Advice on Nailers, esp. DeWalt DC608K Cordless

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Forum topic by groland posted 07-19-2015 06:36 PM 824 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-19-2015 06:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: nailer

I would like to have a nailer for use in my shop. The primary uses I envision are assembly of 1/2 – 3/4 birch plywood and MDF for shop jigs and cabinetry. For example, I am planning an assembly table of 3/4 birch and MDF. I’d like to be able to nail through 3/4 thick birch into end grain 3/4 inch birch until glue dries.

Can one drive into end grain 3/4 MDF without splitting it if the nail length is not too great?

I am attracted by portable electric nailers like the DeWalt DC608K, but am not ruling out pneumatic nailers altogether. I just like the portability and convenience of a battery operated tool.

Any experience with particular brands, types of nailers and info about sizes etc. greatly appreciated. I have no experience at all with any of these tools.



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#1 posted 07-19-2015 07:55 PM

I built a torsion box assembly table and used 1/14” 18ga nails and glue. Worked fine.

I had several Porter Cable nailers: 18 ga, 16ga, and a crown stapler. They all went kaplooey within 6 months of each other. Don’t know why they just basically fell apart. Lasted 10 years or so with low to moderate use.

Right now I am using a Husky 18ga nailer and I’ve been happy with it. I got it togerther with a pin nailer for $50 on sale figured what have I got to loose?

Can’t comment on other brands.
I would try to find some tool reviews.

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 12:28 PM

I’ve fixed a few DeWalts, but never owned one. All of my nail guns are pneumatic and from Senco, except one Ridgid 16ga. straight nailer. I have a 23ga, 18ga, & 15ga from Senco and they have all proven quite reliable. You should be able to drive nearly any length 18ga nail into the center of 3/4” MDF into the edge without splitting. 16ga you would have to be a little more careful with, and even more so with 15ga. You’ll obviously have a stronger joint with the larger gauge nail you use, this I’m guessing is of high importance given you’re making jigs and an assembly table. I was experimenting with driving screws into the edge of 1/2” MDF and found I could get a very strong joint by using a long screw (2 1/2” – 3”) after pre drilling the hole to only slightly smaller than the peak of the threads.

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 01:49 PM

I have some cheap HF nailers, including an 18 ga, a combo 18 & stapler and a pin nailer. I also got a reconditioned PC 18 ga nailer very inexpensively. While the PC is clearly better than the HF, and I reach for it first, always, for nails. The HF nailers work fine. They jam a bit easier, and they make a larger dent (especially the combo, when used with nails, makes a staple-sized dent, it only has one hammer). But they work fine, and if you only need one occasionally, and you have a compressor for other uses, they work fine. Did I mention they were cheap? Like $20-30 or so on sale?

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#4 posted 07-20-2015 02:10 PM

There are advantages and disadvantages to every type of cordless nailer.

The flywheel units, like the DC608 are large and heavy, with slower spin up times and less power than pneumatic nailers. For what you describe, there is probably enough power and the time shouldn’t be an issue, but getting the large nailer head into corners could be a problem.

The fuel cell nailers, such as Paslode, have good power and are a bit smaller, but you have the expense of the fuel cells and they need routine maintenance to clean the fuel residue out. Plus the nasty smell.

The best cordless nailer currently on the market, IMHO, is the Senco Fusion. Combines the power of pneumatic with a smaller size than a flywheel nailer and no fuel cells to buy or clean up after. Biggest downside is the cost (retail tends to be around $400), but it’s a professional grade tool that should last a lifetime of hobby use.

I think the Ryobi Airstrike uses a similar system to the Senco in a homeowner grade tool, and it has gotten some good initial reviews, but I haven’t ever used one to know. Might be worth looking into.

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#5 posted 07-20-2015 04:37 PM

Thanks to all respondents. I appreciate hearing your experiences and opinions.


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