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. 

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  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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