Makita Cordless Finish Nailer Review – #THDProSpective

Makita Cordless Straight Finish Nailer

18V LXT Finish Nailer

  Makita has unquestionably the largest cordless platform on the market.  If you have followed for more than a minute you have noticed we love it.  It has served us very well for 14 years now!  How is this even possible?  LXT launched in 2005 as the first successful lithium ion power tool platform.  I am happy to say that I still have and use some of those original tools from 2005.  I have replaced most of them with newer more powerful brushless models but I kept a drill and impact driver and they are still going strong.  They have always been and continue to be one of the most important power tool companies for the remodeling and restoration work we do. 

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

 
  Makita professional and industrial power tools are known around the world for their durability and dependable performance on the job.  I live in the Midwest where Makita Tools aren’t quite as popular as they are closer to the East or West coasts.  We don’t get all the new tools at our local Home Depot store so I was glad to be able to partner with Home Depot to check this new 16 Ga. nailer out. 
 
  We have run across more than a few people who feel when we receive a tool for review it’s automatically going to get a glowing positive review.  That is far from the truth.  I have quite a few sponsored reviews here and on Instagram where I clearly state I would not buy the tool.  Sometimes whether I would or not depends on application.  I am still deciding how I feel about this one.
 
  We’ve been using the Makita 18V LXT Finish Nailer for a while now.  We have primarily used  2” nails on primed 3 1/4” pine and poplar base and casing as well 1×6 rough sawn western red cedar.
 
  With the Makita 18v 2.0 amp hour battery Home Depot sent, it had enough power for these types of base and casing.  I did have a few nails that didn’t set all the way but only when the battery level was at 1/2 charge or less while nailing at an angle.  On straight nailing and full battery they were always countersunk with a nice tight hole.
 
    I was really hoping it would be something that would beat the other guns on the market.  I’m not saying it’s not worth buying because everyone’s situation is different.  This guns cycle is a bit slow for my taste.  I have the depth of drive dialed all the way countersunk and there were still a few heads that are proud of the surface when I angle downward for the bottom nail.  It does better when I take the bumper guard off but I don’t feel like it is the best practice because I don’t like dents in my work.  The customer will probably never see them but I would and I sleep better at night when everything is perfect.  In its defense the battery was on two bars.  Maybe I should have thrown a full one on it.  More to come.  I’m certainly not done.
 
  This gun holds promise for those who are on the LXT platform and don’t want a Paslode because of the gas.  It seems good for small jobs and punch list work.  For a whole day of trim I am still firmly in the pneumatic camp.  I am checking out lots of new pneumatic guns as well but that’s a post for another day.  How many of you are using this gun?  What are your thoughts?  One thing to keep in mind is they do offer a 30 day satisfaction guarantee.  If you try one and don’t like it you can definitely get your money back.
 

18V LXT Cordless Finish Nailer

Makita 18-Volt LXT Lithium-Ion 16-Gauge Cordless 2-1/2 in. Straight Finish Nailer

  • Trigger lock button for operator convenience
  • Tool-less nose design is easy to clear for fast nail extraction
  • 2-mode selector switch for control over nailing operation

18-VOLT 2.0AH LXT BATTERY AND CHARGER STARTER PACK 

  • 18V LXT Compact battery reaches a full charge in 25 minutes or less
  • Integrated LED battery charge level indicator allows user to monitor battery charge
  • STAR Protection Computer Controls protect against overloading, over-discharging and overheating
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91 Comments

  1. David Spires 02/10/2019 at 9:59 AM - Reply

    Would love this!! Could very much use it fir volunteer work I help with and also disaster relief. There’s not always power so battery operated tools are a must !!

  2. David Spires 02/09/2019 at 9:28 PM - Reply

    This is AWESOME! I participate in volunteer relief work, and this would come in handy for those times when there is no electricity.

  3. Justin Hardy 01/22/2019 at 4:59 PM - Reply

    Great review would love to add this one to my collection.

    @garagewoodworker

  4. Antonio Ramirez 01/20/2019 at 8:58 AM - Reply

    Could really use one of these have the 23g great review

  5. Jamie Gadberry 01/19/2019 at 6:41 PM - Reply

    I would love one of these! I want to redo all the trim in my house. But don’t own any kind of finish nailer. This sounds like a good place to start. Giddygads94

  6. Matt 01/19/2019 at 5:18 PM - Reply

    Would be nice not to have a hose following me around when putting up trim. @droffaws

  7. Stephen dalueg 01/19/2019 at 5:10 PM - Reply

    I haven’t used a cordless finish nailer, but it seems handy

    Ig: Frudelstein

  8. Jordan Thatcher 01/19/2019 at 2:12 PM - Reply

    Beautiful piece of kit
    Waiting for gasless 1st fix gun 😏
    @jjthatch5

  9. Jessica 01/19/2019 at 11:25 AM - Reply

    Light enough and easy for a lady to handle especially when husband isn’t around to help. Wouldn’t mind having one of these.

