Addressing remodelers’ efforts to build solid homes, new nailers are available to help achieve securely fastened framing elements.

Two new framing nailer models from DeWalt, the D51825 30-34 degree CH and the D52850 20-22 degree FR, use 2- to 31/2-inch nails and have upgraded features geared toward production framers. Since light weight and durability are key, the tools feature magnesium bodies and side guards, as well as a moving cylinder motor and four-bolt nose design for less wear and tear, all with a one-year bumper-to-bumper warranty. Additionally, assistant product manager Ivonne Meza says that there were other considerations during product research and development. “I think the market is always looking for a lighter and faster nailer, but I have seen the trending for air efficiency,” she says.

At Stanley Bostitch, durability was also built into the new N80CB-HQ coil framing nailer, which features a hardened steel driver plate and nose assembly. Though coil nailers are usually heavier than collated-nail models, the N80CB-HQ weighs just 8.4 pounds, thanks to aircraft-grade aluminum construction.

Paslode’s PowerFramer 350 was created after what marketing manager Pat Talano calls “extensive visits” to find out what users really need. That, it turns out, was a nailer that could accommodate increased use of engineered lumber. As such, the PowerFramer 350 is designed to be 15% more powerful than the maker’s PowerMaster Plus. “This means that it will sink a 3-inch nail into engineered lumber without you having to go back and hammer down any nail heads,” Talano says. “That’s something Paslode found workers having to do with most framing nailers manufactured in the last five years.” As for durability, the unit is backed by a one-year service-free guarantee.

With so many new models available, what should a contractor look for when shopping for a framing nailer?

Meza suggests you consider the application and frequency of use, followed by code requirements for round- or clipped-head nails, and then durability.

Talano also says that durability and power are essential, and that users should look for a full one-year warranty. Furthermore, Talano suggests evaluating the tool’s weight and balance. “I’d also recommend buying a tool that is part of a system,” he adds. “That is, buy a tool from a manufacturer that also sells the nails,” since the two are designed to work together.