FAQ: Best Framing Nailer

A brad nailer fires small brad nails and is ideal for smaller and more intricate finishing work. When you’ve got more robust nailing needs, you should look for a framing nailer. These come into their own for decking, fencing, roofing, and sheathing.

This is the degree with which your framing nailer shoots nails into the workpiece. Common angles found on framing nailers included 21, 28, 30 and 34 degrees.

With this type of trigger, you’ll need to bump the tip of the nail into the workpiece as you depress the trigger. The key advantage of these triggers is the speed of nailing they permit. The main drawback is that you’ll significantly increase the incidence of misfiring.

Slower but much more accurate and controlled than a bump fire, single fire triggers just call for the tip to be pushed onto the wood as you hold down the trigger. You can keep the safety tip in this position and reactivating the trigger fires another nail.

Where you need to operate the safety tip and trigger in order with single sequential firing, with single actuation firing the order doesn’t matter. This allows you to bump fire the first nail.

No. Smaller nailers often use a single trigger to activate nails and you won’t get a safety tip.

If you’re using a pneumatic nailer, the last thing you want is a dangerous tangle of cables. Keep the hoses out the way to work more safely and to simplify reloading without anything obstructing you.

A 30-degree nailer is ideal for these purposes.

This helps stave off any damage to the driver blade and will remind you to add more nails before the magazine runs completely dry.

While you’ll enjoy not needing to drag around an air compressor and the absence of hoses, you will lose out in terms of both weight and capacity but for remodeling, these nailers come into their own.

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