Dewalt 20v Max Brad Nailer – #THDProSpective

DeWalt 18 GA. Nailer

  Cordless nail gun’s are becoming more and more popular with each passing year. We get so many questions about which one is the one to get. There are so many choices out there and we all really want to avoid buying lemons.  Believe me with 30 years in building and remodeling I have bought my fair share of lemons and I know the frustration that it causes. I take tool reviewing very seriously because I never want to give bad advice and I never want to encourage someone to spend their money on something that is going to be a big disappointment.

Why Even Talk About This? 


  For several years all  cordless nail gun options were pretty bad.  More recently it seems manufacturers have worked really hard to make a tool that we can use successfully. There are many competing technologies with the same goal in mind. That is to successfully drive nails in certain gauges and lengths into a variety of building materials such as hardwood soft wood plywood and MDF. All of the newer options will accomplish this goal to a certain extent. 

The Industry Standard

  My most used guns over the years in both the 16 and 18 gauge categories  have been Paslode impulse nailers. They use compressed gas and a small rechargeable battery to run a fan and the ignition. The design is basically a single event combustion engine. Their design has given them more power in a smaller lighter package than the battery only guns have been able to deliver. The downside has been weaker cold-weather operation and the maintenance schedule where you disassemble the gun to clean it and lubricate it to keep it in top running order.

   There have been many battery only competitors brought to the market in the last 10 to 15 years and none of them have really compared well with the Paslode guns. Even though they keep getting better they just haven’t been able to top the Paslode in performance, hole size or overall user experience. 


Not Their First Rodeo

   Now DeWalt has released their new 20v max 18 Ga. nailer along with several other sizes. How does it stack up? Short version?  In my opinion, Very well.  At first glance it has everything. Adjustable depth of drive, belt hook, LED light, dry fire lockout and tool free clearing of jams. 

   This is not DeWalt’s first 18 ga nailer. They do know a thing or 2 about what we need in a nailer to make our job better. They have both pneumatic nail guns and the old 18v ni-cad gun under their belts. I really feel that this new gun is finally to the point where I can confidently say just go get one. The performance is really up there where we need it to do clean finish work. 

Precision Machine

   The first thing I want to cover is that the hole it produces is very tight. Once you get it adjusted to the proper depth with the tool free thumb wheel, it is no larger than the head of the brad. This is very important because we do not want large holes to fill in our finish molding.  They might be Okay on paint grade wood work but on stained and finished or pre-finished molding it is always better to have the smallest hole possible. In comparing this gun to the pneumatic version there is a difference in the hole size. The cordless in this case actually out performs the pneumatic.  It also handily outperforms the Milwaukee fuel and other cordless brad nailers in both hole size and cleanness.  I was surprised at how tight the holes actually are.

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  The nose  is very similar to the Bostitch precision point nailers. No surprise here since they are also owned by Stanley Black and decker. There is nothing to obstruct your line of sight. Perfect nail placement is easy and repeatable. The nose also allows you to get into tighter places than all other cordless brad nailers. They share many other features with the new Bostitch cordless nailers as well. They are near clones inside and out. 

   The next point is power.  This gun  has absolutely amazing power in all materials that we run into with finish work. It is one gun you actually need to dial back to the right setting to avoid over driving.  It doesn’t matter if it is MDF, Pine, walnut, White Oak or hard maple the DeWalt 20v has power to spare.  Many guns do just fine with a range of nails but struggle on full length fasteners in hardwoods. Some of the more powerful cordless guns will do fine with red oak and then  leave the head proud on hard Maple.  The DeWalt 18 ga gun has no such trouble. Smooth sailing all the way.  It is the first non gas cordless I have run across that will cleanly and consistently drive in these scenarios. 

  This brings up another point. User experience. To be sure, this is more important to me than the other points. All the power in the world is useless if there is too much feedback to the user’s hand.  Some guns mentioned earlier have the power but they can actually be painful to use after a while. The flywheel design in the DeWalt nailers is very efficient and offers class leading power with much less feedback to the user.  Recoil is a fact of life with any nail gun but this gun has a minimal amount. It is very pleasant in the shot.  I can literally nail all day with no hand shock issues. After 30 years as a carpenter and woodworker, I appreciate user-friendly tools more than ever. Your mileage may be different but suffice it to say no one benefits from more recoil. No one wants wasted energy transferring to your hand and wrist instead of being concentrated on the nail. 

The flywheel design also gives DeWalt another possible advantage in some situations.  Once that flywheel is spinning you can bump fire the thing until you are out of nails. I don’t use trim guns in bump fire mode but that’s not to say you might not benefit from that ability.  There are many creative minds out there we never know what they might come up with. 

