Bosch GSK18v Li Brad Nailer In Action - a Toolstop Guide
Posted by Mark Hunter - May 07, 2013
In this quick guide we're going to show you how to affix skirting or other mouldings using a brad nailer. For a guide to choosing a the right brad or fixing nailer for you (and how to tell the difference) please refer to our buying guide here.
For this task we got some help from Bosch's Eric Streuli who used a Bosch GSK 18v Li brad nailer. We've got some spec on this power tool below.
Release the safety lock
Depress the nose against the skirting board
Press the trigger
It really is that simple.
Of course, if you need to you can adjust the depth the brad nails are driven into the workpiece by turning the depth adjustment wheel on the side of the nailer.
Stats Worth Pointing Out
The Bosch GSK 18v Li is a bit of a beast. First off, no gas (ie combustion) and no pneumatics (ie air lines). This is purely driven by Bosch's 18v lithium-ion battery technology.
The triggering system is sequential and you're going to get around 3 nails fired per second, assuming you've mastered the above technique!
As it's a brad nailer, it handles brad nails of around 110 per magazine and of between 32 and 64mm in length with a diameter of 1.6mm, and it's compatible with Paslode and DeWalt 20° finish nails.
Up Close and Personal
- Non-marring rubber nose guard: essential for when you're working on material that you simply can't mark!
- Tool-less Adjustable Depth-of-Drive: fast and easy adjustable nail depth control for more accuracy
- Lock-Out Switch: when engaged, disables tool when not in use
Ease of Use Features
Jammed nails are a reality when using a brad nailer (brad nails are thin and light and easily bent), so the presence of Bosch's "Tool-Free Jam Clearing" system on the GK 18v Li is a bonus. Simply lift the lid of the firing pin and remove the jammed nail.
Because brad nailers are used when you're finishing a job off, particularly in an area where appearance is important, it's good to know that the GK18v Li won't fire blanks. This protects the wood you're nailing.
Bosch claim that the GK 18v Li has the smallest diameter grip on class, along with large soft grip areas on the handle. If true then this means you'll probably be able to handle and use the GK18v Li for longer without experiencing user fatigue.
As mentioned the Bosch GK18v Li runs off Bosch's fabled 18v lithium-ion batteries.
Bosch claims you'll get around 700 32mm brad nails fired on one charge. This is a great choice of brad nailer if you've already bought into the Bosch 18v range of tools as you'll be able to quickly slap a battery into it and get nailing!
Typical Applications for the Bosch GK18v Li
We reckon this nailer is ideal for:
- Trim work: chair rail, staircase, base board etc
- Window and door casings and molding
- Soft wood 1x and 2x materials (i.e. pine)
- Hard wood 1x materials (i.e. oak, maple, birch, poplar)
- Composite trim materials
But be sure to check out our nailer buying guide to make sure you know the best nailer for you.
Finally, here's Eric from Bosch giving us a run through of the features of the GK18v Li and showing us it in action.
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