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Top 10 Brad Nailers 2017

Each DIY fanatics and professional production crews will find the sort of brad nailers perfect for their next assignment. Their small nail size and excessive pace prevent the wood from splitting, making them perfect for constructing cabinetry, installing trim, securing window and door casings, and arts and crafts projects.

DEWALT DC608K 18-Volt 18-Gauge 2-Inch Brad Nailer KitMakita AF505N Brad Nailer, 2-InchBOSTITCH BTFP12233 Smart Point 18GA Brad Nailer KitSENCO FinishPro® 18MG, 2-1/8Hitachi NT50AE2 18-Gauge 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch Brad NailerNuMax S2-118G2 18-Gauge 2 In 1 Brad Nailer and StaplerDEWALT DWFP12231 Pneumatic 18-Gauge 2-Inch Brad Nailer KitWEN 61720 3/4-Inch to 2-Inch 18-Gauge Brad NailerDewalt DWHTTR350 Heavy-Duty Aluminum Stapler/Brad NailerStanley TRE550Z Electric Staple/Brad Nail Gun

More Nail, Less Gun


As it turns out, a nail gun makes a miserable weapon. Throughout the history of weapons development, one of the primary goals has been to increase the distance between you and your intended target, an accomplishment that both minimizes risk to your person and helps to decrease empathy for your enemy in times of war.

Modern nail guns, however, have little safety catches on their tips, which prevent you from firing off a single nail until you position the gun before the material you intend to fasten and depress the safety catch it. As a safety feature, it's one of the things that makes these brad nailers incredibly safe and easy to use, even if it decreases their effectiveness as a means of self-defense.

Of course, nail guns aren't intended for violence, nor would we ever condone their use as such. The function of a nail gun, however, is remarkably akin to the function of an automatic firearm in just about every way but the incendiary.

What made the German Luger an exceptionally useful pistol in the early 20th century was its self-feeding magazine, a long cartridge of bullets that fed upward into the chamber with each shot. These brad nailers utilize a similar mechanism, a spring-loaded cartridge that pushes the nails into a primed position for use.

Unlike a gun, however, which uses the small, contained explosion of gunpowder to project its bullets outward, these brad nailers power their nails forward by one of two means: electric or pneumatic.

We can further divide electric nail guns into two categories depending on how they wind the heavy spring inside them. That spring is ultimately what drives the nail forward, as it's coiled around a piston with a pointed blade that makes contact with the head of the nail. Electric Brad nailers wind this spring with either a motor or by the force of two positively polarized electromagnets.

Pneumatic brad nailers are the strongest of the bunch, as they draw the power that moves their pistons from compressed air. If you look at the images of these nailers, you'll notice a small nozzle that lives at the bottom of each gun's handle. That nozzle hooks into a compressor that runs at the other end of an air hose and provides the necessary pressure.

Filling Out The Shed


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If we put our focus on budget at the outset, it's important to note that selecting a pneumatic brad nailer also means that you have to invest in an air compressor. If you've already got yourself a nice air compressor for other pneumatic tools in your collection, then this choice is a no-brainer.

On the other hand, if you're just beginning to build out your collection of tools, or if you have a vast collection of electrically-powered tools, your choice is a little more complicated. For example, if you already own electric tools by DeWalt, the company that puts out the only battery-operated brad nailer on our list, that might be your best bet simply because you already have batteries you might be able to exchange between tools.

You might also be at the outset of a tool collection, in which case you have to ask yourself what you want your outfit to look like, how you want it to function, etc. Air compression will provide more power and durability in the long haul, but adding a compressor to your workspace might not be a viable use of your square feet. It's also worth noting that compressors can be terribly noisy while building pressure, a problem that does not exist with electric brad nailers.

A final consideration is a little more practical, and that's your immediate intended use. Most people don't go about researching brad nailers if there isn't a job on the horizon. Make sure the nailer you choose is strong enough to get the job done, but also that it's maneuverable enough.

If your upcoming construction project requires you to squeeze into some tough spaces in remote areas of a build, you can't get much use out of a giant pneumatic nailer attached to a hose. Something like the battery-operated the gun at number one will give you the most articulation on our list.

A Narrative Tough To Nail Down


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When we look into the history of the nail gun, its comparison to automatic pistol designs isn't entirely unfounded. While gravity-fed nailing machines found use in construction applications dating back to the beginning of the 20th century, these were often one-off designs, cobbled together by crewmen on a particular site. They had no commercial viability.

One such cobbling is often credited to Morris S. Pynoos, an engineer who worked on Howard Hughes' infamous Spruce Goose aircraft. The story goes that Pynoos developed a gun that fired nails into the fuselage of the plane which was later removed once the glue between the plane's panels had set.

Another story, one that more closely connects to a nailer as a weapon, states that a group of World War II vets sitting around a Legion Hall one night dreamed up a nailer that could operate with the same ferocity as a machine gun. They put their collective minds to it and introduced the first pneumatic nailers to the market in the mid-50s.


#10.Stanley TRE550Z Electric Staple/Brad Nail Gun


The heavy-duty design of the Stanley TRE550 Electric Staple / Brad Nail Gun delivers outstanding driving power for a wide variety of jobs. The tool's dual power lever (Hi/Lo) is designed for use with hard or soft materials. A Flush-nose design solves the problem of stapling in tight spots, while a contoured grip provides extra comfort on the job.