  A few other notable features: The gun itself is completely symmetrical. It has arguably the best balance of any of the cordless guns. The grip is very comfortable. I find dewalt grips to be some of the most comfortable on the market. The main head has rubber bumpers to help you avoid scratching finished surfaces and it also keeps your gun looking new longer.  The belt hook can be placed on either side of the gun. It is in the perfect spot for left or right hand use. It is very comfortable has no sharp edges that we cut into your pocket if you used it on your jeans and it is plenty wide enough to hang on your nail bags. DeWalt has provided a simple switch to change the gun from single shot to bump fire mode. It works very well and requires no tools. The LED lights are well placed and light up both sides the gun  for use in dark areas such as under cabinets. Since there are lights on both sides there is only a very thin shadow line in the middle where there is no light.


   No tool is 100% perfect. I would still like to see a smaller form factor. It shares the same basic head dimensions with all the other 20v max finish nailers and stapler. It doesn’t take as much power to drive a 2″ 18 ga brad as it does a  2 1/2″ 15 or 16 ga finish nail.  I also find that the safety lightly dents softer woods like pine, plywood or pre primed MDF.  It’s not as bad as some other guns.  I thought I should mention it for full disclosure. If any other complaints arise I will update this article.  The benefits far out weigh these minor quibbles. 

   DeWalt really has all of their cordless nailers dialed.  In 2017 I can confidently say there is no other battery only cordless 18 ga. Brad nailer I can recommend more highly.  Don’t just take my word for it. Try one without risk for 90 days with the DeWalt satisfaction guarantee and 3 year warranty. 

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  1. Chalo Caso

    Thank you for guiding me to buy the right tool. Good looking out!

  2. Adam Leal

    need! JW @leal615gmailcom

  3. Tyler Gaultier

    Dewalt has the best cordless nail guns out there. Very little maintenance compared to other nail guns. And from what I’ve seen with the cordless framing nail gun they seem to have a consistent nailing depth.


  4. Richard

    I have wanted one for a while now. So tired of the loud compressor! @cholo77

  5. Parker Eagan

    Great review! Always nice to go cordless.
    IG: driveryaknow

  6. brian

    Great review! So tired of the hoses. Thanks!

  7. Travis

    Great review! I’d love to shoot a few brads here and there with lout firing up the air compressor!


  8. Dan Wiechman

    Always great to get rid of cords and hoses.

    Omaha, NE

  9. Brent Jackson

    This would be a great help with installing quarter round after my hard surface flooring installs.


  10. Brent Jackson

    This would be a great help with installing quarter round after my hard surface flooring installs.


  11. Tom

    Nice review. Looks like you can’t go wrong with any cordless nailer that Dewalt puts out


  12. Eric

    This would be perfect for projects around the house!


  13. Holden

    Great review. Seems like the best all around gun out there @_hrdesigns

  14. Mike Blochowski

    Definitely great review. I Need one.

  15. Steve

    Awesome review buddy.

  16. Jordan way

    Review is vary thorough and covers I feel most any question someone could have. Would love to retire my last 18v tool I have witch is the 18g brad nailer thanks @optionsflooring

  17. Aaron Evans

    An depth review! WOWZER! No more compressor are you kidding me?! Sign me up! I bought a brad fun at an auction a feebweeks ago. First nail blew the trigger seal. Doh! I’d very much like to replace it with this one! IG @redbeardsociety

  18. Jarod moreau

    I love the bump fire option and that there’s no gas needed.


  19. Dewalt’s basically the only brand I use. I’ve been wanting this for a while now.

  20. Drew Joice

    Mine just went kaput! This was super helpful because I was looking into battery powered nailers. Thanks so much!


  21. Scott Herrell

    Thorough review. Thanks. Would love one.

  22. Brad klemmer

    Great review. Would love to have this rather then taking out the compressor and hose.

  23. Kris Mauro

    I have been watching all the Instagram tool reviewers use this brad nailer and all have said great things about it! Would love to try it out for myself!


  24. Dominic Zuckswert

    Awesome review! It’s always nice to hear both the pros as well as the cons. I haven’t owned my own battery nailer yet but I’m researching and reading up on reviews like this to determine what to get. This review was extremely helpful and I like the amount of detail you provided. A friend of mine runs everything on battery and speaks very highly about the idea of not using hoses and compressors. I need to make the switch!
    Thanks for the high quality review!


  25. Matthew walker

    Man this thing is sweet! Can’t wait until I can get my hands on one. IG @ mattw417

  26. Josh

    This would be a huge upgrade to my cheap harbor freight 18 ga nailer. Seems like a solid option.
    Ig @baldybarton

  27. Ben Haverkost

    I’ve been looking to go cordless like this for awhile but haven’t made jump. Great review, I think I’m sold.


