Tool test: best 18-inch brad nailers
Do gas-powered cordless nailers have some serious competition from their battery-powered cousins? We test 10 pneumatic nailers to find the best 18-inch brad nailers.
Over the course of our carpentry career, my co-worker Bruce Cranston and I have probably run tens of thousands of feet of baseboard, casing, and crown molding efficiently thanks to pneumatic nailers. And while we have multiple gauges of nailers in our tool arsenal, the one we use most often is the 18-gauge brad nailer. We like the weight of these guns, and the gauge of the nail is perfect for millwork because it provides good holding power while leaving only a small hole to fill.
Given the consistency with which we use this size nailer, and the diversity of jobs we do in new and existing residential construction, we were excited to test all 10 cordless brad nailers on the market. We were able to put up thousands of feet of baseboard, shoe molding, bead board, and crown molding ranging from poplar, pine, oak, maple, and finger-jointed pre-primed.
Having all 10 guns on site provided a perfect setting for a proper shootout. Check out the brad nailer winners here.