Ryobi’s Airstrike 18V cordless brad nailer was a big hit last year, and it looks like their newish Airstrike cordless stapler is gaining similar popularity. It’s easy to see why – these nailers feature built-in air compression technology that eliminates the need for a large bulky air compressor and consumable fuel cartridges which can be a nuisance to work with.
The new Ryobi P325 One+ Airstrike finish nailer is the third addition to the lineup, and works with 16 gauge nails.
- Works with 3/4″ to 2-1/2″ 16GA finish nails
- Sequential and rapid contact (bump fire) actuation modes
- Grip-Light LED worklight
- Tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment
- Air pressure regulator for power adjustment
- Non-marring nose pads
- Dry-fire lockout
- Tool-free jam release
- Low nail indicator
- Belt hook
- Can drive up to 800 nails per battery charge (presumably with 4.0Ah Li-ion battery pack)
Price: $199 (bare tool)
Since this is a bare tool, you’ll need a Ryobi One+ charger and battery (Li-ion battery info). There’s an 18V One+ Li-ion battery and charger kit that has everything you need to get started for $60.
Ryobi’s Airstrike brad nailer and stapler are solid products, and there’s no reason to believe the new cordless finish nailer will deliver less of an experience. Performance should be good, and consumer response should be great.
It will be interesting to see whether the Airstrike line will continue to grow over time. Maybe we’ll see a pin nailer released in time for the winter holidays?
These nailers are a little pricey, and you can pick up a couple of nailers and decent portable compressor for less than the price of this finish nailer. But the convenience of not having to deal with bulky compressors or long air hoses is what make these nailers of high interest to DIYers and for pros with smaller jobs.