  28. DeeLeeBee

    I can’t wait to try this. HUGE fan of the Black and Yellow team!!!

  29. Andy horta

    I need this! @anon_andy14

  30. Dulguun Batkhishig

    Cordless is the way to go! For a small workshop starting out, top quality tools that save time and money in the long run is a must for us. We are slowly building our kit and DeWalt is becoming a favourite!

  31. As the tech progresses, it will be interesting to see if the manufacturers of these cordless nailers will be able to shrink the chassis down.
    Thanks for the reviews!

  32. James DeArmond

    Forgot my IG account for comment above comment☝️…

  33. James DeArmond

    Nice review….
    This 18 Ga. DeWalt nailer would be a great partner to the The DCN692M1 20V MAX* XR Lithium Ion Brushless Dual Speed Framing Nailer I recently purchased at the Home Depot.
    We have some interior finish projects on the docket… so, I hope I win?!

  34. David Schmidt

    Great review! I have been eyeballing this bad boy for so long now and I always seem to talk myself out of it for some reason even though I know it will be so beneficial. No more hoses!


  35. Danny Aschemann

    Instagram name:
    Dan Aschemann

    I currently own the Milwaukee 18ga Brad nailer and am very disappointed!

  36. Gabriel - Integrity Carpentry on IG

    Awesome well balanced review. I can not tell you how much I appreciate thorough, no fluff reviews. What’s the point, but so many do it. I am greatful that you are staying humble and heartfelt in this! Much love. On the nail gun the DeWalt would really be the one to get. I use a 16 ga Paslode that is older than the 15 years I have been a Carpenter and it is great. I just don’t enjoy the fumes. I would appreciate a smaller gun, that looks like it could drive framing nails. I will probably wait till it gets smaller to really really consider it. Hopefully the denting softwoods will be addressed also. Keep it up! Your an asset to us all!

  37. Great write up. I want one.

  38. Thanks for this. Super helpful. I’m slowly upgrading to almost all flexvolt and 20v max dewalt. I really appreciate the engineering on a performance and pragmatic level (especially their storage systems). But I’ve been on the fence about the nailer. I’ve had the cordless porter cable nailer for a few years for ease of use but loved my bostich with compressor for stain grade. My PC leaves a cleaner mark than my buddies Senco but lacks the punch that the ryobi and senco seem to deliver. Looks like this is the best of both worlds. Is there anything about it you would change or prefer improved?

    IG: “creativelaborcharleston” (my company) and “thejackshannon” (personal)

  39. Matt manger

    First off, thank you for all of your unbiased, honest reviews of tools day in and day out. It really helps everyone, myself included, make an informed decision on our tool purchases on what tools will make us most efficient, professional and adaptable to the ever changing fields we are in. I would love to be able to trim all cordless with this beautiful Brad nailer and thank you for the opportunity! Keep up the good work! @matt.manger on instagram

  40. Nikolas Mesher

    I absolutely love all Dewalt tools and this has got to be my absolute favourite, a cordless brad nailer is seriously what dreams are made of. Excellent review of the tool!
    IG: @nikolasjake709

  41. Andrew limoges

    These battery powered nail guns are a game changer! Great job Dewalt. @ajlimoges

  42. Jonathan Fylstra

    Starting to build my cordless arsenal. This would be amazing to have on the job site. So much less tripping when there are no hoses.


  43. Daniel

    Hope to own this nailer one day. It be nice to leave the compressor at home ?


  44. Josh

    I’ll take that please!

  45. Taun Vallet

    Been wanting a battery only gun. Toolpigs review makes my decision easy. I respect the opinion of someone who has so much experience with so many different tools.


  46. Todd Olson

    Thanks for the great review. Between the power, balance, & nail hole size this is a must have machine. This would make a great addition to my small shop so I can avoid tripping over the air hose.
    IG: tolson_44

  47. Stephen sipkens

    I’ve been eyeing this thing since I first saw it. Would be amazing for the houses I build. No compressor baby @stevesipkens

  48. Peter Nolan

    It’s literally one of the best! Can use it for many applications and never know when you need to bust it out!

    Always a must to have in the truck just in case.

  49. Frank landaverde

    This whould make my job alot easier no more noisey compressors! @Captain_daddy

  50. Natalie Cloutier

    Thanks for the thorough review. I’ve been eyeing this as my next toy to add to my black and yellow set for a while now. I think that choice of tools can change jobs dramatically and this is the answer to the quick in and out or small trim job. Thanks again learn a lot about the product.

  51. Greg

    Great review! Definitely on the list of tools to get.
    IG @rhodywoodworks

  52. Jaron Taylor

    Thanks for all the wonderful information. I wood love to have this nail gun. Convenient, effective, and reliable! I l Be all my dewalt tools/family.

