Dewalt has come out with a new 20V Max cordless brushless framing nailer, DCN692, which is said to be the world’s first gas-free dual-speed cordless framing nailer.
The new XR cordless nailer is powered by Dewalt’s 20V Li-ion battery platform, and is engineered with a high efficiency brushless motor for extended runtime.
Dewalt DCN692 Nailer Features
Dewalt designed the DCN692 cordless nailer with two user-selectable speed settings.
Speed Setting 1 is optimized for driving shorter nailers (2″ to 3″ long), while Speed Setting 2 should be used when driving longer nails (3-1/4″ to 3-1/2″ long).
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By using the lower speed/power setting, users will benefit from lower vibration (and thus lower fatigue), increased application speed, and an increase in the number of nails that can be fired per battery charge. The second speed setting should be used when maximum power is needed.
Dewalt says that, in speed two, the DCN692 cordless nailer delivers the speed and power to drive nails consistently, similar to a pneumatic nailer.
When paired with Dewalt’s 20V Max 4.0Ah Li-ion battery, the DCN692 nailer can drive up to 700 nails per charge.
The nailer can be used with 30° to 34° clipped and round offset head paper tape collated nails from a variety of brands.
Users can choose between sequential and bump-fire driving modes, and of course there is also nail depth adjustment control. Additional features include low battery and stall indicator lights, a stall release lever, and jam-clearing lever.
In addition to not needing to ever change motor brushless (the nailer is built with a brushless motor), and not needing to mess around with fuel cartridges, the DCN692 requires no user-applied lubrication of any kind.
(Note: these specs were taken from the DCN692’s user manual (PDF) and might not be up to date or fully accurate.)
- Firing Mode: Bump or Sequential, (user selective)
- Height: 13.5″ (346 mm)
- Width: 4″ (104 mm)
- Length: 13.25″ (335 mm)
- Weight: 7.80 lbs. (3.538 kg)
- Magazine Angle: 33˚
- Capacity: Up to 55 nails
Nail Specifications (Clipped Head)
- Nail Lengths: 2″– 3-1/2″ (50 mm – 90 mm)
- Shank Diameters: .113″–.131″ (2.8 mm – 3.3 mm)
- Nail Stick Angles: 30˚– 34˚
- Shank Types: Smooth and Ring
DCN692 Options and Pricing
At launch there will be two options – a bare tool nailer (DCN692B) and 1-battery nailer kit (DCN692M1). The kit will come with (1) 20V 4.0Ah Li-ion battery, a charger, and presumably a carrying case.
The new DCN692 nailer looks to be quite similar to the 20V DCN690 cordless brushless framing nailer Dewalt recently started marketing in the USA. But while the DCN690 is a single-speed, or rather single-power nailer, the new DCN692 has two user-selectable power and speed settings.
Dewalt’s press materials for the DCN692 mention three benefits of using the first speed/power setting when possible: lower tool vibration, increased runtime, increased application speed.
Press materials emphasize how the new cordless nailer is gas-free, meaning it requires minimal maintenance and can perform under conditions where gas cartridges can fail or are otherwise less than ideal.
Contractors, heavy duty carpenters, builders, remodelers, deck and fencing installers, and other heavy framing nailer users will probably show great interest in the new cordless nailer, despite its seemingly high price.
For the $500 price of the 1-battery kit, you could instead purchase a gas cartridge nailer (e.g. Paslode CD325LI at $350 via Amazon) and a whole lot of ~$12 consumable gas cartridges. It looks like gas-cartridge nailers will only be more economical for the first 15,000 nails or so, and that there is a crossover point at which where the Dewalt DCN692 becomes more economical to use.
Economics aside, compared to gas-cartridge nailers, the main benefit of the DCN692 is its independence from smelly and temperature-sensitive gas cartridges. In cold environments, the fuel in gas cartridges lose their propellant force, which means more care and attention to tool and cartridge maintenance and handling.
Overall, Dewalt’s new DCN692 cordless brushless nailer looks to be an appealing new product. Its predecessor, the DCN690, wasn’t widely released in the USA, and now we know why.
It is easy to focus on how this is the second cordless nailer on the market to be engineered with a more powerful and higher efficiency brushless motor, but the subtleties built into the nailer intrigue me more. Using the nailer in its lower speed/power option results in lower vibrations, greater runtime/nails per charge, and increased application speed. To me this indicates the direction things are heading for cordless tools – smart tools with subtle performance-enhancing electronics.
Right now, brushless tools are what turn heads, but pretty soon brands will openly compete with each other based on who has the smartest tools and most optimized user experiences.
This new nailer features a lower power/speed mode that enhances tool performance, Bosch’s new drills feature anti-kickback mechanisms, 909’s Touch drill features touch-sensitive controls, Bosch’s new laser measuring tool can talk to your smartphone, Dewalt’s 8V screwdriver and Black & Decker’s Gyro feature gyroscopic controls, and Black & Decker’s new drill has an automatic clutch.
It looks like the DCN692 is a smart tool, and we can’t wait to see how well it performs.