Hitachi is a brand that always comes up with something different, something groundbreaking. And you will see no alternatives in the case of the Metabo HPT NR90AES1 Pneumatic Framing Nailer, too. From floor and wall frames to mobile home and modular housing construction, wherever you need a balance of power and superior control, you could keep trust on the Metabo HPT framing nailer as a handy tool.
Oh, yeah! Although you already know, I like to remind you once again that Hitachi has changed its name to Metabo HPT.
Once you use this powerful fastening device, you never get back to safety issues because the Metabo HPT NR90AES1 designed to drive 21-degree plastic collated framing nails up to 3-1/2-inch size easily into frames for a secure hold.
And you don't need to worry much about the maintenance of this device, either. The distinctive NR90AES1 head guard design allows you to quickly and effortlessly disassemble the device and thus save valuable working time. Indeed, the pneumatically driven Metabo HPT nail gun comes with all modern features and is always ready to deliver optimum performance with consistency.
Let's find out more exciting features of this incredible device in our Metabo HPT NR90AES1 reviews.
Specification of Metabo HPT NR90AES1:
Fastener Type: Plastic Collation
Magazine Angle: 21 Degree
Fastener Length: 2 - 3-1/2 inches
Fastener Diameter: 0.113 - 0.148 inches
Magazine Capacity: 64-70 Nails
Magazine Loading: Rear
Operating Pressure: 70-120 PSI
Air Consumption: 0.09 scfm @ 100 PSI
Dimension (LxWxH): 20-3/4 x 4-15/16 x 12-11/16 inches
Weight: 7.5 lbs.
Key Features Of Metabo HPT NR90AES1
Does Hitachi make Metabo?
All right! When Hitachi changed his name to Metabo, it's obvious we'll raise the question, "Does Hitachi still produce framing nailers or other power tools?"
Metabo was a brand of the renowned power tools manufacturer company, the Metabowerke GmbH, headquarters in Nürtingen, Germany, and founded in the 1920s. Later on 1st March 2016, Metabo was acquired by Hitachi Koki, part of Hitachi Group. However, in March 2017, Hitachi Group sold Hitachi Koki through a tendering process to HK Holdings Co., Ltd., an entity of the investment firm KKR.
After that transition, on 17th October 2018, Hitachi power tools renamed to Metabo HPT. Currently, Metabo manufacturing its power tools in two factories in Nürtingen and Shanghai. Now it connected with 23 distribution companies and over 100 importers to spread out its products worldwide.
The real reality, then, is that Metabo HPT is just another Hitachi name, nothing else. You will find the same devices which have the same quality, the same pledge, and the same guarantee policy. You will also note they use the same batteries. Hitachi MultiVolt batteries are also interchangeable with Metabo HPT MultiVolt devices and Hitachi 18V batteries, and vice-versa.
So, we'll find the same packaging and color scheme that goes with the label, and which helps us to conclude that it's just a name change, nothing more.
Features of Metabo HPT NR90AES1
Next Generation Design
Technology is Hitachi's primary driving force, which makes Hitachi a world-renowned company and leads to the development of products with superior design and reliability.
NR90AES1 framing nailer also featuring Hitachi's next-generation "industrial design." It comes with a revamped head guard that helps you to disassemble the unit faster and easier than before, saving valuable time during tool maintenance.
Extremely Durable And Lightweight
The Metabo HPT NR90AES1 itself is a little over seven pounds or precisely seven and a half pounds, which is extremely light and a framer, no matter if he/she is a pro or a DIYer, will work with it all day long.
The nail gun also allows you to work in tighter spaces, and the collar around the muzzle cuts into the wood just enough to get a decent toenail in while you're hanging from the roof in awkward positions.
Not only is the gun light in weight, but it's also rugged and can take the abuse. It can absorb socks if it suddenly drops from a full eight feet of height of your ladder. Metabo HPT nail gun made of flexible materials, aluminum, which gives it extreme toughness to protect it from damage. And, even if you drop it until it splits, it won't kill the device entirely.
However, if the tool has a hook, it will be more convenient to hang it with a belt or a trunk while operating at height.
Selective Actuation Switch
Changing the mode of actuation is nothing a big deal. But when you need to handle a project that demands frequent shift of speed, a selective actuation switch comes in handy to increase productivity.