  53. Naved

    Awesome looking tool ..wish I could have one in my arsenal @bombay_mantra

  54. Jason Christensen

    This would be perfect for last minute end of the job type stuff.
    Rather than pull out a compressor and a hose and your gun, just grab this.
    Seems like a time saver and a more efficient way to get things done.
    IG aye_be_awkward

  55. Michael Mantone

    Your reviews are very well written and thorough, It’s a big help to those of us just starting out or building a business. I’ve been doing some form of carpentry/woodworking for some time on my own house and to make some extra money. Many moons ago I had a Porter Cable Bammer Finish nailer which I loved. Sadly it was stolen along with my car and the rest of my tools. I replaced it with a pnuematic and although it works great it doesn’t give you the easy of use by being tethered to a noisy compressor. Thanks again.

  56. Ian

    I’d love to ditch my compressor and go cordless!

  57. Clive Bennett

    We use Pasloads…but the cold operation really can be a pain during the long winters in Labrador! Would love to try one of these in comparison I’m a dewalt guy lol

    Instagram: @bennobro

  58. Mike

    Looks like a solid gun. Would love to add it to my arsenal!

    Instagram: mikeyjunjun

  59. Great review as per usual very detailed always great to read now I would love one of these guys to speed up some production forsure


  60. Brad Shaw

    I currently have a 18gauge paslode. Thinking of converting to the dewalt because I already have the batteries, and the gas cartridges are expensive. You’re making my decision easier.

  61. Ara

    The in depth discussion on this tool is much appreciated, I’m hoping to have at least one on my teams arsenal soon so we can really put it to work!


  62. Danial

    Looking into one after reading review. Love the tool less clean out. @04yzfr1

  63. Keith C Jacobs

    Love the review!! Makes me want to buy one even if I don’t win the give away!! IG handle @charlesjacobs91

  64. Chris Rossong

    Great review, I just got a company credit card and it’s burning through my pocket! But if I won the giveaway it can stay at home! @floyd_rules

  65. John Murphy

    Would definitely love this gun! @jmmurp

  66. Matt lutes

    Just used the 18g Flooring stapler, seems like a future purchase, this would be a great add for trim.

  67. Mike

    A quality review, a broad spectrum of questions I had answered. Very informative thumbs up!


  68. Great review!! I’m seriously considering purchasing one. My compressor and air lines are getting on my nerves! This nail gun seems not only practical but very durable!


  69. Zach miller

    These have to be the best guns on the market right now. I have not been able to try the new bostich guns but from what I’ve seen from some it is exactly the same as the dewalt except the battery. I think you could make the battery work from one to the other. But not the other way around. Lol. I wish I had 5 of these things. All in different gauges. Millerzconstruction

  70. Mikael

    Really like the article wery through and informative. Would love to have one of those for so many reasons. Best regards Mikael @palmworkshop @mrpalm1

  71. Dewalts cordless lineup is freaking awesome. Everything they’ve been coming out with for the flexvolt and 20V has me drooling.


  72. Johanodinson

    I’ve used the Milwaukee I’d love to see how they stack up for myself!

  73. TJ Maliadis

    I have been hearing nothing but great things about this nailer. This review was very helpful!
    IG: tjmaliadis

  74. Weston waldrep

    Ive been debating on if i should get an air or battery 18 ga nailer, and I think you’re review just sold me, thank you toolpig for everything that you do!


  75. Daniel

    Awesome tool

  76. Aaron maher

    Great review these guns are awesome ✊
    @wicklowcarpenter for the win ?

  77. Andrew Kline

    This is the kind of tool I would normally bring with me for quick finish jobs. But I truly feel I could use this for my main trim gun. I’m currently using a Senco finishpro and don’t get me wrong it’s a great gun but eliminating the houses and compressor elimnates the hassle of carrying around the extra weigh and storage. Also no need to lug a compressor up and down stairs so you got me sold ToolPig. Great review

  78. Andrew Kline

    This is the kind of tool I would normally bring with me for quick finish jobs. But I truly feel I could use this for my main trim gun. I’m currently using a Senco finishpro and don’t get me wrong it’s a great gun but eliminating the houses and compressor elimnates the hassle of carrying around the extra weigh and storage. Also no need to lug a compressor up and down stairs so you got me sold ToolPig. Great review

  79. Jeremiah

    Would love to ditch the hose. @redingtonrenos IG

  80. This was a great review about a tool I’d love to work with. Thanks toolpig!

    IG: Jerrodrunkel

  81. Mike

    I don’t know why my last post auto corrected *Dewalt to freaky lol ?

