Cordless Framing Nailers
Four brands, five reviewers, and 25,000 nails shed some light on the pros and cons of unplugging from the air compressor
When builder John Spier faced the prospect of assessing today’s crop of cordless framing nailers, he was eager to discover how much the tools had evolved since he first used one a dozen years ago. In this tool review, Spier says that he found that most nailers today still aren’t up to the rigors of full-time use, but that there are instances (small jobs, for example) when a cordless nailer is a worthy alternative to one hooked up to a compressor. The article includes reviews of tools by Paslode, Hitachi, Max, and Powers, and also includes a sidebar on how a gas-powered nailer works.