To start with, we opened the packages of each and checked the contents to make sure all the parts and pieces were accounted for. We then proceeded to fully charge the batteries for the Auto Nailers. Both of the Auto Nailers feature compact size 12V Lithium Ion Batteries and come with quick chargers. The fit and finish of both the Craftsman and the Ryobi Auto Hammers are very similar, aside from the color differences. Both have ABS plastic bodies with rubber overmolded grip areas. The Ryobi did have a larger amount of the body covered with the grip material, which might make it more comfortable when holding it in various positions. Both of the auto hammers have LED work lights and, as a safety, they are trigger activated. This means, that once you position a nail, you still need to pull the trigger to drive the nail in. With the Senco mini palm nailer, all you do is position a nail and press the tool into the head of the nail and the hammer action starts, no trigger needed. All three of the nailers have a spring loaded safety collar that surrounds the nail-driving hammer inside so that your finger never comes in contact with it. All three of the powered nailers have a magnet in the hammer sleeve to help make holding nails in the tool easier.
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Last year Craftsman released their Nextec Hammerhead Auto-Hammer which operates on a similar principal as a pneumatic palm nailer. Of course this new tool intrigued us, but there was nothing to truly compare it to – that is until now. This holiday season, Ryobi has released its version of the Auto Hammer. We decided to put it head-to-head against the Craftsman Hammerhead model… and to make things a little more interesting; we figured we would also compare both battery-operated products to a Senco pneumatic palm nailer and a plain old fashioned framing hammer.
The concept of the Auto Hammer and the Palm Nailer is to be able to drive nails in tight spaces where you cannot get a sufficient striking force with a regular hammer to drive the nail home. Or – you can use them to drive nails in any circumstance where you simply don’t feel like using your hammer. The big difference these nailing tools have from other types of both battery and air powered nailers is that these allow you to use bulk (individual) nails rather than the collated types (connected together).
We pit the Ryobi Auto Hammer vs Craftsman Hammerhead – two tools which operate on a similar principal to the pneumatic palm nailer.