  82. Mike

    Buying freaky tools as I took on my 4 year total home renovations getting a free tool that I would use to finish up my house would be a beautiful thing

  83. Stephan

    I have a 16g ryobi cordless and it works alright! The reviews on this sound pretty awesome and would love to have one amongst my tools.

  84. Joseph carroll

    Got to demo this with some DeWalt reps and this thing was great but a bit heavy compare to the Paslode impulse. Though I think a little extra weight makes up for never needing the expensive gas cartridges.

    IG joecarroll48

  85. Ryan

    Style is top notch. Ergonomics onpoint as always with Dewalt.

  86. joster tervar

    Thanks for a good review!! This is a great gun!!

  87. Derek segaar

    another honest review from the toolpig. Before forking out money for expensive tools it Makes me comfortable buying a good reviewed product from them.


    • thetoolpig

      Reach out any time if you can’t find the reviews you need.

  88. Andrew

    I used one of these on a job I was on . Bunch better then lugging around a tank and hose .


  89. Cody taggart

    Awesome detailed review ! I would love to get this for my newly started company .

  90. Tyler Murray

    Thanks for the review!
    I’ve wondered about battery powered nailers and never pulled the trigger. Been using either pneumatic or fuel cell Hitachi.
    I definitely do agree with you though that the Dewalt handles feel very good. Might be time to try one of these… especially since it’s on their 20v platform.

  91. Dustin Dunsmore

    This thing is awesome!! Would love to add it to the dewalt arsenal. Would come in handy for many different tasks!!
    Instagram : @dustee666

  92. Christian Vagley

    I’m looking to become better with stain grade finishes and like that this outperforms pneumatic finishers with hole size. Great review. @christianvagley

  93. Chris Farmer

    Enjoyed the review brother, I currently have the 18 gauge and I love it. Haven’t had any problems with it. Would love to add the 16 gauge to the arsenal. Thanks for the reviews!

    IG – @cfinnovate

  94. Tyler

    Thanks for the review! Something I could definitely use.


  95. Parker

    Looks like a great tool

  96. Richard Hernandez

    This would be the perfect tool needed to take my carpentry to the next level. I am already a huge DeWalt fan and stand by all of there products and your review was very informative. Thank you


  97. Chase

    The versatility of cordless tools is the reason why I would like them to keep pushing the standard and making these tools the go to


  98. Tom

    Dewalt tough! This advance in the pneumatic nailing industry is awesome.


  99. Blake Johnson

    Insta @_bah_lak_eh

  100. Blake Johnson

    This nailer would help me increase my productivity greatly. Currently I’m using a Husky Nailer that came in a combo kit. It’s heavy awkward, leaks air. This nailer would be a game changer for me.

  101. Adam Sperry

    Another very thorough review. I was considering skipping the DeWalt for possibly one with a smaller form…I also don’t understand why this is as big as some of the larger gauge ones. After reading though, I might just have to try the DeWalt after all. Thanks again Paul!

  102. Bill Tiffin

    Great review. Love to have one
    Instagram. billcaroltiffin

  103. Chris

    Great review! I’ve been looking for battery powered brad nailer for some time now. This one makes perfect sense since I already have a 20v dewalt aresenal. I would love to add this to my collection


  104. Jimmy hammel

    Huge fan of dewalt but haven’t gotten into the cordless nail gun game yet.


  105. Reviews_by_JC

    This is a super ? tool that would be so handy at my home. Instagram @reviews_by_jc

  106. Jimmy flores

    I need one of these bad boys.

  107. anthony

    The pure fact that this has no air nozzle makes work so much easier.


  108. Brett

    Could use this on a ton of projects around our new house. Great review! Thanks.


  109. Tims Timber

    Visiting your site for the first time, you have completely opened my mind to so much! I love your content on instagram, but here, I learned much more! Great reviews, and I could really use this nailer almost daily, including in my wood shop!


  110. Jaron Taylor

    Man oh man I love dewalt more every day. Oh the possibilities with this magnificent 20 volt gun. Sounds like it really hits the nail in the head ( see what I did there?)

  111. Grant Matherly

    This would be awesome to have, so there aren’t hoses in the way or to trip over.


  112. I am so glad you did a review on this Dewalt 18ga cordless 20V brad nailer. I have been trying to pull the trigger on a purchase but could not make my mind up on which one. I like the fact that it leaves a small hole, is well balanced and does not have a strong recoil. Also Dewalt offers a lot of tools on the same battery platform. Thanks for all your in-depth research Tool pig.

    Instagram name: @howiemac59

  113. Katie Grant

    My husband has been dropping hints that he wants this tool for awhile now! Would be great to win it for him!!
    Instagram: Katiecangran

  114. Steve Lannon

    Glad oI hear it handles diff wood species with no trouble. Thanks for the review.


