DeWalt DCN690 20 Volt Max Cordless Framing Nailer – Tool Review
Editor’s Note: We received a pre-production unit of the DeWalt DCN690 for review purposes. Specs could differ between this tool and the actual production units.)
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say that I’ve always been a Paslode guy when it comes to cordless nailers. In that sense, I was a bit tough on the DeWalt DCN690 20 Volt Max Cordless Framing Nailer when it came to evaluate its strengths and weaknesses. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the DeWalt’s features, while I felt others could use some refinement. Overall, though, I think DeWalt has a winner on their hands with this tool.
The blow-molded box contained the DeWalt DCN690, a 20 Volt Max battery, a charger, and a set of written instructions.
Weighing in at just over 9 pounds, the DCN690 is a couple of lbs heavier than the Paslode (7′ 1.2″), but the added weight isn’t horrible.
The nailer felt slightly side-heavy, wanting to list slightly to the left. I attributed this to the offset-magazine design of the unit – it doesn’t affect performance, but it was noticeable, in any event.
DeWalt DCN690 Features
- Weight – 9′ 1.8″
- Nail length – Clipped Head 2″ – 3.5″
- Shank diameters – .113″ – .131″
- Stick angles – 30 – 34 degrees
- Capacity – up to 55 nails
DeWalt DCN690 Testing
We tested the DeWalt DCN690 on a remodeling job in a media room. It performed like a champ, overall. As we expected, there is a slight delay between trigger-depression and firing of the nail. This is common with battery-powered nailers in my experience. Most (if not all) share this attribute. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the nailer’s performance in bump-fire mode. I cover that more in the video review below.
In all, the DeWalt DCN690 was a winner in my eyes, with just a couple of things I think could use improvement. The good news is that those items on the “needs improvement” list do not really affect performance – they’re more in the “convenience” category – the rafter hook and the jam-clearing process, to be specific.
The nailer jammed only once during our testing, and as much as we tried to get it to repeat the problem, we couldn’t. That’s pretty much the same thing that happens when an appliance goes on the fritz and you call the repairman – it never acts up in their presence. Score one for Murphy.
We thought the stall lever was a nice touch. If the nailer’s plunger ever gets stuck on the down position, this lever will usually remedy the situation – very convenient.
The nailer operates on DeWalt’s 20 volt MAX system, so if you already have tools in this line, you’re good to go on the power source.
To see the nailer in action and get the rest of our initial feedback, take a look at our video review. We welcome your comments and feedback, as well.
DeWalt DCN690 20 Volt Max Cordless Framing Nailer – Video
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