18-Gauge Brad Nailer D51238 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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18-Gauge Brad Nailer D51238

DeWalt - 18-Gauge Brad Nailer D51238

DeWalt’s 18-gauge brad nailer features a depth-setting indicator and a low-nail indicator, and fires nails 5/8 in. to 2 in. long.

$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 DeWalt was a good performer. It was exceptionally easy to clear nail jams on this model, but the depth-of-set adjustment mechanism took two hands to operate.

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Editor Test Results:

Driver-Guide Cover Removal Lunch-pail latch

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer DeWalt
Manufacturer's Web Site www.dewalt.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-433-9258
Depth Adjustment Sliding lever beneath trigger; locking button on side of body
Exhaust-Port Adjustment Rotating plastic cover
Safety Guard N/A
Belt Hook Adjustable; rotates around rear of body
Nail Size 5/8 in. - 2 in.
Battery Size N/A

Used it once, did not last the day without problems. You think for the price you could depend on it. Disappointed.

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