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September 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Metabo HPT Cordless 18-Gauge Brad Nailer NT1850DF

Metabo 18V 18ga. Brad Nailer FEature
PTR Review
  • Overall Rating 9.5

Metabo HPT is definitely heading in the right direction with their updated 18-gauge cordless brad nailer. Its smaller size and weight are significant improvements while the driving performance and runtime leave us with no regrets. If you're thinking about making the permanent switch to a cordless brad nailer, Metabo HPT's NT1850DF is one of the most compact, lightest, and best-performing options available.

Overall Score 9.5 (out of 10)

The Metabo HPT Provides Pneumatic Power With 18V Cordless Freedom

There’s no doubt that leaving the hose and compressor behind is a great idea, but cordless nailers have suffered from much larger sizes and weights than their pneumatic counterparts. We brought in the updated Metabo HPT cordless 18-gauge brad nailer to see how its improvements make a difference on the job.


Pros

  • Huge improvement on size and weight
  • Impressive 1,650 shots per charge
  • No firing delay
  • Power to sink 2-inch nails in LVL
  • Easy jam clearance

Cons

  • No dry-fire lockout

Metabo HPT Cordless 18-Gauge Brad Nailer Performance

Nailed It

If you’re like me, your experience is primarily with a pneumatic setup. Pneumatic nailers are light and fire the moment you pull the trigger. What’s not to like?

That said, I was very curious to see how this cordless brad nailer stacked up to both my experience and the other cordless options available. I started by taking it out to our shop to get some real-feel experience and see if I could really tell any difference.

The nailer employs an air spring drive system that uses compressed air to drive each nail. This results in zero ramp-up time and faster driving than some of the cordless options.

First of all, there’s plenty of power to work with. Even if you’re up against LVL, we were consistently able to fully sink 2-inch nails into it.

Metabo 18V 18ga. Brad Nailer Action

Easy Jam Clearing

During the entire course of our testing, we didn’t have any jams or misfires. They’re probably going to come eventually like all nailers, but it’s not going to be due to a chronic design issue. It’s not a surprise, really. Metabo HPT still has Hitachi’s legendary nailer quality, just with a different name.

Metabo 18V 18ga. Brad Nailer Jam Clearance

If you have a jam, clearing it is easy thanks to a simple latching mechanism on the front of the tool that flips down and out, similar to the latch on many tool boxes. Just be sure to remove the battery and nails first just in case.

Runtime

Runtime is rarely an issue for the 18-gauge class. If you’re curious, expect somewhere around 1650 shots on a compact 3.0Ah battery.

Metabo HPT Cordless Brad Nailer Design Notes

Size and Weight

The Metabo HPT NT1850DF is the updated version of the NT1850DE. The biggest improvement we see is the dramatic reduction in size and weight. The previous model weighed 6.4 pounds. This model shrunk to a relative featherweight of 4.4 pounds. With a compact 3.0Ah battery, it only brings the weight to 5.3 pounds.

Metabo HPTs also tells us that the NT1850DF model is 30% smaller, thus making it more useful in tight workspaces, like inside a kitchen cabinet during assembly. What that translates to is a tool that’s 11.3 inches tall and 10.5 inches long and is more than 2 inches shorter than the previous model.

These are massive improvements in weight and size!

Drive Depth Adjustments

The tool-free depth adjustment is a pretty standard thumb-wheel style. This isn’t anything new to the world of nailers, but it’s a welcomed feature!

Metabo 18V 18ga. Brad Nailer Depth Drive

Firing Control

Metabo HPT’s cordless brad nailer has a select-fire button at the base of the grip to switch between single fire and bump-fire (up to 3 nails per second). Obviously, you’re not going to go after trim at the same rate a roofer nails down shingles. Well, not if you want to keep your job, anyway. Still, having the option between the two is helpful since you can work the way that’s most comfortable for you.

Metabo 18V 18ga. Brad Nailer Mode Select

Reload Indicator

There’s no dry fire lockout on this model, but there is a reload indicator to keep your eyes on. When you see yellow show through the top magazine window, you’re on your last few nails and need to reload.

Metabo 18V 18ga. Brad Nailer Low Nails

Additional Features

  • No-mar nose cap
  • Adjustable belt hook
  • LED work light
  • Side lock safety switch

Metabo HPT Cordless 18-Gauge Brad Nailer Price

Metabo HPT’s updated cordless brad nailer is $349 as a kit that includes a 3.0Ah battery, charger, and storage bag. There’s a lifetime warranty on the tool, a 2-year battery warranty, and a 1-year charger warranty.

That price is on the higher side, but not quite as high as Milwaukee ($399). Considering how well it compares to the other cordless brad nailers we’ve tested, it’s priced where it needs to be.

Metabo HPT Cordless 18-Gauge Brad Nailer Comparison

NT1850DE
(Old)
NT1850DF
(New)
Nail Range5/8 in. – 2 in.5/8 in. – 2 in.
Capacity100 nails100 nails
Firing Rate3 per second3 per second
Bare with 3.0Ah Battery7.3 pounds5.3 pounds
Length12.8 in.10.5 in.
Height11.8 in.11.3 in.

The Bottom Line

Metabo HPT is definitely heading in the right direction with their updated 18-gauge cordless brad nailer. Its smaller size and weight are significant improvements while the driving performance and runtime leave us with no regrets. If you’re thinking about making the permanent switch to a cordless brad nailer, Metabo HPT’s NT1850DF is one of the most compact, lightest, and best-performing options available.

To learn more about the entire Metabo HPT lineup, click here


Metabo HPT Cordless 18-Gaige Brad Nailer Specifications

  • Model: Metabo HPT NT1850DF
  • Dimentions: 11.25″ x 10.50″ x 3.63″ (LxHxW)
  • Nail Length: 5/8 – 2-in.
  • Nail Size: 18-gauge
  • Up to 1,650 nails per charge
  • Nail Capacity: 100
  • Weight: 4.44 lbs(bare), 5.31 lbs(with 3Ah battery)
  • Price: $349.00

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