The Metabo HPT Tool knows it well and designs its NR90AES1 with a selective actuation switch, which allows you to change the actuation mode from sequential to bump by merely flipping a switch. Really easy to do. Isn't that right? Yeah, haha!
With this pneumatic framing nailer, you can drive a wide range of plastic collated framing nails. The perfect size of the nailer is between 2 inches and 3-1⁄2 inches.
You can use this framing nail gun in a wide range of applications too. Metabo HPT is an excellent tool for flooring and framing, truss build-up, window build-up, subflooring, roof decking, wall sheathing, and housing construction.
Metabo HPT framing nailer is an ergonomically designed tool that ensures the proper balance during nailing. Besides being ergonomic and lightweight, it also makes the handle sturdy and comfortable with a rubber grip that protects accidental slip during operation.
Tool-Less Depth Adjustment
You can easily countersink or flush drive nails into a variety of materials without having to adjust the pressure at the compressor help of the tool-less depth of drive adjustment system of the Metabo HPT.
Easy Nail Loading
The two-step nail loading system of Metabo HPT NR90AES1 makes fastener replenishments quick and easy and reducing downtime. After inserting the nail strip into the back of the magazine, slide the piece forward in the magazine so that it should pass the nail stopper. Then pull the nail feeder back to engage it to the nail strip. That’s it.
Experience No Jamming Problem
We found good feedback from the existing users of Metabo HPT framing nailer about the jamming problem. It is sporadic to get jammed during operation. Moreover, the open nose design of Metabo HPT NR90AES1 will provide you easy access to clear nail jams.
Pros of Metabo HPT NR90AES1
Cons of Metabo HPT framing nailer
Comparison with Other Nailers
Freeman PFR2190 vs Metabo HPT NR90AES1
Although Metabo HPT is the right choice for framing and other woodworking tasks, we found missing some features compared with Freeman PFR2190 nail gun. In the Freeman nailer, you will get the 360-degree adjustable exhaust, no-mar tip, no-slip teeth, anti-dry fire mechanism, and air filter or anti-dust cap. Most importantly, Freeman made its body with magnesium to make it more durable for long-lasting use. And all the additional features you will get without spending extra or say less than the Metabo HPT.
However, you will not get a flip switch for mode selection and tool-less jam clearing in the Freeman nail gun. These two features keep a significant contribution to reducing work time and effort of framing.
Also, you will get the unique headcover design, open nose for jam clearing and toenailing, easy-to-load magazine, low recoil, outstanding power, and lightweight body in the Metabo HPT NR90AES1, which makes it is a high a performer.
Is The Product Worth Your Money?
From the above discussion, you may realize that although the Metabo HPT framing nailer has some marginal shortcomings, it also has a bunch of excellent features, making it unique tools for both novice and veteran alike. It will also provide you with five years warranty to secure your investment. So, it definitely will be worth your money once you have bought it.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)
Q1. Is It Fit Between Studs Or Joists That Are 16-Inch O.C?
The tool measure 12-11/16 between tips to top, which means it easily fits between 16 inch studs or joist.
Q2. What Is The Recommended Nail Type And Size For This Nailer?
21 degree plastic collated nails are recommended for this gun. You can use a wide range of 2 to 3-½ inches framing nails in it.
Q3. Is It Need Oil Frequently? If So, How Often?
Yes! You must put oil twice in a day 3 to 5 drops in the air inlet hooking area.
Q4. Can I Do Toe Nailing With It?
Yes! You can do toenailing effortlessly because of its open nose design. It also allows you nailing accurately.
Q5. How Much Air-Pressure Perfect To Drive Nails Precisely?
The recommended range of air pressure is 70 to 120 psi. It consumes as low as 0.09 scfm @ 100 PSI air during framing works. To know more on this topic, please visit our page on the air compressor for nail gun.
Check this video review of Metabo HPT framing nailer to get more ideas
Final Words on the Metabo HPT framing nailer
In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019, Metabo HPT selected as the preferred pro brand of pneumatic nailers at the Product Brand Surveys conducted by Builder & Developer Magazine. This level of success proves that Metabo HPT or Hitachi is a great brand, and you can easily keep trust in its product like Metabo HPT NR90AES1.