The Bostitch Brad Nailer Review

The Bostitch Brad Nailer Review

When working on a woodwork project you have a choice between making a project good or making a project great. The quality of the wooden trim attached to your woodworking project will be one of the things that decides the quality of your finish.

When attaching trim to your latest woodworking project there are several options available to you. If you do not want to split, or break your wooden trim, while also leaving a small (barely noticeable) hole in the wood, the Bostitch Brad Nailer is what you need.

Introducing The Bostitch Brad Nailer

Bostitch is a well-established company founded by Thomas Briggs in 1896. Originally known as the Boston Wire Stitch Company, Bostitch has always specialized in fastening machines, originally making treadle operated wire stitching machines for fastening hat boxes, books and other similar uses.


As manufacturers of fastening tools in the United States of America, there is something reassuring in knowing that the Bostitch manufacturing plant has been at its current location in Rhode Island for the last sixty years.

Features Of The Bostitch Brad Nailer

The Bostitch Brad Nailer is an oil free, air powered tool that has been designed with a nose that allows for easy nail placement and the ability to release any jams (should they occur) without the need of tools. The Bostitch Brad Nailer has the ability to set the depth for countersinking the brads as one would expect from a quality tool.

A Quick Summary Of The Key Features ​

  • ​Air powered
  • ​Oil free
  • ​Smart point for easy nail placement
  • Tool free jam release mechanism
  • Precision countersinking
  • Drives: 18 Gauge Brad nails (5/8” to 2-1/8” in length)

​What We Like About The Bostitch Brad Nailer

The Bostitch Brad Nailer is a lightweight tool, making it easy to use and carry around. When it comes to using any handheld tool, we feel that the weight of the tool is an important factor worth considering. At 3.1 pounds the Bostitch Brad Nailer is sufficiently lightweight to be easily used in different types of places and at different (and sometimes difficult) angles.

We like the fact that Bostitch Brad Nailer is oil free, as this will make it easier to maintain over the longer term. With any tool, maintenance plays an important part in its longevity. Being oil free, the Bostitch Brad Nailer should be easier to maintain.

The brad magazine is able to be easily opened. This allows the user to get back to their job quickly and efficiently, whenever they need to reload the brad nailer magazine. When using a fastening tool, such as a brad nailer, it is important that the magazine can be quickly and easily reloaded. We are delighted to see that the Bostitch Brad Nailer is just such a fastening tool.


As one would expect from a quality brad nailer, the Bostitch Brad Nailer is able to use a range of 18-gauge brad nails with lengths between 5/8th inch and 2-1/8th of an inch. This range of lengths should suffice for most of the uses that one would need in a brad nailer.

The Bostitch Brad Nailer comes with an adjustable belt hook which makes it ideal for regular use, as it is able to be kept close to hand between uses, when you are working on your latest woodworking project.

Bostitch have designed the nose of this brad nailer to allow users to get the brads into tight spaces. Not only is the nose of the brad nailer small, it has been designed so that the user does not need to compress the contact tip in order to fire a brad. This has the advantage of firstly being easier to use than some other brad nailers, and also reduces the chance of damaging the wood you are working with.

We especially like the ability for the Bostitch Brad Nailer to control precisely the countersinking of brad nails. A useful feature that one would expect in any good quality brad nailer.

What We Do Not Like About The Bostitch Brad Nailer

While the Bostitch Brad Nailer has been rated highly by many of its users, some users found the Bostitch Brad Nailer would occasionally jam. There are several reasons why any nailer may jam, especially a brad nailer which uses thin 18-gauge brads. Such reasons can include the nature of the material being nailed, the brand of the brad nail being used (in terms of the quality), and the way the tool itself is used.

Bostitch Brad Nailer

While many users who have reviewed the Bostitch Brad Nailer did not have a problem with jamming, a small number did. It is difficult to know what the cause of the jamming was for these users however it is reassuring to know that in the event of a jam, the Bostitch Brad Nailer does not require tools in order to remove the jammed nail.

Where To Buy The Bostitch Brad Nailer

As with any good quality tool, such as the Bostitch Brad Nailer, this is available for purchase at any reputable, online store, such as Amazon.


The Bostitch Brad Nailer is an air powered, oil free nail gun capable of firing 18-gauge brads. The design by Bostitch of the Smart Point nose on this brad nail gun, allows for very precise placement of the brads, as well as making it accessible to tight spaces.

The Bostitch Brad Nailer uses Dial-A-Depth controls allowing the user to precisely set the depth for countersinking of nails.

The use of 18-gauge brads, being such a fine gauge brad, has greater potential to jam the nailer, than for smaller gauge nails. It is reassuring to know that in the unlikely event of a jam, the Bostitch Brad Nailer is able to be unjammed tool free.

​Our Rating

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