Last year we gave an award to the SENCO Fusion F-15 Nailer for being the most innovative tool of 2011. Well it is now 2012 and I have to say it is still one of the most innovative tools. It changes the game and eliminates a fuel source. Gas cartridges can get expensive fast and the smell can be unpleasant when working indoors. SENCO solved this by designing a permanently sealed drive cylinder with compressed nitrogen. The F-18 proved itself to be invaluable for our flooring project. Instead of running two air hoses, we only had to run one for the flooring nailer and the fusion was ready to go at a moments notice.

It has a 2 mode switch that allows for bump fire or trigger fire. When the unit is on, a white LED at the head of the tool illuminates and it also does a good job of lighting up your work area. Nail depth adjustment is simple via the thumb-wheel that has a visual indicator. The unit weighs 6 lbs and overall feels good in your hand. To load nails, pull the slide back and insert the nails then slide it closed, it is a very simple system. A clear site view lets you know when your nails are running low. It drives 3 nails per second and a jam is easily cleared by just opening the slide. We did not experience any jams but occasionally got a misfire.

The Fusion comes with a 18V charger and battery that can charge 80% in 15 minutes and 100% in 45 minutes. It only comes with one battery so the 15 min charge is great to finish up those last few nails. The battery has a fuel status gauge on it so you know how much charge you have left. To hold it all, our F-18 came in a bag, not like the F-15 which came in a hard case. Personally I like the bag better, it holds more but obviously does not protect the tool like the hard case.

SENCO provides a 2 year warranty with this tool. Overall, the F-18 is a good all around tool nailer and I like it. The only dislike I have is that the plastic feels a bit cheap.  Check out SENCO here