For decades pros have driven large nails in tight spaces with the venerable pneumatic palm nailer. Of course, they’re driving lots of nails, so they don’t mind lugging an air compressor and dragging hose around with ’em. A while back we reviewed a couple of products that ditch the cord for mini-Li-ion power: Craftsman’s Hammerhead and Ryobi’s similar product. Our verdict: They’re handy, but a little funky-shaped.
Milwaukee’s new cordless palm nailer gets it right. It’s simply the same kind of electric nail-driving tool, but shaped like the palm nailer you love.
Of course, Milwaukee’s pumped up the mechanism a bit for both performance and durability. They claim it’ll drive a 16D 3-1/2″ nail in under two seconds (a hell of a lot quicker than either of the two nailers mentioned above), and you can expect to drive around 100 such nails on a single M12 battery charge. A magnetic collet holds 6D to 16D framing nails in place so you can drive ’em one-handed. The Milwaukee features an all-metal gear housing, so it should last a while, too.
We saw these at an early press preview a while back, and while we could probably post a bunch of boring test data, we can sum it all up in this: It drives nails. Quickly. And it’s loud, as you’d expect from something that smacks 2.2 ft/lbs of force into nails faster than you ever could with a hammer.
Expect to pay around $150 for the kit form (with battery and charger) or around $100 for the bare tool (if you’ve already got some M12 gear kickin’ around).