Choosing The Right Finish Nailer

If you are a woodworker in the market for a finish nailer, there are a few things you should consider before your purchase. Whether you are looking to finish one project or several, the right tool makes all the difference.


The first thing you want to consider is the weight of the tool itself. If you intend to use it a lot, it makes sense to purchase something lightweight: particularly if you will be holding it above shoulder height for any amount of time.


Along with weight, you will want to consider the balance of the finishing nailer if you are working above shoulder height. Is it staying where it needs to?


Versatility is key in this area. If you plan to use your air finish nailer for more than one type of project you want to make sure it can accept the different types of nails you will be working with. The more versatile the tool, the more expensive it will be. Choose the nailer that will best suit your needs over a long period of time and a variety of projects. It will be worth the investment. 


Some finishing nailers have additional features that may be important to you as you work. Some examples are: a built-in hanging hook, a trigger locking mechanism, adjustable depth drive and others.