Hitachi is an old and well trusted brand, thoroughly reputed for making excellent products in various sectors. Any product made by Hitachi is built for business, giving out a professional profile. Hitachi has a wide range of nailers under their belt, with varying prices and feature sets. But the ultimate big brother among the nailers in terms of power, is the Hitachi NR83A2. You can get any of your carpentry projects done in no time once you get your hands on this product.
Framing nailers are used in work where large wood blocks are involved. It is a nail gun by function, with a range of abilities varying from slicing, sheathing, to wood siding, and some other major carpentry-related activities. The Hitachi NR83A2 is a plastic collated framing nailer, which is operated with the help of high-pressure air or gas. It is one of the best heavy-duty products in the market, though that’s not something you would be able to tell by just holding it.
This nailer is lighter than the older ones, being just a little over eight pounds. Looking at its size and weight will raise some questions about the power that this machine can deliver, especially if you’re using this after being accustomed to older heavier alternatives. But, after just a single use, you’ll realise that the Hitachi NR83A2 Round Head 2-inch to 3.25-inch framing nailer can go head to head against any other nailer in the market, and that is what makes the product unique, its power delivering capacity despite its weight. It is lightweight as well as powerful at the same time.
Despite the price tag of $329, which is on a higher end, it is without a doubt, one of the best professional Hitachi nailers that money can buy. It has the capability to fire full round head nails, without compromising on the power, accuracy and precision. The nailer comes with a see-through stainless-steel magazine for the nails, a comfortable rubber grip that makes the device handling smoother, and is ANSI compliant (American National Standards Institute).
Apart from its wide range of functions, this Hitachi nailer comes with embedded Adjustable Depth settings, so that the user can easily adjust the depth of the nail driving into the wood without making any changes with the air compressor.
This feature increases the performance of the tool, saving a lot of time. It is also a great option for when you plan to punch nails into different materials at the same time. The power in this tool is such that you can even punch nails into concrete or metal without losing a sweat. While using framing nailers, a major problem that users generally face is that the nails get stuck in the tool. The Hitachi NR83A2 is one step ahead in this regard too, with its open-nose design that makes it very easy to get the jammed nails out of the machine. Another special feature of the NR83A2 is the ability to change the speed of firing the nails, from continuous to intermittent. This dual firing capability can be put into use by flipping a single switch.
As much as this Hitachi product has been praised, it has its disadvantages. Some users have reported that the tool seems a bit too light, not helping with the momentum or the technique while ramming the nails. Also, it takes a while to get the hang of a tool like this one, because of its numerous unique properties. It’s size and weight take some getting used to, because most users have only used heavier nailers in the past. A new user also needs to know that to get a good power output from the tool, you have to switch the depth settings up and further than you should in a usual nailing device. This nailer is durable, super powerful and well-regarded in the market. It comes with a five-year warranty from the manufacturer, in fact, Hitachi provides a similar warranty for all products in this series.
Hitachi NR83A2 Parts
The Hitachi NR83A2 has more than a hundred parts, that make up the body of the tool. Some of the popular tools are the Gaskets, Cylinder plates, Cylinder Ring, Cylinder springs, O-Rings, Piston Bumper, Top Cover, Handle arms, Washer, Steel roller balls, Trigger and rod springs, Nail feeder, Ribbon Springs, Valve packing, Exhaust Cover and different kind of sockets.
Hitachi NR83A2 Vs NR83A4 – How They Compare?
After Hitachi NR83A2, the company followed up with the series, producing an A3, A4 and A5 version as well. The company also changed its name to Metabo HTP, giving the newer models a new name, for example Metabo HTP NR83A5, but, the tools remain the same with their earlier efficiency.
The NR83A4 comes with all the features of the A2 model, making them both pretty similar. The A4 version, similar to the A2 version has a nail capacity ranging from 2 inch to 3.25 inches, allowing the user to switch from sequential nailing to intermittent nailing with a single flip of the switch.
The A4 also has the same rubber grip as the A2 for ease of use and comes with an open-nose design which helps in easy removal of the jammed nails in the tool. Apart from this, the A4 version has a hardened claw tip that protects the tool from excessive wear and tear, and provides a good grip on the wood at different angles to drive in the nails. Also, the stainless-steel magazine has the function of rear loading, which makes replenishment of the nails faster and easier.
All in all, the Hitachi NR83A2 and the other machines in the series are one of the best tools for nail driving.