  115. Cody Ross

    Forgot the numbers on my ig name on the previous one, my bad

  116. Hugo p

    Nice looking tool, would definitely like to try this on some DIY projects

  117. Cody Ross

    So I hear your giving one of these bad boys away. I currently don’t own any nail gun or an air compressor either. The company i work with uses all paslode stuff but I’m not ready to buy these when I know new battery powered options are out there. I’ld love to get my hands on one. You can find me on IG @carpentercody

  118. I’ve used their 18volt finish nailer on and off for a few years now and my only complaints were that it was the size of a framing nailer and about as heavy as one. But for quick Reno’s where there isn’t much trim or doors to hang, all was forgiven but I was still running air for Brad’s so I would often just ignore the 18 volt and go for air. I had to much invested in pneumatics and the 18 volt to even know much about the paslodes or their durability, all I know is the gas powered ones smelled aweful and sucked to work with. It really seems like they took all that into consideration and then took it a step further by making the nail delivery precise accurate and small. The clip is a bonus if you’re switching from gun to gun. I like it and you’re review basically says what I would probably come up with if I got the chance to play around with one. Definitely need it. I’d love to not run air on a smaller job and be able to fire Brad’s on a 20 volt platform. Probably run for 3 days on a flexvolt. Haha

  119. Love seeing these reviews! Looks like a tool that would definitely help me out!

  120. Robin Thunberg. @thunbergarn

    The precision on it i absolutly amazing. Tested it a couple weeks ago and i sold on it!

    IG name : @thunbergarn

  121. John

    Awesome review you guys always give the best reviews good or bad would love to add this to my dewalt cordless line up @mtndewjew

  122. @Bersh94 instagram

    Looks like dewalt comes through again! Would love to have something like this in the arsenal

  123. Aaron Miller

    We have the 16 gauge and love it! Would be nice to have the 18 too though. IG- @Apmiller919

  124. Kenton

    Really like this nailer. Had a chance to throw a few inch and a quarters into some 2x’s just to see how it was and I think this is something we could definitely make use of

  125. Johnnie Hernandez

    I need one for pick up work

  126. Ian

    Would love to get my hands on this to replace my corded nailer

  127. Mayank Umaraniya

    Easyist to use and simply made for Carpenter.
    It’s to much useful for me.

  128. Pete Abrahamson

    Nice review. You answered all my questions/concerns, thanks. Sounds like a solid tool. Hope I win it, if not it goes on the need it list.
    IG: @pete.abrahamson

  129. Johnnie Hernandez

    I could use this for pick up of small base shoe and base board on my job of many floors and unit it would improve productivity for sure

  130. Joseph shenski

    I have the older 18 v would love to have the 20v to go with the rest of my line up

  131. Great review as usual! @jhawkgreene

  132. Aldo Rocha

    I’m a huge dewalt fan , i look forward to owning this tool very soon . Thank you for this review . Also never been to your website before today, So well put together.

  133. hugo Garcia

    Great review of the DeWalt 18 GA Nailer. I’m sold on having one. This gun would save lots of time and money when doing small to big jobs. No need to take down the compressor and then undo the hose . Ohh and what a pain when the hose has a leak or gets Tangled . But with this just gotta make you have the battery fully charged and ready to go. This would be really good for me . I’m doing new construction siding and typically there’s no power yet. The gun would be great with installing the soffit and would for sure last me all day.


  134. Clive Gahungu

    I would love to have this. This seem a lot better than the kind of Brad Nailer that I have used before. I used the ones that had to hook up a hose. That one was not good because you some times had to guess the air pressure to drive in the nail in right. I noticed I had to do it more in the winter time because the cold / dry air where I live would change the pressure in the tanks on me. But this cordless Brad Nailer will change all that. If I get this I will not have to go through that again. I do need this. I have stuff to work on where this Brad Nailer would come in real handy. This seems like it is the best Brad Nailer ever produced.
    Instagram: The_Real_C_Live

  135. Brody F

    Would be perfect to finish off my daughters room @brfully


  136. Cordless would be awesome for my small shop! Thanks for the review!

  137. Kasey

    Thanks for the review ! I have been trying to justify buying one of these ! For the times I need a nailer , which seems to be more and more often , it would be amazing to just throw a few nails in click in the battery and have the gun ready to go ! Not hauling the compresor and hose everywhere . I was excited to learn how impressed you were with it knowing the growing market for these tools !

    Thanks again !


  138. I’m big fan of dewalt tools, I have many of them and love their durability and quality. I currently have the ryobi airstrike cordless nailer. When I bought the ryobi, I want to say that no one else was offering a cordless option in the big box stores. Would love have the dewalt in my dewalt lineup of tools! I’m positive that it is of the highest quality. Instagram name – NOLANBUILT

  139. Tyson

    Definitely going to get one of these for some trim and assembly projects. Been waiting years for this release!


