Ryobi AirStrike P320 18-Gauge Brad Nailer Review
Ryobi AirStrike 18-Gauge Brad Nailer
Cordless tools continue to push for a life without cords and hoses! The folks at Ryobi just released an 18 gauge brad nailer that works off their 18 volt battery platform. Notice I didn’t say anything about a gas cartridge or hooking up an air hose. This bad boy works from their patented AirStrike Technology (built-in air compression). If this reminds you of the Senco nailers you’d be in similar territory with one huge exception and that’s the price!
Features and Specifications
- Selectable drive shift with single sequential or contact actuation
- Contact actuated mode for production speed up to 60 nails per minute
- Tool less depth-of-drive adjustment helps protect work surface and allows proper setting of nail heads
- Single sequential mode for precision placement
- Convenient adjustment dial regulates air pressure for optimum results
- Dry-fire lockout feature extends tool life
- Tool-less jam release for easy access to clear nails
- Low nail indicator to quickly and easily see when it is time to re-load
- Belt hook mounts to right or left side for added convenience
- 2 non-marring pads to keep work surface free of tool marks
- Battery and charger sold separatelyThis 18 gauge brad nailer features Airstrike Technology, which eliminates the need for noisy compressors, bulky hoses or expensive gas cartridges.
- The Ryobi AirStrike P320 18-Gauge 2 in. Brad Nailer Drives 18 gauge nails from 5/8 in. to 2 in. length.
I recently had a chance to try the new Ryobi P320 Brad Nailer and I have to admit I was surprised at how well it performs. Running on any of the One+ battery packs that Ryobi offers the P320 had plenty of power to nail Birch trim and sink the head of the nail flush to the work surface. I’ve actually had trouble with some pneumatic nailers doing this task so I was quite surprised. I also tested the nailer on several other trim tasks including nailer pine and popular moldings, again the P320 had no trouble at all.
One of the features I love about the Ryobi P320 is the built-in LED lights on either side of the housing. Regular pneumatic nailers don’t have the luxury of power to offer this neat feature so it’s certainly a nice bonus. By placing two lights on the tool they have created a great area of light to either side of the safety tip. The lights are activated by depressing a 2nd trigger on the bottom of the handle with your middle finger.
The P320 holds 18 gauge nails from 5/8″ long to 2″ long. This is a nice range of lengths and a good size clip that holds a full stick of nails. My only complaint/suggestion on this nailer is the fact that it shoots 18 ga nails instead of the more common 16 ga. I’m sure this is a result of trying to drive the nails with battery power vs using a gas cartridge. However, I’m not interested in trimming windows, doors, and baseboard with 18 ga fasteners. I’ll leave the smaller, more intricate trim details to the 18 ga nails. Hopefully in time they can take this technology up to heavier duty fasteners.
The nailer features most of the features we all expect in a brad nailer today including: easy to use depth of drive adjustment (pictured at right), no mar pads on the housing and safety tip, comfortable overmold handle, and a nice front to back balance making the nailer comfortable to hold in lots of positions.
The nailer also has an easy to clear front nose assembly. Simply lift the lever to open up the front nose and expose the nail driver. The design seems pretty standard with regard to the drive head and depth of adjustment.
This little brad nailer really surprised me. For only $129 it’s hard to argue that this 18V cordless brad nailer is worth keeping in the job trailer. Perfect for doing punch list work, applying moldings, and working where a compressor doesn’t make much sense. The Ryobi P320 will sell like hot cakes and make all kinds of wish lists this year. I just hope they can push this further to some larger fasteners like 16 gauge and staples.
You can buy these at The Home Depot or online here: Ryobi 18-Volt One+ 18-Gauge Cordless 2 in. Brad Nailer P320
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