A framing nailer is a handheld power tool used to nail together wood and other kinds of materials. It is also known as a framing nail gun or simply, a nailer.
The pneumatic models of this tool are hooked to and powered by an air compressor. Some cordless versions, on the other hand, are powered by a fuel cell that contains gas (such as propane or butane), a lithium-ion battery, or a combination of both.
While the popularity of framing nailers has surged among DIYers and hobbyists over the years, it is still, by and large, a professional’s tool because of its sheer size, power, and to some extent, its prohibitive cost.
Connecting a house’s frames is the main task of framing nailers. But aside from framing, it can also be used to build decks, fences, wood siding, and wood sheathing. It can also be used to assemble furniture, install cabinets, and install hardwood flooring.
Framing nailers use nails with sizes that range from 1 1/4″ to 3 1/2″.
Nailed It! Choosing The Best Framing Nailer
Framing nailers have different power sources, and the type of power source it uses will determine whether it’s going to be a cordless or corded tool.
Pneumatic framing nailers are powered by compressed air. These tools are ideal for extensive framing tasks and other high-volume projects. If you already own an air compressor or if you have access to one in your job site, then this is the ideal tool for you.
But being connected to a hose can seriously hamper your mobility. If you want a framing nailer with the same powerful performance but you also want it to be portable, then cordless nail guns are your best option.
Cordless framing nailers are powered by gas (butane or propane) stored in a fuel cell or a compatible lithium-ion battery. But there are models available right now that use a combination of both.
The downside? Unlike pneumatic framing nailers, fuel and battery-powered ones tend to run out of juice in the middle high-volume tasks.