18-Gauge Brad Nailer BN200A - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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18-Gauge Brad Nailer BN200A

Porter-Cable - 18-Gauge Brad Nailer BN200A

Porter-Cable’s 18-gauge brad nailer features adjustable depth of drive and an adjustable exhaust port to control the direction of released air.

$95 (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 Porter-Cable nailer is a real powerhouse. It has an easy depth-of-set adjustment and a convenient release for the driver-guide cover.

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Editor Test Results:

Driver-Guide Cover Removal Spring-loaded latch on side of nail carriage

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Porter-Cable
Manufacturer's Web Site www.deltaportercable.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 888-848-5175
Depth Adjustment Thumbwheel beneath trigger
Exhaust-Port Adjustment Rotating plastic cover
Safety Guard Behind nose
Belt Hook None
Nail Size 2 in.
Battery Size N/A


-- Lightweight but solid built-- Parts easily replaced when needed

Own several PC nailer, all are well made, realible and the controls are well thought out. I like the directional exhaust port, and bump safety-trigger option. The depth adjustment is responsive. I have not exprienced any jams, but it seems easy to clear if needed. Loading is easy and "positive". Comes with a nice case, allen wrenches and brads. Not sure home my experience with this tool could be any better, expecially at the price.

Solid performer for years in my shop

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