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Makita AN923 3-1/2″ Framing Nailer

Everyone, take a bow! We have a Japanese brand in the league. Seriously, I did not say that to mock the company. I simply love Japanese products for their quality and they deserve respect. If you’re looking for the most convenient product for framing, you will love Makita framing nailer the most. If you think I’m praising Makita too much, then ask your father or grandfather. They will vouch for the brand. If they don’t recognize the brand, just tell them that it’s a Japanese company. There are many types of nailers on the market. All have some unique features. Makita AN923 3-1/2″ Framing Nailer also belongs to some unique feature. Makita nail gun is capable of three different firing style. You may choose your favorite one. Makita cordless nailer has also many more features that will draw your attention and help you to distinguish between other nailers in the market. Scroll down for Specifications and Features of it :

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  • Brand: Makita
  • Type: Pneumatic 21-degree framing nails
  • Model: AN923
  • Weight: 8.7lbs.
  • Nail Length: 2”-3.5” (Plastic or wire collated)
  • Magazine Capacity: 74 nails
  • Dimensions (H: W: L): 13.68”: 4.25”:22”
  • Power Source: CompressedAir
  • Warranty: 3-Years limited


Makita nail gun is ideal for framers, roofers, and carpenters. The tool is carefully engineered for various uses including framing floors, walls, roofs, construction of sub-flooring, floor and wall sheathing, wall siding, roof, and floor decking.


Like other pneumatic nail guns, Makita nail gun also runs on air. There are numerous options available for air compressors. From low prices to a high and small volume to large volume, all kinds of compressors are available. Choose one according to your needs if you already don’t have one. What great about pneumatic Nailer is that it is very powerful to fully sink 3.5” nails. I heard complains about cordless guns. One had to use a hammer to fully sink large nails because battery-powered guns simply can’t provide that kind of pressure.


You have to buy 21-degree nails for Makita Nailer. Large-capacity air chamber allows You to nail from 2” nails to maximum 3.5” nails. One very nice thing Makita did is that this model accepts both plastics collated and wire collated nails. Using plastic collated nails reduces my cost. I appreciate it.3-mode selector of Makita framing Nailer makes it a gainer. Contact, sequential and lock modes give the user total control on nailing. The built-in air filter feature minimizes debris and dust from floating around and gives you clean workspace.

Build Quality

Makita framing Nailer review won’t complete without talking about its build quality. You buy this product and simply forget about it. It is compact and well-built that almost no repair or maintenance is needed. They used solid aluminum for the rear-loading magazine which will last forever. For controlled nailing every time, it has sharp, pronounced spurs grip the wood. Rubber bumpers are there to protect them from any kind of damage. Plus, we get a rubber grip for a better holding option.

Easy to Use

You can load the magazine pretty quickly and easily with the two-step loading procedure. Makita Air Nailer works fast like all other Pneumatic Framing Nailer in the market. Another great feature is that it has a tool-less depth adjustment system which is great for precise nailing. It allows nine settings and the feature can be used just by using an adjustment wheel which is super easy and saves time. Also, we have a back-pressure function that clears the dust when the pressurized hose is released. We have multi-directional exhaust ports that direct exhaust air away from the user. The safety lock in front of the tool won’t allow nailing until pressed down to the surface. The unit comes with safety goggles. All these safety measures make Makita a nail gun safe to use.


I’m forced to talk about accessories. Because other nailing guns don’t have these many accessories that come with the package. Makita nail gun comes with Pneumatic Nailer oil, one tool hook, air fitting, and one safety goggles. It has an attachable hook that allows the tool to hang around. Isn’t it great?


Makita AN923 Framing Nailercosts less compared to the feature it has, the accessories it gives and a premium build quality. Correct me if I say it’s a fabulous deal for Makita AN923 3-1/2″ Framing Nailer. They offer a 3-year limited warranty, but it’ll be by your side forever. Lots of pros with some solvable cons of Makita Nailer are given below.


  • Three firing styles: Makita AN923 3-1/2″ Framing Nailer, 21° Full Round Head has three firing styles. One is single where you can shot one nail at a time. Another one is sequential where you can shot nails one after another. It is essential for those who are not experts to fire for the first time. And the last one is the lock. In this type of firing the nailer will be locked when it has only three nails in the magazine to prevent dry firing. All these three firing modes are available in Makita cordless nailer.
  • Well built: The structure is designed with smartness. It has the built-in air filter which minimizes dust and debris from entering the tool. Air filter automatically prevents dust to come inside. The durable rear-loading aluminum magazine can hold a large nail in the magazine. So large nails will also get enough space to hold the gun.
  •  Enough pressure to sink the nail: Normally nails don’t get sufficient pressure so that it can go in the depth of the object. Thatched why nails are not fitted at the deepest end. If the nail is not fitted in the deepest end, the bond will not strong enough. It may come away in case of minor stretch out. However, Makita nail gun has plenty of power which can give sufficient pressure to fix the object.
  • Safety measure for accidental dry fire: Accidental dry-fire could harm the user while using it. However, Makita cordless brad nailer designed like so which will prevent you from dry fire. Dry fire may happen when fasters run out. Makita nailer has a safe dry fire lockout which prevents the tool from damage or protects the user from any harm due to dry fire. To prevent dry fire, the nailer stops firing while only three nails are inside the magazine.

Cons with the solution

I wanted to get more cons, but all my hard work could come up with some cons.

1.Heavyweight: The weight of the nailer is much heavier than another nailer which causes trouble for many users to hold it for a long time.

Solution For Heavyweight: The weight of the nailer is normal for professional users. After using it for several, you may also feel normal to hold it. Toe nailing is trickier with Makita nail gun but with some practice will make it gone. For nailing in metals, we have other good products in the line. You can check Bostitch if you have metal works. The last one is the problem with weight. I’ve checked all products in the market, and it seems that good product also comes with good weight. Experts have found no problem in that.

 2.Messed Inlet cap’s threads: The threads of the intel cap seems messed up while it is manufactured. With messed up intel cap, it seems difficult to use the nailer.

Solution for Messed Inlet cap’s threads: It may happen with few nailers during manufacturing which can be replaced by contacting the manufacturer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Does it come with a case or not?
  • A: No, unfortunately, they don’t provide hard cases as Dewalt does.
  • Q: Will 21-degree nail work with AN923?
  • A: Makita AN923 also accepts 21-degree nails.
  • Q: Is it a US-based company?
  • A: No, the company is originally from Japan. It has distributors and service centers in the US, UK, and Europe.
  • Q: Are Makita Air Nailer made in the US?
  • A: No, it’s a Japanese company which manufactures in Taiwan.
  • Q: Does it support common nails?
  • A: No, only gun nails.
  • Q: Are paper collated nails usable for this model?
  • A: No, you can only use plastic collated, or wire collated nails.
  • Q: Can I use a pancake compressor?
  • A: Yes, it will get your job done.

Final Verdict

In a nutshell, you can have Makita AN923 3-1/2″ Framing Nailer with utmost faith as this allows you to have depth adjustment with sufficient power. The power source is air-powered which is also cost-effective. You can also have the warranty for one year and thirty days satisfaction guarantee. If you are not satisfied with it, you can return it within thirty days. I won’t say much at the end because checking about the product and comparing it with other products I’m speechless. Those Japanese engineers made this product for great accuracy, durability, efficiency, and performance. The pricing is definitely under my budget and I won’t late to order it.