Ryobi Air Strike P320 Brad Nailer Review

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Review of Ryobi Air Strike P320

Editor Rating: 4.6/5

Build Quality
Power
Features
Price

Review Summary

There is a lot of good to say about Ryobi’s Air Strike P320 and not much bad. It starts with the price, which is much cheaper than most of the brad nailers it competes with in the marketplace. It’ll save you some bucks in buying it and deliver on performance. It has an easy-turn knob to change the depth it’ll drive nails to and will lock you out from firing when you’re out. This spares your workpieces wear and tear and lets you know when to swap in a new coil. It also has twin LED lights to illuminate those hard-to-reach corners that awkwardness and shadows can turn into a running source of aggravation. One thing to watch is that the longer it runs, the more frequently it seems to jam. Fortunately, Ryobi included easy, top access to where jams occur, making clearing them a snap.

Ryobi Air Strike P320 – A Quick Look

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Tool-less driver depth adjustment
  • Easy clearing of jams
  • Dry-fire lockout
Cons
  • Jams more frequently the longer it works

Specifications

Brand name: Ryobi

Model: Air Strike P320

Tool: Nailer

Type: Brad

Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 3 inches

Weight: 6 lbs.

Ryobi Air Strike P320 side view

Tool-less depth adjustment

Ryobi’s Air Strike P320 comes with a dial that allows you to adjust the depth that it will drive your nails. This allows for fast, seamless adjustment once you hit a rhythm for working. Instead of taking time out to get it just right, turn the knob and get back to work. If you need to go back to your old depth, that’s just a turn of the knob away, too.

Dry-fire lockout

No nails is no problem for the Ryobi Air Strike P320. If you move along, driving nails and fail to notice that you’re all done, your brad nailer notices for you and won’t shoot without nails loaded. That prevents you from damaging your wood with misfires.

Dual-LED lights for lighted workspaces

There is nothing more frustrating than working in hard-to-reach corners that stretch your body and are dark or full of shadows. Lack of lighting could mean putting the nail in the wrong place, which combined with everything else makes a hard job a frustratingly hard job. The P320 comes with dual LED lights so you can see where you’re working without rigging extra lights.

Ryobi Air Strike P320 front view

FAQ

What gauge of brad nails does this use and how many can it drive in a single battery load?

The Air Strike P320 drives 18-gauge nails from 5/8 to 2 inches in length. It can drive up to 700 of them from a fully-charged lithium ion battery.

What kind of warranty covers this brad nailer?

It has a three-year limited, 90-day exchange warranty.

How is it about clearing jams?

Ryobi has built in access to where jams happen from the top, making them easy and fast to clear and get you back to driving nails in no time.

Ryobi Air Strike P320 top view

What the Users Say

Among users, the Ryobi Air Strike P320 is a very popular tool for some very basic reasons. It does a great job driving nails at a price that is very reasonable. When it comes to basic tool operation, it gets no more complicated than that.

In terms of raw percentage of user reviews, the Air Strike P320 did very well. A large majority of users said they had very positive results and only a small percentage said they had highly regrettable experiences using it. Most of the positive reviews concerned its ability to do the basic job. The P320 comes with a lot of bells and whistles intended to make it more attractive for contractors, but it was its ability to drive nails at a comparatively low price that made it so popular.

One thing that was particularly popular about this brad nailer was that it delivered air compressor power without there being an actual air compressor. Users found this extremely convenient to use, alleviating them of the headache of lugging around excess hoses and gadgets that had to be plugged into wall current. Aside from basic operation, that appeared to be the most popular feature of the Air Strike P320.

Another popular feature was its reliability. It shoots clean, shoots a lot and rarely has misfires or bent nails. It also doesn’t jam a whole lot…

…until it’s been used for a good minute. And that’s really where the one big negative comes into play. People reported that the longer you use it, the more likely it is to jam. The jams aren’t hard to clear, but it does take time away from work, usually at a point where you’re frustrated and just want to do something else.

We do have to acknowledge that a lot of the negative reviews were left by people with unverified purchases. That is, they could have been left by anyone, including people who troll Amazon reviews for whatever reason. Don’t hesitate to give weight to reviews based on verified purchases over those that might be written by just anyone with an Amazon account.

Conclusion

Ryobi’s Air Strike P320 is a brad nailer intended to deliver big in value and low in terms of hassle. It does a great job, has features for maximized ease of use, and can punch a lot of nails on a single battery load. You can drive up to 700 18-gauge brad nails from between 5/8 to 2 inches long over the course of one battery charge, and the Air Strike P320 will tell you when its out and won’t fire until it’s reloaded to prevent you from damaging your workpieces. It has LED lights to illuminate where you’re working, and best of all comes at a price that is very competitive. If you have to spend hours at a time working, bear in mind that at the end of the job it might jam more frequently than it did at the start, especially if you’re using shorter nails.

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!