Model#: MILN2742-20

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Milwaukee 2742-20 M18 FUEL Cordless Lithium-Ion 16-Gauge Brushless Angled Finish Nailer (Tool Only)

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  • Milwaukee 2742-20 M18 FUEL Cordless Lithium-Ion 16-Gauge Brushless Angled Finish Nailer (Tool Only)
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The M18 FUEL 16-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer delivers on the promise of peak productivity at your worksite, providing unmatched driving power, speed and efficiency, with practically no set up and minimal maintenance. Using the exceptional application speed, power and durability of Milwaukee's compact POWERSTATE Brushless Motor, plus Milwaukee's ready to fire cylinder design, this tool is capable of fully sinking 2 in. nails into solid oak with zero ramp-up time.
This 18V nailer operates from the revolutionary REDLITHIUM Battery (sold separately) for unbeatable strength and run-time, eliminating the mess and cost of gas cartridges. It also includes REDLINK PLUS Intelligence, the most advanced electronic system on the market, to prevent damage to the nailer and battery from overloading and overheating.
The M18 FUEL Nailer not only primes you for top performance; it also creates the experience of a pneumatic nailer that professional carpenters and remodelers expect, without the hassle of compressors and hoses.
  • Milwaukee POWERSTATE Brushless Motor provides more power, more run-time, and longer life
  • REDLINK PLUS Electronic Intelligence enables advanced communication between your batteries and tools, allowing for unmatched levels of performance, protection, and productivity
  • Sink 2-1/2 inch brads in solid oak
  • Zero ramp-up time
  • No gas cartridges
  • M18 FUEL Cordless Lithium-Ion 16-Gauge Brushless Angled Finish Nailer (Tool Only) - 2742-20
  • Belt Clip
  • Tool Only - Batteries and Charger Sold Separately


Series: FUEL
Cordless: Yes
Length: 11.9 in.
Width: 5.5 in.
Height: 11.9 in.
Weight: 6.3 lbs.
Batteries Included: 0
Battery System: M18
Battery Type: Li-Ion
Bluetooth Compatibility: No
Case Included: No
Charger Included: No
Depth of Drive: Adjustable
Dry Fire Lockout: Yes
ETL Safety: No
Fastener Capacity: 110
Fastener Gauge: 16
Fastener Length (Max.): 2-1/2 in
Fastener Length (Min.): 1-1/4 in
Fastener Type: Finish Nails
Firing Modes: Contact / Sequential Actuation
Jam Clearance: Tool-Free
Lubrication: Oil Free
Magazine Angle: Angled
Magazine Type: Bottom Loading
Motor Type: Brushless
Power Source: Cordless
Tip Style: Non-Marring
UL Safety: Yes
Voltage: 18V
Wifi compatibility: No



4.0 / 5.0
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend (2)
No, I would not recommend this to a friend (2)
Easy To Use (3)
Battery Longevity (if applicable) (2)
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Powerful (1)
Heavy (3)
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Frequent Use (2)
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Small Projects (1)
Home Repair (1)
Best tools ever
I use this nailer for any and every nail application possible it's awesome can't wia9for the framer
October 13, 2019
Originally posted at
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Easy To Use
Best Uses
Frequent Use
Time saver
Really like this tool
October 11, 2019
1 month ago
Describe Yourself:
nice tool
Love the power and even the 2.0 battery lasts all day,, Only thing that I have found is sometimes the nails wont feed with out a little push and I have not called the hotline yet to see if this is a problem or if it needs lubed somewhere. and I would still buy another may be a 15 gauge or a straight nail next
August 20, 2019
Originally posted at
Milwaukee addict, always the right tool
I used this product to put an accent wall in my fathers basement for his 60th birthday, which he plans to update with a new entertainment center. The accent wall was really just practice because my wife and I just had our first child 2 weeks ago and plan on building a new house within the next 2-3 years where we will do a lot of the work ourselves. I can see this tool being perfect for trim work. I have nothing negative to say about it.
August 16, 2019
Originally posted at
Does a great job. Wish I had gotten one before I d
Made our home remodeling so much easier. LOVE IT!!
August 14, 2019
Originally posted at
Very convenient tool especially for simple repairs
This nailer is very handy especially for repairs and small jobs. I don't have to get my air compressor and hoses out. An air hose nailer may be a little easier to use on larger jobs because I also use a small gauge nailer that is nematic
August 13, 2019
Originally posted at
this is an amazing tool
This to is awesome so versatile and come through every time no matter what i am using it for, plenty of power to complete the job at hand i highly recommend this product.
August 13, 2019
Originally posted at
Did Not Live Up to My Expectation
I bought this finish nailer to put the finishing touches on a bedroom that I was redoing ceiling to floor. Most reviews I read and videos I watched said that this nailer drove finishing nails into soft and hard woods with out issue or the need to tap off nails that it didn't completely drive. I say between 30 to 35% of the nails I drove need to be set, even though I was driving into standard pine studs. I played with depth setting and still couldn't get the nailer to drive all the nails. In the past I rented a Hitachi pneumatic nailer and never had an issue with under driven nails.

