Think of the Strike Allnailer as a cross between a hammerdrill and a nailer — it holds a nail between its “pincers” and drives it home with repeated blows from a reciprocating hammer assembly. The manufacturer says it’ll handle most any nail up to 6″ long that you can fit in its jaws, and you can preset the drive depth.
It seems to us that driving the nail with multiple blows would improve safety. Most nailers we’ve seen deliver all the force required to drive the nail in a single, massive blow, and it’s that force that can drive a mis-fed or otherwise reflected nail into your body. Of course, most pros will require a magazine-fed nailer, but we’d guess that DIYers are more nailer-accident prone than pros anyway.
According to specs it accept nails with heads up to 10mm in diameter, driving them with 5500 blows per minute. It ships with two 18V batteries and a smart charger, and Global Machinery Corp. says it’ll drive nails for around an hour on a single charge.
The bad news: GMC is based in Australia and this isn’t available in the states yet. We understand it streets for around $179 Australian, which would be a heck of a deal in the U.S. — about $150. Look for a great video of the Allnailer in operation on the GMC pages.
The ALN18V Strike Allnailer [GMC Company]