Best Cordless Finish Nailers – Head to Head

Cordless Finish Nailers Lineup

For this comparison article we compared popular 15 and 16 gauge finish nailers in both straight and angled configurations. The entries include three different types of cordless nailers including:

  • Gas cartridge nailers from Paslode and Hitachi
  • Sealed compressed air / battery from SENCO
  • Battery-only from DEWALT, Ridgid and Ryobi

Below are the entries in alphabetical order:

DEWALT DCN660D1 – 20V 16ga Angled Cordless Finish Nailer Kit

  • DEWALT dcn660d1 Cordless Finish NailerDrives 16GA 20 degree finish nails 1-1/4″ to 2-1/2″ lengths
  • Sequential Mode and bump mode
  • Up to 800 nails per charge (20V MAX* 2.0Ah Battery Included)
  • Tool-Free jam release to quickly and easily clear nail jams
  • Multi-functional lights provide both workspace illumination and tool diagnostics
  • Tool-Free depth adjustment
  • Integrated Tool-Free stall release lever
  • Magazine capacity 110 nails
  • Weight: 6.1 lbs
  • $400

DEWALT DC628K – 18V Cordless XRP™ 1-1/4″ – 2-1/2″ 15 Gauge 34° Angled Finish Nailer Kit

  • DEWALT dc628k Cordless Finish Nailer34 degree angled magazine (up to 110 nail capacity), will accept DEWALT or any competitive brand 34 degree 15 GA standard DA type nails
  • Engine design allows the tool to work as fast as the end user with consistent nail penetration into both soft and hard woods
  • Sequential and bump operating modes
  • Easy access to the nosepiece for tool less removal of jammed nails
  • Contact Trip Lock-Off allows trigger to be disabled when not in use
  • Integrated LED lights for long life and durability
  • Top cap is impact resistant and easy to remove for troubleshooting
  • Reversible belt hook
  • 6 position depth of drive dial
  • Rear-load magazine
  • Weight: 8.1 lbs
  • $359

Hitachi NT65GS – 2-1/2″ Gas Powered 16-Gauge Straight Finish Nailer

  • Hitachi NT65GS Cordless Finish NailerPowered by a gas fuel rod and Lithium Ion battery
  • Double action nail feed and reciprocating piston system drive up to 2 nails per second or 1,000 per hour
  • Quick clear nose with tool-less jam release
  • Double lock fuel compartment latches securely and keeps the fuel rod seated firmly
  • Hitachi’s 3.6V Lithium Ion batteries drive up to 2,000 fasteners per charge
  • Finish nailer fuel rods power 1,200 shots each
  • Low battery indicator light alerts the user of battery status
  • Elastomer handle provides comfort and ensures a secure grip
  • Tool-less depth of drive adjustment
  • 1-Hour AC/DC charger with car adaptor
  • Detachable no-mar nose cap snaps onto the side of the magazine for storage
  • Dry fire lockout prevents blank activation
  • Variable position hook for either left or right-handed users
  • Straight magazine holds 100 16-gauge fasteners in 1″ to 2-1/2″ lengths
  • Weight: 4.2 lbs
  • $220 (plus the cost of fuel)

Hitachi NT65GA – 2-1/2″ Gas Powered 15-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer

  • Hitachi NT65GB Cordless Finish NailerPowered by a gas fuel rod and Lithium Ion battery
  • Quick clear nose with tool-less jam release
  • Double lock fuel compartment latches securely and keeps the fuel rod seated firmly
  • Hitachi’s 3.6V Lithium Ion batteries drive up to 2,000 fasteners per charge
  • Finish nailer fuel rods power 1,200 shots each
  • Low battery indicator light alerts the user of battery status to prevent unexpected downtime
  • Elastomer handle provides comfort and ensures a secure grip
  • Tool-less depth of drive adjustment
  • 1-Hour AC/DC charger with car adaptor
  • Detachable no-mar nose cap snaps onto the side of the magazine for storage
  • Dry fire lockout prevents blank activation
  • Variable position hook for either left or right-handed users
  • Angled magazine holds 100 15-gauge fasteners in 1-1/4″ to 2-1/2″ lengths
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs
  • $250 (plus the cost of fuel)

Paslode 16 Ga Angled Finish NailerPaslode IM250A-Li – 16 Ga 2-1/2″ Angled Li-ion Cordless Finish Nailer

  • 2-Position Battery Lock – secures battery in “off” position to prevent battery drain
  • Lightweight
  • Tool-free depth-of-drive nail adjustment
  • No-mar tip
  • Swivel belt hook
  • Nail lockout prevents blank driving
  • Rechargeable 7.4V Li-ion battery
  • Use with Paslode Universal Trim Fuel
  • $347 (plus the cost of fuel)

