Coming second on our list is another Hitachi model in the face of the NR1890DR. The unique feature this model presents over its sibling is that it is a cordless framing nailer meaning it requires no outlet to work and also no compressed air tank. It works solely out of its own power coming from its batteries and brushless motor. It also features a nice magazine angle allowing for better and faster work on bigger woodworking projects.
In this review we will showcase some of the best features of this product as well as the advantages and disadvantages it possesses. So, let’s get right into it!
Features That Make It Stand Out
Right off the bat, the most important and notable feature about this nail gun is the fact that it can operate without any external power source or compressed air. It works solely out of its detachable battery and the brushless motor inside produces all the necessary power for it to drive nails into the surface you want it to.
This is a very important feature as it allows workers to carry fewer items into the construction site (extensions, air compressors, etc.) and gives them more room for other tools and items. On top of that, thanks to its clipped magazine, the NR1890DR is also lighter than most coil magazine compressed air nail guns.
In terms of power this nailer will always fall behind models like the Senco 2H0033N as nothing can match the power of pressurized air (yet). What is interesting here, though, is that even though this nail gun runs off a brushless electric motor, it still uses small amounts of compressed air to drive its nails into the surface you work on. This results in a minimal ramp up time and very fast driving speed.
The brushless motor itself increases the time you can spend on one charge and decreases the maintenance you will have to do for this particular model. It also means that what you have in your hands is one durable framing nailer that won’t give up on you out in the field.
Pro Tip: With similar framing nailers, the best thing you can do is to carry an extra battery pack. First, that is a good way to constantly have a nail gun at your disposal as when you are using one battery the other one will be charging. Second of all this acts as an insurance that you will never be left out without a power supply for your framing tool. This is especially important for constructions sites that do not have electricity yet.
The battery inside this tool is a 3.0Ah Lithium ion battery which is shorter and lighter than normal 3.0Ah batteries, adding to the convenience of this model.
There are two firing modes present here allowing you to choose between them with a click of the button. The first one is a sequential mode where with each pressing of the trigger you drive a single nail, while the other is the so-called bump firing mode with which you can perform faster nailing if that is needed.
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When it comes to driving nails into wooden frames this thing doesn’t allow the big dogs to intimidate it. Even though it is electrically powered it has enough punch to perform almost any task. There are drive depth options which allow you to manually select (without the need of tools) the depth of which the gun can penetrate.
It shoots at a 21- degree angle making it ideal for tight spaces but also makes the nail magazines a bit more expensive. It can hold nails from 2 inches to 3 and a half inches, which is about standard enough for the industry.
On top of all its features there is also a dry-fire prevention system which disengages the framing nailer when you press the trigger and there is no nail to be fired. This prevents the tool from breakage and further wear.
Want to learn how to use a framing nailer? Click here to read our article on the topic. Now, let’s see which are the most important advantages and disadvantages of the Hitachi NR1890DR.
Pros And Cons
- Good price to value ratio
- Sturdy construction
- Brushless motor for greater longevity
- Compact yet powerful battery
- Can drive 500+ nails on a single charge
- Magazine packs 36 screws
- Tool-less depth of drive adjustment
- Dry-fire prevention system
- Not as powerful as some compressed air nail guns
- Doesn’t have the option for a coil magazine
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Conclusion & Rating
As a whole, the Hitachi NR1890DR is one of the best framing nail guns to take with you in an outdoors project as it has a battery powerful enough to last you for more than 500 nails and if you bring a second pack you will easily last a day without a recharge. Apart from that, this nailer also stands out with how strong it is for a cordless nail gun and adding its great price, additional features and comfortable design and magazine angle, this is a bargain not many people can go by. We give this model a solid four and a half out of five stars rating.