Tool Test: Bosch Brad Nailer is Smaller and Lighter

By Megan Fitzpatrick
Page: 30

From the December 2009 issue #180
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The Bosch BNS200-18 brad nailer is part of the company’s new “Full Force Technology” line of air tools, all of which have a patented air chamber that allows the nailers to use 100 percent of the air from the compressor to drive the fastener. In traditional nailer designs, some air is kept in reserve to return the tool to the ready position. Among the other tools in the line that many woodworkers use are a 15-gauge angled finish nailer and a 16-gauge straight nailer.

The upshot is that these new nailers are smaller and lighter than comparable tools on the market (Bosch says they’re 20 percent smaller and 10 percent lighter), which means that for someone like me (small hands, little upper body strength), this 18-gauge brad nailer is easy and comfortable to use, plus the body is narrow, so there’s a better line-of-sight to the workpiece.


From the December 2009 issue #180
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