PORTER-CABLE PCC790LA 20V MAX Lithium 18GA Cordless Brad Nailer – Review 2018

Brad Nailer from Porter Cable

PORTER-CABLE PCC790LA 20V MAX Lithium 18GA Cordless Brad Nailer

Whether you use it to install brand new hardwood floors or for small crafts for around the house – no matter the size of the project, the depth adjustment wheel of the PCC790LA Brad Nailer Kit allows you to counter sink nails consistently in perfect alignment.

The PORTER-CABLE PCC790LA 20V MAX Lithium 18GA Brad Nailer Kit is 100% battery powered which eliminates need for compressor, hose or costly gas cartridges. Think of the benefits of not having to put a compressor, hose or gas cartridges to carry to the job site. The money you could save on gas cartridges.

The PORTER-CABLE PCC790LA 20V MAX Lithium 18GA special motor design provides consistent firing power into various materials and climate conditions. The Nailer features multiple tool free settings to provide increased productivity and user safety. A safer tool on the top of everyone’s wish list.

The unit’s lightweight and optimal center of gravity provides user comfort in multiple positions. This helps in reducing user fatigue. It also offers multi-functional dual LED lights to light up your work-space and indicate errors. Fastener length capacity of 5/8″ – 2″, magazine capacity of 100, with sequential firing mode and trigger lock. Includes (1) PCC680L Battery, and (1) PCC691L Charger.

Brad To The Bone

The nailer shoots 5/8-inch to 2-inch long brads. I usually use 1-1/4-inch brads but I also had some projects for 2-inch brads. The nailer handled both lengths very well. Loading and unloading is very easy – you press a button, slide magazine down, insert the nails, and slide the magazine up.

Driving Home the Point

The depth of drive dial was simple to operate, and the indicator was easy to see when I needed to adjust the depth. Most of the moldings I use are soft – mostly pine – and if a nailer’s depth is set too deep, the brad can shoot right through it.

With the correct depth set, the sequential firing worked perfectly throughout my testing. There’s no bump fire mode on this model, but it’s not really a necessity for an 18-gauge brad nailer in my opinion.

Jam Clearance

Ironically, I wish I had experienced a jam because I wanted to try out the jam clearing lever and release latch. The the nailer worked so well that I didn’t need to.  Theoretically anyway, if you experience a jam, you remove the battery, pull the red release lever, then loosen the latch on the nose of the gun to clear the jam. It’s all tool-free and well-designed

Lithium-Ion Endurance

With other battery powered brad nailers, I’ve noticed that depth of drive becomes shallower as the battery weakens. However, the Porter-Cable 20V Max 18 Gauge Brad Nailer drove the brads at a consistent depth.

The kit comes with a 1.5Ah battery and after several weeks, I still haven’t charged it. There’s no fuel gauge on this battery. It’s always helpful to have one, but for a tool like this it’s not as big of a problem as it would be with a hammer drill or another tool doing heavy-duty work.

Other Standout Features

The two LED lights are one of my favorite parts of this gun. There are a lot of times when you are trimming you are in dark areas, like a walk-in closet. They illuminate the work area very well. The belt clip is also a great touch and comes in very handy. It’s important to note that PORTER-CABLE PCC790LA 20V MAX Lithium 18GA Cordless Brad Nailer is low maintenance – there’s no oil required unlike most pneumatic models. With no oil required, you don’t get oil on your wood when you fire a nail. It’s frustrating when you have oil on your wood and you need to stain it. The stain won’t take to the wood.

The no mar tip is excellent, and the trigger lock is a nice feature. Because the tip has to be depressed and the trigger pulled to fire a brad, I didn’t feel the need to use the lock very much. Still, I understand why it’s there.

Professional Relevance

It quickly became clear that this brad nailer is an excellent tool for punch list work. It makes my job so much easier when I’m not dragging around an air hose. You will appreciate this when you are tying up loose ends on a job. Much like my friend experience with the Ridged cordless miter saw, I might not trim out a whole house. It’s worth its weight in gold for its portability and consistency in putting the finishing touches on a job.



No oil required



Can have a tendency to miss-fire on longer nails


Porter Cable can be a costly brand to purchase, but you will have to add this to your arsenal of brad nailers. I find it difficult to read reviews that are not positive about the PORTER-CABLE PCC790LA 20V MAX Lithium 18GA Cordless Brad Nailer. Paying a little extra will get you a brad nailer that you will absolutely love to work with. Go out and buy one because you just can’t go wrong with it.