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Best 16 Gauge Finish Nailers 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks

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a 16 gauge finish nailerFinding the best 16 gauge finish nailer for your budget can be a source of stress that you probably aren’t in the mood to take on.

While nailers are not generally thought of as a nuance tool the same way that say, a scroll saw is, the fact remains that they do have a very real impact on how your workpiece will turn out. While a good 16 gauge finish nailer won’t necessarily elevate your projects, a bad one can certainly set them back.

Sometimes it takes the eye of an expert to tell the good tools from the bad. That is where we come in to play.

We want you to get the very best 16 gauge finish nailer that you can, and we have done a lot of research to make it happen.

We’ve experimented with dozens of tools, identified five options that should be appealing for buyers with various needs, and compiled our findings in these 16 gauge finish nailer reviews.

A List of our Favorite Product Models

ModelPriceWarrantyEditor Rating
Hitachi NT65M2S
Hitachi NT65M2S
Top Pick

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5 years4.9/5

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3 years4.7/5
NuMax SFN64
NuMax SFN64
Best for the Money

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1 year4.6/5
Valu-Air T64C
Valu-Air T64C

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30 days4.3/5
Ridgid HyperDrive 16 R09892B
Ridgid HyperDrive 16 R09892B

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5 Best 16-Gauge Finish Nailers – Our Reviews:

1. Hitachi NT65M2S 16-Gauge Finish Nailer – Top Pick

Hitachi NT65M2S

There is plenty to find impressive in the Hitachi NT65M2S. This tool is designed with ergonomics in mind so that it will be comfortable to use even for long hours. It features tool-free adjustment settings, which will make it quick and easy to manipulate the settings of your tool on the fly, and it even features an integrated dust button that is designed to redirect air to blow out of the front of the tool to clear dust away from your workpiece.

The other nice thing about this tool is that there just isn’t very much to worry about in way of cons. It is a little bit pricier than some of the other tools on this list, but then this is often a by-product of quality.

We also noticed that the tool fires a surprising number of blanks, which means that sometimes you may need to pull the trigger several times before the nail will release.

This aside, it is an impressive tool that the majority of buyers are sure to appreciate.

  • Tool-free Adjustment
  • Dust Button Redirects Air
  • Ergonomic
  • A little pricey
  • Fires surprising number of blanks

2. DEWALT D51257K 16 Gauge Finish Nail Gun – The Runner-Up


DeWalt is a real juggernaut in the tool industry, though their reputation is more for saws and drills than it is for nailers. Still, this particular model may help to give them a larger stake in the nailer game.

The package includes a nice travel case, while the tool itself has several impressive features that are optimized to make using the tool a breeze.

Like the last unit that we looked at, all of the adjustments done on this nailer are optimized to be tool-free. And last but not least, it also includes a “no mar” pad (a small rubber piece that goes on the front end of the tool) that is designed to ensure you don’t scuff up your workpiece as you go about your business.

One of the biggest cons that we noticed was one of value. This tool, in typical DeWalt form, skews towards the higher end of the price spectrum.

The tool is more expensive than the Hitachi, but performs very similarly. If you want to get a high-quality nailer and save a little bit of money, you will probably want to go with our top pick.

Still, if you are a DeWalt loyalist, or if you just prefer this tool over the Hitachi, it will still make a great addition to your tool collection.

  • No Mar Pad
  • Travel Case
  • Tool-free Adjustment
  • Pricier than Hitachi without outperforming it

3. NuMax SFN64 – Best for the Money

NuMax SFN64

While the last two options that we looked at trended a little bit more expensive than some buyers will be comfortable with, the NuMax is optimized for both quality and budget friendliness, which is exactly what earned it a spot as our best for the money pick.

Besides just featuring a low price, this tool also has value for the fact that it is actually a three in one unit. The NuMax is capable of staples, brads, and finish nails.

It also features an ergonomic design, and a no-mar pad for keeping your workpiece nice and pristine.

Of course, there are flaws. This is not as powerful as some of the other tools that we looked at which may lead to some inconsistencies in your work, and even imperfections in the workpiece.

This is definitely not what you want out of a tool, but for the price many buyers might find it worthwhile.

  • Best for the Money
  • Three in One
  • No Mar Pad
  • Lack of power can compromise quality of workpiece

4. Valu-Air T64C Finishing Nailer (16-Gauge)

Valu-Air T64C

In keeping with the spirit of looking at more affordable nailer options, we will now take a peek at the Valu Air.

The tool is very affordable, it features tool-free adjustments, and it even has a nice, durable, heat-treated aluminum housing.

Unfortunately, however, there are some cons that overshadow the things the Valu-Air does right. The tool jams often, it’s prone to firing blanks, and it lacks the power that many users will require. By no means is this a bad tool, but because of its limitations, it doesn’t hold up so well against other options on the list.

  • Aluminum Housing
  • Tool-free Adjustment
  • Prone to firing blanks
  • Lacking in power
  • Jams often

5. Ridgid HyperDrive 16 R09892B

Ridgid HyperDrive 16 R09892B

In last place, we have the Ridged HyperDrive 16. This tool has some promising features, but unfortunately, there are also a good number of kinks that are going to need to be worked out.

While the power of the tool is pretty decent, this is overshadowed by several performance issues and inconveniences.

The tool is heavy, loud, prone to jamming, and there is an uncommonly long waiting period between nail firings.

While these may not be deal breaking cons for some buyers, you will want to keep in mind that for the price of this tool, you can get something with a much higher quality value.

  • Powerful
  • Heavy
  • Loud
  • Prone to Jamming
  • Long Waiting Period Between Nails
  • Pricey

Buyer’s Guide

If you have read our reviews, but still feel like you don’t have a comprehensive understanding of what to look for in a 16 gauge finish nailer, that is ok.

It is a nuanced tool, and there are plenty of factors to consider. To help you out, we have assembled a list of buying considerations that will hopefully make your decision a little bit easier for you.


Nailers of pretty much every variety require a degree of nuance to produce the best results possible.

That being the case, you are going to want to get a tool that you will be able to adjust without much of a hassle.

Tool-free adjustability is now an industry standard for nailers, but surprisingly, the occasional product will pop up that does not have this feature. You definitely want it.

Pay attention to how the adjustment system on the nailer you are thinking about getting works. Getting a tool-free adjustment system is going to save you a lot of time and frustration later on.


Since there are plenty of jobs that require using a nailer for long periods, you are going to want to think about going with something that is designed with comfort in mind.

A nice, rubberized, padded grip that is made to comfortably fit the human hand will be much appreciated on long hours at the job.

Nose Piece:

The nosepiece of the tool should be rubberized, or in some other way optimized to prevent scuffing. This feature, like the tool-free adjustment feature, is generally pretty common, but it is also not a given, so pay attention to this component of the tool before you buy.

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Now that the reviews of 16 gauge nailers are all done, and you have read our list of buying considerations, it is time to apply what you have learned.

As you have probably realized in reading this article, different buyers are going to favor different types of nailers.

For instance, buyers that want uncompromising quality above all else will probably lean towards a tool like the Hitachi.

Buyers that have to be more mindful of a budget are probably going to think about a tool like the NuMax.

It’s all a matter of preference. Hey, you are an expert now. Just choose the nailer that you are comfortable with, and there is no going wrong.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!