I had two Dewalt cordless drills but it was their 30° cordless framing nailer, model DCN692, that really got me into their battery platform. I wanted a complete cordless kit and neither Makita nor Milwaukee offered a cordless, gasless, framing nailer.
The DCN692 shoots 30°-34° collated nails in two modes: single and bump fire. Single fire mode will achieve the most powerful drive. The specs rate up to a 3.5” long x .131″ diameter nail, but I’ve found that in bump fire mode, with galvanized or ring shank nails, the DCN692 tops out at a 3” x .131. This size gets you through most residential building code.
To shoot larger nails, like 16d sinkers (3 1/4” x .148”), you generally need a pneumatic nailer that shoots plastic collated nails, which come in larger sizes that plastic collated nails. However, DeWalt’s new 21° plastic collated cordless nailer shoots a 3 1/4 x .148. Hitachi’s cordless 21° nailer only shoots up to a .131.” The 21° Ridgid pneumatic above shoots up to a 3.5” .162”, aka a 16d common.
Paper vs. Plastic
The DCN692 shoots paper collated nails, which are more expensive than plastic collated nails. A downside to plastic is the shrapnel, which can and will hit you in the face. A downside to paper is the full round heads are offset to one side and bend easily if you need to finish driving them by hand.
Not Your Pneumatic
This nailer jams more than your pneumatic. A lot more. It also has less power but more punch, which means it more easily kicks studs out of line when toe nailing. I’ve also heard it doesn’t handle cold weather as well as the Paslode. That said, I wouldn’t be without it.
It’s not going to replace the speed, power, or ease of use of your pneumatic, but the portability of Dewalt’s DCN692 makes it a great addition to your pro kit. No gas cartridge, air compressor, hose, or electricity needed.
To learn more, and see it in action, check out my video review: