We have done a ton of nailers in recent years. While we love the idea of being free from the air hose and noisy compressor, it always seems like battery powered nailers are still not at the top of the game and can't compete with air nailers. However, today that has changed. I have to say this is the best battery powered finish nailer on the market, hands down. I am sure you're asking why.
Simple, this does two things that some of the other battery powered nailers haven't been able to do. First, this nailer is very consistent. Once you set your depth, the nail fires exactly the same depth every single time. We haven't seen a lot of nailers do that in the past. Yes, it will vary from depending if you hit a knot or something else. However we usually always try to nail in the same piece of wood over and over and just look for consistency and it has been so hard to find until now. The second reason is the run time. I am not talking about battery run time, I am talking about run time between fires. With nailers in the past, it seems you can always fire about 5 to 15 nails quickly, but then the tool has a hard time keeping up. This Dewalt just seems to go and go without the tool even breaking a sweat. Another huge plus. So let's talk about this nailer. While there are lots of pluses to this tool, there are also some changes we would like to see on the next model.
The new Dewalt is a 16GA 20° finish nailer that is capable of firing 1-1/4″ to 2-1/2″ nails. The tool is pretty lightweight coming in at 6 lbs and that is with the provided 2Ah battery. You will be able to fire around 800 nails per charge, but again that really depends upon what material you will be using. The magazine will hold up to 100 nails. This tool has pretty much all the bells and whistles that you would expect to find with a professional nailer such as bump or sequential mode which is located at the base of the nailer. We didn't get a jam, but chances are if you will be using this nailer a lot, you will experience a jam at some point. No worries, the tool doesn't require any tools in order to open the nose piece and clear the jam. This also has an integrated tool free stall release lever. The built in led lights do a decent job in lighting up the work area you will be sinking your fasteners into. Speaking of sinking, the depth knob is very easy to set and forget. Since this is a finish nailer, you would expect it to have a no mar tip which it does, it even has a spare tip.
As you know by the video and what I have already talked about, I love this nailer. The one disappointing item was dry lock fire. For some reason this nailer doesn't incorporate a dry fire lock out, which means you really do need to pay attention. Now this isn't a huge deal, but it would be nice to see incorporated into their gen 2 nailer. Even with this little flaw to the nailer, I really love this tool. It's fast, consistent, easy to use and loaded with features. The profile of the tool isn't as big as you would expect. If you are looking for a finish nailer, I would highly recommend this nailer, even if you're not in the Dewalt line of tools.