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HitachiWorking WeightShots Per Batt. ChargeNail TypeShots Per CanisterNail Range
NR90GC7.7 pounds4,00031-degree clipped1,2002?3-1/2 inches .113?.131 inch
Hitachi NR90GC
StoryID
501496
ToolNumber
1
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627539
Tester Comments
The Hitachi nailers are the best of the bunch, with the longest nail capacity of up to 3-1/2 inches. The full rubber-coated handle provides a superior grip, and the tool had the best balance and feel. The sturdy, foldaway rafter hook is nice. The manual makes no mention of filter cleaning being required regular maintenance. Internal cleaning is only mentioned on the company's Web site, though a reference will soon be added to the owner's manual. A tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment would be a nice addition.
Price
$399

Contact
Hitachi Power Tools
800-829-4752
www.hitachipowertools.com
HitachiWorking WeightShots Per Batt. ChargeNail TypeShots Per CanisterNail Range
NR90GR7.9 pounds4,00020-degree full-round 1,2002?3-1/2 inches .113?.131 inch
Hitachi NR90GR
StoryID
501496
ToolNumber
2
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627539
Tester Comments
The Hitachi nailers are the best of the bunch, with the longest nail capacity of up to 3-1/2 inches. The full rubber-coated handle provides a superior grip, and the tool had the best balance and feel. The sturdy, foldaway rafter hook is nice. The manual makes no mention of filter cleaning being required regular maintenance. Internal cleaning is only mentioned on the company's Web site, though a reference will soon be added to the owner's manual. A tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment would be a nice addition.
Price
$399

Contact
Hitachi Power Tools
800-829-4752
www.hitachipowertools.com
MaxWorking WeightShots Per Batt. ChargeNail TypeShots Per CanisterNail Range
GS683CH7.8 pounds4,50034-degree clipped1,1002?3-1/4 inches .113?.131 inch
Max GS683CH
StoryID
501496
ToolNumber
3
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627539
Tester Comments
The Max nailers are solid performers. They are essentially the same tools as the Powers models. They feature the best tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment and have easy filter access for routine maintenance. The belt hook is reversible, and the head has protective rubber surrounding the bottom. The hard plastic hand grips were not as comfortable to use. The Max tools are the only ones that come with non-marring tip covers. The owner's manual is a bit sparse with no reference to altitude restrictions or the comprehensive cleaning cycle detailed on the Web site.
Price
$365

Contact
Max USA
800-223-4293
www.maxusacorp.com
MaxWorking WeightShots Per Batt. ChargeNail TypeShots Per CanisterNail Range
GS683RH7.8 pounds4,50021-degree full-round1,1002?3-1/2 inches .113?.131 inch
Max GS683RH
StoryID
501496
ToolNumber
4
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627539
Tester Comments
The Max nailers are solid performers. They are essentially the same tools as the Powers models. They feature the best tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment and have easy filter access for routine maintenance. The belt hook is reversible, and the head has protective rubber surrounding the bottom. The hard plastic hand grips were not as comfortable to use. The Max tools are the only ones that come with non-marring tip covers. The owner's manual is a bit sparse with no reference to altitude restrictions or the comprehensive cleaning cycle detailed on the Web site.
Price
$395

Contact
Max USA
800-223-4293
www.maxusacorp.com
PaslodeWorking WeightShots Per Batt. ChargeNail TypeShots Per CanisterNail Range
9004207.6 pounds4,00030-degree clipped1,2002?3-1/4 inches .113?.131 inch
Paslode 900420
StoryID
501496
ToolNumber
5
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627539
Tester Comments
This is a proven, capable tool. It features a good rubber-topped handle and a unique three-position rafter/belt hook. The tool-free filter access is handy, but the depth-of-drive action was hard to work. The manual is the most informative and the cleaning instructions were clear.
Price
$379

Contact
Paslode
800-682-3428
www.paslode.com
PowersWorking WeightShots Per Batt. ChargeNail TypeShots Per CanisterNail Range
W3-21FRH 7.8 pounds5,70021-degree clipped1,2002?3-1/4 inches .113?.131 inch
Powers W3-21FRH
StoryID
501496
ToolNumber
6
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627539
Tester Comments
The Powers nailers are essentially the same as the Max tools with the exception of Max's non-marring tip covers. They feature the best tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment and have easy filter access for routine maintenance. The belt hook is reversible, and the head has protective rubber surrounding the bottom. The hard plastic hand grips were not as comfortable to use. Powers doesn't include comprehensive cleaning cycle instructions in its manual or on its Web site.
Price
$499

