Porter-Cable recently introduced a new lineup of cordless nail guns for finish carpenters, woodworkers, and remodeling contractors. The PCC790, a 18 gauge brad nailer, and the PCC791, a 18 gauge crown stapler are scheduled to hit the market in Dec 2015 and Jan 2016 respectively.

As an introduction to their 20V MAX cordless nail gun line that are powered exclusively by battery and function using fly-wheel technology, the two guns are precursors to an anticipated 16 gauge straight finish nailer, which is scheduled for release in early 2016.

The 18GA Brad Nailer can hold up to 100 nails ranging from 5/8” to 2” in length. Porter-Cable says that when equipped with a 4.0Ah, 1300 nails can be fired into 2” pine on a single charge, vs. 450 nails when powered by the 1.5Ah battery.

This gun comes with the typical tool-free features we’ve come to expect from cordless finish guns such as jam release and depth adjustment. A cool feature not found on other guns, however, is the tool-free stall release lever, which resets the driver blade after a jam. That’s a nice feature considering most other guns require you to push the blade back with a screwdriver or nail set (or whatever else is in your pouch).

The brad nailer also comes with two LED lights to illuminate the work surface. The LED lights blink to indicate low battery, that the tool has stalled, or that it is jammed.

The 18GA Crown Stapler comes with all of the same features as the brad nailer with the exception of the jam release, which requires use of a provided tool. The stapler fires ¼” crown staples ranging in size from ½” to 1 ½”, and it also has a magazine capacity of 100 fasteners. The number of fasteners fired per charge is identical to the brad nailer as well.

Both guns come with a 3 year limited warranty, 90 day money back guarantee, and 1 year free service contract.

Expected cost: 

18GA Brad Nailer equipped with one 20V MAX 1.5Ah battery (PCC790LA): $199 (expected release Dec 2015)

18GA Narrow Crown Stapler quipped with one 20V MAX 1.5Ah battery  (PCC791LA): $219   (expected release Jan 2016)