Ridgid R09892B – HYPERDRIVE 18-Volt Brushless 16-Gauge 2-1/2 in. Straight Nailer

  • Ridgid R09892K Cordless Finish NailerBrushless motor
  • Magnesium construction for lighter weight
  • Selectable mode switch allows contact actuation or single sequential actuation mode
  • Tool-free depth of drive accurate depth control to protect work surface from overdriving
  • Tool-free power adjustment regulates power for optimum results
  • Dry-fire lockout
  • Tool-free jam release for easy access to clear jams
  • 2 non-marring pads
  • Grip light engages light independently of trigger to illuminate work space
  • Belt clip mounts to right-side or left-side
  • Sold as Bare Tool
  • $368 (Made up Kit)
    • Nailer ($269) plus Charger and 4.0 Ah 18V Li-Ion Battery Pack ($99), Storage Bag

Ryobi P325 18-Volt ONE+ AirStrike 16-Gauge Cordless Straight Nailer

  • Ryobi P325 Cordless Finish NailerDrives nails 3/4″ to 2-1/2″
  • Airstrike technology provides cordless convenience, eliminating the need for a compressor and bulky air hose
  • Selectable drive shift with single sequential or contact actuation
  • Tool less depth-of-drive adjustment
  • Single sequential mode
  • Convenient adjustment dial regulates air pressure
  • Dry-fire lockout
  • Low nail indicator
  • 2 non-marring pads
  • Sold as Bare Tool
  • $238.97 (Made up Kit)
    • Nailer ($179) plus Charger and 1.5 Ah 18V Li-Ion Battery Pack ($59.97), No bag

Ryobi P330 ONE+ 18-Volt 15-Gauge AirStrike Cordless Angled Nailer

  • Ryobi P330 Cordless Finish NailerDrives 1 in. to 2-1/2 in. angled finish nails
  • Airstrike technology provides cordless convenience, eliminating the need for a compressor and bulky air hose
  • For use with 15-Gauge angled finish nails
  • Up to 750 nails per charge using 18-Volt ONE+ high capacity lithium+ battery (P108 – sold separately)
  • Selectable drive switch with single sequential and bump mode
  • Grip-light technology illuminates LED by grasping the tool handle
  • Tool-less depth-of-drive adjustment
  • Convenient adjustment lever regulates air pressure
  • 2 non-marring pads
  • Dry-fire lockout
  • Belt clip mounts to right-side or left-side
  • New and improved Grip-Zone over mold
  • Sold as Bare Tool
  • $258.97
    • Nailer ($199) plus Charger and 1.5 Ah 18V Li-Ion Battery Pack ($59.97), No bag

SENCO Fusion F-15 – Cordless 2 1/2″ Angled Finish Nailer

  • Senco F-15 Cordless Finish Nailer15 Ga. 34° Angled Strip Finish Nails
  • Range: 1″ to 2-1/2″
  • Thumb wheel Depth-of-Drive
  • Nose-Mounted LED Light
  • Rapid charge battery reaches 80% in just 15 minutes
  • Patented Instant Shot Design
  • Tool Free Depth-of-Drive
  • Jam EZ-Clear
  • $305
    • Price Includes: Nailer, Soft Case, Charger, and one 1.5 Ah 18V Li-Ion Battery.

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Todd Fratzel is the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of several other sites including: Home Construction & Improvement and Today's Green Construction

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5 Comments

  1. CC

    Did you guys test the Ridgid? I see it mentioned and listed with specs but no comparison in usage to the others. I own a couple of their pneumatic guns and like them quite a bit. Lightweight too.

  2. Anthony

    This was a great comparison, but, in my opinion, and in my experience from owning a contracting company for more than 25 years is that you really cannot include the gas guns in a true scenario for the everyday use of these guns. With gas cartridges costing $12-$18 each you can easily spend the cost of the tool in 2-3 weeks just buying gas cartridges. For me the older Dewalt DC628K (18V 15 gauge 34° finish nailer) is still my clear winner. I’m sure the newer DCN660D1 is a great tool, but until Dewalt releases the DCN650D1 which will be the 20V 15 gauge 34° finish nailer with the new pinpoint accuracy tip I’ll keep the 2 older Dewalt versions. They have given a release date yet and the only place you can even get a look at the new model mentioned is on Home Depots website. I have no idea how they got the pictures of the tool, but I did email Dewalt about trying to buy one and they told me ” there is no release date set for the DCN650D1 yet”. If you guys can find any info on this tool please let me know as I cannot find anything on the internet about bit other than Home Depot.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Anthony – Thanks for the input. It’s certainly interesting watching how things are developing in this category. We’ll try to look into the new model, likely when we visit DEWALT later this year at the Media Event.

      1. Anthony

        Hi Todd, I actually heard back from DEWALT. After asking them about the DCN650D1,they told me that it is going to be released but they haven’t set a release date. I responded to the rep from DEWALT telling him that it was on home depots website, but no way to order it, only photos and specs. I tried the next day to find it on home depots website and it has now been removed. I did download the images of the new model if you would like to get a look at the new model. I plan on buying 1 as soon as its released. It’s got some great features built in, such as the pinpoint tip, dual led lights on the sides, the lights are back by the battery, and the newest style quick release nose to clear any jammed nails. Looks to be a very well designed tool. Can’t wait to get one on the job. Wish they would make a cordless pin gun. Maybe in the 12v range.

        1. Todd Fratzel

          I bet we’ll see it later this year at the Media Event.

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