Lots of brad nailer models are available in the market from different manufacturers. It’s good in a sense, but the most challenging part is to find the best brad nailer as there are so many options available. Fortunately, some power tools manufacturers are really making great brad nailers, and BOSTITCH is one of them. However, today we are going to review the BOSTITCH BTFP12233 Smart Point™ 18GA Brad Nailer. It’s a super-efficient and durable pneumatic brad nailer and suitable for handling upholstery, cabinet tops, paneling, or large woodworking projects. After all, it has all the qualities to meet the best needs of your project. However, we’ve collected in-depth information on BOSTITCH BTFP12233 and outlined some of its key features to help in your quest to find the best brad nailer. Let’s get started,
#BOSTITCH BTFP12233 Smart Point™ 18GA Brad Nailer
Key Features & Specifications
- 1/4 inch Air Fitting
- Adjustable depth of drive control (Dial-A-Depth™)
- Tool-free jam clearing
- Dual firing mode (Contact/Sequential Actuation)
- NPT fitting
- Oil-Free operation
- Operating pressure 70-120 PSI
- Non-Marring (Smart Point™) tip
- Fastener length – 5/8 inch to 2 1/8 inch
- Magazine Capacity – 100
- Supporting nail gauge and type – 18 gauge brad nails
- Magazine angle and loading style – Straight, Side Loading
- Body material – Plastic
- Power source – Air-powered
- 7-year limited manufacturer’s warranty
A Little Overview On BOSTITCH Smart Point™ BTFP12233
The most remarkable and unique part of this nailer is its smaller nose design. Bostitch uses Smart Point™ technology on the BOSTITCH BTFP12233 for easy nail placement, and this is why its nose is smaller than other brad nailers. Hence, the small nose piece of this nailer makes it easier to place the nail precisely in the desired spot and also allows it to fit into tighter places. It’s undoubtedly a great feature. Moreover, this nailer has a nice feel and balance.
BTFP12233 Smart Point™ brad nailer drives 18 gauge nails from 5/8″ to 2-1/8″ length. It features an oil-free operation that lessens the risk of oil stains on the workpiece. In addition, it’s easy and quick jam removal mechanism allows you to get rid of the pesky jams without any additional tools. The Dial-A-Depth™ control confirms the precise countersinking of nails, and its variable trigger systems allow you to switch between contact or sequential nailing operation. The BOSTITCH BTFP12233 also features 1/4 inch air fitting, rear air exhaust, and belt hook with a integrated pencil sharpener. Nailer packaging includes accessories like 1/4 inch swivel fitting, carrying case, and extra No-Mar tips.back to menu ↑
Performance and Key Features
BOSTITCH has added many smart features to their BTFP12233. This nailer will also give you better control and flexibility when nailing into different types of wood materials. However, those features make this nailer not only convenient but also easy to use. Let’s check out some of its key features,
Smart Point™ Technology
Smart Point™ is a BOSTITCH patented technology that they apply to BTFP12233. Most interestingly, it makes the BTFP12233 nose tip 80% smaller compared to any other brad nailer available in the market. Thus, users will get double benefits from this unique feature. First, it lets you easily see the point where your fastener will penetrate the work surface. Second, you can effortlessly fit this nailer into tight spaces for nailing. Remember, we are talking about brad nailer that is designed to drive only 18 gauge thin nails and generally used for finish or trim carpentry, crown molding, paneling, or binding delicate wood pieces. The 18 gauge thin and tiny nails reduce the risk to split narrow or delicate workpieces.
Oil-free operation is another great feature that sets it apart from its competitors. While most pneumatic nailers require regular oiling to keep them functional, but BTFP12233 is free from oiling. So, you don’t need to worry about oil stains or oil leaking. In addition, it requires less maintenance and saves re-oiling time.
