The Best Framing Nailers (Electric, Air and Battery Powered): Buying Guide and Reviews

Woodworking projects sometimes inevitably require a lot of nails, especially large wood framing or projects such as deck building, house framing, fence building, and other major carpentry work. Before, you would only find a framing nailer in the hands of woodworking professionals.  However, with the surge in DIY enthusiasts, people from all walks of life are making good use of these nail guns.

If you are reading this, you are probably among the many looking for the best framing nailer on the market. We'll walk you through our choices for both pneumatic and cordless models and the knowledge you’ll need to purchase the one right for you.

Best Pneumatic Framing Nailers. Our Top Picks

Editor's Pick
Hitachi NR90AES1 Framing Nailer, 2-Inch...
Budget Pick
NuMax SFR2190 Pneumatic 21 Degree 3-1/2"...
Upgrade Pick
BOSTITCH Framing Nailer, Round Head,...
Freeman PFR2190 Pneumatic 21 Degree...
Model
Hitachi NR90AES1 Framing Nailer, 2-Inch...
NuMax SFR2190 Pneumatic 21 Degree 3-1/2"...
BOSTITCH Framing Nailer, Round Head,...
Paslode - 501000 PowerMaster Pneumatic...
Freeman PFR2190 Pneumatic 21 Degree...
Fastener Length
2" to 3-1/2"
2″ to 3-1/2″
1-1/2” to 3-1/2”
2 to 3-1/2”
2 to 3.5”
Weigh
7.5 pounds
8.6 lbs
8.1 lbs
8.4 lbs
8.6 lbs
Dimensions
20" x 4" x 12"
20.2" x 6.5" x 14.7"
20.2" x 6.5" x 14.2"
20.2"x 5" x 13.3"
18.5" x 5" x 15"
Power source
air-powered
air-powered
air-powered
air-powered
air-powered
Operating Pressure
70 - 120 PSI
70- 115 PSI
80- 120 PSI
80- 120 PSI
70- 115 PSI
Magazine capacity
64 – 70 pcs
55 pcs
60 pcs
84 pcs
55 pcs
Magazine angle
21 degrees
21 degrees
21 degrees
30 degrees
21 degrees
Price
$223.99
$79.77
$213.74
$209.99
$117.98
Customer Rating
Editor's Pick
Hitachi NR90AES1 Framing Nailer, 2-Inch...
Model
Hitachi NR90AES1 Framing Nailer, 2-Inch...
Fastener Length
2" to 3-1/2"
Weigh
7.5 pounds
Dimensions
20" x 4" x 12"
Power source
air-powered
Operating Pressure
70 - 120 PSI
Magazine capacity
64 – 70 pcs
Magazine angle
21 degrees
Price
$223.99
Customer Rating
Budget Pick
NuMax SFR2190 Pneumatic 21 Degree 3-1/2"...
Model
NuMax SFR2190 Pneumatic 21 Degree 3-1/2"...
Fastener Length
2″ to 3-1/2″
Weigh
8.6 lbs
Dimensions
20.2" x 6.5" x 14.7"
Power source
air-powered
Operating Pressure
70- 115 PSI
Magazine capacity
55 pcs
Magazine angle
21 degrees
Price
$79.77
Customer Rating
Upgrade Pick
BOSTITCH Framing Nailer, Round Head,...
Model
BOSTITCH Framing Nailer, Round Head,...
Fastener Length
1-1/2” to 3-1/2”
Weigh
8.1 lbs
Dimensions
20.2" x 6.5" x 14.2"
Power source
air-powered
Operating Pressure
80- 120 PSI
Magazine capacity
60 pcs
Magazine angle
21 degrees
Price
$213.74
Customer Rating
Model
Paslode - 501000 PowerMaster Pneumatic...
Fastener Length
2 to 3-1/2”
Weigh
8.4 lbs
Dimensions
20.2"x 5" x 13.3"
Power source
air-powered
Operating Pressure
80- 120 PSI
Magazine capacity
84 pcs
Magazine angle
30 degrees
Price
$209.99
Customer Rating
Freeman PFR2190 Pneumatic 21 Degree...
Model
Freeman PFR2190 Pneumatic 21 Degree...
Fastener Length
2 to 3.5”
Weigh
8.6 lbs
Dimensions
18.5" x 5" x 15"
Power source
air-powered
Operating Pressure
70- 115 PSI
Magazine capacity
55 pcs
Magazine angle
21 degrees
Price
$117.98
Customer Rating

