Best Cordless Finish Nailers – Head to Head
Best In Class Cordless Finish Nailer
This category is always tough to decide but our crew had three nailers that really stood out and rose to the surface quickly during deliberations. These winners are decided by the entire testing group based on all the testing and individual evaluations.
#1 Best In Class – DEWALT DCN660D1 – 20V 16 Ga Angled Finish Nailer
The DEWALT DCN660D1 was quickly singled out by the entire group as the top pick. This nailer is very well balanced and offers a great grip. It’s a powerful finish nailer able to drive fasteners far quicker than any of us would typically install trim.
One huge factor for our crew was having a cordless finish nailer that runs on a battery platform that operates many of our tools while not needing gas cartridges. The ability to grab a battery out of the tool chest or trailer and know it’s compatible with a huge selection of tools is extremely valuable to all of us. So while the cost of the kit is certainly expensive, when you consider the value of the two batteries that are compatible with other tools, the cost seems less of an issue. At the end of the day, this is a cordless finish nailer that we would all be happy to use on a daily basis.
The only downside to this nailer which we hope DEWALT will address in future models is the LED work light. It’s practically useless and really needs to be relocated so that it illuminates the work surface more effectively.
#2 Best in Class – Hitachi NT65GS Gas Powered 16 Ga Straight Finish Nailer
The first impression of this tool was how light and slim it was. After using this nailer the crew quickly realized how well it performed and how it’s light weight and great line of sight made it another top pick.
This nailer has a very smooth depth of drive adjustment and the small circular no-mar tip provides the best line of sight of all the nailers we tested. Best of all, it’s almost 2 pounds lighter than the DEWALT weighing only 4.2 lbs and it was the most affordable nailer in the group.
The only down side to this nailer is the gas cartridge. All of us think the gas cartridge can be a hassle at times and prefer options without them.
#3 Best in Class – Ryobi P330 15 Ga Angled Finish Nailer
This tool was a total surprise to our crew because of it’s awesome power. None of the other nailers came close to the power of this beast! In addition, it had the best LED light of all the nailers and is also one of the most affordable in the group. Combine this with Ryobi’s vast line of tools that run off their 18V Li-Ion battery platform and it’s hard not to add this to our list of top 3 cordless finish nailers.
The big downside to this nailer is it’s weight. Weighing in at 8.7 lbs this tool is more than double the Hitachi and over 2 lbs more than the DEWALT. However, if you’re looking for a cordless nailer than won’t let you down on hard applications like Oak trim then this tool needs to be on your short list!
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