Best Finish Nailer Reviews 2018

Finish Nailers are generally used for heavy molding works which require stronger holding power than brad nailers. They are also used in cabinet works, construction as they can nail through thick wood easily and is much easier than hammer and nail setup. Finish nailers comes in two variants: Pneumatic and Cordless. 

Pneumatic nailer works with the help of compressed air while the cordless nailer works with the help of fuel cells and batteries. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. In this guide, we will cover both of them so keep reading.

Top 10 Best Finish Nailers

NailerPower SourcePressureNail Type
Hitachi NT65MA4Pneumatic70-120 PSI1-1/4 to 2-1/2 inch
DEWALT DC618K KitCordless-1/4 to 2-1/2 inch
Bostitch N62FNK-2Pneumatic70-120 PSI1-1/4 to 2-1/2 inch
NuMax SFN64LPneumatic70-110 PSI1 to 2-1/2 inch
DEWALT D51257KPneumatic70-120 PSI1 to 2-1/2 inch
Paslode 902400 CordlessCordless -1-1/4 to 2-1/2 inch
Freeman P4FRFNCBPneumaticMultiple Multiple
Senco 4G0001N FinishProPneumatic70-120 PSI 1-1/4 to 2-1/2 inch
Bostitch BTFP71917Pneumatic120 PSI1-1/4 to 2-1/2 inch
Bostitch BTFP72156Pneumatic80-100 PSI1-1/4 to 2-1/2 inch

1) Hitachi NT65MA4

Hitachi NT65MA4 1-1/4 Inch to 2-1/2 Inch 15-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer with Air DusterHitachi NT65MA4 is a pneumatic nailer which operates on the pressure of 70-120PSI. This model is suitable for crown molding, base, trim molding, castings and every other work that requires solid holding power. The nailer works with 15 Gauge nails ranging from 1-1/4 inch to 2-1/2 inch.

Hitachi NT65M4A is inclined at 34-degree so provides the user stability and comfort. The tool-free drive adjustment is provided in this nailer which allows you to adjust the force of delivery to match the thickness of the material. The magazine has a capacity of 100 nails which solves the problem of regular reloads. Hitachi provides a 360-degree exhaust that throws the air out in any direction away from user and workpiece.

This 15 Gauge nailer requires regular oiling in order to deliver optimum performance. The tool weighs only 4.2 lbs which is pretty light for carrying. The air duster helps to remove the dust and debris from the workpiece easily and efficiently. This simple feature gives this nailer a plus point over all the other nailer available. Hitachi provides 5 years limited warranty with the nailer.

  • 100 capacity magazine
  • Integrated air duster
  • Can be used for heavy duty works
  • 34-degree inclination provides comfort and helps while nailing
  • Requires regular oiling
  • Some parts are made up of plastic

2) DEWALT DC618K Kit

DEWALT DC618K XRP 18-Volt Cordless 1-1/4 Inch - 2-1/2 Inch 16 Gauge 20 Degree Angled Finish Nailer KitDEWALT DC618K is one of the best cordless nailer available in the market. It runs on an 18v NiCad battery and is a great tool for both professionals and homeworkers who are willing to pay a bit higher price. This nailer drives 16 Gauge 1-1/4 to 2-1/2 inch nails. Dewalt has worked beautifully with the engine which makes it so powerful at lesser power consumption.

The battery charges from zero to full under one hour with the provided battery charger. The battery can be charged during breaks making projects go without interruptions. Dewalt DC618K is a heavy duty nailer that can be used for heavy-duty applications. The nailer has 2 modes, sequential and contact modes which can be changed easily with the kick of a button. The tool nose piece makes removing jammed nails easily. The six-level settings help to set a perfect depth of penetration according to the material.

The lock feature of the nailer disables the trigger when not in use, so safety is maintained. The magazine is inclined at 20 degrees which is less but works good and has a capacity of 120  DEWALT and Paslode nails. The nailer weighs 8.5 pound which is slightly greater can competitors but works well. It also has a LED lighting system which helps to work in low and dim lighting conditions. As being a cordless nailer it does not requires compressed air to work, making it easy to carry on the go.

