The DeWalt DCN690M1 marked a very important event in the history of framing nailers – it became the world’s first battery operated nail gun which is as powerful as you’d expect a pneumatic nailer to be. On top of all that it has a brushless motor which increases the efficiency of the battery, making it last for more than 700 nails, being easily good enough for a full work day out on the construction site.
There aren’t many cordless nail guns out there right now so this one doesn’t really have a lot of competition, especially at the price point it is sitting at but still we wanted to go through some of its most important features, advantages, and disadvantages. That way, you can decide for yourself whether a battery-operated nailer is something you need or you’d rather stick to using compressed air for your framing needs.
Features That Make It Stand Out
Once again, one of the most important features of this nailer is the fact that you can charge your battery and take it with you on a field project of yours. With a full charge you will be easily able to last a day depending on your work output. If 700 nails per charge isn’t cutting it for you then you can get a second batter pack. That way, whenever you are using one of the batteries, you can charge the other and vice versa.
This is godsend tool for many workers that don’t like using compressed air or work away from power connections. The small price you have to pay for having a battery and a motor inside your nailer is the size. Let’s hit on that now.
Having a battery and a motor in it, it is logical that this tool will come a bit on the heavy side of things, weighing at more than 16 pounds, which is more than twice as much as some pneumatic nail guns like the Hitachi NV83A4 Coil Framing Nailer.
In terms of size it also is a bigger than usual nailer as it has to house the motor.
Nails Size & Capacity
The magazine of this nail gun can pack 55 nails which is on par with the rest of the industry. The epic thing here is that, on a full charge, the battery can easily go through 14 of those magazines, which is in all honesty the dream of every professional nailer out there. To be able to go through that many nails and still have battery power left is insane and just shows what DeWalt are capable of.
Head over to our Buyer’s Guide to check out the other models we included in our top 5 list for this year and get some more insightful information on nailers in general. Now, let’s talk a little more about the construction of the DCN690M1.
There is a top cap on top of the motor which is impact resistant and can easily be removed in the case of troubleshooting.
It has an ergonomic handle which makes holding it easier, though. The trigger itself has a locking mechanism to prevent from accidental firings and there are two modes of operation:
- Bump operating mode
Each of them has their pros and cons. The sequential is designed towards accuracy, while the bump mode is oriented towards speed of production. Still, with this nail gun you will have access to tighter spaces than usual thanks to the degree the magazine has relative to the body.
The depth adjustment knob is located above the nose of the nailer and can be easily scrolled through various depths depending on the surface you want to work on.
This nail gun is very unique in its own way and presents the framing worker with a rare opportunity to work without having to mess with cables or air compressors. This is why it comes at a bit higher price than what people in this industry are generally used to.
In its price point this nailer has virtually no competition but there are similar models with a cheaper price tag that usually would give it a run for its money but most people trust the brand behind the DCN690M1 – Dewalt.
There are rafter hooks at the bottom of the framing nailer which are ideal for room working and are adjustable in four different positions.
The nose piece is easily accessible so that every time you have a jammed nail you can remove it nice and safe.
Pros And Cons
- Comes from a reputable brand
- Sturdy construction
- Ergonomic Design
- Battery lasts for more than 700 nails
- Magazine fits 55 nails
- Has two firing modes
- A lot of other additional features
- Can feel heavy for people who aren’t used to working with cordless framing nailers
- Very expensive, although price is fair considering what you are getting
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Conclusion & Rating
Once you get the rhythm of such a framing nailer you won’t miss the whole air compressor system one single bit. On top of that, after a few moments with it, thanks to its ergonomic design, it really stops feeling as heavy. The nose piece actuator pretty much does all the work for you when you are in bump mode firing, and the handle has a good enough grip to never miss a single nailing. The other countless features that this nail gun presents for you all very much make up for the bigger price tag. As a whole we think that, despite its size and price, this still is one of the best framing nailers out there and for that reason we included it in our top 5 list even if it came last. We gave it a four and a half out of five stars rating.