February 13, 2014

Craftsman SpeedShot 19.2-Volt Cordless Brad Nailer

craftsman_speedshot.jpgWell, this is interesting. While researching for another article, I just ran across this little fella at the Craftsman website. It's a cordless brad nailer and it looks like it carries a lot of the same mojo as the Ryobi AirStrike which was released last year (our review is here).

Both tools can handle 18-gauge brads from 5/8 to 2-inch. They both have LEDs and two firing modes. Belt hooks, you name it...they're pretty similar.

I'm a big fan of the AirStrike and think that it really opens up nail guns to the non-pro crowd. Compressors are a hassle and not everyone wants to deal with them, and the cordless nail guns that are already on the market are priced waaaay too high for the casual user. So here comes Ryobi, and now Craftsman, both well established brands with solid battery platforms offering a relatively inexpensive ($130 for the Ryobi, $140 for the Craftsman) nailing options.

So as far as which one to get, it probably comes down to a couple questions:

1. Do you already have any 18-volt Craftsman or Ryobi tools?

If none, proceed to question #2.

2. Which is closer: Home Depot or Sears?

Speedshot at Sears ($219 with Charger and one battery) and bare tool at Craftsman.com

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at February 13, 2014 8:24 AM
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Just got it for xmas. First impression, HOLY S%$# is it heavy. It weighs as much as my framing nailer if not more. And it is supposedly…specifically designed for one handed use only. How are you suppose to hold a 10 pound gun sideways perfectly still against a half inch quarter round at your ankle and place an accurate pin nail straight in without kickback or splitting the piece… That will be determined tomorrow when I test it. I love the built in LED lights that come on when you pull the trigger. And I love the new rubber grips they are putting on tools now. But another con that Craftsman for some reason NEVER addresses during their testing phases…the tool is unbalanced. How many craftsman tools come out that don’t stand on their own? Like every other one! Seriously Craftsman….when you put the tool down, it should stand up easily without having to carefully balance it. Its not rocket science.


Posted by: ConstructionGuy at December 27, 2014 10:41 AM

Cool! This fills a nice niche for DIY'ers who need a brad nailer but don't want to drag hoses and/or a compressor all over the house. Good find.


Posted by: Charlie at March 12, 2014 8:47 PM
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