  • High-performance battery
  • LED lighting helps works in low light conditions
  • Switching from sequential to contact mode is easy
  • Battery charges under one hour
  • Comes with a pair of safety glasses
  • Costly compared to other Cordless nailers
  •  Weighs greater than competitions i.r 8.5 lbs

3) Bostitch N62FNK-2

BOSTITCH N62FNK-2 15-Gauge 1 1/4-Inch to 2-1/2-Inch Angled Finish NailerBostitch N62FNk-2 is a high-quality nailer which provides a professional finish. The ergonomic design makes the nailer comfortable to use. The handle is coated with a comfortable material which makes working longer hours easy without pain or fatigue in fingers. The handle has got felling marks and does not slip, so working in wet conditions is easy with this nailer.

It drives 1 1/4-inch to 2-1/2-inch 15 Guage nails with ease. This nailer operates on 70 to 120 PSI pressure and has adjustable depth settings. The magazine is inclined at 34 degrees which provides easy visibility of nails while drilling and the magazine offers a long-lasting capacity of 130 nails. As the housing is made up of magnesium, it is light weights and can be used to shoot nails in awkward positions. Bostitch showcases an oil-free compressor with the nailer which is easy to maintain and use. The tool drives 400 inch-pound force which is enough to drill those 2.5 inches nails into wood.

The nailer comes with 4 profile tips which can be used while working with different materials. A protective case is also provided with the nailer which makes it easy to carry or transport. Additionally, it also has a integrated air blower which makes cleaning the work surface easy. This nailer is ideal for overhead applications like cabinets and to produce finer details with perfection.

  • Lightweight
  • Comes with 4 profile tips
  • Oil free compressor
  • Intergrated air blower
  • Egronomic and comfortable design
  • Exhaust is not 360 degrees oriented

4) NuMax SFN64

NuMax SFN64 Straight Finish Nailer 16 GaugeNuMax SFN64 is a finish nailer designed to fire 16 Gauge 1 inch to 2.5-inch nails. NuMax SFN64 is ideal for interior and exterior finish projects like furniture, cabinet work, window casting, etc. Due to the thin nails and small head, you don’t need to spend time on filling those holes and sanding as they disappear in the woodwork. Though the nail looks small but don’t worry they are strong enough and holds an important place in every professional’s toolbag.

NuMax SFN64 operates on a pressure of 70-110 PSI which is enough to drive those nails in wood. The 360-degree adjustable exhaust helps drive the debris and dust away from the user and workplace. The tip on nailer is provided with no mar safety contact which protects the work surface from getting damaged. The body is made up of aluminum and a one-piece drive blade and rubber o-rings for extra durability.

The sequential firing mode makes the work a lot accurate by allowing only one fastener at a time. The nailer weighs only 4.5 pounds which makes it pretty light to use.The magazine has a capacity of 100 straight finish nailer means who can work longer without reloading. The firing depth can be adjusted according to the product to ensure a constant depth drive. The nailer also comes with an anti-dust cap which prevents the internal parts from dust. The ergonomic design of the nailer makes it comfortable to use. The nailer is a lot cheaper compared to the competition. So. if you are on a low budget then this is the perfect finish nailer for you.

  • Sequential fire
  • No-mar safety contact
  • A lot cheaper than competitor
  • Lightweight
  • Little weak on driving power
  • No hook to hang

5) DEWALT D51257K

DEWALT D51257K 1-Inch to 2-1/2-Inch 16 Gauge Finish NailerAnother nailer from Dewalt hits up in the top ten list but this one is powered by compressed air rather than batteries like Dewalt DC618K Kit. Dewalt D51258 is a lightweight pneumatic nailer which operates on 70-120 PSI pressure. The nailer offers a straight magazine which can drive  1 inch to 2-1/2 inch 16 Gauge finish nails.

