DeWalt Cordless Framing Nailer Review Model DCN692

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The DeWalt cordless framing nailer, model DCN692 is slower, jams more, takes fewer nail sizes, and drives less consistently than your air nailer. That said, I wouldn’t be without it.

Paper or Plastic

The DCN692 shoots 30 degree paper collated nails up to a 3.5” x .131″. To shoot larger nails like 16d sinkers (3.5” x .148”) you generally need a pneumatic (air) nailer. This is because pneumatics shoot plastic collated nails, which come in larger sizes that paper collated nails.

However, DeWalt’s new 21° cordless nailer model DCN21PL can shoot a 16d, whereas Hitachi’s 21° cordless nailer only shoots up to a .131”. The Ridgid pneumatic pictured above shoots a 3.5” x .162”, aka a 16d common.

FYI: 21 degree framing nailers shoot plastic collated nails. 30 degree nailers shoot paper, which is more expensive. A downside to plastic is the plastics shrapnel, which can hit you in the face. A downside to paper is the full-round heads are offset and bend easily if you need to finish driving them by hand.

Power

The DCN692 has two firing modes: single and bump fire. Single fire gives you the most driving power. I find that in bump fire mode, using a 5 amp hr XR battery, the nailer tops out at a 3” long x .131″ diameter nail – smooth, galvanized, or ring shank. This size gets you through most residential building code.

Using a Flexvolt battery will give you an additional boost in power.

Weight

With a 5 amp hour battery and no nails the DeWalt weighs 9.4 lbs. That’s about two pounds heavier than my Ridgid pneumatic nailer.

Operation

This DeWalt DCN692 jams more than your pneumatic, a lot more. It also has less power and 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.

It takes more practice and skill to use this tool vs. a pneumatic. Get to know the tool, keep a hammer on your belt to take care of any unfinished business, and it’s all good.

DeWalt 20V 30° Paper Collated Framing Nailer, (DCN692B)

DeWalt 20V 21° Plastic Collated Framing Nailer, (DCN21PLB)

Bottom Line

The DeWalt cordless framing nailer is not going to match the speed or power of your pneumatic nail guin. However, the portability of the 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 this video review:

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Alex Broadwell
Hey, I'm Alex and I love tools. Having worked in carpentry and as a painting contractor I have a great appreciation for tool innovation. The freedom of cordless is amazing. These days, when not traveling with my wife Zhou, I remodel houses and write tool reviews. Enjoy the website. :)
dewalt-cordless-framing-nailer-review-model-dcn692This nailer has a tough build quality, rich feature set, and comfortable grip. While it is a bit heavier and does not perform as well as a pneumatic, it does allow you, in many situations, to ditch the air compressor or gas cartridge. That, in my book, is high value for money.

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