Over at our Facebook page, Howard messaged in, asking for some brad nailer recommendations.
What brand of brad nailer can you suggest?
For my own use, I went with Hitachi (now Metabo HPT), since their nailers offer a good balance between features, performance, and affordability. I don’t use my Hitachi/Metabo HPT NT50AE2 daily, but I have used it enough to know I made the right choice.
I bought my Hitachi because I was using enough brad nails on projects that I needed an “owned” sample for personal use and to serve as a reference for comparison.
It has a stellar reputation, but doesn’t have as many frills as some other nailers on the market.
I would also go with the Dewalt Precision Point brad nailer, DWFP12233, part of a whole line of new Dewalt air nailers that came out in 2015.
Howard also then asked:
What about the new Bostitch with the smart point feature?
With Bostitch and Dewalt both under Stanley Black & Decker, it’s inevitable for Dewalt and Bostitch nailers to be similar. Bostitch makes good nailers. While I haven’t compared the two recently, I would trust either brand equally.
Thus, the Hitachi is what I bought for myself, and I can enthusiastically recommend it. But for someone looking for a little more, my instinct would be to recommend the Dewalt Precision Point or similar Bostitch Smart Point.
If you look for the Hitachi/Metabo HPT, they’re the same nailer with the same model number, and so it’s okay to shop by price.
I have used various brands of brad nailers over the years, some of them very briefly, others quite a bit more, such as the Ridgid I won in a giveaway a long time ago. Frankly, most of them work well enough, with differences coming down to user features and consistency.
What brad nailers would YOU recommend?
Up for a tougher question? Which brand of nails?