There’s absolutely nothing better than looking at a finished DIY project and realizing that it’s perfect. No little mistakes, nothing is poking out, and there isn’t a piece of wood that isn’t painted.
However, that sort of perfection isn’t easy to achieve. You’ll need laser-sharp focus and, of course, a good cordless finish nailer to fit the job.
Today we’ll discuss one of those tools; the finish nailer, more specifically, the cordless models.
We will discuss the best cordless finish nailers in detail in order to help you choose the one that’s best suited for your needs and budget.
Our Top Picks
The 7 Best Cordless Finish Nailers for 2020
1. DeWalt DCN660B Finish Nailer
DeWalt wasn’t kidding when it placed this guy on the market. With a brushless motor and a lithium-ion battery, this nailer allows for maximum efficacy with the lowest maintenance. Through the actual experiment, this device sunk 955 two-inch nails on one complete charge. Another thing is that you can choose to buy the nailer individually or get it along with its carrying case.
The case includes and extra compact 12V battery, a charger for both your batteries and extra room for more batteries and nail boxes. This device is designed to be utterly tool-free, so all its specs require no additional tools whatsoever.
Its magazine capacity is 110 nails with an easy loading mechanism by just sliding the nails up the magazine. Moreover, it has two firing modes: sequential and bumping, so you’ll get to work according to your preferences. This is further enhanced by the depth setting adjustment.
Moreover, its magazine is an inline one that allows for working with angles and difficult orientations.
Minor disadvantages here include the fact that it doesn’t have a dry-fire lock, as in it doesn’t stop when empty. Especially if you’re on the pumping mood, if you don’t notice that you’re out of nails, it’ll keep ongoing.
Plus, the fact that its LED light is a single light, this leads to the shadow cast being a lot bigger than needed, and that can be quite confusing to the user. Still, the convenience of no cords, no compressors, and no expensive gas cartridges will hands-down override this little pump. You can get all of that for $275.
- Good battery life
- Amazing features with the angled operation
- Great value for the money
- May get stuck sometimes
Although it can jam sometimes, the DeWalt DCN660B doesn’t face that problem very often. And during its operation, it’s definitely one of the best options –especially considering the features.
2. Porter-Cable PCC792LA Cordless Finish Nailer Kit
Blessed with the flywheel mechanism, this device offers maximum power and stability. Also, the balanced center of gravity allows for comfort and steadiness for long working hours. It’s lightweight and sports a low battery charge.
Just like the DeWalt, this nail firing guy has a lithium-ion battery, is designed to be tool-free, and it has an LED light. However, the light here is a dual system which casts a precise shadow of the tip, therefore, making for a perfect hit.
If you decide to invest a little bit more and purchase the whole kit, you’ll get an extra battery and a charger. 99% of the reviews on this device say that it has exceeded their expectations.
Moreover, this nailer has a 100-nails magazine capacity with an easy-load mechanism. However, its firing mode is only sequential, and there’s no bumping option. But the brushless motor gives it a smooth and seamless operation.
You can easily adjust the depth at which nails are fired by the depth adjustment wheel on the side. And if any jamming happens, you can easily fix it with the smooth jam release.
This model has also been deprived of a dry-fire lock, which could lead to damaging your working surface. Although a straight head is a power-horse in large construction projects, it leaves the angles hanging. Tight places isn’t a friend of this device. Nevertheless, it has a safety trigger that is placed further to the back. Although such placement may annoy some people, it’s actually designed like that so that it doesn’t get in your way.
This guy retails for $250 as a kit and around $180 for the tool alone.
- Gas-free operation
- Amazing value for the money
- Only makes straight cuts
The PCC79LA is a great option if you’re looking for a straight-cuts cordless finish nailer. It has ample magazine capacity, motor power, and operates quite smoothly.
3. Hitachi NT1865DMA Finish Nailer, Brushless Motor
Although the company was renamed to Metabo HPT, it has and still continues to manufacture great tools. This device sports a compact lithium-ion battery and brushless motor; these components shrink your worktime immensely. It has an integrated control panel, which makes dealing with this tool truly a piece of cake.
The tea here is that this specific nailer uses a very unique air spring drive system to sink the nails in. It uses permanently trapped air to push the nails out with maximum power. As mentioned before, the battery here is compact, yet, it’s lighter, making the entire tool lighter and allowing it to push 1650 nails out per charge. With this guy, you receive a case anyway, along with a charger and safety glasses included, all for $280.
With a 100-nail magazine capacity, easy loading mechanism, and wheel depth adjustments, the operation of this nailer is quite seamless.
It also comes with both a pumping and sequential firing mode, so you can work according to your own preferences.
