This week we are taking a look at the new DeWalt 20V 18 gauge cordless brad nailer. I recently used this brad nailer for an interior project and was able to become quite familiar with it. I used this brad nailer to attach faux boards to drywall in order to create a nice backdrop for the TV and entertainment area. It was a really fun and inexpensive project you can find here.
This brad nailer weighs in at about 6.8 lbs when fully loaded with 2” brad nails. The great thing about it is it’s battery operated meaning I did not have to deal with the weight or noise of an air compressor, or hassle with an air hose. Just grab the nailer and a fresh charged battery and get to work.
It’s worth pointing out that this is not a finish nailer. It worked perfect for the rough/coarse material I was working with but it may not be ideal if you are working with sensitive material that is prone to denting. The nylon nose cover has a stiff spring on the back side and it can cause the nose to leave small impressions on softer material.
I love the quickness of the firing action. The nailer spools up immediately and has 2 settings DeWalt refers to as “contact or sequential actuation”. Basically you can shoot it like a standard nail gun, hold the trigger and compress the nose for each round, or you can fire it as a single action brad-nailer where the trigger must be released between rounds. I prefer the former personally.
The same type of settings can be found on other late model brad nailers. However this one stands out to me simply because it did not jam one single time through a full box of brad nails which is impressive in my opinion. If it were to jam though, DeWalt incorporated a really nice tool-less hatch that folds out and away from the firing head so you can easily clear the tool.
DeWalt built in a trigger lock to prevent accidental discharge but it also serves another purpose as well. When the trigger lock is engaged, the internal pump will not turn on in the case that the nose is pushed. To be clear, if the nose is pushed and the trigger is not locked, then the compressor will continue to run just like a drill turning inside your tool box by accidentally compressing the trigger. Same concept applies here……lesson learned: lock the trigger when its not in use.
The last point I wanted to make was around the overall balance. Just going off looks, I thought this was going to be very top heavy, and I suppose it is but when using it I never thought it felt completely unbalanced or was annoying to use. The only slight problem I have with the design is since the top is so large and the base is smaller, any time I went to quickly set it down I always had to keep my hand on it for a few seconds to make sure I stuck the landing. Meaning I would try and quickly set it down on the battery instead of using the hook, and it wasn’t stable yet and would fall over. Not a huge thing but it did annoy me while working. A solution would be to wear my tool belt and use the hook feature instead.
Ultimately it’s a damn good tool that has already served me well with the first project I’ve used it for. I’ve used other late model cordless brad nailers that may have been balanced a bit more but were certainly not as reliable as this one in terms of not jamming.
If you’re interested in checking it out a little further on The Home Depot’s web page you can find it here. Thanks so much for stopping by to learn more about this nailer.
Yall take care – April
This review is sponsored by The Home Depot through their ProSpective campaign.