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#9.Dewalt DWHTTR350 Heavy-Duty Aluminum Stapler/Brad Nailer


This is a heavy duty stapler. I used it to upholster a tool and will use it for many more projects. It fit my needs perfectly and was a more than reasonable price. My one gripe would be the pulling pressure needed to fire a stapler is kind of a lot. You gotta have big meaty man hands. I don't. But I'm still a man. Just got little delicate man hands. And so I made it work anyways. It's a great alternative to a pneumatic stapler and will fit your needs for almost any project unless you are using this professionally... in which case just get a pneumatic stapler.


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#8.WEN 61720 3/4-Inch to 2-Inch 18-Gauge Brad Nailer


The 18-gauge brad nailer from WEN fires 18-gauge brads 3/4 to 2 inches in length. It features an adjustable exhaust deflector, a rubber-wrapped handle, a quick-release for jam-clearing, an aluminum body, and a magazine window that shows the remaining brad count. The magazine holds 100 brads, and the tool operates at 60-100 psi with a 1/4-inch NPT air inlet fitting. This kit includes oil, adjusting wrenches, and a custom carrying case.


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#7.DEWALT DWFP12231 Pneumatic 18-Gauge 2-Inch Brad Nailer Kit


The new DEWALT DWFP12231 18 gauge, 2-Inch Brad Nailer Kit is an excellent tool with many enticing qualities. It features a long life maintenance-free motor to keep from staining the work surface. The magnesium body delivers a strong and lightweight design. It also features a tool-free depth -of drive adjustment with detents for proper setting of nail heads, along with a tool-free jam release mechanism for easy nail removal. The rear exhaust helps to keep contaminates away from work. This unit is made to drive 18 gauge nails from 5/8" to 2" in length, with a sequential style trigger, and 100 nail magazine capacity. This unit has a removable non-marring nose tip with on tool storage, and an integrated rubber grip for improved comfort and anti-slip grip. It also has an adjustable belt hook which allows the tool to be kept near the user. This kit also includes 500 nails of 1-1/4", carrying case, and owner's manual.


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#6.NuMax S2-118G2 18-Gauge 2 In 1 Brad Nailer and Stapler


The Numax S2-118G2 - 2 in 1 gun shoots 1⅝" Narrow Crown Staples and 2” 18 Gauge Brad Nails. This 2 in 1 nailer is a high quality, innovated home improvement tool. This Crown Stapler/Brad Nailer has a lightweight die-cast aluminum design and a tool-free adjustable exhaust that conveniently directs exhaust from your face. The Numax 1⅝" Narrow Crown Stapler/18 gauge 2" Brad Nailer is great for interior and exterior finish and trim, cabinetry, cabinet backing, crafts, and hobbies. This stapler/nailer is manufactured under the strict guidelines to ensure quality. The stapler/nailer is backed by Numax’s 1-year warranty.


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#5.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 small carpentry projects. Featuring a high-capacity magazine, exhaust vent, easy depth-of-drive adjustments, and a removable nose cap for prolonged tool life, this pneumatic brad nailer will help you tackle everything from cabinet installation and picture-frame assembly to furniture construction and finish work.


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#4.SENCO FinishPro® 18MG, 2-1/8" 18-Gauge Brad Nailer (ProSeries)


This gun is exactly the same as a Rigid inner. Been using it and no problems. A very fair price. Most guns nowadays are throw away when they break down. We try to fix ours when we can. All of our large nail guns are Senco and live forever with a little repair occasionally. We are millwork installers and depend on good air tools.


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#3.BOSTITCH BTFP12233 Smart Point 18GA Brad Nailer Kit


This nail gun replaced a $20 harbor freight unit, so my perspective may be overly positive. There is simply no comparison, this thing is smooth and flawless. I have shot a couple hundred nails so far without a single misfire, jam, or partially set nail. Positioning the nail is very accurate, and it leaves no marks. I did have to adjust my style as I had become used to pressing too hard with the cheaper gun and leaving an impression on the wood. This unit requires no pressure to properly sink a nail, regardless of the length nail. In fairness, I have only been firing into soft woods but I suspect it would work great with harder woods, too.


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#2.Makita AF505N Brad Nailer, 2-Inch


This was my first time to use a nail gun, so I was a little intimidated with this at first, but once I started using it, that quickly changed, Very little kick-back and safety measures on it made me feel very comfortable about using it. I recently had a contractor come in to do the same remodeling in my house - he used it rather than going back to his shop to get his usual one, and was so impressed with it that he's now going to purchase one as well.


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#1.DEWALT DC608K 18-Volt 18-Gauge 2-Inch Brad Nailer Kit


The 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 production speed. Cordless: Yes, Volts: 18, Nail Diameter (gauge): 18, Nail Length (in.): 5/8in. to 2in., Magazine Capacity (qty.): 110, Jam Clearing: Yes, Tool Length (in.): 11 1/2, Tool Weight (lbs.): 7.4 lbs., Charger and Battery Included: Yes, Case Included: Yes


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