Unfortunately, the grip for this model has not been accounted for, but maybe no news is good news. It doesn’t have a dry-fire lock, and it’s on the heavier side. Yet, with Hitachi’s Multiplex Protection Circuit to prevent overload, over-charge and over-discharge and the life-time battery warranty from Hitachi allows it a very long life-span.
What could be considered as the major con of this device is the fact that it’s not wholly battery-powered, it still needs air to operate.
- Designed compactly
- Amazing performance
- Rather hefty
- Air-operated as opposed to gas
- Ergonomics are subpar
The Hitachi NT1865DMA is one of the greatest pneumatic nailers on the list, so if you’re looking for something that is air-operated rather than gas-operated, you’ll love it. However, it comes with a little bit of extra weight and doesn’t have the best ergonomic design.
4. Bostitch BCN650D1 Cordless Finish Nailer
Also supplied with a lithium-ion battery and a brushless motor, this device is an overachiever. It’s light and versatile and blessed with a narrow nose that allows for a clear line of sight. This places the Bostitch BCN650D1 with the more precise nailers. It reaches you along with its case, charger, and adjustable belt hook. All of this for $300.
You can easily load the gun up by sliding the nails up the magazine, and then enjoy the two firing modes it’s equipped with: bumping and sequential. The BCN650D1 enables you to make angled cuts to provide you with the most versatility.
Moreover, you can make depth adjustments without using any tools and use the smooth jam-release feature if anything should go wrong.
The best part that truly makes this nailer portable is its belt hook that allows you to work without a floor or a table present.
It also comes with an overmold grip that makes it comfortable to hold and work with for extended periods of time.
There’s not a list of ‘’ Best Finish Nailers of 20-’’ where you don’t find this device. However, there’s a reason why its sales are not as high as they ought to be. That’s the enormous price tag that it sports. $300 is a lot of money for a lot of people; that’s why the price tends to be a deal-breaker with this model. Other than that, you can hardly find fault with it.
- Completely battery-powered
- Powerful performance
- Comes with a brushless motor
- High price level
- Not the best value for the money
Although the BCN650D1 doesn’t give you the best value for your money with its high price, it’s the most suitable option for you if you want a nailer that is fully battery-powered in order to give you the most portability and maneuverability.
5. Hitachi NT65GAPR Finish Nailer
This nailer brings you the best of both worlds. It works with both battery, lithium-ion one, and a gas fuel rod, which is sold separately. This rod can be replenished immediately, which eliminates any loss of time you might have suffered from an air compressor.
Hallelujah, this is the first nailer to sport a dry-fire lock. This means that when the nails are done, the device will stop on its own. That will save you a lot of effort and your device, a lot of battery/gas. It has a battery indicator that will stay green as long as it’s charged but will switch to red when you’re running low. This can save a lot of devastation over unfinished work.
Moreover, is that it comes with a small value screwdriver that’s perfect for delicate jobs. The screwdriver is also equipped with an LED light for better vision.
It comes with an AC / DC charger, a no-mar nose cap, safety glasses, 3mm hex bar wrenches, 4mm hex bar wrenches, and a carrying case; all of that for just $109.
Although our previous Hitachi model was on the heavier side, this one is one of the lightest nailers out there, weighing just 4.4 lbs. It’s effortless to maneuver, you can work with it all day with no signs of fatigue whatsoever.
Also, the AC/DC charger allows you to charge it anywhere, from your workshop to the lighter place in your car.
The NT65GAPR has a 100-nail magazine capacity with an easy loading mechanism, like the previous four options.
It also comes with an easy-loading mechanism, depth adjustment setting, and two firing modes: bumping and sequential. It’s also capable of working at different angles, so you can expect lots of versatility from this nailer.
Moreover, it comes with an elastomer grip that makes it comfortable to hold and work with while the double-lock compartment latch for the fuel rod makes it safe for operation.
This device could truly be the best in the market today if it weren’t for the fact that its lightness came at a price, which is strength and durability. Reports from several users revealed that the device had noticeable difficulty with larger nails and didn’t do very well with them.
Another thing is that it got users running back and forth from the maintenance centers. It’s also pretty loud for such a small device.
- Very affordable
- Lightweight design
- Doesn’t work with bigger nails
- Not the most durable
If you’re someone who easily gets fatigued or feels a strain on your wrists, I’d highly recommend the NT65GAPR for its incredible lightweight and how comfortable it feels to grip and work with.
6. Ryobi P325 Cordless Finish Nailer
This device was released along with its twin brother, the P330, which is actually an angled version of the P325. The only difference that you can spot is their magazines, as one is loaded from down the P325, while the other is loaded from up the P330.
