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Hitachi NT50AE2 18-Gauge 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch Brad Nailer

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  • Pneumatic finish nailer accepts 5/8- to 2-inch 18-gauge brad nails
  • Depth of drive dial for a professional finish
  • Quick and simple nail jam extraction
  • Includes safety glasses, air fitting, hex bar wrenches, carrying case, no-mar tip
  • Measures 10-inches by 9.25 inches (LxH); lightweight and well-balanced at 2.2 pounds
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Technical Details
Part Number NT50AE2
Item Weight4.5 pounds
Product Dimensions14.6 x 11.8 x 3.5 inches
Item model numberNT50AE2
Power Sourceair-powered
Item Package Quantity1
Included Componentscase
Batteries Included?No
Warranty Description30 day money back guarantee and 1 year warranty
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #4,697 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJuly 20, 2006

Product Description


The lightweight Hitachi NT50AE2 2-Inch 18-Gauge Brad Nailer is an ideal tool for a small carpentry projects. Featuring a high-capacity magazine, exhaust vent, easy depth-of-drive adjustments, and a removable nose cap for prolonged tool life, this pneumatic brad nailer will help you tackle everything from cabinet installation and picture-frame assembly to furniture construction and finish work.

This brad nailer offers dual firing options and a high-capacity magazine for efficiency.
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NT50AE2 2-Inch 18-Gauge Brad Nailer
Tool Features
  • Intermittent or continuous firing
  • Tool-less depth-of-drive adjustment
  • Lightweight, ergonomic design
  • 360-degree adjustable exhaust vent
  • No-mar nose cap

  • Safety glasses, a mounted nose cap, and a protective case are included.
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    Dual Firing Options for Precise or Continuous Driving
    Featuring selective actuation for making tool-less firing transitions, the NT50AE2 Brad Nailer can be used for a variety of different applications. By simply sliding the selection control up or down with your hand, you can choose between intermittent and continuous firing. Intermittent firing is ideal for jobs that require precise driving, while the continuous setting can be used to fire nails at a rapid pace by using a bumping motion along the workpiece.

    Adjustable Depth of Drive for Accuracy
    The NT50AE2 features a convenient depth-of-drive adjustment knob located near the nose. Simply turn the dial half way to make quick, accurate modifications to the driving depth with no tools required.

    High-Capacity Magazine for Reduced Downtime
    For further convenience, the NT50AE2 features a bottom-loading magazine that's designed for quick and easy loading of 5/8-2 inch brad nails with head sizes between 0.075 and 1.9 mm. The magazine has a capacity of approximately 100 brad nails (depending on the size of the nail), so you can go a long time between reloads. A visual nail indicator allows you to keep an eye on the number of nails in the magazine.

    Designed for Comfort and Efficiency
    With a lightweight aluminum body, the NT50AE2 weighs just 2.2 pounds and measures 10 x 9-3/16 x 2-3/8 inches (LxHxW)), so it's easy to maneuver. Its soft Elastomer grip provides optimum control and extended comfort for all-day jobs.

    For further ease of use, Hitachi equipped the NT50AE2 with an adjustable, 360-degree exhaust vent. Also, an included no-mar nose cap protects the workpiece and the tool.

    The NT50AE2 requires 70-120 psi operating pressure to function properly. It takes in air at a rate of 0.025 cubic feet per cycle at 100 psi.

    The Hitachi NT50AE2 Brad Nailer is backed by a five-year limited warranty.

    About Hitachi: A Tradition of Innovation
    Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.) provides professional-grade power tools for a variety of applications, including woodwork, metalwork, concrete, drilling, cutting, and fastening. Hitachi is a leader in power tool research and development and has achieved many firsts in the power tool industry. Today, Hitachi continues the tradition of innovation and engineering with new features in addition to classic quality.

    What's in the Box
    NT50AE2 Brad Nailer, safety glasses, nose cap (mounted on tool), and protective case.

    Product Description

    Hitachi NT50AE2 2-Inch 18-Gauge Finish Nailer with Case

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Very easy to use and light weight.
    I've never used a nailer before, so i didn't know what to expect, but this unit has worked great every nail so far.
    The nail strips break apart and then jam constantly.
    Todd Donovan

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    92 of 95 people found the following review helpful By A. Tubesing on May 4, 2009
    The one thing that swayed me to this model was definitely a key advantage. With this nailer, the safety slide peg is mounted behind the nail channel, which means you can get nails into tighter spots with this model than you can with others. The Bostich and others have the slide out in front of the nail channel which means the brad comes out about a quarter inch back from the forward-most part of the tool tip. With this Hitachi the brad comes out at the very front, which is very nice when putting nails in tight corners.

