Bostitch - 18-Gauge Brad Nailer SB 1850BN - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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18-Gauge Brad Nailer SB 1850BN

Bostitch - 18-Gauge Brad Nailer SB 1850BN

The Bostictch 18-gauge brad nailer has an aluminum housing and features adjustable depth control.

$100 (As of 2/1/2004)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Brad Nailers

by Roland Johnson

review date: February 1, 2004

A good 18-ga. Brad nailer should be able to drive a variety of nail sizes and to place the nail where you want it to go. It should be easy to load and indicate clearly when the nail supply is low. The safety guard should be positioned behind the nose to give a better view of nail placement, and a driver-guide cover that's easy to remove makes clearing jammed nails a breeze. The depth-of-set adjusters should be easy to read and use, and the exhaust port should be adjustable to direct air away from the user. A one-handed carriage release lever is convenient.  Overall, the Bostitch was a well-made, solid performer. However, the depth-of-set adjuster was not intuituve for the direction of set, and there was no indicator for which direction to turn.

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Editor Test Results:

Driver-Guide Cover Removal Three Allen-head screws

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bostitch
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-556-6696
Depth Adjustment Thumbwheel on driver-guide cover
Exhaust-Port Adjustment Rotating plastic cover
Safety Guard N/A
Belt Hook None
Nail Size 2 in. 18 gauge
Battery Size N/A

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