Tool Test: 16-Ga. Finish Nailers
The right tool can improve the speed, accuracy, and quality of your trimwork.
Magazine extra: One video wasn’t enough to describe the notable features of these tools, so we gave you three. Watch a video where Rick goes through the tools’ features gun by gun, then he explains what he considers their top four features, and finally, he rounds out the review by detailing features he considers secondary, but worth considering before buying.
Sometimes the difference in performance from one brand of tool to another is easy to detect and evaluate, and making a purchase is a painless decision. Other times, the field of tools is so broad and the differences so subtle that I need to fall back on a different guideline: Which tool will make me more money? Sixteen-ga. finish nailers fall squarely into the latter category.
A tool can help me make more money when it allows me to work faster without sacrificing the level of accuracy or quality that I demand. Often, it’s the little things that make the most difference. How fast can I change the nails? How easy is it to adjust the firing depth? How much time will I waste opening the nosepiece to remove jammed nails? Is it easy to see how many nails are left in the magazine? Will the nailer keep firing even after it’s out of nails?
While a broad selection of tools can make it harder to decide which one to buy, it also means I can be choosier about the features that are important to me.
Why one tool earned two awards
For the past few months, I’ve been using these nail guns for a wide range of jobs, but mainly focusing on their specialty: interior trim. In the end, my choice for best overall was without a doubt the Bostitch FN16250K2. It includes everything I want…