Best Framing Nailers To Buy

Are you looking for the best framing nailer to buy in 2020? In this article we have made a comprehensive list of some of the best nailers in the market covering cordless to pneumatic units, stick framing nailers with their different configuration angles. We also looked at the type of nails and nail sizes they use as well as special features they have that may make them worth buying.

List Of Best Framing Nailers 2020
Below are some of the top framing nailers to choose from;

Fraiming Nailer
Power Source
Magazine Configuration & Degree Angle
Collated Nails
Nail Head Type
Nail Size
Operating Pressure
Paslode 905600 Cordless XP
Battery & Framing Fuel Stick, 21 Degree Paper-Tape Offset Full Head 2" - 3-1/4" 2-3 nails/sec
Hitachi NR1890DR
18V Lithium Ion Battery Stick, 30 Degree Paper Strip Clipped, Offset Round 2"- 3-1/2" Up to 2 nails/sec
Pneumatic Coil, 15 Degree Wire Weld Round Head 1-1/2" - 3-1/4" 70 - 100 PSI
NuMax SFR2190
Pneumatic Stick, 21 Degree Plastic Collated Round Head 2"- 3-1/2" 70 - 115 PSI
Pneumatic Stick, 21 Degree Plastic Collated Round Head 2"- 3-1/2" 80-120 PSI
Hitachi NR90AES1
Pneumatic Stick, 21 Degree Plastic Collated Round Head 2"- 3-1/2" 70 - 120 PSI

The above list is a sample selection of some of the best framing nailers you can find in the market today. For a list of at least 100 best framing nailers to buy in 2020 click here…

Framing Nailer Buying Guide

This is a brief look at how to buy a framing nailer. When you want a framing nailer you may have many questions before coming to an informed decision. Normally when you want to buy something in this case a power tool like a framing nailer, you should be considering a number of factors to make sure you are buying what will satisfy most of your projects.

You may be confused between buying a coil nailer or a stick nailer. You may have a restriction in your area like you should use certain types of nails. Some area restrictions require use of round head nails. If this is the case you may want to know if the framing nailer you are buying uses round head nails.

You may want to know if the choice between a round head or clipped head nailer is a matter of preference or not. If not what would be the reasons. You would also want to know if nails or any parts of your chosen framing nailer are hard to find or not or even expensive to replace.

You would also want to know if you have bought either coil or stick framing nailer, is either flexible to use any type of nails. As an example, a coil nailer uses round head nails only so you would have no option to use clipped head nails if you own a coil framing nailer.

You might also want to know if you could shoot spiral and/or ring shanks with a clipped head framing nailer as this might be important.

You might also want a framing nail gun that can shoot shorter nails like 1 13/4″ as well as variation in nail diameter.

When you are on the market for a framing nailer, consider;

  • What you are going to use it for
  • Depending on the type of jobs, look at portability
  • Type of nails (round or clipped and coating or material used)
  • Materials being joined together
  • Building codes in your area
  • Operating Pressure for case of gas powered framing nailers to match with the right air compressor
  • Capacity (number of nails that can be loaded)

Read What Is A Framing Nailer to understand more about a framing nail gun…

Power Source

A framing nailer can be air powered (pneumatic) requiring an air compressor, gas powered requiring a gas fuel cell or it can electricity powered using using a rechargeable battery or the mains.

Framing Nailer Magazine Type

A framing nailer can have two different magazine configurations. It can either be a coil magazine type which normally angled at 15 degrees. It can also be a tick magazine angled at different angles common ones ranging from 21 degrees, 28 degrees, 30 degrees and 34 degrees.

A coil framing nailer generally uses wire weld collated full round head nails while stick framing nailers use paper-tape, plastic collated clipped or full head nails corresponding to the magazine angle.

Trigger Mechanism

Nail guns have 4 different trigger mechanisms namely Contact Trigger, Single Actuation Trigger, Single Sequential Trigger and Full Sequential Trigger. A trigger has a lot of bearing on safety though its main purpose is to fire a nail. Depending on the trigger type, a nailer can fire one nail at a time or multiple ones in succession. Some frame nailers adopt more than one trigger mechanisms such that you can switch between trigger mechanisms depending on your job.

Depth of Nail Drive

Some framing nailers are designed such that one can adjust how deep a fastener can be fired into timer or the material you will be fastening.

Nail Head Type

There are different nail head types that can be used on framing nailers. A framing fastener, nail, can have a full head with the shank offset or at the center. Some fastener have clipped head and the shank as well can be from the center of the head or offset.

Nail Size

Nail sizes vary greatly and a good framing nailer must be able to take a range of sizes. Typically a 21 degree framing nailers take fasterners that are 2 inches to 3.5 inches.


Features add convenience including weight, compactness, comfort, degree angle in case of stick framing nailer. You will find that there are nailers with dual trigger modes, with slip on grip, belt/rafter hook, magazine housing, etc.


The prices of framing nailers can be low as just above $50 like the NuMax SFR2190 21 Degree Framing Nailer and as high as going into a thousand Dollars like Paslode IM360Ci Lithium Framing Nailer. However, a generally expect to find good framing nailers in the price range of between $200 to $300. There are some that will cost more depending on what they offer or less depending on other factors.


Some framing nailers can come with a 7 year limited warranty. Some have shorter warranties like 1 or 2 years. Some warranties are coupled with 1 year free service.


Compliance to your regions building codes matters because you will find that some areas require full head nails only. This means you will have to purchase a framing nailer that can take full head fasteners to be in compliance.