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Hitachi just announced the newest edtion to their already extensive nailer lineup with the NT50GS, the gas-powered 18-gauge nailer. You heard right — Hitachi has now made with the cordless gas in a small brad nailer format. We’re guessing it’s to try and slim the lead on those guys in orange.
The new NT50GS will hold a 5/8 in. to 2 in. 100-shot magazine-style load and, as you can see from the pictures, is not covered in the alien-skin green that brings such a polarizing cheer or groan from the masses. The system is powered through a “fuel-rod” gas cartridge that Hitachi says will send 1200 rounds home, and the spark that lights up the gas is provided by a rechargeable 3.6v Li-Ion battery.

The same battery will fit in the cordless screwdriver freebie that Hitachi is throwing in the kit along with a spare battery and charger.

The entire rig will run you about $299 retail and be available at the local home center soon.

NT50GS Gas Powered 18-gauge Brad Nailer [Hitachi]


2 Responses to Preview: NT50GS Gas-Powered 18-Gauge Brad Nailer

  1. fred says:

    We have no real brand loyalty for its sake alone – but we do stick with brands that perform well for us. Some time ago we seem to have standardized on Hitachi angled finish nailers (NT65MA2) and Hitachi Coil Roofing Nailers (NV45AB2) (replacing older Bostitch tools) . These have performed well for us – and I have no reason to doubt that their new gas-powered guns will work well too. In this latter class of tools we often bring a trio of Paslodes to the jobsite (Brad Nailer, Angled Finish Nailer and Framing Nailer) with 1, 2 or maybe 3 batteries and 1 charger – swapping batteries around. The idea that Hitachi now offers the same lineup of product is good competition for Paslode (ITW) and may help to keep them on their toes.

  2. ttabob says:

    Gas AND a battery?

    Just get the dewalt 18v cordless nailer and never have to run out of gas.

    I would never buy a tool the required 2 different power sources.

    gas + battery + nails = three different consumables. I prefer just two.

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