  140. James Smetaniuk

    I have been looking for a new finishing nailer and this review helped me feel confident in my decision this would be a solid choice. @jamsme

  141. ethan

    looks sweet i like the new extra power i bet it preforms great i could use it for a multitude of different things finishing putting in my base board and much more, would really enjoy and appreciate if i got this tool. @ethan_weir

  142. Martin Gomez

    Seems like a great Brad nailer have had the pleasure of trying any cordless yet. But soon enough I will. Great review

    Instagram name sealscp34

  143. Bryce Harvey

    I want one ☝️


  144. David moloney

    Have my first solo job going out on my own instead of the company ive worked for so will have to rent tools. This would definitely come in handy as my first tool bought!
    Your review has really sold me on it ???

  145. I have been eyeballing this one for months. None of my Dewalt tools has ever let me down, and I put a lot of mileage on them in my work. Your review is what I expected and more. Gotta have it! 🙂

  146. Matt


  147. Matt

    This would be amazing to use working in an occupied remodel where noise is an issue.

  148. Austin werrmann

    I have the 18v fuel nailers. I must’ve gotten a couple of flukes because I am happy with them. The 18v leaves no double driver marks and sinks all the nails. With that being said I would still like to have this because it seams that this is even better than the Milwaukee.


  149. Sam Pabich

    Love the review on this tool. We are looking to retire some older trim/brad nailers that have paid there dues. Going airless would be awesome!! Thanks for another sweet giveaway Paul!


  150. I got the 1st gen nicad DeWalt 18ga yeeeaaarrssss ago and it totally sucked. That’s when I stopped buying their products. I’m sure the guns been improved by now. I’ll gladly win this. Got an apt reno coming soon and this will help me do the trimwork without taking my compressor and hose to the job site. Would help out a lot!


    • thetoolpig

      Yeah some of those old 18 V tools were pretty crappy. They did have some winners though. Fortunately most of the 20 V Max tools are winners these days

  151. Michael Bourgeois

    Great review of the tool! I think I’ll “pull the trigger” on this 18 ga nailer! It will fit it just fine with all my other Dewalt tough tools!

  152. Brian

    Sounds like a good gun
    IG @brianswanson14

  153. Jed Combs (IG - jedsco_iii)

    Great review! Up until this point my cordless nailers have all been paslode impulse’s as well. Really like the idea of battery only that’s why I’ve been researching Dewalt’s 18ga nailer. I’m not brand specific with any of my tools but I will say I have been very pleased will all of the Dewalt tools I’ve purchased recently. Their flexvolt tools have been amazing. Thanks for swaying me even further towards purchasing this nail gun. My local tool store will have to get a visit from me this weekend.

  154. Nick Morrissey

    This tool looks amazing. Would love to not have to carry the compressor everywhere. @nmorrissey3

  155. Drusilla

    I LOVE DEWALT best product ever!! We could really add another tool to our Dewalt collection. 😉


  156. Joe kati

    Great review. Need one of these


  157. Some things mentioned here that are making this non cordless nailer a believer. Power to sink nails, no cartridge maintenance and that precision tip. Since Dewalt has a 30 day guarantee, I think I’ll give this nailer a shot, pun intended.

  158. I’m glad you mentioned the form factor because it looks larger than it needs to be and it’s one of the reasons I’ve been looking at pneumatic nailers instead of cordless ones. It looks like it could get in the way and prevent you from fastening near inside corners.

    At the same time it looks like a really convenient option for woodworks who build furniture, boxes, or other items that are fastened from the outside.

    IG: @jtkendall

  159. Mayank Umaraniya

    It’s good and easyist to use.
    From RPM Enterprise

  160. Mayank Umaraniya

    It’s really good and easyist to use.
    From RPM Enterprise

  161. Brett Johnson

    I love the quantity of the new battery operated tools. I would love to have this to start constructing small carpentry projects as I don’t have a air compressor or a big enough work area for the larger tools.

  162. Would love this dewalt nail gun to use to put in some trim in my house! Plus it goes with all my other DeWalt tools.

  163. Mayank Umaraniya

    I could use this for made footwear stand. It’s really good and easyist to use.
    From RPM Enterprise

  164. Will Schneider

    Looks like a solid tool. It would be great for my wood working projects and detail work done for my small construction jobs. I don’t have any nailers so I can definitely get some use out of it.

    IG: willschny

  165. Tim Kovac

    This looks like it will come in handy with all of my upcoming projects on my 1st home Reno’s @thead135

  166. Steve Dusek

    Great review and I could really use one if these as we have just inherited Dewalt tools from my FIL.


