Tool Test: Ridgid 18-volt ‘Hyperdrive’ 18-gauge Brad Nailer
If you’re working with access to electricity, it’s easy to plug in an air compressor and run a hose to a brad nailer. But if you’re working on a site with no electric, or your compressor hose is too short for the task, well, a cordless nailer is nice to have.
This new brushless-motor, 18-volt, 18-gauge version from Ridgid (model R09890; it does not include the battery or charger) works well, with no noticeable difference in power, compared to the Senco 18-gauge air-powered brad nailer we use in our shop.
At the rear of the tool is a power-adjustment lever. I simply set it on high, then adjusted the depth of drive (with a simple twist of a knob) as I switched among different-length brads and various types of wood (the R09890 accepts fasteners from 5⁄8″ to 21⁄8″). These are both quick, toolless adjustments.
According to Ridgid, the tool will shoot 2,000 brads (or 2,600 linear feet)per battery charge, but I didn’t have that many nails to waste. I switched back and forth between the tool’s single-sequential and contact-actuation modes for about 30 minutes, and the battery was still three-quarters charged, according to the indicator lights.
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Web site: ridgid.com
Video: Coming soon: Watch how the “HyperDrive” nailer compares to a tethered model.
From the November 2015 issue