In this guide we’ll look at the best framing nailers for the UK market.
We’ve compared design, performance, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.

What Are The Best Framing Nailers?

  • Features
  • Gasless operation
  • Fires nails up to 63mm
  • Can fire 4 nails per second
  • Cost
Rating
9.8/10
  • Features
  • Charges in 30 minutes
  • Battery included
  • Fires nails up to 90 mm
  • Cost
Rating
9.5/10
  • Features
  • 2 batteries included
  • Fires nails up to 90mm
  • Easy to load
  • Cost
Rating
9.2/10
  • Features
  • Fires nails and staples
  • Easy to use
  • Comes with 18V battery
  • Cost
Rating
9.1/10
  • Features
  • Air powered
  • Fires nails up to 90mm
  • Ideal for heavy-duty projects
  • Cost
Rating
8.8/10

More Detailed Framing Nailers Reviews

Dewalt DCN660N-XJ DCN660N Brushless Framing Nailer Bare Unit

The Dewalt DCN660N-XJ DCN660N Brushless Framing Nailer is the best cordless framing nailer because it is mechanical, fires up to 4 nails per second and fires nails up to 63mm long.

This nailer takes nails of between 32 to 63mm and has a magazine capacity of 110 nails and an angle of 20 degrees. The nailer can be used either in bump or sequential mode. Depth adjustment is simple due to the easy to read gauge. The nailer also features LED lights with error notification so you can easily troubleshoot any problems. It also has tool free jam clearing.

This nailer is mechanically powered which means you don’t have to use gas. This also allows the nailer to be used at a wider range of temperatures than gas powered products and also saves you money on running costs. The brushless motor is maintenance free and long lasting. The nailer is powered by an Li-Ion battery which is not included, but this nailer still makes extremely good value for the quality of the tool.

The nailer is ergonomically designed and is light and comfortable to use.

Overall, the simplicity and versatility of this item makes it the best framing nailer on the market in this price range.

Makita GN900SE First Fix Gas Nailer

The Makita GN900SE First Fix Gas Nailer is powerful, charges in just 30 minutes and can fire nails up to 90mm in length making it the ideal tool for heavy-duty on site workloads.

This first fix gas nailer is powered by gas cell and 7.2V li-ion battery which is included. This allows it to deliver up to 1,200 shots per gas cell and 4, 000 shots per fully charged battery. The nailer can fire nails of between 50 – 90 mm at gauges of 2.9 to 3.3 mm. The tool has a magazine capacity of 44, an angle of 34 degrees and easy to use depth adjustment.

This nailer has a great build quality and feels comfortable to use.

This nailer is a heavy-duty item that is suitable for professional carpenters and daily use on site.

Hitachi NR90GC2 Cordless Gas Clipped Head Framing Nailer

The Hitachi NR90GC2 Cordless Gas Clipped Head Framing Nailer comes with two batteries, can fire nails up to 90mm long and is easy to load.

The Hitachi nail gun comes with 2 x 7.2 Volt 1.4Ah NiCad batteries and a charger. The batteries charge in an hour. The gun also uses a gas fuel cell and will fire up to 1,200 nails per cell. It also features a high driving power of 90J. The nail gun has a quick load rear access magazine which has a maximum capacity of 37 nails. The gun can fire nails from 50-90mm long and has an angle of 34 degrees. You can also adjust the driving depth to achieve the finish you require.

The build quality on this nail gun is excellent and the unit feels light and comfortable to use.

This is a quality framing nailer that is suitable for tough jobs but is still easy to use.

VonHaus Cordless Nail Gun

The VonHaus Cordless Nail Gun is versatile, easy to load and light and comfortable to use making it the ideal nailer for use on DIY and smaller building projects.

This 2 in 1 nail gun fires both nails and staples making it ideal for smaller DIY, Craft and upholstery jobs. It is tough enough to use on fencing, plywood, hardboard and mouldings. The gun fires up to 60 nails per minute and comes with 200 x 40mm nails and 200 x 32 mm staples. The gun can fire brad nails of up to 50mm and staples of up to 40 mm. The bottom loading magazine makes it easy to load and has a capacity of up to 100 nails or staples. This nail gun also features a two-stage safety trigger and the depth adjustment is simple and easy to use.

The gun comes with an 18V battery and charger and takes just 45 minutes to charge.

This is a great value nail gun that offers the best nailer and stapler combination for versatile use around the home.

Silverline 282400 Air Framing Nailer

The Silverline 282400 Air Framing Nailer is air-powered, sturdy and suitable for the heaviest jobs including roof framing, decking and flooring.

This powerful framing nailer fires nails of 50-90 mm in length and has an angle of 34 degrees. It is very easy to set up and nail depth adjustment is quick and easy. The magazine is easy to load and has a decent capacity. The gun has a magnesium housing which makes it quite lightweight to use.

This is a great value air framing nailer that is the best nailer if you want a powerful air-powered tool.

Framing Nailers Buyer’s Guide

Framing nailers can be powered in a variety of ways from battery only to battery and gas cell or air-powered with a suitable compressor.

Shots per charge

If you are looking for a battery-powered framing nailer then check how many shots per charge you will get from your battery. This will give you an idea of how long you can keep working before you are required to stop to charge your nailer. In addition, if your nailer uses a gas cell it is worth checking how many nails it will fire per cell to give you an idea of how long each canister will last and what the costs will be for your project.

Charge time

The battery charge time will affect how much work you can do. Luckily, most nail gun batteries charge in between 30 – 60 minutes reducing the downtime and getting you back to work more quickly. Some framing nailers come with two batteries so you can have one on charge while you use the other. This is really handy if you have a larger project planned as you can get on with the job and are not held up waiting around for you nailer to charge.

Magazine capacity

Different nailers have different sized magazines. If you have a large project you will want a decent sized magazine capacity, so you are not stopping every few minutes to reload your nailer.

Nail length

Different nailers will accept different length of nails. In addition, the length of nail your gun is powerful enough to fire will depend on the material you are nailing into. It takes more power to nail into hardwoods. It’s always best to check the exact specification of a nailer before you buy to make sure it can handle the jobs you need it to.

Depth adjustability

A depth adjustment feature allows you to control how deep the nail goes into the surface. If you want your finished nails to be countersunk, so they can be filled and finished, you will need a nailer with a depth adjustability.

FAQs

What is a framing nailer?

A framing nailer is a nail gun that is used for heavy-duty jobs such as building wooden frameworks. It is a heavy-duty nail gun that can fire long and heavy gauge nails into hard and softwoods.

How do I use a framing nailer? 

You should follow the instructions on your nailer to use your tool safety. In addition, you should always use safety glasses when using nailer.

You will need to load the magazine of your nailer with nails according to the manufacturer’s instructions

Nailers have trigger that work in one of two ways. A single fire or sequential trigger or a bump trigger. With a single fire trigger, you touch the nose of the nailer against the wood and fire the trigger. With a bump trigger, you hold down the trigger and then the gun will fire every time you bump the nose against the wood.

If you are not an experienced nail gun user, I would recommend using the single fire trigger mechanism for safety.

There is no doubt that using a framing nailer can save huge amount of time and energy and get your building project completed much more quickly. I would recommend the Dewalt DCN660N-XJ DCN660N Brushless Framing Nailer as it has a powerful brushless motor, doesn’t require gas and can be used in either bump or sequential mode.