It has a lithium-ion battery, but the thing is this battery is compatible with the entire one + family. That means that you can take the battery and place it in any of the other members of this family and vice-versa. This battery is capable of shooting 800 nails per charge.
Another unique feature of this device is that it has a slider on its rear side; this slider enables the user to control how much air pressure the device is using. Therefore, you control how deep the nail will go. On the front side of the device, you have the tool-less depth adjustment wheel, which is, in this device, used for fine-tuning.
It has an LED light that works automatically as you use the device, yet, it has a separate trigger if you want to use it for any other job.
This is now the second nailer that enjoys the privilege of having a dry fire lockout, and rather than a belt, it sports belt clips. One more thing is that it has a ”low nail indicator” that shows how many nails are left. This tool retails for $145.
It comes with a slightly higher magazine capacity of 105 nails with an easy-loading feature.
You can adjust the depth at which the nails are fired as well as whether you want the pumping mechanism to be sequential or bumping.
As for ergonomics, the P325 comes with a rubberized overmold grip, a low-nail indicator, and a dry-fire lockout feature.
This guy is pretty impressive; the only con is that its performance will come up short in terms of small nails and fine detailing. For such jobs, you’re much better off using its sibling, the P330.
- Seamless operation
- Great design and ergonomics
- Reasonably priced
- Substandard running time
If you’re looking for a budget choice, you’ll love the reasonable price at which the P325 comes. And being affordable doesn’t reduce the quality of its operation as it comes with great features and ergonomics.
7. Freeman P4FRFNCB Pneumatic Finish Nailer
Now, we have already discussed six finishing nailers, the seventh one, however, is the only one that’s not powered by a battery. It is powered by air, the only pneumatic finishing nailer that we are going to discuss.
This guy has an adjustable exhaust port, its magazine is aluminum and has a sliding configuration. No batteries needed here. The thing about this nailer is that it comes in a combo set with two other nailers, a stapler, and some other smaller tools. This kit features a framing nailer, a finish nailer, a straight Brad nailer, and a narrow crown stapler. It also includes a carrying canvas.
This kit is for heavy-duty work; it’s exceedingly durable and has a warranty of seven years, which even extends the durability. Needless to say that wherever you are, whatever the job is, you’ll always have the right tool for it with the Freeman P4FRFNCP kit.
Also, although the price tag might scare you when you think about it, you’re getting great value for your money. Around $230 for four big devices and some other smaller ones seems very economical.
It has a 100-nail magazine capacity with an easy loading feature. It also comes with two firing modes: sequential and bumping as well as depth adjustment settings with a smooth jam-release feature.
- Suitable weight
- Smooth operation
- Affordable price
- Requires more effort to operate than usual nailers
If you’re looking for a cordless nailer that doesn’t use batteries to operate because you’re looking for extended operation periods, I’d highly recommend the Freeman P4FRFNCB.
How to Choose a Finish Nail Gun?
If you’ve gone through the reviews but still want to know exactly how to decide on the right finish nailer for you, here are the main points you should consider.
Straight vs. Angled
Whether you want to drive your nails at an angle or simply straight makes a difference. If you’ll be working with lots of corners, you can’t do without an angled nailer.
However, if you just need to drive a nail right into the workpiece, you can save some money by getting a straight nailer.
Trigger operation has two variants: bump fire and sequential.
If you’re looking for quick operation, go for a bump-fire as it maintains pressure on the trigger and presses the gun where you want to drive in the nail. But since it’s faster, it’s more prone to loss of control and accidental firing.
To avoid this completely, go for sequential operation. It requires you to release the trigger between nails and press it in again before the next nail is driven in. Although it’s a bit slower, it’s safer and provides more control.
Safety and Comfort
Look for tools with fans that clear away your working area. Also, double-check on how well their tips are designed and how much noise they produce when operating.
Moreover, make sure the model you buy feels comfortable in your hand and isn’t too heavy. This is an important aspect as the quality of your work and ensures consistent results.
Each one of those nailers can be considered the best cordless finish nailer; still, you can’t buy all of them. So a couple of things that you want to keep in mind while purchasing a nailer is that you have to know what sort of work you’re going to be doing.
Also, you have to check your budget as some of these nailers sport a hefty price-tag. But, to us, if we are going to choose the best out of these seven, it’s going to be the Ryobi P325 Cordless Finish Nailer. It has everything you might need, and the only con is something that can be fixed or maneuvered.
Another great option is the Hitachi NT65GAPR Finish Nailer if you’re looking for something that’s lightweight and easy to maneuver.
And if you don’t mind the straight construction, you’ll love the Porter-Cable PCC792LA Cordless Finish Nailer Kit for its top-notch performance at a reasonable price.