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Tool News - Hitachi Gas-powered 18 Gauge Finish Nailer


Hitachi Power Tools announced a new gas-powered 18-Gauge finish nailer, the NT50GS. A combination of lithium ion battery technology and a gas fuel cell offers the convenience of a cordless tool with the power of pneumatic. The NT50GS drives fasteners from 5/8" – 2" in length and has a magazine capacity of 100 nails. Additionally, the reload indicator located on the magazine provides visual recognition of low nail quantities to avoid dry firing. Also, the detachable, no-mar nose cap protects delicate work surfaces and costly materials from indentations or scratches. The cap can be conveniently snapped onto the body of the tool for storage.

An elastomer handle provides a comfortable grip. The variable-position hook can be installed on either side of the nailer for right or left-handed users. A quick-clear nose with tool-less jam release allows simple nail extraction in the event of a jam during use. With the tool-less depth of drive dial, the user can achieve flush fastening into various materials for a professional finish. Hitachi’s 0.6-oz finish nailer fuel rods have a life of 1,200 shots each. When a cell is spent, the nailer can instantly be reloaded by inserting a new top-loading fuel rod without waiting on a compressor to complete a cycle. When one of the 3.6V lithium ion batteries runs low, an indicator light alerts the user of the battery status to prevent unexpected downtime. In only an hour, a battery can fully charge using the AC/DC charger. Adaptors make charging possible in a standard wall outlet or in an automobile on the way to a job.

The NT50GS comes with two 3.6V Lithium Ion batteries, an AC/DC charger with automotive adaptor, carrying case, safety glasses, no-mar tip and hex bar wrenches and a bonus 3.6V Lithium Ion Screwdriver. Fuel rods (728981) are sold separately. More information is available here.

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