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Choosing Between a Siding Nailer or Framing Nailer

Apr 28, 2022

Even though all pneumatic nail guns use the same pressurized air system to discharge a fastener, remember different kinds of nail guns are built for different purposes. To get the most payoff with your nail gun it is important to know the purpose of which nailer is best suited before your purchase. 

Siding Nailer

A Siding Nailer is designed to install siding on the side of a house. It is ideal for projects where you are joining a non-wooden material to a wooden subject (or wooden in some cases, especially in the Scandinavian region). Because siding nailers have a lower velocity power they work well with softwoods.  

Install softwoods siding with siding nailer

Paying close attention to the using habits of our customers; the EVERWIN siding nailer line up SCN65C-ST and SCN65B-ST have featured our patented precision nailing technology as well added depth adjustment features, this is key so fasteners aren’t overdriven and may harm the surface material and lower the lifespan. It minimizes driver mark occurrences while maximizing line of sign in operation and ensures proper depth of nails. 

The result: a cleaner finish on siding. 

Traditional nose and precision nailing technology

Framing Nailer 

A Framing Nailer is built for high-impact framing and heavy-duty tasks. The original purpose of framing nailers was to connect two-by-fours to frame a house. Meaning framing nail guns have no trouble to shoot large nails though thick surfaces or dense wood pieces. They can penetrate larger nails deeper into a work piece for greater hold strength, and in return faming nailers are commonly heavier. A lot of framing nails are ring or screw shanked to provide structural integrity, thus require a high velocity drive.  

Make sure you get a tool that is able to keep up with you. Framing nailers provide solution for high intensity workloads and operate at a high speed. The PTIA Award-Winning EVERWIN FSN3490-ST is the most powerful nailer in its class, perfect for high volume off-site construction. The  FSN3490-ST is known for its compact height, which makes it easier to operate between C-C studs.

Shooting through thick surfaces with framing nailer

However, because of the high velocity, a framing nailer can leave marks on the work piece therefore they are less ideal for softwood siding or delicate lumber. This is not an issue in framing, if the nails are properly sunk into the timber. In fact, dept-adjustment is not required on framing nailers, such as the FSN2283. This simplifies the overall tool design and prolongs its lifespan. 

A framing nailer can use coil nails, as well as strip nails. See EVERWIN’s prior article “A Comparison between Coil Framing Nailers and Stick Nailers”

From building construction to decking, framing tools are still versatile. For example, the EVERWIN FCN90LB-CT is the lightest 90mm framing coil nailer in the world. Precise enough for siding, light and maneuverable for decking, and powerful enough for framing. It is the best-selling framing nailer in Scandinavia. 

Siding nailer and framing nailer help job productivity


We hope that knowing more about nailer options, you can make a better decision which nailer suits your project. Whether you’re looking for the precision of a siding nailer or the high-volume benefits of a framing nailer, knowing each model will help your job site productivity. Get the tool that can keep up with you.