Known more for making power tools, Bosch recently jumped into the pneumatic-nailer business, and the three nailers we tested—finish, brad, and narrow-crown stapler—proved nimble and drove fasteners we…
ll. All three feature bodies smaller than comparable nailers we’ve used, making them lighter (by a half-pound) without sacrificing power. They all switch from single shot to sequential fire with the flip of a switch. Each has dry-fire lockout when it’s out of fasteners (to prevent damage to the drive pin), tool-free depth adjustment, a narrow nose with removable no-mar tip (that stores on the tool when not in use), and front-hinged access gate to clear jammed nails. Although they performed like champs, we had minor problems loading fasteners. The finish nailer’s rear-loading magazine proved awkward to use, and the stapler’s top-loading magazine seemed flimsy and not on par with the rest of the tool. The brad nailer's side-load magazine was the easiest to use among the trio. Bosch does not make fasteners, but we used nails and staples from four other companies with no glitches.
Ease of Use
out of 5