18-Gauge Brad Nailer AF503 - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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18-Gauge Brad Nailer AF503

Makita - 18-Gauge Brad Nailer AF503

Makita’s 18-gauge brad nailer features an anti-dry fire mechanism and accepts nails from 5/8 in. to 2 in. long.

$150 (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 Makita nailer won’t fire when the carriage is empty. The exhaust-port adjustment works easily, and an additional deflector is convenient. It also features an easy-to-read nail-capacity view port.

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Editor Test Results:

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

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Makita
Manufacturer's Web Site www.makita.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-462-5482
Depth Adjustment None
Exhaust-Port Adjustment Rotating ring around exhaust-port casting
Safety Guard In front of nose
Belt Hook Can be mounted on either side of nail gun
Nail Size 5/8 in. - 2 in. 18 gauge
Battery Size N/A

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