    This tool is so handy and does such a nice job, I wonder what would ever make me buy a finish nailer. I'm pretty sure this brad nailer would do those jobs for me too.

    Three minor disadvantages drop this to a 4-star rating (reallly 4.5), but it's not because I think there's a better one out there, it's just that there's room for improvement.

    1. It's not oil-free. Not a big deal but it would be nicer to not have to bother with oil.
    2. The lightest (shallowest) nail depth setting is still a little too powerful. With short brads in soft material many were penetrating too deep. It would be nice to be able to go a little shallower by a step or two.
    3. The case is compact and handy, but there's no extra space in there to put nails or oil. Luckily they molded a spot for safety glasses (included) which I have emptied out to store my oil and a few brads there instead. I always have safety glasses with me anyway so that space is better used for nailer-specific items. There is extra volume inside there but its molded over in plastic so you can't use it. Again, nobody else seems to do a better job of this, but that doesn't mean it couldn't be improved.

    In summary, a great tool. I can't believe I lived so long without it. A brad nailer makes many jobs much easier, allowing me to do things I couldn't do before with just two hands.
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    85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Josephine J. Willard on December 10, 2006
    This is one of the best tools I have ever had. Operates flawlessly every time. I use Bostich nails/brads because they are easier to find (all sizes up to 2") and the nailer works perfectly. The "height" adjustment is easy. The "jam release" mechanism is great - but the tool has never jammed. Excellent Product! James Willard
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    37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By David C. Delany on July 29, 2010
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    This nailer seemed to work fine the first day, but quickly began to show flaws. The slide that presses against the nails began to slip and jam inside the nail trough. Yesterday, on about the 50th clip of nails, it all sprung apart. After 15 minutes with my crew not working, we located the pieces and very carefully put it back together, but within 10 minutes it blew apart again. The first clip of nails this morning and it happened yet again.

    Based on the good reviews it may be that this was just a faulty piece of equipment, but once bitten, twice shy, as the saying goes. I'm switching brands for my replacement. Amazon, as always, quickly agreed to accept the return.
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    28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By KevinC on June 27, 2012
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    I am not a professional woodworker, nor am I the intermittent novice. I fall somewhere between, and I have done enough woodworking and building to know that a nail-gun is one of the "must-have" tools in my shop.

    The Hitachi NT50AE2 was a great brad nailer for the price... or so I thought. Let's face it; brad nailers are not complicated, simply pick the features you desire in a nail gun and go from there. Oil-free, Oiled daily, depth adjustment, tool-less jam clearing... the list can be as personal as you make it, and it is all based on individual experience and preference for the product.

    But Hitachi is a 'name-brand'. It is available and repairable at a variety of sites. Although it is a popular name, they are not hugely expensive. That is a major factor in my own personal buying experience.

    My beef comes from trying to fire 2" brads.

    The nailer is advertised to shoot 5/8 inch - 2 inch brads. When I try to fire 2" brads, the nailer jams, or more accurately, the feeding mechanism encounters a failure/jam (I have no other way of explaining it) and no brads are fired. The magazine feeder locks up. I have yet to determine if it is a follow-up problem with the brads in the cartridge or if it is a problem with the nailer firing the 2" brads. Regardless, I get (at most) seven or eight hassle-free shots, then I spend a quarter hour trying to clear the magazine of brads and generally doing my best to get the gun to work.

    I have tried Hitachi, Bostitch, and a few other popular 2 inch brads that can be found in almost any hardware store. Despite everything, not a single brand of 2" brads fires smoothly... I mean nothing fires without a hiccup.

    The nailer has issues.
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    68 of 77 people found the following review helpful By M. Tiberg on November 3, 2006
    This is by far the best brad nailer I have ever used in my 20 years as a trim carpenter. It is very light weight ,powerfull, and looks great too! Hitachi has always been a pro-quality grade tool and this brad nailer is a great addition to there collection of pro-quality tools.
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    58 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Former Amazon Shopper on September 20, 2006
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    The price was more than right. This is an excellent deal. I used Milwaukee brads for it, and no jams so far. It would be nice if it had a better tip on it though. Comparing price and value with other brands, I would buy this one again. Up until 6 months ago I never knew Hitachi made good tools. Hitachi is my preferred brand for pneumatic right now. The only guns I probably wouldnt buy are their framing nailers, only because the PC is so much cheaper and does the job so well. Buy this gun, you can't go wrong. Along with the tip, the thing that really puzzles me is, I can go buy a $20 no name gun kit, and IT INCLUDES OIL IN THE CASE! (not to mention a couple thousand nails) Here I buy a Hitachi, and not a drop. How about including a small bottle of oil guys? The fifty cents it would cost the company would be well worth it to build greater brand loyalty.
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