Do battery-powered nailers mean death for gas nailers? You decide.
There doesn’t seem to be an end to the power tools now available running off lithium-ion batteries.
With the move to increased power and capacity from these batteries, it’s now likely that the tools you use the most will have a cordless version, allowing you to work independently of a cord, which for many on the jobsite means greater productivity
Two tools now available in cordless versions that have caught our eye are the Dewalt DCN660P2 18V XR Cordless li-ion Brushless 2nd Fix Nailer and the Hitachi NT1865DBAL/J4 18V 15GA Brushless Angled Finish Nailer.
Both are powered by 18v li-ion batteries. You can see all of the battery-powered nailers available here.
However, the presence of a battery on these nailers isn’t what caught our eye. It’s the lack of gas.
Why is that so important? Well, as we pointed out in our guide to buying nailers:
A combustion powered nailer typically features an internal reservoir filled with flammable gas, normally in the form of a cartridge. An electronic control mechanism allows a little of this gas to flow into the combustion chamber. These nailers depend on a battery which provides a spark, igniting the gas and driving the piston.
Typically able to drive larger nails into harder surfaces with ease, without relying on an air supply.
The additional cost of buying gas canisters.
If the battery in your nailer will power it, pushing nails where you want them to go, do you still need a gas nailer?
Would you be better switching to a cordless, battery-powered nailer and putting the cash you’ve saved on gas to a decent holiday each year?
We put the Bosch GSK18v-Li brad nailer (a second fix nailer) into the hands of Wayne and Neil, a plumber and a joiner to trade respectively, to get their thoughts on it.
Watch their review on Toolstop TV via this link or in our player below.
You’ll notice that they conclude the video by asking “gas or battery?”.
Do you agree with Wayne, that we’ve seen the “death of the gas nailer”? Are there some jobs that only a gas nailer is up to handling?
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