There are some tools where being tethered by an air line or electrical cord can just drive you nuts. Nailers fall into that category. Even in the shop, where a compressor may be close by, having a nailer on an air hose can be like having an unruly dog on a leash. No fun. But when you start using a nailer on site to install cabinets or trim, the inconvenience of an air hose really becomes obvious. Enter ‘cordless’ nailers, like the new Hitachi 18-gauge finish nailer, $299.The Hitachi NT50GS handles brads from 5/8″ to 2″ long. It’ll hold up to 100 nails, and a reload indicator warns you when you’re nearly out of bullets. It’s powered by a combination of a lithium battery, which provides the spark, and fuel cell, which provides the oomph. According to Hitachi the fuel cell will fire about 1,200 nails. A four-pack of fuel cells goes for about $25.
The lithium battery can be recharged in about 1 hour. The nailer comes with two batteries. To sweeten the deal, Hitachi is throwing in a power screwdriver that runs on the same batteries as the nailer.
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