The 7 Best Siding Nailers

Updated April 24, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 46 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Built for contractors or keen DIY-ers, and differing from roofing nailers mainly in the ammunition they use, these siding nailers are specially designed to ensure your construction work meets inspection requirements, particularly if you live in a region with high/hurricane-force winds. We've included only the best models that are sure to last through years of heavy use. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best siding nailer on Amazon.

7. DeWalt DW66C-1R

The DeWalt DW66C-1R is manufactured with a number of hard-wearing components, making it a smart choice for professionals who plan on using it on a daily basis. Despite its exceptional durability, it actually comes in at a rather wallet-friendly price.
  • includes a hard plastic case
  • slim grip fits nicely in the hand
  • has been know to jam
Model DW66C-1R
Weight 10.2 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Max CN565S3 Supersider

The Max CN565S3 Supersider has a unique slim guide contact arm, which takes the place of the soft rubber tip found on other models, and does a good job of reducing nail bending and driver marks. Though, it may be awkward for users accustomed to a more traditional design.
  • effective anti-double firing device
  • comes with a belt clip
  • maintenance-free filter
Brand Max
Model CN565S3
Weight 10.5 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Hitachi NV75AN

The Hitachi NV75AN straddles the line between a siding nailer and a framing nailer, as it can fire nails from 1-3/4" to 3" long. It comes with a contact trigger installed, but you can swap that out for the sequential trigger that comes in the box.
  • drives up to 3 nails per second
  • rarely ever jams
  • heavy but well balanced
Brand Hitachi
Model NV75AN
Weight 9.8 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

4. Bostitch N66C-1

The Bostitch N66C-1 has a rubber foot to prevent the tip of the gun from damaging any soft woods along your working surface. The exhaust port can be adjusted towards any direction, without the need of any tools, so you aren't constantly hit with a blast of air in the face.
  • allows for simple jam removals
  • 515 inch-pounds of power
  • feels a little bulky in the hand
Model N66C-1
Weight 9.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

3. Makita AN611

The Makita AN611 offers sequential and contact nailing modes for use in different fastening situations. Its built-in air filter does a very good job of minimizing the amount of dust and debris that can get into the tool while you use it, so it stays in good condition.
  • adjust to different nail sizes
  • nine depth settings
  • low-noise coupler disconnection
Brand Makita
Model AN611
Weight 10.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Freeman PCN65

The Freeman PCN65 accommodates 15-degree 1-1/4" to 2-1/2" nails and features a non-marring tip. As long as your compressor can maintain constant pressure, you shouldn't feel too significant a difference between this one and the more expensive models on the market.
  • trigger lock for safety
  • transparent magazine
  • comfortable padded grip
Brand Freeman
Model PCN65
Weight 7.7 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. Hitachi NV65AH2

The Hitachi NV65AH2 features a side-loading, tilt-bottom magazine configuration that allows for fast reloading, which translates to you finishing your work quicker. It drives both wire and plastic sheet coated nails, making it suitable for a variety of jobs.
  • selectable nailing mode
  • wire collation deflection shield
  • 200 to 300 nail capacity
Brand Hitachi
Model NV65AH2
Weight 7 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

The Right Tools For The Job

Walking down the aisle of a hardware store’s power tools department can be a confusing experience. There’s a wide range of almost any kind of tool, from drills to wrenches, with an even broader selection of brands and price points. It’s hard to know which among all these options you really need.

For serious craftsmen and women, a garage or basement will eventually contain pretty much every kind of tool. That’s not because these people get greedy or don’t know how to make use of one tool for a variety of jobs. It’s mainly because, to do a job right, you have to use the appropriate tool.

With that in mind, it would seem like a pretty bad idea to approach a siding project with a finishing nailer, much for the same reasons that it would be a bad idea to add American cheese to a pasta dish.

It’s important, then, to understand what separates a siding nailer from similar nail guns that could, in theory, provide a similar service. To understand that, however, it helps to understand what a good siding job can do for your house.

Siding on a house protects the lumber out of which the home’s frame is built. Anything from heavy rains to gale force winds can wreak havoc on a home, with the former posing particular threats in the form of rot and black mold. Good siding is like a firm layer of skin there to protect your house from the elements.

When applying siding, as with almost any other nailing job, the fewer nails you need to perform a task, the better. Piercing any material is liable to weaken it, so littering a piece of siding with too many holes can put the infrastructure of a home at risk. Fewer nails also means time saved in the siding process. If you’re a professional, that can save you money in man hours (some of which savings you can pass on to your customers, which, by word of mouth, should result in repeat business). If you’re doing your own siding, then you’ll have more time to spend doing anything else, while also appearing far more capable around the house.

What allows siding nailers to perform more quickly and efficiently than comparable nail guns has to do with the size of the opening through which a siding nail fires. In order to anchor your siding firmly against wind and rain without increasing the number of nails required to install it, siding nails come with much wider heads than those used in other nail guns. As a result, you need fewer nails to secure more surface area of the siding material, both speeding up your process and ensuring greater durability in the work.

What To Look For In A Siding Nailer

Fortunately for anyone in the market for a siding nailer, there are fewer variables among them than many other nail guns. While a large number of nail guns on the market offer different magazine styles, siding nailers universally utilize barrel magazines that make the units resemble the Tommy guns of the 1920s. If your child is hard-pressed for a Halloween costume, you can spray paint an old siding nailer, draw a line down his or her cheek and send them out trick-or-treating as Scarface.

Siding nailers also relieve you of the decision among pneumatic, corded, and battery-powered options, as the pressure needed to successfully drive a siding nail necessitates the use of a compressor. That does limit your maneuverability somewhat, but most siding jobs don’t put your gun at strange angles. When it’s time to reach the upper portions of a building, however, make sure you have a strong ladder or scaffolding at your disposal.

What you do need to consider when purchasing a siding nailer has mostly to do with the size of your average job. If you routinely work on large structures, siding them in their entirety, you’re going to want a gun that can accommodate you. That means it will need to be lightweight and capable of accepting a large-capacity magazine of nails. As far as weight goes, a nailer under five pounds would be ideal to reduce user fatigue.

Features like a light weight and a large magazine that isn’t prone to jams don’t come cheaply however. If you’re less likely to finish a whole siding job, and you need a gun more for the maintenance of your own home (which shouldn’t’ require more than the occasional siding replacement in the event of damage), you can get away with a heavier unit that can’t quite hold as many nails.

A Brief History Of The Nail Gun

Great men and women throughout history have had visions for the future of technology, the execution of which has brought about incredible inventions along the way. Often, when an idea is grand enough, an entire industry has to adapt to realize it. Such is the case with the nail gun.

Howard Hughes, noted filmmaker and aviator, envisioned a gigantic airplane made entirely out of wood. He called it the Hercules (though most know it as the Spruce Goose), and it was incredibly challenging to engineer and build.

One of the biggest challenges in the design was the weight of the rivets, which threw off the balance and lift capabilities of the plane. To solve this, Hughes’ engineer Morris Pynoos invented what we now know as the nail gun. The device operated by pneumatic force, just like the guns on our list. With it Hughes' engineering team nailed the body of the plane together while glue between the wooden elements set. Afterward, they removed the nails, and the plane was light enough to fly, though it was never deployed as intended. Iterations of the nail gun entered the market soon after, and countless thumbs were henceforth spared the agony of a poorly aimed hammer.

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Last updated on April 24, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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