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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!

SB-1850bn Brad Nailer [Stanley]
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5 Responses to Finds: Bostitch’s SB-1850BN Brad Nailer

  1. nrChris says:

    I received an electric Craftsman brad nailer for Christmas. I was skeptical about its driving power and didn’t think that I would use such an “under powered” tool. Turns out that it has become one of my go-to tools.

    The quarter round molding in my kitchen, over the new laminate floor went on quite easily. The only thing with 18 ga brads is that if you get the pressure setting wrong they are nearly impossible to drive in with a hammer–you are better off pulling it out and going with a new one.

  2. Kelley Nelson says:

    Looks like a nice gun! IMO, 18ga is too small for crown molding or base, but good for smaller pieces of trim like quarter round or cove molding. I’d go 16ga or 15ga for crown and base.

  3. l_bilyk says:

    I have this same gun.. it’s actually a pretty good nailer. The new model that’s out there will not do the longer brads

  4. Brock says:

    I grabbed one of these at Lowes in a package deal with a small pancake compressor for under $200. It works great for trim (base and cove 18ga is a little thin, but 2″ brads hold like mad) and any other small projects that come up. It replaced my pin nailer and is a very nice nailer by any count. Odd,…. mine is all orange on the body with none of the black like the one pictured, same model number though. It is also very easy to load, unload and adjust depth. I have several nailers Hitachi, Senco and Bostitch, this is one of my favorites.

  5. Brock says:

    Oh yeah and mine accepts 3/8″ to 2″, not 5/8″-2″. But the model is the same, maybe and updated model? And it makes the brads disappear in composite trim, making finish. Oh, so much easier.

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