Brad Nailer Reviews

by Tested_to_Destruction

A brad nailer is a finishing nail gun, as well as being a labor saving power tool. The five best brad nailers, reviewed and compared.

A brad nailer is simply a finishing nail gun, used for shooting nails into wood pieces as a means of creating the best results possible. Available in a variety of models and sizes, they're a heavy duty power tool and often found in workshops or in the hands of woodworkers and construction workers.

Many prefer an air brad nailer, though there's a growing regard and need for electric nailers, particularly when the working environment is static and there's no real need for possessing a portable model.

The five best brad nailers are featured below. They're all high on quality and value for money, as well as being the most popular and best rated products on the market.

Hitachi NT50AE2 18-Gauge 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch Brad Nailer

This is the best selling 18 gauge brad nailer, manufactured by Hitachi and it fires both non-stop and intermittently. It's particularly favoured for small projects and it delivers a professional finish. The 100 nail capacity magazine is easily loaded through the underside of the nail gun and it will work with 18 gauge nails from 5/8" up to 2".

If you experience a nail jam, the nailers designed to free up simply and rapidly and the design and weight promote productivity. The elastomer jacket that's wrapped around the handle gives a good, cushioned grip and the none-marring nose cap is effective. A nicely put together nail gun, worth the purchase price, well designed and up to standard.

Hitachi NT50AE2 18-Gauge 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch Brad Nailer

The lightweight Hitachi NT50AE2 2-Inch 18-Gauge Brad Nailer is an ideal tool for a small carpentry projects. Featuring a high-capacity magazine, exhaust vent, easy depth-of-driv...

Only $88.64

Porter-Cable BN200B 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch 18-Gauge Brad Nailer

This is a Porter Cable brad nailer, the best seller from the power tool company, and it's available in two options - this one and a 1 - 3/8". It will drive in nails that are between 5/8" and 2", the rear exhaust is an efficient feature and - if the motor is as maintenance free as the company claims it is - it's a good choice of nail gun.

It's a flexible nailer, the design and weight make it highly functional and user friendly. The tool-free jam release aspect works effectively and loading it up is a simple enough task. Other features include a nail load indicator, a comfortable rubber grip on the handle and a no-mar nose tip that's removable. Solid design, lightweight and versatile.

Porter-Cable BN200B 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch 18-Gauge Brad Nailer

The Porter-Cable BN200B 5/8-to-2-inch 18-gauge Brad Nailer comes with a maintenance-free motor for added reliability and long tool life. With the ability to drive 5/8-to-2-inch ...

Only $129.99

DEWALT DC608K 18-Volt 18 Gauge 2-Inch Brad Nailer Kit

This is the best selling brad nailer that's cordless - and the speed and precision is delivered by way of pneumatic action. That's not the usual mode of operation for a cordless battery model but that's how this one works and to be honest - it does an impressively accurate and rapid job time and again.

It utilizes both continuous and intermittent firing, will take brad nails between 5/8" and 2", load up to 110 nails per magazine - and jams are a straightforward task to deal with. The design gives it an edge over comparable models - the nose is slim enough and long enough to make it the best choice for detailed work or tasks in awkward spaces. The battery life is long lasting in relation to what it does and how it works and for the price - currently under 270 bucks - it's the best pneumatic cordless drill on the market.

DEWALT DC608K 18-Volt 18-Gauge 2-Inch Brad Nailer Kit

Quality-designed tool works as fast as you do with consistent nail penetration. Features both sequential operating mode for precision placement and bump operating mode for produ...

Only $199.99

Senco PC0947/FP18KIT 18-Gauge Brad Nailer Compressor Combo Kit

This is the best brad nailer combo model and for under 190 dollars you get an 18 gauge nailer and a one gallon compressor. Between the two, you get a nailer that does an awesome job of powering nails into whatever you point it at, and a good quality air compressor that does a surprisingly good job for its size, and will work with a variety of other air tools.

For the pair, the price is more than reasonable, more so when you factor in how useful a one-gallon compressor can be. It's powerful enough to make it highly useful, yet compact enough to carry around with losing any sweat. The nailer is equally good, will fire up to 2" brad nails, low nail load indicator, easy magazine reloading, rear exhaust and much more. It gives  a superior finish, great little compressor - recommended.

Senco PC0947/FP18KIT 18-Gauge Brad Nailer Compressor Combo Kit

To save you both time and money, the Senco PC0947 Finishing Combo Kit contains everything you need for finish and trim jobs. The FinishPro 18-Gauge Brad Nailer is a versatile na...

Only $196.94

Factory-Reconditioned Bostitch U/SB-2IN1 2-In-1 Narrow Crown Stapler/18-Gauge Brad Nailer

This is the best selling brad nailer stapler power tool - reconditioned, capable of driving nails between 5/8" and 1-5/8", and crown staples (7/32") from between 1/2" and 1-1/2". It's a pneumatic model, an adjustable depth, an efficient exhaust and a dual use that's effective in either mode.

If you have a workshop or enjoy woodworking in general, a two-in-one is a desirable choice. Its ability to drive in nails is about as good as you'd expect from a stand alone nailer, and the fact that you can switch to stapling without any mess or fuss is certainly attractive. It works, it delivers great results - and at 50 bucks for the set up, it's too good to miss.

Factory-Reconditioned Bostitch U/SB-2IN1 2-In-1 Narrow Crown Stapler/18-Gauge Brad Nailer

This is a factory reconditioned product. Reconditioned generally means that the product has been returned to the manufacturer, who brings the product back to like new condition....

Updated: 06/25/2012, Tested_to_Destruction
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