Sergey wrote in after spotting a new Ryobi 18V One+ Airstrike angled finish nailer (P330) over at Home Depot’s site. This will be Ryobi’s fourth addition to their like of cordless Airstrike nailers.
Ryobi’s Airstrike technology gives you decent nail-driving performance without the need for a compressor, air hoses, or stinky consumable fuel cartridges. Other Ryobi Airstrike offerings include an 18 gauge brad nailer, which was the first Airstrike tool to come out, a narrow crown stapler, and a straight finish nailer.
The new Ryobi Airstrike angled finish nailer works with 15 gauge nails 1 to 2-1/2″ long. It can drive up to 750 nails per charge when paired with a high capacity Li-ion battery pack.
- Selectable drive switch with single sequential and contact (bump fire) actuation
- Grip-light switch that toggles LED worklight by grasping tool handle
- Tool-free driving depth adjustment
- Non-marring pads
- Dry-fire lockout for extended tool life
- Belt clip
- Improved Gripzone overmolding
- Bare tool comes with (500) 2-inch nails
Price: $229, cheapest battery starter kit is $50
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Thanks to Sergey for the tip!
We’ve discussed the other Airstrike tools before, but’s worth repeating that the Airstrike tools are built around in-tool air compression. This such a design, you sort of get air-like nailer performance, but without the need for an external air compressor.
Ryobi’s Airstrike brad nailer was hugely popular, and it’s good to see them coming out with additional nailer sizes and styles.
While the now-$99 Ryobi Airstrike brad nailer is a very good buy, I have hesitations about this nailer’s $229 price tag. Dewalt makes a really good cordless brushless framing nailer, and Makita has come out with their own “air-like” cordless brad nailer, at least internationally. Despite Dewalt’s sole focus on cordless framing nailers and the awkward-looking size of Makita’s cordless brad nailer, it seems that there could be additional cordless nailers on the horizon.
I don’t have doubts that Ryobi designed their angled finish nailer to the same performance standards as their other Airstrike nailers, but I cannot help but wonder if it would be better to wait to see what’s on the horizon. No, this isn’t a hint hint nudge nudge moment. But you know that feeling some people claim to have before it rains? I feel something similar right now, but about cordless nailers.
If you already bought into the Ryobi 18V One+ lineup and have high capacity batter packs and a quick charger at your disposal, then the new Airstrike angled finish nailer is a little more attainable.
I should also point out that, by the time you add the price of a charger and high capacity battery pack to the price of the bare nailer, you might as well consider Senco’s Fusion nailer kits as well ($300-320 via Amazon). The Senco Fusion nailers also offer air-like performance, thanks to a built-in sealed air piston design that we found to work really well.
Sergey mentioned waiting with eager anticipation for Ryobi to come out with an cordless Airstrike framing nailer. I think that a lot of other users would welcome the same, but it seems that power-to-size and weight ratio might be a limitations. As it is, the Airstrike finish nailer looks to be about the same size as Dewalt’s brushless framing nailer. The step up from an Airstrike finish nailer to a framing nailer might not be doable unless Ryobi engineers can improve the power-to-size/weight ratio.