Milwaukee FUEL 18 Gauge Brad Nailer 2740-21CT
Depth of Drive and Fastener Penetration
The depth of drive is easily adjust and straightforward to use by turning a thumb knob at the tools nose contact.
We installed approximately 1800 brads in this shop testing, including fastening ¾” Oak into blue board and 2×4 framing material, without a jam or any issues. The only time a fastener was not installed to the correct depth was when one of use failed to hold the nailer securely in contact with the nailing surface, [i.e, operator error].
The power switch is located on the lower rear area of the tools handle. This power button needs to be pressed for approximately 2-3 seconds to power on the tool. A safety feature that I appreciate.
An LED power indicator lights up and stay on the entire time the tool is connected to the battery, and in the “powered on mode.”
Power Actuation Setting
This brad nailer will operate in single sequential actuation, as well as contact [bump fire] actuation. Once powered on, there is a selector switch and LED light just above the slide pack battery, and stays on the entire time the tool is on. The indicator light tells you which mode the tool is set on:
- Continuous solid green for single sequential actuation,
- Continuous flashing green for contact actuation operation.
Milwaukee claims this nailer will fire 3 nails per second. I did not try to test this, as speed is far less important to me, than fastener placement [i.e, line of sight], accuracy and doing a good job!