    Ig: l0ve.jess

  10. Joe kati 01/19/2019 at 10:50 AM - Reply

    Makitas extensive cordless lineup is the reason I chose their platform over others. I have and live my makita cordless pin nailer and would love to add this finish nailer to my collection.
    @joekati

  11. Andrew Ternes 01/19/2019 at 6:27 AM - Reply

    Never had a makita tool. I sure like the review and honesty. I’m only writing a comment because I want a cordless nailgun and wouldn’t mind this at all!

    andy_ternes

  12. Eric H 01/19/2019 at 1:44 AM - Reply

    Nice review! I really need to consider adding a finish nailer to my toolbox.

    IG: hauckeric

  13. Eric 01/19/2019 at 1:39 AM - Reply

    Nice review! I really need to consider adding a finish nailer to my toolbox.

  14. Bryce Huckabee 01/19/2019 at 12:19 AM - Reply

    Could really use this to add to my Makita collection!

    @brycehuckabee

  15. Jacob Kauffman 01/18/2019 at 9:20 PM - Reply

    I definitely need to look into the makita brand lineup more!
    @silverforestllc

  16. Chris Ley 01/18/2019 at 7:21 PM - Reply

    This seems much better than a separate compressor, hose and gun setup. Really easy to knock out those quick jobs without having to lug a bunch of stuff around. Plus it seems pretty quiet.

    IG name chris___ley

  17. Paul S. Ziemak 01/18/2019 at 2:31 PM - Reply

    Quite, quick, smooth and easy to use! Compared to the my air compressed one, not only this beats it’s from what I mentioned, it also seems a lot cleaner with no oil residue. A must for finish work! Especially on white surfaces.
    IG: youngdager98

  18. Cody 01/18/2019 at 12:47 PM - Reply

    Love your tool reviews! They are all very helpful especially when I’m considering a new brand. I’ve always used makita tools they make a great product.
    IG- @carmfelt

  19. Tyler Friesen 01/18/2019 at 10:53 AM - Reply

    Great review, look forward to hearing the final verdict.

    IG name: tfreeze27

  20. Allen Dubinetsky 01/18/2019 at 10:49 AM - Reply

    I’ve been looking for a finish nailer for a while now, I’m a 19year old guy who works with his uncle and already have some makita tools, so this would be great. Scouring offer up and Facebook for the best deal because I can’t really afford one from the store yet. I love makita tools and hope to grow my lineup by slowly buying when I can. Cheers @allendubinetskiy

  21. Brandon 01/18/2019 at 9:54 AM - Reply

    Would love to add this to my mainstagram Bevy79

  22. Zak Whitehill 01/18/2019 at 9:21 AM - Reply

    Great review, haven’t owned a Makita tool that has done me wrong!
    @whitehills_travels

  23. Noah Smallwood 01/18/2019 at 9:15 AM - Reply

    @msu29

    I hope this is where we leave the comment to be entered in the drawing for this makita nailer.

  24. Colm Troy 01/18/2019 at 8:23 AM - Reply

    Looks like a decent addition to the line up. Would be handy to have around.

  25. Josh Allen 01/18/2019 at 7:10 AM - Reply

    @joshallen15

  26. Gabriel DeLapp @integritycarpentry 01/18/2019 at 7:07 AM - Reply

    Thanks for the review. This mirrors what a cabinet maker I know said about his. I think this gun definitely needs some refinement! Keep it up!

  27. Kenton Pearson 01/18/2019 at 6:24 AM - Reply

    I dig the nailer and good review it’ll be interesting to see how it does with a full or bigger battery. @torqued54

  28. Kyle Clayton 01/18/2019 at 3:15 AM - Reply

    No gas has to be a winner, surely?!

  29. Hugo ortiz 01/18/2019 at 2:39 AM - Reply

    I run a Framing business alongside my dad here in Texas, we’re big makita fans and would love to add this finish gun to our arsenal and get more into cordless tools ! @silver17chevy

  30. Steel104 01/18/2019 at 2:26 AM - Reply

    Great review Paul. Love Makita there just lagging behind on a few tools. Saying that the nailer would still be useful, I wouldn’t mind having one.

