As a carpenter who has driven more
than a few 20- or 30-penny spikes,
I've often wondered when someone
would invent a pneumatic tool to do the
job. Well, someone has, and it works great.
The Makita AG125 ($339 from Makita
USA, 14930 Northam St., LaMirada, CA
90638; 800-462-5482; www.makitatools.
com) handles bulk nails from 3 to 5
inches long, and will drive anything from
10-penny nails up to 40-penny spikes.
Like a palm nailer, this tool accepts bulk
nails and drives them with successive
impacts, but you hold this driver like a
regular nail gun. A built-in magnet
ensures proper loading and alignment of
the nail. At under three pounds, the tool
is easy to control