Quite simply one of the best framing models available, Bostitch's high-powered stick nailer is basically the sleek sports car of framing stick nailers. Yet, with its magnesium housing, extruded aluminum magazine, and antislide rubber exterior molding, it's also a very tough piece of equipment, designed to hold up to the inevitable falls and bangs and bumps that tools take on a job site. The nailer's aggressive teeth easily grip lumber for toe-nailing. You just push a button for depth control. There's also a 360-degree exhaust deflector, so you can point the discharge away from the face. Overall, we were impressed with how comfortable the unit was to hold. It definitely has the burliness of an industrial tool; it's also very well balanced and, at 7.8 pounds, relatively light. The nailer packs plenty of power (1,000 inch-pounds) and drives 3-1/2-inch nails into the toughest lumber without breaking a sweat. This model shoots 2- to 3-1/2-inch, 28-degree, wire-weld-collated, clipped-head nails, and holds up to 75. This nailer is available in contact or sequential trip. --Jonathon Tudor
From the Manufacturer
The N88WW is simply the best framing nailer available, period. It weighs a mere 7.8 pounds, which makes it the lightest framing nailer on the market. Despite its light weight, it develops an absolutely astounding 1000 in./lbs. of driving power to tackle the toughest engineered lumber applications.