Hitachi NR90AD Clipped Head Framing Nailer Review

hitachi-nr90adAmongst the products of its class, Hitachi NR90AD Clipped Head 2-Inch to 3-1/2-Inch Framing Nailer is certainly a top drawer because of its lightweight yet robust build, as well as incredible power. Be it modular housing, sub flooring, wall shedding, wall and floor framing, framing, truss and window buildup, it operates within 70 to 120 PSI. Also it does crank out sufficient power driving your nails into any surface.

Its newly designed clipped head design works on high tech technology and sports good looks with futuristic styling. It has to be said that it’s faster though smaller, and lighter. This nailer is the right pick to tackle complex framing applications, as it drives .113 mm to .148 mm of clipped head paper tape nails, while working on either sequential or bump fire mode. It provides the luxury of choosing how fast or how accurate you need to work, with a toggle control best known as flip fire switch.

Price and Features

It goes for about $359 in It’s worth checking out because you have a lot of goodies coming along in form of these features.

  • Offers better control and comfort carrying a lightweight build
  • Depth drive adjustment (tool free) translates to less down time and in turn more productivity
  • Dual piece aluminium (anodized) magazine for long lasting operation
  • Rapid nailing enabled by one step loading mechanism
  • Extended durability provided by isolation pads that counter excessive vibration.

Who is it for?

Super compact, amazingly light and easy to load as well as fire, this Framing Nailer is a nice departure from the heavily built nailers that any framer would normally be used to. It’s meant for both newbies and pros alike.

Pros and Cons

The maker, Hitachi, has clearly thought of creating an innovative framing nailer that could use lightweight aluminum on the housing, and it shows. It cuts back enough weight of the machine.

Yes, it drives 2 to 3.5 inch nails. It is far and away the best in class to many nailers, for it has got a flip fire switch that allows toggling between fire and bumping fire mode.

Equally efficient and remarkable is the depth of drive adjustment mechanism, which as found in other fantastic nailers of its class is tool free. All it does to adjust is a simple turn. Talk about loading, this nailer is ready to fire and load as soon as you are done feeding through the paper taped nails. A rough, toe nail push lever made of carbon steel offers comfortable grip that eases you into the work even when you get down to toe nailing at intricate angles.

Minor complaints crop up, pointing at the way in which the piston may realign occasionally, and if it does it’s going to be quite agonizing especially when one strains to hold a board.

Why you should buy it

Among all reasons, it’s lighter in weight. At just 7 pounds the nailer won’t wear out your arm through a long day of nailing. The tool drives 2-to-3-1/2-inch (.113 to .148 mm), paper tape, clipped head nails


Smaller, faster, and with style to boot, this newly designed Hitachi NR90AD offers state-of-the-art performance and futuristic good looks.