    Steel104 Instagram

  31. Jose amezcua (Talento Tile) 01/18/2019 at 12:47 AM - Reply

    I wish the other ones had bump stops. I use my 18 gauge all the time. I build many small projects. But looking to add this because of the longer nails!!

    @krisNardonde

  32. Dantebeaster 01/18/2019 at 12:18 AM - Reply

    solid review, thinking cutting the hose and going battery power for my finish nailers.

  33. Ryan Medrzycki 01/17/2019 at 11:59 PM - Reply

    Instagram name :
    ridinmyjetski

    Gotta be a great gun for punch list and or a really small job.

  34. Matthew Mills 01/17/2019 at 11:54 PM - Reply

    Makita is really peaking my interest with all their top quality tools. This nailer looks like a great addition and I would like to try out the16 gauge as I have a couple 18 gauge! Keep up the good reviews.
    Matthew
    IG: matt_mills8

  35. Raymond E Brown 01/17/2019 at 11:46 PM - Reply

    I hope to win this so my boss hates even more… @pbkmob

  36. Jeremy lillie 01/17/2019 at 11:33 PM - Reply

    I have many Makita tools but not a cordlessnailer. This looks great. Thanks for the review.

    Lilliehammmer on instagram

    Jeremy

  37. Dillon Lawler 01/17/2019 at 11:25 PM - Reply

    @dillon_lawler

  38. Brett Schulz 01/17/2019 at 11:12 PM - Reply

    Thanks! Hope to win one of these badboys. @maac_n_cheese on instagram.

  39. Quinton lock 01/17/2019 at 11:08 PM - Reply

    Man I love these things !!
    They would help me out so much with time , eliminating the hoses and compressor on all jobs so I could price them correctly to actually make some money !
    Looking smooth and fast
    @quinton_lock instagram

  40. Tom 01/17/2019 at 10:58 PM - Reply

    If it works like their stapler it’ll kick ass. Insta =@t_s_s

  41. Paul Fraser 01/17/2019 at 10:52 PM - Reply

    I would love to add this gun. I’ve been framing for a long time and never owned a 16g gun before. With more tasks adding up around the house, it would he a massive help and save me a bunch of space without having to have chords laying around the house @pauldfrizzy

  42. Robert Mills 01/17/2019 at 10:51 PM - Reply

    I just got into the Makita 18v LXT line up and I’m super excited about it! I am getting into woodworking and will soon have to put about $400 worth of quarter round down in our house. This tool would be incredible so that I don’t have to lug a pancake compressor all over the house. Also, I really enjoy your instagram posts! My instagram is preston_millss

  43. Preston Mills 01/17/2019 at 10:40 PM - Reply

    I just got into the makita 18v lxt line up and I’m super excited about it! I’d like to know about this nailer because I’m getting into wood working and I will soon have to put down about $400 of quarter round in our house. This would be awesome to have so that I don’t have to lug a pancake compressor all over the house. I love seeing what you post on insta as well!

  44. Nathaniel Schrader @schrader_builds 01/17/2019 at 10:36 PM - Reply

    Thank you for the review, would be perfect for small jobs, just today I had three pieces of base to nail up, had to drag my compressor hose and gun out for three pieces. This would have saved a lot of time. Keep it up brother.

  45. Steven Uren 01/17/2019 at 10:27 PM - Reply

    Nice, even with a few not being fully sunk into the wood the convenience of not being hooked up to a compressor would make many small trim patch projects less of a hassle. Looks like a winner to me especially for someone with out a battery powered finish nailer.

    Instagram: steveauren

  46. Mike Hood 01/17/2019 at 10:25 PM - Reply

    This would be a great addition to my makita collection @skibike

  47. Charles 01/17/2019 at 10:21 PM - Reply

    If you don’t know by now, I LOVE MAKITA TOOLS! Love my track saw and impacts. However, I’m hesitant pulling the trigger on their cordless nailer (or anyone’s gun really) because of their price and very few negative reviews. If I get the oppurtunity to try this gun by winning it, and find out if it’s great or not, I’ll be open to buying other Makita 18V nailers. Thanks toolpig!
    @makitacharles

  48. Elcoloradocarpenter 01/17/2019 at 10:14 PM - Reply

    Been wanting to try a cordless finish nailer ever since they were released . Just haven’t pulled the trigger yet .