Contact
Powers Fasteners
914-235-6300
www.powers.com
PowersWorking WeightShots Per Batt. ChargeNail TypeShots Per CanisterNail Range
W3-34CDH 7.8 pounds5,70034-degree full-round1,2002?3-1/2 inches .113?.131 inch
Powers W3-34CDH
StoryID
501496
ToolNumber
7
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627539
Tester Comments
The Powers nailers are essentially the same as the Max tools with the exception of Max's non-marring tip covers. They feature the best tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment and have easy filter access for routine maintenance. The belt hook is reversible, and the head has protective rubber surrounding the bottom. The hard plastic hand grips were not as comfortable to use. Powers doesn't include comprehensive cleaning cycle instructions in its manual or on its Web site.
Price
$499

Contact
Powers Fasteners
914-235-6300
www.powers.com
DeWaltWorking WeightShots Per Batt. ChargeNail TypeShots Per CanisterNail Range
DC618KA8.5 pounds800120/20-degreeN/A (battery-powered)1-1/4 ? 2-1/2 inches 16 gauge
DeWalt DC618KA
StoryID
501496
ToolNumber
8
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627539
Tester Comments
This trim favorite is full of useful features, such as a selective-fire switch, six-position numbered depth-of-drive dial, manual lockout switch, and two LED headlights. It was a real performer, especially in bump-fire mode, but its larger battery made it the heaviest and a bit cumbersome.
Price
$369

Contact
DeWalt
800-433-9258
www.dewalt.com
PaslodeWorking WeightShots Per Batt. ChargeNail TypeShots Per CanisterNail Range
9006004.9 pounds4,000100/20-degree1,2001-1/4 ? 2-1/2 inches 16 gauge
Paslode 900600
StoryID
501496
ToolNumber
9
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627539
Tester Comments
These Paslode nailers handle a lot more like pneumatics and have the best balance and feel by far. Both have integral snap-off noses for jam clearing and unique rubber-tipped triggers, and are respectable performers. They lost points because of the extra cost and cleaning maintenance necessitated by their gas-fueled power. The lack of bump-firing ability is also an important consideration when using these as primary nailers.
Price
$359

Contact
Paslode
800-682-3428
www.paslode.com
PaslodeWorking WeightShots Per Batt. ChargeNail TypeShots Per CanisterNail Range
9010004.9 pounds4,000100/Straight1,2005/8?2 inches 18 gauge
Paslode 901000
StoryID
501496
ToolNumber
10
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627539
Tester Comments
These Paslode nailers handle a lot more like pneumatics and have the best balance and feel by far. Both have integral snap-off noses for jam clearing and unique rubber-tipped triggers, and are respectable performers. They lost points because of the extra cost and cleaning maintenance necessitated by their gas-fueled power. The lack of bump-firing ability is also an important consideration when using these as primary nailers.
Price
$259

Contact
Paslode
800-682-3428
www.paslode.com
SencoWorking WeightShots Per Batt. ChargeNail TypeShots Per CanisterNail Range
CF256.3 pounds1,000110/Straight N/A (battery-powered)5/8 ? 2-1/8 inches 18 gauge
Senco CF25
StoryID
501496
ToolNumber
11
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627539
Tester Comments
Senco had the preferred brad nailer and the lone 15-gauge nailer of our test. Both feature an innovative all-in-one selective-fire button and depth-of-drive dial. Like other battery nailers, they felt heavy in use. The 15-gauge tool has tool-free jam clearing, but the 18-gauge requires a hex wrench. The 18-gauge nailer shot slightly longer brads than the other brad nailer in the test.
Price
$379

Contact
Senco
800-543-4596
www.senco.com
SencoWorking WeightShots Per Batt. ChargeNail TypeShots Per CanisterNail Range
CF417.7 pounds600110/34-degreeN/A (battery-powered)1-1/4 ? 2-1/2 inches 15 gauge
Senco CF41
StoryID
501496
ToolNumber
12
ComponentId
tcm:78-1627539
Tester Comments
Senco had the preferred brad nailer and the lone 15-gauge nailer of our test. Both feature an innovative all-in-one selective-fire button and depth-of-drive dial. Like other battery nailers, they felt heavy in use. The 15-gauge tool has tool-free jam clearing, but the 18-gauge requires a hex wrench. The 18-gauge nailer shot slightly longer brads than the other brad nailer in the test.
Price
$399

Contact
Senco
800-543-4596
www.senco.com