In case you missed the news post, Milwaukee is coming out with a new line of M18 Fuel brushless nailers!!
At launch, there will be an 18 gauge brad nailer, and 3 designs of finish nailers: 15 ga angled, 16 ga straight, 16 ga angled.
We had the opportunity to take a fast first look at Milwaukee’s new M18 Fuel nailers! Woo!
First off, they’re a small large, and a small heavy, but we expected that. Frankly, I don’t feel most customers will thoughts, due to the energy, speed, cordless comfort, and runtime. Oh, and the decrease noise from not getting an air compressor nearby.
But truly, the most surprising element is this: Milwaukee M18 Fuel nailers have a built-in nitrogen spring mechanism! That is what tends to make them so quickly and strong. Effectively, that and a lot of time and work by Milwaukee’s product engineers.
No, it’s not a fuel cell. No, it shouldn’t call for any user actions. It’s a sealed self-cycling nitrogen actuator.
So even though Milwaukee doesn’t use this particular language, it may well be secure to say you will most likely get air-like functionality.
I drove in two nails with the Milwaukee 18 gauge brad nailer. I don’t recall what the target material was. It was either solid oak (laminated from many smaller pieces), or a thick piece of oak attached to structural wood.
The brad nailer can sink two″ nails into strong oak. That’s what it says on Milwaukee’s item page.
There was a diagram, showing how the Milwaukee M18 Fuel can out-drive competing cordless nailers. I think it – the brad nailer did a fantastic job driving the two″ nails flush with the worksurface. Effectively, very almost flush. The first slightly caught my nail as I scratched over it, the second didn’t.
When I have a sample in-hand, I’ll be in a much better position to inform you how effective the brad nailer is. From what I saw, it’s at least as potent as the air nailers I’ve used in the past.
The brad nailer stands up! Try that with an air nailer!
The jam-release lever is enormous (that’s a good factor) and effortless to use.
Some might not like the placement of the belt hook, but it tends to make sense to me. I hung it off my belt – not a tool belt, but regular pants belt – and it felt alright. It’s not a featherweight tool, but it was nicely balanced, which helps.
Maintain in mind that it hung off my belt for a total of perhaps 20 seconds. Ask me once again how I like the weight and balance after I use it for a lengthy project. Though, I’d most likely stand it upright or on its side much more than I’d wear it on my belt. The finish nailers can all be placed down on their sides as well. I believe the straight finish nailer can also stand upright on its battery.
There’s only one non-marring pad. Why do a lot of nailers come with far more than one particular non-marring pad? I thought it was so that you didn’t have to run out to get a replacement when the 1st wears down. Wrong. It’s so that you don’t have to run out to purchase a replacement after you shed the very first 1.
Milwaukee engineers worked to make sure that the non-marring pads are securely fixed to the nailers’ noses, but you can nonetheless pop them off if needed, or when it’s time to replace them.
Come to believe of it, yea, some of my nailers have these little vinyl non-marring pads that have fallen off at instances. Has that ever happened to you?
The non-marring nose pads of the finish nailers have been bigger than I’ve observed on other finish nailers, but nail placement visibility is nevertheless exceptional. They were angled, so they shouldn’t get in your way as you use the nailers.
Hmm, this is in contrast to the Bostitch Wise Point nailers that Clayton reviewed for us final year. Nail-placement accuracy is undoubtedly anything I strategy on testing after I have much more time with these nailers.
I popped off two nails with the brad, and then asked the product manager to fire off three nails as speedily as he could. There was no lag, no waiting, no delay.
If I recall appropriately, the cycle time is said to be something like .08 seconds. And I believe that the product manager also said that the fastest a user might drive nails in at, is normally three per second.
So when Milwaukee says zero ramp-up time, what they mean is that M18 Fuel cordless nailers will constantly be waiting for you, and that you will by no means be waiting on the nailers.
Assuming I’m not mistaken about the .08 second cycle time – and I don’t believe I am – you would have to drive in at least 13 nails per second before outpacing any of the nailers’ cycle times.
Even in bump-fire mode, that’s just not attainable to do hand-held.
Can you inform that I was impressed?
Questions? What else do you want to discover about Milwaukee’s new M18 Fuel nailers?