 strips of nails so I am not constantly reloading it and can focus on getting the job done.

All of this is accomplished with Paslode’s cordless electric nail gun fuel cell. These small canisters can deliver upwards of 1200 nail shots. That’s almost an entire box, and the battery will last for up to 4000 nail shots.  When I first considered these guns I thought the cost was high and the the additional fuel cell cost was another expense I didn’t want to deal with. Once I started using it and realized that I was shaving 20- 30 minutes off setting up for a job every day I realized the unit would pay for itself in a matter of weeks.

If you use nail guns on a regular basis like I do then you know what a pain it can be clearing out nails that misfire. I have never used a nail gun that this didn’t happen to, even the best finish nailer will misfire from time to time. Paslode has a genius quick clearing nose system. You simply flip down the plastic nose below the black band and release the nail. No more getting a screw driver and pliers and spending time trying to wiggle out the nail.

Specs:

  • Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Drives: 1200 nails per fuel cell
  • Ships with a battery which drives 4000 nails per charge.
  • Comes with a battery charger for quick charging batteries.
  • Comes with nice carrying case to get in and out of a job fast.
  • No mar rubber tip for a clean finish
  • Drives 3/4″ to 2 1/2″ 16 gauge nails
  • holds up to 100 nails at a time
  • tool free depth adjustment
  • Reversible Belt hook so you can move the ladder without setting down the nail gun
  • Amazon consumers have given this a 5 star review

What is the warranty?

  • 1 year limited warranty and 90 day normal parts warranty

I consider this to be the crown jewel of my dozen nail guns, I do recommend you consider earplugs while using it. It is loud. The gas used to fire it also leaves a slight aroma that has been compared to the smell of old fashioned fireworks, which I don’t mind. But all in all, none of the sounds or smell is overwhelming.

Cordess Paslode Angle Finish Nailer 900600

My favorite nail gun is Paslode’s cordless nailer model #900600. This was the first nail gun I purchased from Paslode. The price seemed steep to me at the time, but the amount of time it saved me made me quickly realize this is an essential tool for any carpenter who does finish work. You will never want to load up and run hoses again after this cordless nail gun spoils you with its ease of use.

The Paslode Angled finish gun shines when you are installing crown or working in a corner. Anyone who has ever had to work in a tight corner with a hose attached to their nail gun knows what a life saver this nail gun is. It will save large amounts of time when you need a nail gun to get a trim job done fast. Imagine no longer having to drag out a large heavy compressor, long hoses and then set it up and wait for it to pressurize.

If you remodel this angled nail gun is a dream. You don’t have rearrange a room to get at every spot like you would with a long hose attached to your old nail gun.  You don’t have to worry about making a mess or knocking over a client’s lamps with the hose while you move through a room installing trim. You don’t have to worry about tripping a breaker from the compressor’s load, heck you don’t even have to worry about pets getting out the door because its stuck open from your hose.

The Paslode  Finish Nailer uses the 16ga angled nails and will drive them through oak, which is difficult for any nail gun.  I have even used mine to secure the first few rows of 3/4″ oak flooring into 3/4″ sub flooring with no problems. It also holds 2 strips of nails so I am not constantly reloading it and can focus on getting the job done. All of this is accomplished with Paslode’s cordless nail gun fuel cell. These small canisters can deliver upwards of 1200 nail shots. That’s almost an entire box, and the battery will last for up to 4000 nail shots.

When I was looking into this gun  I thought the cost was high and the the additional fuel cell cost was another expense I didn’t want to deal with. But I decided the time savings on the job might make it worth the extra $100 or so I would spend. Once I started using it and realized that I was shaving 20- 30 minutes off setting up for a job every day I realized the unit would pay for itself in a matter of weeks.

If you use nail guns on a regular basis like I do then you know what a pain it can be clearing out nails that misfire. I have never used a nail gun that this didn’t happen to. Paslode has a genius quick clearing nose system. You simply flip down the plastic nose below the black band and release the nail. No more getting a screw driver and pliers and spending time trying to wiggle out the nail. It also has an easy toolless adjustment to set the depth of the nails fired.

How to use a Finish Nail Gun

If you’re in the trade knowing how to use a nail comes second nature, but for the do it yourself home owner, learning how to use nail guns can be daunting. When you buy a nail gun, the first thing you need to do is attach the air supply nipple into the back of gun where there is a threaded hole. These should come with your nail gun and already have teflon on them. If they don’t you will need to get a 1/4″ nipple, make sure you get the right one, they also sell an automotive version that does not fit the standard couplings. Make sure it has Teflon tape on the threading and screw it onto the gun. Use a cresent wrench to tighten it. You can look at my nail gun buying guide here if you have more questions.

Oil your Nail Gun

Make sure and add oil every time you use the gun. 4-5 drops for smaller nail guns and 10 drops for framing nail guns. This is critical. These guns use a large metal piston to operation and you don’t wont it to dry out and jam up.

Adding nails to a nail gun

There are only a few ways of adding nails to a nail gun. Small nail guns tend to have a lever that slides back a cover. The nails will be placed inside on the tracks, closest to the bottom of the nail gun. Then slide the cover back in place.

Larger Finish Nail guns tend to have a spring loaded lever on the top. You slide it back and it will lock into place, then you simply drop the nails in the top of the nail magazine. You will then release the lever and the spring will move it back to press the nails into place.

Framing Guns tend to load from the back side. The nails are pushed into the back of the magazine and then you pull a spring loaded lever back which will lock in place behind the nails.

Removing Jammed Nails in a Nail Gun

Small brad nailers almost never jam, probably because of the nail sizes. Large finishing guns will on occasion Jam in hard woods. These guns have a quick release lever on the front of them that releases the face and allows you to pull the nail out of the way. Make sure and always remove the air hose before working on a gun.

Larger framing guns usually don’t have an easy way to clean out the misfired nail, in which case you typically have to use pliers and on occasion a screw driver with a hammer to pound back down the piston shaft that is stuck behind the nail head.

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