  49. Steve Hernandez 01/17/2019 at 10:02 PM - Reply

    It looks really nice and the total Makita lineup seems tough to beat. @steveh341

  50. Josh 01/17/2019 at 10:00 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the review! I have been switching a couple of my M18 tools over to LXT and have been impressed!
    Instagram: hands.of.steel

  51. James Mason 01/17/2019 at 9:44 PM - Reply

    This looks like an amazing machine. Makita seems to have a great product range. Would love to test out this nailer with the rest of my makita set…. Someday.

    The_wooden_squirrel

  52. Bryan Cook 01/17/2019 at 9:40 PM - Reply

    I want one of these so bad!

    • Bryan Cook 01/17/2019 at 9:41 PM - Reply

      @x_ned_slanders_x

  53. scribble_bitz Benjamin Scriven 01/17/2019 at 9:36 PM - Reply

    Always like your tool reviews. I have pulled the trigger on a few things after seeing your posts. This is one I have been on the fence about. I’m already on the Makita platform but the nailer reviews I’m not sold on yet. Maybe a test run with this for small jobs/punch list would help. Thanks.

    • Benjamin Scriven 01/21/2019 at 6:30 PM - Reply

      Ig= scribble_bitz

  54. Jorge Madrigal 01/17/2019 at 9:30 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the honest review on this 16 ga Makita. I completely understand how it could be great in some applications and perhaps not the best in others. Still seems like a good tool though especially for some of the smaller maintenance jobs we occasionally do.
    IG: jmadoregon

  55. Jeff Sybert 01/17/2019 at 9:29 PM - Reply

    Nice honest review. Seems like it needs a little finessing to be where it needs to be. I do love my Makita tools and I think this would still beat lugging a small air compressor in to throw on 3-4 pieces of trim from a water loss. I’d love to give it a try @jsclean4u

  56. Chris Gerber 01/17/2019 at 9:22 PM - Reply

    I would LOVE to own one of these! Thanks to your “deal alert” on the XSL06 last April, I’ve converted a majority of my other “brand name” tools to Makita’s cordless line and have been incredibly happy with the decision. And up till a few days ago when i started installing the trim in our home and lugging my Makita compressor all over the house, i realized how nice it would be to eliminate hoses as well… just trying to figure out how i can justify that cost to the wife?!

    • Chris Gerber 01/18/2019 at 3:30 PM - Reply

      @cgerber386

  57. Misty 01/17/2019 at 9:19 PM - Reply

    I really need that nailer. I have have alot of Makita tool. This will be a great addition and no more being confined to air hose. Misty_070 -Ish 🙂

  58. Ryan 01/17/2019 at 9:19 PM - Reply

    I need this in my life! I have the 23g pinner, need this to make a dream team!

    Rmrelectric5

  59. Kevin 01/17/2019 at 9:10 PM - Reply

    I’m slowly working my way into the Makita platform and this would be a great addition to my lineup. I primarily use my nail guns to tack face frames or edging while glue dries and not having to drag out the compressor and hose ( and pop circuits) would be a huge timesaver.

  60. Matt Burge 01/17/2019 at 9:00 PM - Reply

    Must. Have. More. Makita. Tools.
    Honestly I’m getting tired of dragging my compressor, hose and gun around for little 30 nail jobs. That and I have lis of lonely batteries that need a tool.

  61. Josh Rodgers 01/17/2019 at 8:56 PM - Reply

    This nailer seems really nice and is quiet too. Would be a great addition to the arsenal.

  62. Josh Livingstone 01/17/2019 at 8:53 PM - Reply

    Great stuff! #dreaming

    • Josh Livingstone 01/17/2019 at 8:55 PM - Reply

      @livingstone_works via Instagram

  63. Blake Andrew Smith 01/17/2019 at 8:31 PM - Reply

    Love the review!

  64. Matt 01/17/2019 at 8:31 PM - Reply

    Awesome

  65. Jason Wooldridge 01/17/2019 at 8:27 PM - Reply

    I’ve wanted one of these for a while… I’ve been doing a lot of finished hardwood lately.

    IG wooldridgehomes

  66. Jonathan Rivera 01/17/2019 at 8:27 PM - Reply

    I would really like to seea final review on this …I’m currently looking for something like this and very compact!

    @johnnrivera22

  67. Trevor Talan 01/17/2019 at 8:22 PM - Reply

    Was thinking about this gun a flooring contractor who uses a lot of glue… hoses and floor glue can become a real mess with glue-assist becoming our standard installation type. I wonder if this gun would have issues shooting through hard wood? Would love some feedback.
    Insta handle: Traditional_floors

  68. Brandon wieber 01/17/2019 at 8:15 PM - Reply

    Cordless nailers have become a necessity lately as they deliver as much power needed as as air nailers. They keep getting better and have added features we all can appreciate. Time is money folks and if I can save time without compromising quality I’ll choose it every time.

