Bostitch vs. Metabo / Hitachi – The Best Roofing Nail Guns

If you have ever hand-nailed a shingle roof, and then used a nail gun, you will know the huge difference this tool will make in production time when used properly.  Roofing nail guns are pretty much essential to any roofing trying to compete in the asphalt shingle market.

Here is a comparison of two of the top roofing nail guns on the market.  Roofing nailers take a lot of abuse, so it pays to invest in a quality roofing nail gun.  Both Bostitch and Metabo (Hitachi) make durable, high performing roofing nailers that will help you get a shingle roof installed fast! Below is a comparison of the features of Bostitch and Metabo roofing nail guns:

BOSTITCH RN46-1 3/4-Inch to 1-3/4-Inch Coil Roofing Nailer

The Bostitch RN 46 boasts the ability to drive up to 100 nails a minute.  It is constructed with magnesium for maximum durability.  The Bostitch allows for 2 firing methods, and has drive depth adjustments.  The nailer weighs in at 4.8 lbs and comes with a 7 year warranty.



Metabo HPT NV45AB2 (Hitachi NV45AB2) 7/8-Inch to 1-3/4-Inch Coil Roofing Nailer

At 5.5 lbs, the Metabo is light, but still slightly heavier than the Bostich.  The Metabo roofing nailer has a nice side-loading feature, and also includes a quick-drive feature, allowing faster installation of roofing nails.  The Metabo comes with a 5 year limited warranty.

metabo hpt NV45AB2



BOSTITCH RN46-1 VS. Metabo HPT NV45AB2 Comparison

Feature BOSTITCH RN46-1 Metabo HPT NV45AB2
Brand BOSTITCH Metabo HPT (formerly Hitachi)
Weight Approx. 4.8 lbs Approx. 5.5 lbs
Magazine Capacity 120 nails 120 nails
Nail Size 7/8″ to 1-3/4″ 7/8″ to 1-3/4″
Operating Pressure 70-120 PSI 70-120 PSI
Depth Adjustment Yes Yes
Nose Design Precision placement Precision placement
Warranty Manufacturer Warranty Manufacturer Warranty