Makita XNB01Z

Comments: The Makita was the heaviest and most awkward gun we tested. Its unbalanced body made it difficult to use for extended periods of time. Most of the weight hangs low, which caused our wrists to fatigue easily. Because of its large body, nail placement was not easy to see. According to Makita, it will fire 1,000 nails per charge on a 3.0-Ah battery. This gun never jammed or misfired during testing, and does not have tool-less jam clearing. There is a short delay between trigger pull and firing. Even with the no-mar tip, we found more indents in the wood than with other guns in this category. It is stoutly-built and feels as though it can handle the rigors of the toughest jobsite. It has substantial power, as well as on-board tool storage for fast jamb clearing. It has an on-board battery gauge that blinks according to charge level.

PROS: easy to switch between sequential and bump modes; no on/off switch; the trigger locks
CONS: unbalanced; awkward to position and fire; longer delay than others; no-mar tip falls off easily (we lost both within a week); no bag or case included

Nail size: 5/8 in. to 2 in.
Dry-fire lockout: Yes
Magazine capacity: 100 brads
LED: Yes
Weight: 7.7 lb.
Warranty: 3 yr. limited
Cost: $270 (bare)

Mike Triller and his partner Bruce Cranston are finish carpenters living in Saratoga Springs, NY.