What’s the difference of framing nailer with other nail guns

framing nailer

Do you need a nail gun that delivers some of oomph for your next project? One of the most powerful nail guns on the market is the framing nailer. It is a special type of nail gun that is best suited to nail on tough and thick surfaces. What the framing nail gun lacks in precision, it makes up for heavy-duty work.

If you are in the market for a powerful nail gun, then we will show you the differences between a framing nail gun compared to other types of nail guns.

What we should know about framing nailer

There are basically two types of framing nailer: Coil framing nailer & stick framing nailer

Coil Style & Stick Style
  • Coil framing nailer are available everywhere and is by far the most popular nail gun. They are skewed at a fixed 15-degree angle to accept standard nails between 1″ to 3.25″. They fire nails relatively rapidly, usually between 150 to 300, depending on the cartridge capacity.
  • Stick framing nailer on the other hand, can only accommodate a few nails, around 25 to 40 at a time. They are, however, able to accommodate 3 different types of nails. They have a dynamic angle, and unlike the coil gun; the angle depends on the kind of nail you are using.

The stick framing nailer accepts any of the 3 types of nail:

  • Round-head at a 20-22 degree
  • Wire-weld at a 28-30 degree
  • Paper collated at a 30-35 degree

What about other nail gun?

  • Finish nail gun: Generally lighter and less powerful than framing nail guns. As their name implies, they are used for lighter “cosmetic” type of work, where they nail softer and thinner materials. Finish nail guns are the most popular nail guns among DIYers and amateur carpenters. For heavier construction work, a framing nail gun is recommended.
  • Brad nail gun: A type of finish nail guns, albeit smaller. Brad nail guns fire tiny nails that are suitable for materials that might otherwise split with bigger nails. Brad nail guns must only be used on soft and thin wood, like plywood, as their nails are too small and too weak to penetrate thick and hard wood.
  • Roofing nail gun: As their name suggests are specialized for roofing work. Unlike the framing nail gun, that is skewed at a 15-degree angle to accept only straight nail sticks, the roofing nail gun uses a coil of nails with bigger nail heads. The coil pack offers the advantage of the handler having better clarity when nailing in an awkward position. Otherwise, the nail stick of a framing gun would easily get in the way. Other than this, the roofing nail gun offers no significant advantage or difference specs-wise over a framing nailer.
  • Flooring nail gun: Specialized for nailing hardwood to the floor, flooring nail guns have a shape to match their name, as they resemble a floor jack. This nail gun is triggered by placing it on the floor and thumping the trigger button with either your feet or a hammer. Flooring nail guns usually have soft non-marred bottoms so as to not harm the flooring material when nailing. They differ from framing nail guns both by design and purpose.


As we have seen, a framing nailer is much more suited for heavy construction work on hardwood. If you need a powerful nail gun to sandwich thick and hard materials, then a framing nail gun will serve you well.