Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 12
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JVDesigns With some practice, your pneumatic will become your backup.
My first impressions were a bit weary. It definitely has a different feel than a pneumatic, but not necessarily all bad. It does take an extra 1/2 sec. to sink a 16d through a few 2x's, and it doesn't have as much "kick-back," but I've noticed that this tool seems to use fewer blows to sink a nail, which ends up being more efficient. I highly recommend that you pick up a few lbs. of different nails that you use, grab a few scraps from the woodpile, and slam a few hundred "practice" nails so that you can get the feel. Once you do; you'll be more satisfied with this tool.
October 14, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HDonlinecustomer M12 Lithium Palm Nailer by Milwaukee
Compared to Craftsman & Ryobi 12v nailers, this thing is a T-Rex. One charge was sufficient to reset all the nails in my 1400+ square foot deck so I could sand and refinish. Battery will NOT set a memory and can't be overcharged. Can be left in charger if forgotten, topped off for a big job, etc. Comes with a Velcro adjustable harness that positions your hand. I removed it and quickly found that the harness greatly assists in the use of the nailer. Sorry Home Depot/Ryobi. I now see why you quit making yours.
May 1, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Sparky. A rare miss for milwaukee
First of all, the tool is intended to upgrade from the craftsman auto nailer. And failed As an electrician I mount dozens of electrical boxes daily., the craftsman auto nailer preformed beautifully, it was lightweight, easy to handle and worked in tight areas. The Milwaukee unit is the opposite, it's heavy, bulky, and cannot fit into tight spaces. The Milwaukee would also benifit from a speed control to dial back the power, not every nail is a pole barn nail. Lastly, the impact pin needs to be the same size as the collet, so more types of nails can be used
July 11, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by NickInHarrisburg this tool cannot function
You cannot get a nail to go straight, any size nail, of any kind, any time, with any luck. Now when I bought, before I returned, this palm nailer I just wanted it for nailing hangers in tight corners. If this nailer would have put in 50 nails kind of straight I would say that it works. The problem is this nailer is not designed at all, its all gimmick. There is no way for a nail to be held in place with any kind of straightness ( I know its not a word but I am using it). I have a very nice Porter Cable palm nailer that I used in place but I am not even comparing the two to one another. This nailer will not drive a nail straight, maybe a 30 degree angle at best and if you wrestle with it to try to get it to go in straight, it just bend the nail over. It does have power, just poor execution.
March 9, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tiny Worked Great, but hammer failed and returned
I loved the tool and it made the job of nailing over 500 nails on a new deck rook reasonable. I'm very glad to not have had to use a standard hammer while crawling around on the rafters while trying to nail so many nails, saved my arm from the hammering and allowed the other hand to hold on for safety. It would have been better if the trigger was designed for both left and right hands and if the collar was exchangeable for larger sized nail heads.
The tool did the job and the extra battery charged quickly enough that the work didn't stop after the original battery hammered about 100 nails per charge and needed recharging. Unfortunately, one week later when I needed to hammer some nails into panels of my privacy fence, the unit worked for one nail and then failed to hammer any longer and I returned the unit to the store.
May 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tbd2b Better then any other cordless palm nailer
I bought this as a secondary/backup for my pnuematic palm nailer. I used it a couple of times before really needing it for a deck. It took a while to get used to, as the kick was different to the pnuematic tool.
I was pleasantly surprised by it pushing 100 nails before a battery change was required.
Don't have to haul a compressor
For a 12 volt decent battery cycle
It does put the nails in quickly for a battery operated tool, about 1.25 times the speed of the pnuematic
Not as fast as the pnuematic
Heavier and larger then the pnuematic
A solid tool as a backup or for smaller jobs. It worked well in cold weather when the compressor was popping the breaker.
While I wouldn't use it for a larger project, it is a great backup and can easily handle the small to midsize projects. It also makes a great secondary palm nailer.
December 11, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by nacnac works great and drives anything!
I used this tool to drive a railroad spike i cant believe that anyone who has used this tool could have an issue. quick charging batteries reduce down time and will drive lots of nails off one charge.
June 2, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DANIEL D. Good cost-benefit. Very good tool!!... but not excellent.
It is very good nailer hand, I like the force of 3 joules for hammering, LED light, and the hand strap, but it is a development model, with the potential to be perfect. The trigger would have been variable speed for total control when hammering; and could extend the range of diameter for use in smaller nails, so those who need to build wooden estrucutras detail would benefit. The absence of Fuel System is unfortunate, as some type of system to absorb vibrations. The weight and volume of the tool are in an acceptable limit, but the issue could be improved weight; since not having a vibration absorption system, the tool transmits all the hand and arm and cause muscle fatigue. Finally, no longer continue equipping the M12 System with 1.5 Ah batteries (Milwaukee 48-11-2401 M12™ REDLITHIUM™ Battery), they are not efficient in terms of time of effective use (in the case of this nailer), and should standardize the M12 System with 2.0 Ah batteries (Milwaukee 48-11-2420 M12 REDLITHIUM™ 2.0 Compact Battery Pack), as with Carrying Case for the same system, as the Contractor Bag where the tools are not offer protection shocks. It is very good tool, the cost-benefit ratio is acceptable, but lacking a little more effort to make Excellent and Indispensable.
December 3, 2015