Metabo HPT NV 83A5 3-1/4 Inch Coil Nailer Review

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Metabo HPT NV 83A5 3-1/4″ Coil Nailer

Metabo HPT 3-1/4" Coil Nailer

Manufacturer: Metabo HPT
Model number: NV83A5
Price: $399
Power source: Pneumatic
Weight: 8.8 lbs
Metabo HPT (formerly Hitachi) has a long history of making exceptional pneumatic nailers. The recent transition to the new name of Metabo HPT has left some confusion in the industry but that’s starting to change as users make the switch. We’ve recently reviewed several of their new cordless nailer solutions (Metabo HPT Cordless Brad Nailer and Metabo HPT Cordless Framing Nailer) so we also wanted to take a look at their pneumatic coil nailer, the Metabo HPT NV83A5 3-1/4″ Coil Nailer.

Coil nailers are extremely versatile nailers for a wide range of applications from framing to sheathing applications. The use of coil nailers vs stick nailers tends to be somewhat regional. Here in the northeast coil nailers are fairly prevalent on many job sites for both framing and sheathing applications. The big benefit of coil nailers vs stick nailers is the much larger nail capacity and the compact design. However, depending on certain code requirements stick nailers may be the only choice for larger 3-1/2″ fasteners.

Metabo HPT NV83A5 Features and Specifications

  • Fastener Type: Wire Collation
  • Magazine Angle: 15° +/- 1
  • Fastener Length Capacity: 2″ to 3-1/4″
  • Fastener Diameter Range: 0.099″ to 0.131″
  • Magazine Capacity: 200-300 nails
  • Magazine Loading: Side
  • Fitting: 1/4″ Industrial
  • Operating Pressure: 70-120 psi
  • Jam Clearing: Open Nose
  • Depth Setting: Tool-Less
  • Actuation: Selective (Sequential / Contact)
  • Weight w/o Hook: 8.8 lbs
  • Weight w/ Hook: 9.1 lbs

Performance, Power, Balance

We’ve been using the Metabo HPT NV83A5 3-1/4″ Coil Nailer in the field for about a year now on a couple large renovations and new home builds and it’s clear this nailer has maintained all it’s heritage from the Hitachi days. This is great news for longtime fans of the Hitachi brand that might have been nervous the make the change. The nailer is full of quality materials and great fit and finish.

When it comes to performance, power and balance the NV83A5 is an exceptionally designed coil nailer with few if any flaws. The NV83A5 really shines in both framing and sheathing applications. It has plenty of power to sink fasteners in engineered lumber like LVL’s and I-Joists, while it can fasten sheathing at high speeds without jamming.  Holding 200 framing nails and 300 sheathing nails in a single coil is such a huge time saver and production bonus.

The only things we’d love to see is a cordless version of this classic coil nailer! In all seriousness this is one of those nailers that really deserves a 5 star rating as it’s exceptional from front to back. If you’ve never framed with a coil nailer you really should give it a shot, you may be very surprised at the versatility and added bonus of not loading nails as often.

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Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder 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 Home Construction & Improvement.

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