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Hitachi NT50GS

Price: About $300
Highlight: It's the lightest of the bunch.

Tester: Gary Burns, Rio Rancho, N.Mex.
Skill level: Pro
Used tool for: Building oak cabinets and a staircase.
My two cents: "Great tool. It successfully sank brads into iron-hard ipe stair treads."
Tool stats: 4 pounds, 3.6 volt lithium-ion battery with 60-minute charger; holds 100 nails, to 2 inches long; drives 1,200 2-inch nails per fuel cell, 2,000 per charge, two per second. Includes adjustable drive depth, single or sequential nailing, one-year tool warranty.
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