Ridgid R09890B
Comments: Though heavier than the gas-powered nailers, this 18V gun weighs in on the lower end when compared with other battery-powered models. According to Ridgid, it can shoot up to 2,000 nails per charge on a 2-Ah battery. It’s very balanced in your hand on multiple angles and configurations. The head design provides excellent line of sight and is a good performer in tight workspaces. The LED lights work well in dark corners and poorly illuminated areas. This gun never jammed or misfired during testing; it does have tool-less jam clearing. There is a short delay between trigger pull and firing, but not enough to impede efficiency.

PROS: solidly built to withstand the rigors of the jobsite; lightweight and well-balanced; LED light can be activated with separate switch; depth-of-drive adjustment knob is easily accessible; rests on its head or battery; bump and sequential modes
CONS: the head-mounted belt hook is awkward; no-mar tip is bulky

Nail size: 5/8 in. to 2 1/8-in.
Dry-fire lockout: Yes
Magazine capacity: 100 brads
LED: Yes
Weight: 5.8 lb.
Warranty: 3 yr. (tool); lifetime (battery)
Cost: $229 (bare)
Mike Triller and his partner Bruce Cranston are finish carpenters living in Saratoga Springs, NY.