Best Cordless Finish Nailers – Head to Head
Cordless Nailer Comparison Testing
To sort through this selection of cordless finish nailers we developed several simulations typical of tasks a carpenter might use a finish nailer on. The simulations included:
- Soft Wood Trim Installation – In this simulation we used the nailers to install Pine trim over a piece of engineered lumber and 1/2″ drywall. Today’s framing continues to evolve with the expanded use of engineered lumber so this test provided that extra effort required to nail into the denser framing material. This test allowed us to evaluate penetration of fasteners and depth of drive adjustments.
- Hard Wood Trim Installation – In this simulation we used the nailers to install Oak trim over a piece of engineered lumber and 1/2″ drywall. This was the same test as noted above with the only difference being the hard wood. This test allowed us to evaluate penetration of fasteners and depth of drive adjustments.
- Toe-Nail Application – The final simulation we performed was installing Cedar bead board onto engineered lumber by toe-nailing the tongue of the trim. This test allowed us to evaluate penetration of fasteners, line of sight, and depth of drive adjustments.
In addition to the simulations each of the crew members spent time shooting fasteners into varying materials to evaluate each nailer independently. The simulations and individual evaluations were used to determine the best nailer in several categories including:
- Best in Class
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