    @designer_electrician419

  69. David 01/17/2019 at 8:08 PM - Reply

    I just branched out into the Makita plateform and am really excited because they seem very promising. I’m a superintendent so this cordless nailer would be perfect for me, I’m not trimming out an entire house, but I hate bringing my compressor and nail gun out to re install one small window skirt that the granite installers knocked off.
    Anyways, love your instagram and all your reviews.
    Instagram name is dg_tools

  70. Walter Cabada 01/17/2019 at 8:05 PM - Reply

    It’s not red and black but will love one for my small projects I remember growing up my dad use to have all the makita drills with the long batteries 🔋 @walt___c

  71. Robert Miller 01/17/2019 at 8:05 PM - Reply

    I’ve been looking to add a cordless 16g to my arsenal. I have other gauges in the Hitachi line, but I’m heavily invested in the makita 18v platform as well.

    @rpm3vil on ig

  72. David Grew 01/17/2019 at 7:56 PM - Reply

    @hartley555
    Thanks for the honest review. I would love to try one out for punchlist work.

  73. Nick Tanner 01/17/2019 at 7:53 PM - Reply

    Seems like a pretty heavy duty gun. Have you had any issues with the gun leaving any nails proud?

    Instagram:. nicholas_fn_tanner

  74. Jakob Gross 01/17/2019 at 7:51 PM - Reply

    Doing Reno’s now I could use one of these soon! @jakob_gross

  75. Millerzconstruction 01/17/2019 at 7:51 PM - Reply

    I love Makita tools! I wish we had a home depot here. Or at least a little closer. I don’t like lowes too much. That’s who we have local. Every home depot I’ve been to is better to me. Better help. More selection of tools. And husky is pretty good too. The next tool I really need is a 16g cordless gun. I have a 18g. So when I need more holding strength I have to drag out the hoses haul around a air compressor. These battery powered nail guns are so much more practical for me in my business. Thanks for all you do tool pig. Best wishes.

  76. Michael Neisius 01/17/2019 at 7:50 PM - Reply

    -neisiusmichael

  77. Brandon Rigsbee 01/17/2019 at 7:50 PM - Reply

    Rigsbee002 would love one of these!!

  78. Dylan 01/17/2019 at 7:48 PM - Reply

    I guess the value would depend on how long it took before the battery was at half charge and unable to drive at an angle. However in light to moderate use even with the slower fire rate I don’t see how I could not want this nailer in my arsenal. @johnsonhyroad91 on Instagram

  79. Steve Dusek 01/17/2019 at 7:46 PM - Reply

    I’ve got and 18g nailer but I’m needing a 16ga cordless nailer for some upcoming jobs.

    Steve @spectrummoderndesign

  80. Sean Anderson 01/17/2019 at 7:44 PM - Reply

    This would be an awesome gun. Who wants to drag around a hose and compressor? Makita always makes quality tools and I wouldn’t expect anything less from this gun.

    • Sean Anderson 01/17/2019 at 7:46 PM - Reply

      I forgot my IG name @SeanAnderson966

  81. Andrew Nuhfer 01/17/2019 at 7:40 PM - Reply

    I’d love to test this out on the finish work I am currently doing at the American Eagle headquarters! Thanks for the chance

  82. Jason White 01/17/2019 at 7:38 PM - Reply

    I have yet to use the 16 gauge. In the store it felt quite bulky. Especially compared to the Dewalt or Senco. I know this is not about the 23 gauge, but I see no wrong with that one from Makita. Very quick with a nice feel. My cordless platform is entirely Makita and I am currently debating on whether to add the Dewalt platform for their cordless nailers
    @handyjason (IG name)

  83. Herman Harris 01/17/2019 at 7:34 PM - Reply

    Balanced review, thanks

  84. Mark. S 01/17/2019 at 7:33 PM - Reply

    This looks like it would make an awesome edition to my kit. Been rocking the teal since 2006 ish -M.Sigz

  85. Nathan McCray 01/17/2019 at 7:28 PM - Reply

    Big fan of makita tools, and I’d like to shift to this platform. Thanks for the review! @nathanmccray

  86. Paul 01/17/2019 at 7:19 PM - Reply

    Oh wow I have been waiting for a 16ga from makita!! How is the kick back ??
    Does it work with 3-5amp batteries?

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