  167. Odgfjgunner

    Sweet gun!

  168. William Hawn

    I need this like I need air! Great site! @liberty_tree_woodworks

  169. Ryan Robertson

    I can’t offer feedback on the tool but it looks a hell of a lot better than my husky air guns!

  170. Alex deyle

    Awesome review ! Covered everything you need to know about this nailer that you wouldn’t even need to read the manual ! I’m a huge dewalt fan and this nailer would be perfect for increasing productivity for my custom pieces !

  171. Matt Rottler

    How extensively have you tested mixed nail brands? It seems guns are always finicky when it comes to nail brand.

    I can imagine some great benefits of this gun over pneumatic with conpressor. So often have I had to tote a heavy compressor and hose across town, down into a basement, and down 5 hallways, just to hang 1 or 2 pieces of trim.

    Love your reviews, my Instagram handle is throttler300.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    • thetoolpig

      I have not tested brand against brand on Brad’s The ones I normally use are either porter cable or Senco. I have never had issues with either on many different guns

  172. Would love to add this to my tool arsenal!


  173. Sam Ramos

    I’ve had the chance to try one of these and was very practical, could really use it at work battery operated tools are always a + in my line of work.


  174. Larry Cooley

    I just got a new shed this would be perfect for finishing the interior. I also work at Home Depot so I see a lot of the new tools for all manufacturers. Thanks for this and the WTI app. My Instagram name is. Lcooley67 Thanks again.

  175. Nick Garritano

    I’ve had my eye in this nailer for a while. Would be perfect for small jobs I do in condos or when I just have a couple pieces of trim or cabinets to install. It beats lugging out a compressor and hoses. Thanks for the review! @nickg_carpentry

  176. Ken Warywoda

    If you recommend this then I would openly trust to use it at work and around the house. Thanks for doing the “dirty” work of testing these out

    Ig – Steelcitylegend

  177. Ken Warywoda

    If you recommend this then I would openly trust to use it at work and around the house. Thanks for doing the “dirty” work of testing these out

  178. Richard Clarke

    So nice. Would be really nice to be able to smash in moldings and casings without getting the air hose hooked up on furniture and what not. Not to mention no more need for a compressor!! Do you find that the “reload” time before the trigger pull to be a little annoying?


  179. Josh Grantham

    I’ve been between this model and a few others. The review definitely swayed me towards the Dewalt. No more loud compressor roars! One way or another, I’m getting one!


  180. Brad gosselink

    How does this compare to the new hitachi cordless guns?
    Ever since dewalt and a bunch of other companies got bought out by black and decker their lines have put a really sour taste in my mouth.

  181. Brenden

    This would make those small jobs where you don’t want to carry a compressor and hose through a clients house so much easier.

  182. Justin

    Looks good. Would be interesting to compare with the size difference versus no hose.

  183. Kyle Morrissey

    This is a great review. Thanks TOOLPIG. I could totall use a cordless nailer at this point. So much is done where I have to run a generator this would be a game changer. @kmo000

  184. Jake Schnaible

    I’m sold… Great gun.


  185. Amanda Dux

    Thats a good review – before coming into this article I had questions in my mind (ie does it leave indents? / how heavy and balanced is it for long periods of use) and you answered those positively. I do use Dewalt as the go to for most of my tools, primarily because they do what they are meant to and this seems no different – having an air nailer is great for in the shop however for doing projects in the house means connecting lengths of air hose ? so this would be the next natural purchase. Thanks for the review.

  186. Adam

    Love my 16ga dewalt cordless, but could really use this 18ga brad! @adam2talley

  187. matthew

    have been using a 16ga 18v nailer, and would love to pair this one with it. Seems like a nice quality nailer, the bump fire mode would be awesome to have.


  188. Kobie Barker

    During summers I’m a roofer.
    Winters i do renovations, I would love to have this for my arsenal.
    Looks like it works well definitely a tool I wouldn’t mind having!!

    Instagram: kobiebarker

  189. Kenneth Barnard

    What a time saver! And time is $$ in this business. Plus the added benefit of not having to work around wires, cords, and all that noise means a happier work environment and happier clients that are often times at during partial remodels. I like it and would love to use one.
    IG: Nowuries

  190. Edirke simon

    Best cordless brad out there @acoustic_pro

  191. Dave McCarthy

    Great review on what looks like and outstanding tool. I have been looking for some good reviews on this product for a while. This has been on my need list for a long time. I really need it to get rid of my compressor mess and add to my Dewalt line of 20v max tools. And it makes it easier to do trim work outside of the shop!

  192. Melinda Hundertmark

    I could really really use this to build my dog area.

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