Our Editor's Pick for the Best Pneumatic Framing Nailer is the Hitachi NR90AES1 Framing Nailer, 2-Inch... It accepts 21 degree angled plastic collated and round head nails that are between 2 inches and 3.5 inches long. It is also fitted with a tool-less depth adjustment feature which allows the user to set the required depth for the nails. With options to change between sequential and continuous driving modes, two-step nail loading, and an ergonomic non-slip rubber grip, the nailer is an asset that not only promises but also delivers.

Best Cordless Framing Nailers. Our Top Picks

Editor's Pick
Paslode - 905600 Cordless XP Framing...
Budget Pick
Hitachi NR90GC2 2-Inch to 3-1/2-Inch...
Upgrade Pick
Hitachi NR1890DR 18V Cordless Brushless...
DEWALT DCN692M1 20V MAX Cordless 30°...
BOSTITCH 20V MAX Cordless Framing...
Model
Paslode - 905600 Cordless XP Framing...
Hitachi NR90GC2 2-Inch to 3-1/2-Inch...
Hitachi NR1890DR 18V Cordless Brushless...
DEWALT DCN692M1 20V MAX Cordless 30°...
BOSTITCH 20V MAX Cordless Framing...
Nail Length
2" to 3-1/4"
2" to 3-1/2"
2 to 3-1/2 in
2 to 3-1/2 in
2 to 3-1/2 in
Nail Angle
30 degrees
21 degrees
21 degrees
30 degrees
28 degrees
Item weight
7.2 lbs
7.9 lbs
10.8 lbs
7.8 lbs
8.1 lbs
Power source
battery powered
gas powered
battery powered
battery powered
battery powered
Dimensions
14.5" x 4" x 12"
13.9" x 4.3" x 14.3"
13.5" x 5.4" x 13.5"
15.5" x 6.8" x 18.5"
15.2" x 5.7" x 14"
Battery life
up to 1,200 nails
up to 1,200 nails
up to 400 nails
up to 700 nails
up to 400 nails
Price
$372.17
$374.44
$399.00
Price not available
$359.10
Customer Rating
Editor's Pick
Paslode - 905600 Cordless XP Framing...
Model
Paslode - 905600 Cordless XP Framing...
Nail Length
2" to 3-1/4"
Nail Angle
30 degrees
Item weight
7.2 lbs
Power source
battery powered
Dimensions
14.5" x 4" x 12"
Battery life
up to 1,200 nails
Price
$372.17
Customer Rating
Budget Pick
Hitachi NR90GC2 2-Inch to 3-1/2-Inch...
Model
Hitachi NR90GC2 2-Inch to 3-1/2-Inch...
Nail Length
2" to 3-1/2"
Nail Angle
21 degrees
Item weight
7.9 lbs
Power source
gas powered
Dimensions
13.9" x 4.3" x 14.3"
Battery life
up to 1,200 nails
Price
$374.44
Customer Rating
Upgrade Pick
Hitachi NR1890DR 18V Cordless Brushless...
Model
Hitachi NR1890DR 18V Cordless Brushless...
Nail Length
2 to 3-1/2 in
Nail Angle
21 degrees
Item weight
10.8 lbs
Power source
battery powered
Dimensions
13.5" x 5.4" x 13.5"
Battery life
up to 400 nails
Price
$399.00
Customer Rating
DEWALT DCN692M1 20V MAX Cordless 30°...
Model
DEWALT DCN692M1 20V MAX Cordless 30°...
Nail Length
2 to 3-1/2 in
Nail Angle
30 degrees
Item weight
7.8 lbs
Power source
battery powered
Dimensions
15.5" x 6.8" x 18.5"
Battery life
up to 700 nails
Price
Price not available
Customer Rating
BOSTITCH 20V MAX Cordless Framing...
Model
BOSTITCH 20V MAX Cordless Framing...
Nail Length
2 to 3-1/2 in
Nail Angle
28 degrees
Item weight
8.1 lbs
Power source
battery powered
Dimensions
15.2" x 5.7" x 14"
Battery life
up to 400 nails
Price
$359.10
Customer Rating