The Hitachi felt very light and well balanced in the hand. It has excellent line of sight, and its small front housing works well in small spaces. It was hard to tell the difference in feel and performance from the Paslode, with the exception of battery placement. It is lighter than the Paslode; however, fuel cells aren’t as readily available. According to Hitachi, it can fire 1,200 nails per gas canister, and 2,000 shots per charge on the 3.6V battery. This gun never jammed or misfired during testing; it does have tool-less jam clearing if it were to happen. There is no bump mode. Tip and nose provide easy nailing with little marring at all angles. Gas cartridges are easily loaded and the gun comes with two rechargeable batteries. The kit also includes a 12V car-charger cord, which we’ve never seen before, but loved.

PROS: lightest of all the brad nailers tested; tool-less jamb release; minimal marring and small hole size
CONS: some odor; no dry-fire lockout; has a 1-year warranty

Nail size: 5/8 in. to 2 in.
Dry-fire lockout: No
Magazine capacity: 100 brads
Weight: 4 lb.
Warranty: 1 yr. limited
Cost: $225 (includes tool, case, two batteries, recharger, and car-charger cord; gas cartridges sold separately,
$30 for four-pack )