Hitachi is one of the best-known companies on the framing nailer market and they’ve been consistently producing high-quality products, year after year. Clearly, a company’s reputation and a large number of positive user reviews is a good sign that a product is indeed a great piece of machinery, but is that really the case with the Hitachi NR90AES1? Find out in the review below.
Hitachi NR90AES1 Specification
For a start, let’s have a quick look at the specifications and key features of this framing nailer:
Weight: 7.5 lbsDimensions: 20.8 x 4.9 x 7.5 InchesType: PneumaticAir-poweredNails: Up to 3.5 inchesOperating Pressure: 70 to 120 PSIProtection: Hardened Claw TipMagazine Capacity of 64 nails21 Degree angle5 year warranty
Right off the bat, this seems like a great device. One glance at the specifications should be enough, but nothing compares to actually testing the product and then assessing its three key aspects: design, functionality and performance.
Design and Functionality
Weighing only 7.5 pounds, the Hitachi NR90AES1 is a lightweight, compact, highly portable device. The lightweight, in combination with the ergonomic handle design, makes this product one of the best we’ve ever come across, at least when it comes to functionality and ease of use. It feels great in the hand, the grip is good and you’ll be able to wrap your fingers around the handle easily, without feeling any discomfort whatsoever.
Another great thing about the Hitachi NR90AES1 is the magazine – it’s easily replaceable and even if you accidentally drop the device, therefore damaging the magazine, you should be able to replace it in no time. That aside, the capacity of the magazine is 64 nails, which is pretty generous and should satisfy even the most demanding of users.
All in all, this seems to be an accomplished and well-rounded device when it comes to design and functionality, but how does that relate to performance?
It would be a crying shame if the brilliantly executed design of this functional model wasn’t reflected in the performance of the Hitachi NR90AES1, but luckily, that is not the case – this framing nailer delivers in most departments. For a start, it’s easy to switch between the driving modes – the single fire mode and the rapid mode. Both work great and the machine is able to perform equally well in each mode. Single mode is perfect for driving one nail at a time, at a steady pace, while the rapid-fire mode works great if you’re a professional looking to get the job done as quickly as possible.
Perhaps one of the strongest features of the Hitachi NR90AES1 is the subtlety – the device makes little to no noise, so even if you’re using it at home or in the garage, there’s no need to worry about disturbing your neighbors or anything like that. This may be a powerful device, but it is most definitely not a loud one.
Light, compact and portableGood designGood magazine capacity Easy to useGreat performance
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