Finish nailers often go overlooked in favor of their larger-gauged brethren, but in the Toolmonger woodworking shop we pick up the Ridgid 2-1/8” brad nailer as our first choice.
This gun claims the singular distinction of being the only nailer in the Toolmonger shop never to have jammed. This is no small feat; we’ve run close to 10,000 nails of different sizes through this gun and not had an issue — ever.
It’s just very well mannered. It makes no more noise than the BB gun you had as a kid — with about as much kick. You can dial in depth settings simply via a small rotating wheel located near the trigger. Ours has never gotten in the way or been knocked out of the proper setting under heavy use. It’s also tough as, well, nails. We’ve beaten up and dropped this gun so many times we lost count, and it still performs like new.
Though this isn’t a rig for heavy construction work, it’s almost foolproof, whatever your level of experience. Just position the gun and pull the trigger. It doesn’t get any more reliable or simple to operate than this. We can and do recommend it to anyone.
Street pricing starts at around $120.