although an air-driven nailing system is an excellent setup for a worksite, sometimes you have a simple repair around the house that requires only a few nails, and then you’re finished. It can be a chore to drag out a hose and compressor for small, quick jobs. In these situations, a battery- powered cordless nailer gets the job done without the extra bag- gage. This cordless category is populated primarily by brad and finish nailers ( 15 to 18 gauge) powered by lithium-ion batteries. A number of reputable manufac- turers make them, including Paslode, Bosch, Dewalt, Hitachi Power Tools, Senco, Ridgid, Ryobi and Porter-Cable. Recently, I’ve been using the Porter-Cable 20V Max Lithium Ion 18-gauge Cordless Brad Nailer to install trimwork and build patio furniture. It’s a lightweight ( 5. 1 lbs), well-balanced and solidly constructed gun that’s a good fit for a DIY’er. It has a fastener- length capacity of 5/8 to 2 inches and a magazine capacity of 100 nails. The nailer is capable of driving up to 450 nails per charge using a 1.5Ah battery and up to 1,300 nails per charge using a
Paslode’s Positive Placement Nailer has a special guide tip designed to shoot the nails right into the tiny holes of metal construction hardware without the imprecise impact of a hammer — a real timesaver.
The Porter-Cable 20V Max 18- gauge Cordless Brad Nailer is a good fit for a DIY’er—one I’ve recently been using for trim carpentry and building patio furniture.