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Air Tools: Two Best Pneumatic Brad Nailers

  • A quality pneumatic brad nailer both enhances and simplifies the work of craftsmen, carpenters, and anyone looking for a good-old air nailer. Ideal for crafting, cabinetry, furniture, trim, and etc, one of these high-performance pneumatic brad nailers from Senco and Porter-Cable is certain to take your craft to a higher level.


    For craftsmen, carpenters, and cabinet shops, a quality pneumatic brad nailer is basically a bare necessity. Designed for trim, baseboards, cabinets, furniture, and etc, a brad nailer is built for the most precise, clean, and effective nailing. Where-ever you need smooth and crafty fabrication or installation, a brad nailer is just the tool for the job. Finding the best brad nailer, though, can be a tough process, so I’ve compiled a bit of information on the industry’s very best pneumatic brad nailers to help you narrow your search for the ultimate air tool.

    Senco is known for building some of the best pneumatic tools this industry has ever seen and their FinsihPro18 (18 gauge) brad nailer is brilliant example of the Senco difference. With the power, durability, and perfectly compact design to bring you the most professional, impressive results, the FinishPro 18 is a tool to be remembered. Weighing only 2.9 lbs the tool’s lightweight design entirely eliminates the pains of continuous or overhead work, and this comfort comes without any sacrifice to power; the nailer drives fasteners up to 2″ into hard woods making this brad nailer ideal for cabinetry, trim, and any type of finish work. The tool also has an adjustable depth-of-drive for the most precise nailing, and a hardened steel driver for longevity and durability. The tool is simple to load, and with a low-load indicator you’ll never be caught off guard with an empty magazine. The nailer’s rear exhaust keeps oil and dust away from your work surfaces, and with a no mar pad the your materials are just about as protected as they can be. Ultimately, this nailer is tough enough for heavy-duty applications while being ultra compact to ensure you are always comfortable and in control of each shot and each application. Additionally, as the Finish Pro 18 only costs around $80 – $90, this brilliant tool comes at a brilliantly affordable price.

    On another hand, Porter-Cable’s BN200B is another (18 gauge) brad nailer with all the power and innovation to bring you impressive results with every single shot. With a long-lasting, virtually maintenance-free motor, the tool’s durable high-performance is unfailingly reliable, and with a rear exhaust keeping oils and contaminants away from your workpieces, your results are clean and precise. Additionally, a (removable) no-marring nose piece keeps your materials protected against scrapes and scuffs for for the cleanest possible results. The BN200B drives nails from 5/8″ to 2″ in length (with a depth-of-drive adjustment), and because of an internal piston catch, the tool delivers consistent max power through every shot. A low nail reload mechanism indicates when a reload is required, and with a tool-free jam release, nail removal is always simple. The tool has a 100 nail magazine capacity, and weighing only 2.6 lbs the tool is comfortable during continuous use and even the most awkward applications. Although its strikingly lightweight, the tool is also built with a strong die-cast aluminum body for long-lasting durability, and a special hardened driver blade additionally contributes to the tool’s overall longevity. Ultimately, this nailer is pretty awesome, and pricing at only around $100, its a superior tool that will also fit into your budget.

    Among the best of the best, either of these pneumatic brad nailers is certain deliver exceptional, impressive results.