The magazine has a capacity of holding 100 finish nails which reduces regular reloads. It weighs only 3.9 lbs which makes it comfortable to hold and work. The nailer can work with or without oil which works on Sealed Lube Dual Technology designed to provide best efficiency and performance out from the tool. The depth adjustment is located on the nailer itself so no need to move between compressor and tool. A no-mar tip is provided which prevents the surface from getting scratched and it is easily openable allowing the user to remove jammed nail if any easily.

The 360-degree rotating exhaust helps to keep debris and wood away from the user. The trigger lock ensures the lock is safe to use. The package comes with case, 1000 2-inch finish nails, no-mar pad, pre-installed sequential trigger, and trigger lock-off. The nailer provides all the features on an expensive nailer at a reliable price.

  • Lightweight
  • Delivered with 1000 2″ nails.
  • Exhaust is 360 degree rotatable
  • Sealed Lube Dual Technology
  • Sequential Trigger
  • Trigger Lock
  • Some issues with driving 2-1/2 inch nails,

6) Paslode 902400 Cordless

Paslode 902400 Cordless 16g Angled Lithium Ion Finish NailerAnother cordless nailer hits the top 10 list, this time it’s Paslode 902400 Cordless Finish Nailer. Paslode Cordless Nailer weighs a lot less than other cordless nailer and gives tough competition to some pneumatic nailers also. It weighs only 4.5 lbs with battery included. As it is a cordless nailer, it does not requires any compressor or air source to work. The nailer drives 16 Gauge 1-1/4 – 2-1/2 inch finish nails.

The nailer is inclined at 20 degree which allows the visibility of nails while drilling. The nailer features a Lithium-Ion battery which provides high performance and faster charging time. Due to the battery lock feature present in the nailer, you can turn off the battery when not in use and go for a long run cycle. The no-mar tip prevents the surface from scratching and angled magazine helps to work in confined places. The magazine has a capacity of 100 finish nails and the Lithium-Ion cell can drive around 1200 nails in one charge. The battery takes around one hour to get completely charged. The nailer also features a Pro-grade depth drive feature which allows adjusting depth according to the material to be drilled

This nailer is a perfect toolkit for those who want a lightweight and powerful nailer. The nailer comes with 5-year limited warranty and a durable case to carry the nailer. Being cordless, you don’t have to worry about compressor and cables. It uses Paslode-brand nails which might be a bad point for potential buyers.

  • Lightweight
  • Cordless nailer
  • Faster charging
  • Oil-free operation
  • Works with Paslode-brand nails

7) Freeman P4FRFNCB

Freeman P4FRFNCB Framing/Finishing Combo Kit with Canvas Bag, 4-Piece

Every contractor has dreamt of buying all the 4 most used guns for nailing purpose. Freeman P4FRFNCB covers all the framing and finishing needs of the customer and all the nailers are made up of optimum quality.

The Freeman P4FRFNCB comes with the 4 nailers listed below:

  • PFR2190: 15 Gauge nailer driving 1-1/4 inch to 2-1/2 inch nails.
  • PFN1564: A 15 Gauge framing nailer using  2”-3/12” nails.
  • PBR32Q: A 18 Gauge brad nailer using1/2” to 1-1/4” nails.
  • PST9032Q: A stapler using 1/2” to 1-1/4” 18 gauge crown nails.

This set is great for working with sub-floors, roof decking, basement remodeling, fencing, pallet building and much more. Freeman provides a large bag that helps to carry all the tools to work easily. Freeman P4FRFNCB is a perfect solution to all the common nailing work. You can choose between angle finish or brad finish for fine-finish jobs.

This is not the best solution if you only need a finish nailer, but if you are in this field and wish to buy all the nailer and are on a short budget then this is the perfect buy for you. For only finish nailer, we recommend going with the other options.

