Wise Buys: No-Hose Brad Nailers
Senco Finish 25
Weight: 6.3 lbs.
Brad capacity: 5/8" to 2-1/8"
It's heavy and feels awkward at first, but after using the 14.4-volt rechargeable Senco Finish 25 on a few jobs I knew it would become a permanent addition to my shop. As a cabinetmaker who also makes custom molding, I'm working on job sites as much as in my shop, so I appreciate the freedom the Finish 25 affords me. It's a real timesaver to not have to lug around an air compressor and hose -- and I don't have to worry about scratching a client's hardwood floors, cabinets, or countertops.
The Finish 25 has ample power for driving brads in hardwoods as well as pine and plywood. Although it has multiple depth settings, I left it on the deepest setting most of the time and was pleased with the results. It has excellent tip visibility for brad placement, and it never left an indentation on the wood. I also like that it will not fire when the magazine empties, protecting the driver. Still, I wish the nailer was smaller to reach into tight spaces, and that it would stand on its battery. It comes with two batteries and a one-hour charger.
-- Tested by Ben Svec, Contributing Craftsman
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