Hitachi NT50AE2 Review | 18-Gauge Pneumatic Brad Nailer

If you happen to do some small carpentry projects and a big fan of air powered tools, then the Hitachi NT50AE2 2-inch 18-gauge lightweight brad nailer is an ideal option. The product name itself contains the word “lightweight” because this tool weighs only 2.2 pounds.

We all know pneumatic tools weigh less than electric or cordless models. But this even lighter than other air powered brad tools. Whether you want to work on furniture construction or cabinet installation to picture frame assembly and finish work, this the only tool you will ever need.

Read the full Hitachi Nt50ae2 Review and see if this tool can tackle your everyday carpentry projects.

Hitachi NT50AE2 Pneumatic Brad Nailer Review

Hitachi NT50AE2 18-Gauge 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch Brad Nailer
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Hitachi NT50AE2 18-Gauge 5/8-Inch to 2-Inch Brad Nailer
  • Hitachi Power Tools has renamed to Metabo HPT. Same great tools, with only a new name.
  • Selective Actuation allows the user to select bump fire or contact fire modes with the simple flip of a switch
  • At only 2.2 pounds, this finish nailer is lightweight & well balanced making it easy to use all day long
  • Elastomer grip adds comfort and prevents slippage
  • Tool less, easy to clear nose for quick and simple nail extraction should a nail jam during use

Here is a short summary:

It accepts fasteners 5/8th to 2-inch in length, it will take 100 brad nails in the magazine, and it also has a directional blow mechanism at the rear.

Now, let’s see about the tool’s performance, design, quality, can it hold up over time and the value which is the big moment… is it a buy or no buy?


This tool features dual firing options. You can transition between modes by sliding a switch. It is also known as a selective actuation button, and the best part is everything can be controlled at the slide of a button. A true tool-less firing transition.

This tool is meant to be used for a variety of different applications. You can choose between continuous or intermittent firing modes by sliding the selection control button up or down.

Intermittent mode or you might know it as the sequential mode is perfect for jobs that require precise driving of nails.

If you need to drive a lot of nails, you can switch to the continuous aka bump mode or rapid-fire mode. This setting fires nails at a rapid pace. This motion is achieved by using a bumping motion along the work piece.

The NT50AE2 brad nailer is ideal for remodeling work around the kitchen. If you want to put some shelves or a couple of cabinets or you can use this to work on high-end trimming stuff.

Adjustable Depth of Drive

This tool has a depth of drive adjustment dial for different woods or just to get the tip sink in a little further for doing the trim. The wheel adjustment on the top rotates left to right and tells you whether you want the nail to sink right in or keep it sticking out a little bit.

High-Capacity Magazine

The bottom-loading magazine can hold approximately 100 brads at a time. This capacity depends on the size of the nail. Speaking of nails, it can hold brads that have head sizes between 0.075 and 1.9 mm. It is designed for hassle-free, quick and easy loading.

You can work with 5/8-2-inch brad nails. Jamming is very rare on this tool. With this amount of capacity, you can work for a long time between reloads. There is a visual nail indicator on the side of the magazine that will let you know how many nails you have left.

It also has a nice little feature that I particularly like the most. It has a small window on the side of the magazine, as your brads get low, a yellow indicator pops up to draw your attention to the fact that you are getting low on nails. Otherwise, you just have to keep checking and wait for a dry-fire.

Quick Jam Release Mechanism

If you do jam up the tool, it has got easy clean out. On top of the nose, it has a flip switch which you can use to remove the jammed nail.

Rotatable Exhaust Port

On the back, you have a directional exhaust port. It is nice for a few reasons. If you are left handed or right handed, you can change the direction of the exhaust with a quick twist. That way, you are not getting air blown to your face with the exhaust.

Inlet Port

It has a fixed inlet port which is at an angle. However, I prefer swivel ports because you can have a lot of mobility when working on narrow or tight space. The angle helps, but I’m not a big fan of this design.


As I have said before, this tool is extremely lightweight. When you first hold the tool, this is the first thing that you will notice. And because of that, you might think that it will have quality issues.

The whole unit is constructed using a lightweight aluminum body. The dimensions are 10 x 9-3/16 x 2-3/8 inches. As you can see, it is also compact in size. The perks of having a tool like this are that it is easy to maneuver. Puts less strain on your hands and you can work for longer hours.

The Elastomer grip is soft and provides adequate control over the tool. The handlebar is also extended to give you better control.

On the tip, it has a no-mar nose cap that helps in protecting the workpiece from drive related damage. You can also easily pinpoint where you want to drive the brads.

Recommended PSI

This pneumatic tool requires 70-120 psi operating pressure to run properly. Any portable air compressor will do as long as it has the correct CFM and PSI rating. The tool itself takes in air from the compressor at a rate of 0.025 cubic feet per cycle at 100 psi.

Why Should You Buy This Tool?

Hitachi is a name that we are familiar with. Over the years, whenever you see carpenters working, there will be a tool from this brand. They have been making professional grade power tools for a wide variety of application.

They have tools for metalwork, woodwork, drilling, cutting, fastening and also for concrete work. Professionals trust them for what they do. I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t.

The tool speaks for itself. You will see hundreds of positive reviews for this tool, and I can guarantee, you will be quite satisfied once you get your hands on this one.

Key Features

– Dual firing modes.

– The depth of drive adjustment dial.

– Low brad indicator.

– Rotatable exhaust.

– Ergonomic handle.

– Lightweight.

– Quick jam release.

– No-mar nose cap.


Unfortunately, you won’t be getting an integrated belt clip. It would have been a nice little addition to the gun because a lot of manufacturers are coming up with new innovative ways that make their tools attractive and useful.

I’ve also noticed that there are no rubber bumpers on the tool. Since it doesn’t have any, be careful when you put down your tool. It might get scratched or scratch surface of where you put down the gun.

Final Thoughts

This lightweight and powerful nailer works just fine without any problems. The addition of the non-marring safety plunger is something that you won’t see on your everyday pneumatic brad gun.

It is also very easy to use, comfortable hold and performs just as well. No issue in the build quality and certainly no issue with jamming. Keep the inlet lubricated with Hitachi’s lubrication oil before use and you will good to go. That’s all for this Hitachi NT50AE2 Review, if you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below.

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