Would anyone happen to know how far up the price chain you have to go
before you find an ELECTRIC brad gun (say up to 150mm) that drives the
nail flush with the surface (or even below the surface a bit) instead
of leaving it proud by 10mm or so? Are there any that are adjustable
so that the brads can be driven either permanently flush or proud for
If it exists, you probably cannot pick it up. Requires 3-phase power
as well. Depth adjustment requires an overhead crane.
Of course, there is the cordless model (AKA "hammer"). Batteries not
Well, you have gotten a few 'good' replies, but I would look at the DeWalt,
cordless nailers. Not sure if you just REALLY want something plugged into
the wall, but if you just don't want a compressor, they should be about as
good as you're going to find. If 16ga is too large, there might be other
cordless ones out there that are smaller. As far as leaving the nail 1cm,
(3/8"+), proud, . . . I think you're out of luck, at least I've never seen
one, for what ever that's worth.
I'm not certain, but I believe the Dewalt cordless nailers actually have a
small compressor built into them, so they are in effect pneumatic nailers.
I've never used one, but I've seen good reviews.
For my money, I'd go buy a small compressor and a cheap nailer from Harbor
Freight. I have both a brad nailer and a stapler from HF that I paid $20
apiece for. They work perfectly and seem fairly well built.
I never have used one, and yes, I think they are a small battery powered
compressor, but still, I assume the OP is looking for something that does
not require a compressor/tank. My guess is they are looking at those little
electric brad/staple guns for $20ish. They don't say what they want to use
them on, or how often, but I think those little electric ones would be lucky
to staple a sheet of paper to drywall. Seems like HD has a PC pancake
compressor and brad gun combo for a pretty good price. I hate so see people
buy HF to save money, then end up having replace a tool with one that
actually works. I know I've fallen for Ryobe tools a couple of times and
always ended up wishing I would have saved my money and just got the good
one the first time. Much cheaper and a whole lot less frustrating in the
First off, 150mm is about 6 inches, I think you have to go to
powder-actuated for that kind of length.
However, I recently tried the DeWalt rechargeable at a tool repair
shop and it worked really well. The service man said it used a
flywheel to provide power, rather than the solenoid action of the
I don't remember the exact price, but I do remember thinking that I
could buy a cheap compressor & pneumatic gun from harbor Freight for
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