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

by Hitachi
4.6 out of 5 stars 753 customer reviews
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  • Ergonomically designed simple flip actuation switch lets the user easily select bump fire or sequential fire modes
  • Elastomer grip adds comfort and prevents slippage
  • Tool-less, easy to clear nose for quick and simple nail extraction should a nail jam during use
  • Depth of drive dial allows the user to easily adjust the drive depth for a professional finish
  • 360 degree adjustable exhaust port keeps dust, debris and oil off the project
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Product Description

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


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 Information

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    Technical Details

    Part Number NT50AE2
    Item Weight 4.7 pounds
    Product Dimensions 14.7 x 12 x 3.5 inches
    Origin Taiwan
    Item model number NT50AE2
    Size 1
    Color Silver
    Style NT50AE2 Only
    Power Source air-powered
    Item Package Quantity 1
    Included Components case
    Batteries Included? No
    Warranty Description 30 day money back guarantee and 1 year warranty

    Technical Specification

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    Additional Information

    ASIN B000H399PC
    Customer Reviews
    4.6 out of 5 stars 753 customer reviews

    4.6 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #1,984 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
    #2 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Nailers & Staplers > Nailers > Brad Nailers
    #2 in Home Improvement > Air Tools > Collated Nails > Brad Nails
    #43 in Home Improvement > Hardware > Nails, Screws & Fasteners
    Shipping Weight 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
    Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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    Date First Available July 20, 2006

    Warranty & Support

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    Customer Reviews

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    Style Name: NR90AE(S) Only Verified Purchase
    I have about 11 nailers, all brands, Hitachi seems the best. they don't break, they nail consistently. no one shots more nails through a nailer than i do. we are brutal to our guns, shooting 1000s of nails per week easily (to nail off new sheeting on a typical home requires 2500 nails) and we drop our guns constantly. we don't "set" our guns down, we drop them and if they can't handle it, we don't buy them. our guns end up in the repair shops several times a year but the hitachi least of all and the shop guys think hitachi is the best (and those guys know what they are talking about, all they do is rip these guns apart to see the "weak links" that always need replacing. this price is shockingly good ($180), better than the big orange store by 20 bucks.

    This shoots the most common angle of 21 degree (the strips of nails and the magazine on the gun are set at an angle - this angle helps give clearance for the lower part of the tool while being used). I have no idea why most specifications for nailers don't say this because there are strip nails sold that vary from 20-30 degrees and nothing but 21 degree will work in this gun (most nailers are 21 degree but if you're not in the know, this can be a real hassle).

    If you are confused about nail sizes (and most guys who are not pro framers seems to be horribly confused), you can look it up but i can make it easy for you. With almost any structural work, you want use a nail thickness (shank, guage, diameter - it's called various things but we're talking how fat the shaft of the nail is) of 0.131. You will see thinner (0.113) and thicker (0.148+) - don't bother with them unless you know that's what is called for.

    You're most common nail for structural framing, is known as "8D common.
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    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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    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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    Style Name: NR90AE(S) Only Verified Purchase
    I have only been using this nailer for two weeks and it's definitely been one of the best tool choices I've made. During this time it has driven 6,000 3 1/4" stainless ring shank nails into lots of 2 by Pressure Treated. There's really no downside to this nailer that I`ve found. It is very powerful and drives these nails fine as long as the line pressure is at least 100psi. Don't expect a little pancake compressor to feed this rapid fire or you will probably be disappointed. Because I am framing and decking with this gun I found the quick lever adjustment between trigger fire and bump fire to be useful in avoiding unwanted multi-fires. This gun loads very easily, contrary to another review, you can insert your nail strips, then you pull back the tension lever and it will automatically catch after the last nail. I have another 4,000 nails to go for this job and so far it has been a great performer.
    Update 4-20-11 I've now put 8,000 3 1/4 SS ring shanks and another 3,000 B & C Eagle 314X120HDR/22 Round Head 3-1/4-Inch by .120-Inch by 20 to 22 Degree Plastic Collated Hot Dipped Galvanized Ring Shank Framing Nail (4,000 per Box)through the gun with no jams and only a couple miss-fires. I am now working away from my big shop compressor and I have borrowed a Bostitch CAP2060P 10.5 Amp 2-Horsepower 6-Gallon Oil-Free Pancake Compressor with a PUR-Hose PUR-38X100 3/8-Inch X 100 Foot Polyurethane 250 PSI Air Hose. It works for about 10 quick shots then you must slow down or even stop while the compressor catches up. I'll shoot another 3,000 stainless and then be done for a while. No problems at all with the nailer
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