Porter-Cable added a cordless 18-gauge nailer and narrow crown stapler that both run on the company’s 20-volt Max lithium-ion battery platform, thus eliminating the need for a compressor, air hose or replacement fuel cartridges.
“These just work off of the battery system,” product manager Michael Dougherty says. “There’s no fuel cell or compressed air needed to fire the nails. And they have a fly-wheel firing mechanism, so you’ll get the power needed to drive [fasteners] into various thicknesses and all types of material.”
The brad nailer weighs 5.1 lbs. and has a standard 5/8” to 2” fastener capacity. It can drive up to 450 nails per charge using a 1.5-Ah battery and up to 1,300 nails with a 4.0-Ah battery, according to the company.
“The 18-gauge brad nailer is great for custom cabinetry because the brads have a very small head. They’re perfect for crown molding, chair rail, trim or any type of molding where you’re hoping to leave the smallest mark possible,” Dougherty says.
“The crown stapler is really good for cabinet backers because the staples have a really strong holding power.”
Both tools feature a tool-free jam release, depth-adjustment wheel and two LED worklights that blink when the battery requires charging or the tool has stalled or jammed.
The 18-gauge brad nailer, model PCC790, sells for $149 and the stapler, PCC791, for $159. For another $50, they can also be purchased with one 1.5-Ah battery.
Porter-Cable says it will add a 16-gauge straight-finish nailer in 2016.
For information, visit www.portercable.com.
This article originally appeared in the December 2015 issue.