Hitachi NR90GC2 Review
ToolShelf recently did the Ultimate Power Tool Guide round up post for the Best Nail Gun for 2018. Discussing different topics, like the best nail gun for DIY projects, to the best nail gun for quarter round. The guide provides an overview of the some the best nail guns that we like on the market today. Nail guns in fact play quite an important role in a lot of different projects. Whether a nail gun is electric, or uses some sort of gas, the efficiency that nail guns provide have definitely decreased the time for projects that require a nails to be driven. For example, building a fence, which was was once a tedious and time consuming task, can now be complete very quickly and with rapid fire speed with the use of a nail gun. Our best nail gun guide discussed a lot of different nail guns, however the one caught our eye the most is the Hitachi NR90GC2. As the best nail gun for plywood sheathing, the NR90GC2 is a high powered, high capacity nail gun that is perfect for tasks that require plywood sheathing, such as roofing or side paneling. In today’s Hitachi NR90GC2 review, we will be discussing some of the quirks and features of the nail gun, as well as our recommendation on whether you should invest in this nail gun for your next big project! So let’s start off with some of the specs for the Hitachi NR90GC2.
- High driving power of 90J
- Up to 1200 nails per fuel cell
- Longer trigger stroke for safer use
- Easy to clean
- High visibility magazine
The NR90GC2 has some great specs up it’s sleeve. For most nail guns, saving time and efficiency is the most important factor, and this Hitachi nail gun does just that. To start off, the nail gun has high driving power of 90 joules. This means that each and every nail is driven very quickly with just a blink of an eye.
The Hitachi NR90GC2 also holds a high capacity of about 1200 nails. This also adds to the efficiency as nails will be loaded less frequently. On this note, the types of nails that are accepted by the gun includes clipped, paper collated, and 34 degree angle nails. Therefore, the gun is not limited to just one type of nail, this makes it more versatile across different types of projects.
A well balanced design also makes this nail gun not only easy to use, it also has exceptional safety features that will ensure no harm is done when the gun is being operated. This is facilitated by a highly versatile and light weight design, along with a firing lockout mechanism that ensures a misfire isn’t made, as well as accidental fires from occuring.
Lastly, with a fast charger, as well as two batteries included in the box, you can stay rest assured that there is minimal down time when completing any project. Each battery takes approximately 1 hour to charge, however, with the the ability to interchange batteries on the go, having a couple on hand is definitely useful.
The Hitachi NR90GC2 is definitely one of the better nail guns on the market today. Although catered to bigger projects that require heavier materials, like plywood sheathing, the gun holds up quite well when being used on a project day to day. As mentioned, one of the key aspects of this nail gun that really sets itself apart, is the power it produces in order to drive each and every nail. This power will ensure that the wood is properly fastened to each other, as well as increase efficiency.
While this nail gun is on the heavier side, with a well balanced design, it is also very easy to handle day in and day out. At about 7kg, it does take a little effort to pick up, however, with the power that it produces, it is not so bad. With good construction of the gun itself, you can also expect the NR90GC2 to last for a while.
Reloading nails into the gun itself is also fairly quick and easy. A quick reload mechanism built into the gun ensures that reloads are seamless. This is also facilitated by the magazine being transparent, so that users can exactly how many nails are left to use. This is very useful, as most nail guns come with opaque or non-transparent magazines.
The quality of the Hitachi NR90GC2 is definitely top notch. With Hitachi itself is known to be one the top brands for products like electronics, refrigerators, and even train, the brand has attached itself to well made products and services. This in turn reflects on the company’s line of power tools, like the NR89GC2.
The quality is also reflected on the actual day to day function of the nail gun as well. Like other nail guns, having a jam is quite and nuisance and takes some to fix. With the Hitachi NR90GC2, jams have not occurred thus far. Therefore, extra care has been to made to ensure there is zero time during the use of the gun.
Along with having zero jams during my testing of this nail gun, one thing to also note about the quality is that the gun has not degraded in its everyday functionality. This means that every nail shot is consistent in terms of speed and straightness. This is facilitated from the fuel cell functionality, which produces just the right amount of gas to drive each nail. Overall, with about 6 months of use, the nail gun has provided a quality drive in terms of its use.
The Hitachi NR90GC2 is overall a good quality and powerful nail gun. It is the perfect tool to use when working on projects like fencing, roofing, as well as a number of woodworking projects. At a price of £289.00, the NR90GC2 is definitely on the higher end of the pricing scale, however, the quality of the tool is also on the higher end as compared to other competing nail guns.
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