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Metabo HPT Cordless Brushless Finish Nailers

Hitachi Cordless Brushless Finish Nailers

Metabo HPT (formerly Hitachi Power Tools) cordless brushless finish nailers include the NT1850DESM 18-gauge 2-inch cordless brad nailer, the NT1865DMSM 16-gauge 2-1/2-inch cordless straight finish nailer, and the NT1865DMASM 15-gauge 2-1/2-inch cordless angled finish nailer.


All of the Metabo HPT cordless brushless finish nailers in this series are powered by a 3.0Ah lithium-ion battery which is compatible with all 18V Metabo HPT tools and features their Multiplex Protection Circuit to prevent over-load, over-charge and over-discharge. The charger (model UC18YFSL) cools the battery during the charging cycle while a red light indicates the charging stage.

Each tool also has an on-tool battery charge indicator and tool-free depth of drive dial. Additionally, a selective actuation switch lets the user select between sequential mode or bump fire mode. A tool-free nose allows the user to extract jammed nails. Other notable features include an integrated pivoting belt hook that can be adjusted to fit on either side of the nailer (except on NT1865DMASM), a no-mar nose cap, a built-in LED work light, soft-grip handles, automatic power shut off after 30 minutes of inactivity, and a side-lock switch to prevent accidental firing.

Metabo HPT Cordless Brushless Finish Nailers Features

  • On-tool battery indicator
  • Tool-less depth of drive dial
  • Sequential or bump-fire
  • Tool-less jam removal
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Belt hook
  • LED work light
  • Side lock switch
  • Dry fire lockout

Metabo HPT NT1850DESM 18-Gauge Finish Nailer

Hitachi Cordless Brushless Finish Nailers
Metabo HPT NT1850DESM

The Metabo HPT NT1850DESM 18-gauge 2-inch cordless brad nailer accepts 5/8- to 2-inch 18-gauge fasteners for trim work, furniture assembly, and general finish applications. It weighs in at 7.3 lbs and features a nail reload indicator on the magazine that turns yellow when nail quantities are low along with dry fire lockout.

Metabo HPT NT1850DESM 18-Gauge Finish Nailer Specifications

  • Model: Metabo HPT NT1850DESM
  • Power Source: 18V battery pack
  • Nail Size: 18-Gauge
  • Nail Length: 5/8″ – 2″
  • Run Time: 1650 nails per charge
  • Weight: 7.3 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Price: $339

Metabo HPT NT1865DMSM 16-Gauge Finish Nailer

Hitachi Cordless Brushless Finish Nailers
Metabo HPT NT1865DMSM

The Metabo HPT NT1865DMSM 16-gauge 2-1/2-inch cordless straight finish nailer accepts 1- to 2-1/2-inch 16-gauge fasteners for molding, chair rail, cabinetry, and other finish applications. It weighs in at 7.3 lbs and features dry fire lock-out along with yellow low fastener indicator window.

Metabo HPT NT1865DMSM 16-Gauge Finish Nailer Specifications

  • Model: Metabo HPT NT1865DMSM
  • Power Source: 18V battery pack
  • Nail Size: 16-Gauge
  • Nail Length: 1″ – 2-1/2″
  • Run Time: 1500 nails per charge
  • Weight: 7.3 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Price: $329
Hitachi Cordless Brushless Finish Nailers
Metabo HPT NT1865DMASM

Metabo HPT NT1865DMASM 15-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer

The Metabo HPT NT1865DMASM 15-gauge 2-1/2-inch cordless angled finish nailer accepts 1-1/4- to 2-1/2-inch 15-gauge angled fasteners. The 34° magazine angle allows the user to reach into corners or tight spaces with ease. It weighs 7.5 lbs and features an 34° open magazine with dry fire lock-out.

Metabo HPT NT1865DMASM 15-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer Specifications

  • Model: Metabo HPT NT1865DMASM
  • Power Source: 18V battery pack
  • Nail Size: 15-Gauge
  • Nail Length: 1-1/4″ – 2-1/2″
  • Run Time: 1100 nails per charge
  • Weight: 7.5 pounds
  • Warranty: Lifetime
  • Price: $329

All Metabo HPT cordless brushless finish nailers come with a lifetime lithium-ion tool warranty, 2-year lithium-ion battery warranty, and 1-year lithium-ion charger warranty.

Our Take

Metabo HPT may have come a little late to the cordless nailers game. Apparently, they utilized all they do well with pneumatic nailers and brought that to bear on their battery-powered line.


Fortunately, innovation abounds. As with tools like the Milwaukee 18-gauge brad nailer, Metabo HPT managed to find a way to eliminate the delay that we find in most cordless nailers and allow you to bump fire at a reasonable rate. It works around the foundation of compressed air that will have to be refilled but should run for tens of thousands of shots before that refill is needed. While much of the technology is a proprietary secret, I can tell you that when I tried these nailers out I was extremely impressed.

Thanks to the technology, we’re seeing a very high number of shots on one 3.0 amp-hour battery compared to other nailers currently on the market. So far, so good.

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Luis Soria

Finally, they exists in Japan for a while…

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