  • 360-degree exhaust
  • Built-in air filter
  • No-mar tip
  • Great price for four nailers/staplers
  • Sometimes Seal on trigger start leaking

8) Senco 4G0001N FinishPro

Senco 4G0001N FinishPro 42XP 15-Gauge 1-1/4-Inch to 2-1/2-Inch Finish Nailer with Case

Senco 4G0001N is a lightweight and durable finish nailer, due to its magnesium housing which makes it weigh only 4.5 lbs. Senco 4G0001N comes with great sets of features and works great with all types of wood. This nailer has been redesigned with a better body and trigger mechanism. Due to the magnesium body and ergonomic design, it is comfortable to work all day long. 

The nailer drives 1.25” to 2.5” 15 gauge finish nails and is angled at 34 degrees to ensure visibility of nails. NeverLube technology has been implemented in this nailer which means you will never have to lubricate the gun, so no worries about oil spills. The nailer works on the pressure of 70-120 PSI and the magazine has a capacity of 104 nails. The capacity is slightly less than the competition but it works well. The depth of drive can be easily adjusted according to the material. The adjustable exhaust is 360 degrees rotatable to keep the dust and debris away from the user. A belt hook is attached to nailer to allow easy storage and an integrated nailer to take quick measurements easily.

Thought the nailer is lightweight yet it is very powerful, we quite love the performance provided by this nailer. If the price is not the issue then this is a good buy for you.

  • 360-degree exhaust
  • Lightweight magnesium housing
  • 34 degrees slanted magazine for clear view
  • 104 magazine size
  • Tape collation is used which is not common as platic/wire collation

9) Bostitch BTFP71917

BOSTITCH BTFP71917 Smart Point 16GA Finish Nailer Kit

Bostitch BTFP717917 is 16 Guage finish nailer driving finish nails ranging from 1-1/4″ to 2-1/2″. The tool works on oil-free mechanism which prevents the work surface from oil spills. The nose is small enough to provide easy placement using Smart Placement Technology.

The tool’s jam free release mechanism helps to remove the jammed nails if any. The Dial-A-Depth features ensure proper drilling of nails according to the material and a quick switch is also provided to switch between sequential and control drives. The 360 adjustable exhaust helps to keep the dust and debris away from user and workplace. The tool weighs only 3.9 lbs which makes it really handy. The integrated belt hook helps to handle the tool easily and a pencil is provided for taking measurements.

As the nailer is lightweight, it is perfect for overhead jobs. Smart Point allows the tool to actuate while touching the worksurface which ensures no scratches or marks on work surface.

  • 360-degree exhaust
  • Lightweight
  • Smart Point Technology
  • Selectable Trigger
  • Little hard to switch if you used other nailers

10) Bostitch BTFP72156

BOSTITCH BTFP72156 Smart Point 15GA FN Style Angle Finish Nailer KitBostich BTFP72156 is 15 Gauge nailer which drives 1-1/4″ to 2-1/2″  finish nails. The smart nose is 80 percent smaller which helps in easy placement of actuator. A tool-free jam release is there which ensures easy removal of jammed nails if any.

Depth of dial is also present so no more hassle in adjusting the nailer according to the material. The small head makes the nailer performable in small space. The trigger mechanism can be switched to counter or sequential according to the needs. The angled head allows easy visibility of head while firing the nailer so you can place nails at exact place. The nailer weighs a bit more than other Bostitch models but it is still only 4.3 lbs.

Bostitch BTFP72156 is recommended for overhead application mostly and places where space is less. Due to the angled head, it works perfectly in confined spaces also.

  • Angled design
  • Oil free operation
  • Weighs 4.32 lbs
  • Depth control
  • Decent power output.


So these were the best finish nailer avaiable in the market currently. We will keep updating the article if we get any other better finish nailer. If you are still confused between what to choose get Hitachi NT65MA4. Do leave your suggestions in the comment section below, we will be happy to hear from you. 

Here are some picks for you if you are confused:

Best Performance Nailer: Hitachi NT65MA4

Best Budget Nailer: NuMax SFN64

Best Cordless Nailer: DEWALT DC618K Kit

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