I recently found myself needing one of these so I went on a quest to find the best finish nailer for woodworking and see what I could get.

I looked at a bunch of different options and came up with the following that I would consider to be the top 5 in my opinion.  I highly recommend any of these.

Ready for the list?  Keep reading...

BOSTITCH BTFP71917 Smart Point 16GA

​Smart Point technology makes it a lot easier to get into those tight spots.

Hitachi NT65MA4

​Includes a build in air duster that actually helps it clean up after itself!

PORTER-CABLE PCC792LA

​If you are looking for cordless, this is probably one of the best cordless options.

Hitachi NT65M2S 16-Gauge

​One of Amazon's top choices! 

Paslode 902400 Cordless 16g Angled Lithium Ion

​Lightweight, pro-grade option if you are looking for something of higher quality and budget isn't as much of a concern.

What To Look For When Buying A Finish Nailer

If you have an up and coming project that you foresee having too many nails to hammer in, you are probably planning to buy a nail gun. These power tools pack a punch and are the tools for when you need to get plenty of nails hammered in fast. However, before rushing off to the store to buy your nail gun, there are a few things you should know about them and how they work. This will also better prepare you for when you are making your choice.

Having the right tool for the right job requires knowledge. This guide will discuss the general types of nails guns out there, the different power types, applications and triggers available. We will also touch on the basic feature of the nail gun that can make every project easier.

Why Do You Need a Nail Gun?

Nail guns can be used on various projects, however, different nail guns are suited to different projects. Before purchasing one, you should already know what you are going to use it on. You may need to make a little birdhouse or craft fair booth for your spouse. Alternatively, you could be putting up a garage or 100 garages for the year. Knowing your application will ensure that you invest your money wisely.

Types of Nail Magazines: Coil Versus Stick

There are two types of magazines to choose from. The first type is the coil. It is more flexible than the stick and it holds between 150 to 350 nails at a time. The stick magazine holds nails in long increments of between 20 to 40 at a time. Most people prefer the coil magazine because it allows more flexibility and it holds a larger amount of nails at a time. The stick magazine tends to hinder your movement. The coil also caters for more standardized nails. However, coil guns do cost way more than stick magazine guns, so once again it is vital that you know your application before purchasing.

Nail Gun Power: Cordless or Pneumatic

Nail Guns can be powered in either one of two ways. Pneumatic nail guns are powered by air compressors, which are bought separately along with all the hoses and other gadgets needed to set it up. The second type is the cordless or gas-powered nail gun. This operates with a disposable cartridge. A small spark ignites a small amount of gas every time you drive a nail through something. The second type of nail gun is suitable for situations where mobility is essential.

Nail Gun Trigger Mechanisms

There are three different types of nail gun triggers. These are squeeze and release, one for one trigger and bump fire. With the bump fire mechanism, you basically bump the gun where you would like to drive the nail. The one for one trigger is where you basically pull the trigger once to release one nail. This mechanism is common on staple or brad nailers. The squeeze and release trigger is used on professional nail guns intended for experienced users. If not used correctly, it can drive multiple nails through your material at a time. Ultimately, all nail guns will come with trigger settings so you can adjust it according to the task at hand. However, it is advised that you choose one that has a large enough trigger so that you can use it easily even with gloves on.


1. Jam clearing: All nail guns will jam during use. So you need to choose a nail gun that allows you easy access to the nail feed, so you won't be slowed down.

2. The swivel tube: For pneumatic nail gun users, you will want a swivel tube connector so it doesn't get tangled and reloading is easier.

3. Nail size Adjustment: There are different nail sizes used in nail guns. If you are going to be using various nail sizes for the project, ensure that your nailer takes different sizes of nails.

4. Nail Depth adjustment: Some nail guns have the ability to control how deeply it drives the nail in. This feature is important on finish nailers. This feature works better on some nailers than others, so be sure to find out which ones are compatible with this feature.

So now you know what to look for when buying a finish nailer. Ensure that you buy one that is going to be suitable for the jobs you intend on doing. Also, ensure that you read the manual and instructions provided with each nail gun before you start using it. Saftey comes first so, ensure that you use the nail gun with protective gloves. Nail guns are handy power tools that make doing everything from odd jobs around the home to heavy-duty work effortless.