I'm a big fan of Milwaukee tools and own more than five M18 tools, but this nailer was a let down. I would not recommend this tool
August 12, 2019
Originally posted at
Great purchase
Used for the trim out in an entire house. Worked awesome. Would definitely recommend this to anyone. It is a little on the heavy side but that’s a trade off for not having a tangled house dragging around.
August 12, 2019
Originally posted at
Just wondering why?
Just want to start by saying I have been a Milwaukee fan for years and have been very successful converting dewalt users over to the Milwaukee brand. Not hard to do considering the quality, performance,and warranty. I have many Milwaukee tools and will be a customer for life. That being said I purchased the 16g nailer went to the parking all excited and shot about 30 2” senco nails into a pine 2x4 every single nail was a different depth many stuck out and twice it shot double nails. I adjusted the depth to the max basically everything I could think of and couldn’t get any consistency whatsoever ever. I immediately returned to gun for a full refund so I wasn’t out any money but was kinda disappointed do to the fact that I wanted that tool for several years and when I finally got it it didn’t work. That has been the ONLY Milwaukee product I’ve ever had let me down EVER! I understand sometimes ya just get a faulty tool it happens but after that I have just been gun shy to purchase another one. I use gas nailers still and would love to transfer over but I think I’m gonna wait till the next gen model comes out. Milwaukee is still my number one go to brand just make that clear. Any info on that tool would great. Thanks
August 11, 2019
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What nails do you use with this nail gun?
A shopper on Feb 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Model 2742-20 will accept any 16 gauge nails. We attached the information below from the manufacturer:

Fastener Length...................... min 1.25" / max 2.5"
Collation Angle................................................... 20°
Fastener Size (Diameter).................... 16 Ga / 1.6 mm
Magazine Capacity.........................................110 nails
Will this nailer take any brand of angled 16ga nail?
A shopper on Mar 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I started with this nailer trying to use Pasload brand 2 1/2 inch nails.....It would misfire half the time....I tried DeWalt nails and it shoots fine....Both brands of nails claim to be the same degree angle but after placing one section of Dewalt nails atop a section of Pasload nails, it's obvious there is a difference. The difference is small, however it's enough to cause misfiring, with the longer nails.....I have used 1 1/4 inch nails both Pasload and Dewalt brand without any problems.
I've tried everything to get this nailer to set nails. Depth adjustment doesn't work, different nail types and sizes don't either. Anyone else experiencing this problem? Is there a solution that I am not aware of? I bought this gun for convenience, but have put it away and gone back to my pneumatic!
cbinc on Mar 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can contact Milwaukee directly at 1-800-729-3878. The agent will provide you with the closest service center in your area.
Will the 15ga nailer fit inside?
Wes M on Jan 15, 2019
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BEST ANSWER: Your question will be best answered by the manufacturer, who can provide you with the accurate information. The number to reach the technician is 1-800-729-3878 or online at
What angle nails does it take?
A shopper on May 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: 20 degree
Would you, do you ship to the uk? If so what would the cost of this be.I presume there would also be import duty to pay.
Matt on May 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: CPO only ships within the United states at this time.
Which hard case fits this nailer?
A shopper on Jan 9, 2018

New Vs. Reconditioned

What's the difference between New and Factory-Reconditioned?

Factory-Reconditioned products have been returned to the manufacturer and are restored to like-new operating condition; they go through a rigorous testing and inspection process. Plus, they offer a significant savings vs. new.
  • Reconditioned products may have minor cosmetic blemishes or scratches that do not affect item performance.
  • Reconditioned products may not come with all of the consumables the new version comes with (bits, sanding pads/papers, cases, etc.).
  • Both come with a manufacturer warranty and are covered by our Money Back Guarantee; New is 30 days, Reconditioned is 120 days.
Condition: New Factory Reconditioned
Features: Same Same
Specs: Same Same
Includes: M18 FUEL Cordless Lithium-Ion 16-Gauge Brushless Angled Finish Nailer (Tool Only) - 2742-20,
Belt Clip,
Tool Only - Batteries and Charger Sold Separately
M18 FUEL Cordless Lithium-Ion 16-Gauge Brushless Angled Finish Nailer - 2742-80,
Belt Clip,
Tool Only - Batteries and Charger Sold Separately
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Warranty: 5 Year null


The Milwaukee Warranty Every MILWAUKEE power tool is tested before leaving the factory and is warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship. MILWAUKEE will repair or replace (at MILWAUKEE's discretion), without charge, any tool (including battery chargers) which examination proves to be defective in material or workmanship from five (5) years after the date of purchase. Return the tool and a copy of the purchase receipt or other proof of purchase to a MILWAUKEE factory Service/Sales Support Branch location or MILWAUKEE Authorized Service Station, freight prepaid and insured. This warranty does not cover damage from repairs made or attempted by other than MILWAUKEE authorized personnel, abuse, normal wear and tear, lack of maintenance, or accidents.

The warranty period for V28, M12 and M18 Li-Ion Battery Packs is two (2) years from the date of purchase. XC M18 Battery packs carry a (3) year warranty. The warranty period for Ni-Cd Battery Packs, Flashlights, Radios, and Professional Hoists (lever, chain, and electric) is one (1) year from the date of purchase.

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