18-Gauge Brad Nailer NT50AE - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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18-Gauge Brad Nailer NT50AE

Hitachi - 18-Gauge Brad Nailer NT50AE

This 18-gauge brad nailer from Hitachi accepts up to 100 nails measuring 3/4 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.  The heaviest of the bunch, the Hitachi demonstrated good basic performance.

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Editor Test Results:

Driver-Guide Cover Removal Two Allen-head screws with keyhole slots

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Hitachi
Manufacturer's Web Site www.hitachi.us/hpt
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-829-4752
Depth Adjustment None
Exhaust-Port Adjustment Rotating plastic cover
Safety Guard Behind nose
Belt Hook None
Nail Size 3/4 in. - 2 in.
Battery Size N/A

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