Dial-A-Depth™ control is another BOSTITCH patented technology added to BTFP12233 that ensures precise countersinking of nails. It’s the same feature as the adjustable depth of drive feature found in many nailers. You can adjust the depth of your nail drive using this feature and drive the nails accordingly to your desired depth. You will find the Dial-A-Depth™ control switch in front of the trigger. However, Most professionals prefer to have this feature in their nailers. We also recommended this feature before buying brad nailer in our Brad Nailer Buying Guide.
Nails and Magazine
You can load up to 100 brad nails to your BOSTITCH BTFP12233 magazine from 5/8 inch to 2-1/8 inch. The main benefit here is the nail length because most brad nailer magazine supports 5/8 inch to 2-inch nails. Professionals also recommend buying a brad nailer that can accommodate slightly longer 2-1/8 inch brads in their magazine. However, having the option to use different nail lengths expands the area where you can use brad nailer. So, you can save reloading time and work for a long. The magazine is designed to load nails from the side and attached to the nailer straightly.
BOSTITCH BTFP12233 features the selectable trigger system for contact or sequential operation. In general, brad or finish nailer should be more accurate tools, and the sequential fire must be fast enough if you know how to handle the tool. Also, BOSTITCH takes the BTFP12233 usability to the next level by adding a contact trigger for bump firing. So, you can now drive nails with greater speed where precision nail placement is not needed. You will find the option to change the firing mode residing above the trigger. There is also a trigger lock switch, and it is advisable to lock the trigger before changing the firing mode.
Tool-Free Jam Release
Nail jamming is common while using nailers. Most professionals usually look for a tool-free jam cleaning option. It saves time and eliminates the needs of any additional jam releasing tools such as the Allen wrench. BOSTITCH BTFP12233 includes a tool-free jam releasing mechanism that allows you to remove the nail jam easily and quickly without the help of any extra tools. The tool-free jam release option is available on the front of the nailer.
Other Useful Features
When talking about additional features, air exhaust comes first. Its ultra-quiet air exhaust with muffler located at the end of the handle near the air hose attachment point. We liked the location because it keeps air away from the operator and workpiece. Also, a sharpener has been integrated with its reversible belt hook to sharpen your pencil if required. The easy to remove no-mar tip is another cool feature that saves your work surface from staining. You can remove the no-marring tip effortlessly and store it in the tool’s built-in storage to keep it safe.
BOSTITCH BTFP12233 is a pneumatic brad nailer, and it requires 70-120 PSI operating pressure to drive nails precisely. To get required compressed air pressure, you will need an air compressor. Usually, a small or medium air compressor is enough to produce the necessary power. However, this nailer works well while using it for interior wood trim, upholstery, cabinetry top, crown molding, or doors and windows casing. In addition, Smart Point™ technology improves its effectiveness in tight spaces and reduces the risk of workpiece damage.
Pros and Cons
- Lightweight & durable
- Oil-free operation – eliminates the risk or oil stain
- Low maintenance required
- Selectable trigger system allows to easily converts sequential to contact operation
- The trigger locking system allows keeping the tool safe while not in use
- Swivel air fittings for flexible movability
- A sharpener integrated with its reversible belt hook to sharpen pencils if needed
- Tool-free jam clearing
- Easy to use
- 7-year limited manufacturer’s warranty
- Straight magazine design sometimes cause difficulties to use in a tight spot
- No indicator was found to understand how many nails left, need to open the magazine to check
BOSTITCH BTFP12233 has been cleverly designed with keeping user comfort and ease of use in mind. An over-molded grip covered with rubber confirms the secure and soft holding of the nailer. Dial-A-Depth™ adjustment wheel is placed just under the trigger that allows you to change nail penetration depth by your thumb. Also, BOSTITCH has blended smart features with well-thought design to give maximum benefit to BTFP 12233 users and added Smart Point™ technology for accurate brad nail placement. Overall, it’s a perfect brad nailer for trim works that comes with a number of great features. It also surpasses most mid- and high-end models in terms of features available at higher prices. If you don’t want to drag a bulky air compressor and hose or want more flexibility and mobility, then you can check battery-powered cordless brad nailers such as Ryobi P320 Airstrike 18V One+.