Cruising the wall-o-tools at the local big box is exciting — but also scary if you’re there to shell out some hard earned green for a new power tool. The trick is to get the most bang-for-your-buck while still netting a tool that’ll handle the job you have in mind — and maybe some future projects as well. In short, most of us have to find versatile solution.
Take a nail gun for instance; you don’t need a rig that will drive a medieval jousting lance through Kevlar plating just to put up some molding in the back bedroom. A better option might be a small finish nailer like the Bostitch SB-1850bn.
It drives 5/8″ to 2″ 18-gauge brad nails, providing great flexibility for those putting up some crown molding around the house or working any number of other finishing projects. It’s not the biggest nailer out there — in fact it’s one of the smallest, and believe it or not that’s a good thing. It’s easier to fit inside tighter spaces, and its 2.7 lb. heft is easy enough for even novices to control.
It also features a high-visibility magazine latch for quick side loading. This side-load design also enables users to clear jams easily instead of digging inside a track. Its “no mar” tip provides a clean contact area that shouldn’t leave you with tons of filler work, and you can adjust the depth of the nail via a control dial located on the crown of the pneumatic head.
It comes with a carrying case, 1,000 2″ brad nails, and a bottle of pneumatic tool oil. The entry price for a rig like the SB-1850bn isn’t going to kill the budget either. A $50 investment will cover your brad nailing needs for most projects you’re likely to take on around the house such as trim work, cabinetry or paneling. Just add air!