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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:16 am 
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Dewalt DCN690 cordless framing nailer

The DCN690 is Dewalt’s latest cordless 18v Framing nailer running on the Dewalt XR range of Lithium ion batteries. Weighing I at just 4.2kg the machine is light enough to be taken almost anywhere. Dewalt has utilised XR brushless technology, which means that less energy is wasted via friction from the motor’s brushes.
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Most cordless nail guns require a battery and a fuel cell but the DCN690 requires just a battery, there are no expensive fuel cells required for this awesome machine, which is capable of firing 800+nails from a single charge ( Lithium-Ion 4AH battery ). The machine can fire nails up to 90mm long and can fire 2 nails per second. The kit comes complete with two 4AH Lithium-ion batteries and a fast charger, the batteries feature a charge indicator button that will illuminate LED’s to indicate the charge left in the battery
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The machine features tool free depth adjustment and tool free stall release, fault finding on the machine is made easier with the two lights at the rear which indicate either a flat battery or a nail jam. The compact size means that it will fit between 400mm centre studs which means that you can build a stud wall in record time.

Nail depth adjustment is made by turning the adjustment screw either clockwise or counter-clockwise-
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Indicators at the rear of the machine-
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The magazine is easy to load and is made of high quality metal-
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Single fire or rapid fire can be selected by using this selector switch-

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On the top of the machine is the stall release lever, this should be used when a stall is indicated-

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If you are a joiner or builder and use screws when building stud partition walls then this machine can make your job easier and much faster. Consider that once you have purchased the machine there are no fuel cells to buy and the nails are much cheaper than screws, this machine can quite simply make your life easier. As a comparison if you look at the price of 90mm ring shank nails you can pick up a box of 2500 for about £33, to buy 2500 basic woodscrews in a similar length 10*3.5 inch the cost would be approximately £97, this would rise to £252 if premium woodscrews were chosen.

When buying nails you need to be aware that there are different types for different types of gun. This machine will not work with straight nail strips, it will only work with nails set between 30- 34 degrees. Don’t worry about invalidating the warranty on this model by using other brands of nails because this machine is designed to fire any brand of nails.
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Great run through the features UHM but have you actually used it yet or are we waiting for a video??

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I was lucky enough to be sent one of these a few weeks back to test but could not tell anyone until the 12th December. It's an amazing piece of kit :thumbleft:

The people that were releasing the product chose two forum members from here but sadly only one of them could be contacted ( I pm'd the other member and emailed but the pm is unopened and the email was bounced back to me)

I can't wait to do some decking or stud work :mrgreen:


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excellent full and comprehensive reivew :thumbright: :thumbright:

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i was also lucky enough to be given the dcn690 to try out. i have taken some pictures aswell. however they are pretty much what uhm has already posted up. and photobucket is for some reason being worse than it normally is to use if it were possible :angryfire: :angryfire: :cussing:

Ive been using this nailer at work over the past few weeks. bits of stud work here and there. i do think its a great tool aswell. it weighs in a little heavier than the makita i own which is 3.5kgs and my friends passlode at 3.4kgs (weights courtesy of ebay haha)

ive used passlode 90mm straight brights and another 3rd party make 63mm ring shank galv. think they were something like champion nails. The D head or clipped head sort. im not sure if the newer type round head nails work in this machine. i didnt have a problem with either apart from one small incident when the nail jam light came on. a quick flick of the little black lever and it was good to go again. i wasnt exactly sure what had happened as there wasnt a stuck nail in there that i could see. it fixed the problem anyway.

my friend who has used paslodes since he started work thinks this gun is a touch heavy compared to his own gun. but he does like to use this one.

on first opening the box i was impressed by the solid feel of the machine. it seems to be well made. i liked that the belt clip/rafter clip or what ever you call them could rotate either left or right. my gun didnt come with safety glasses which the makita and paslode do and there didnt seem to be a space in the box for them. its no problem though i just put a pair in a small bag to leave in the box.

the battery's seem to last well. though ill be able to find out how well over the next few weeks as were starting a re roof on a bungalow. many laths to nail. we also have roofs to form so our plan is to use this dewalt alongside the makita and paslode tools to see how they compare side by side.

i wasnt able to get any 90mm ring shank nails to try out. but im pretty sure this will shoot em in no bother. the bang it makes when it goes off is pretty impressive. i tried out the bump mode which the gas nailers cant do and thats great for quickness. finger on the trigger and bang bang bang etc etc.

all the people ive worked with have been pretty impressed by this gun. well worth a play about with. and has the advantage that the batteries can be used with the other cordless gear in the xr range.


i plan to take some further pictures if possible in the next few weeks.



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thank you for taking the time
another great and full appraisal
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have you used the dewalt finishing gun big all? do they work in a similar way? on this dewalt gun theres a motor sound that kind of revs up then it fires. if the gun is in bump mode it revs up when you pull the trigger. if in single fire mode it revs up when the gun is pressed to the timber.

its good not having the missfires or as in this cold weather we have just now the gas being too cold to work. i had this happen last year. though it was with a finishing paslode gun.

i never experienced any compatability problems with my gas framing gun when using other manufacturers gas. but i did with the finishing gun. hitachi gas in a passy finish gun just doesnt work at all.


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haven't used any nail gun apart from the ryobi pin gun but thats not in the same planet as it uses 18 gauge :lol: :lol:

see ryobi isnt always best :huray:
i have fired a percussion gun into concrete though just to see how good it was :shock:

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fin wrote:
have you used the dewalt finishing gun big all? do they work in a similar way? on this dewalt gun theres a motor sound that kind of revs up then it fires. if the gun is in bump mode it revs up when you pull the trigger. if in single fire mode it revs up when the gun is pressed to the timber.

its good not having the missfires or as in this cold weather we have just now the gas being too cold to work. i had this happen last year. though it was with a finishing paslode gun.

i never experienced any compatability problems with my gas framing gun when using other manufacturers gas. but i did with the finishing gun. hitachi gas in a passy finish gun just doesnt work at all.



i have a dewalt 16ga trim gun, think it works same as the framer, makes the same noise anyway :lol:

fin how did you get on to doing testing etc?


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I got one of these also and tested it thoroughly for a couple of months before reviewing on 12th Dec. I was contacted via UKW and my review is there for anyone interested. I am very impressed and my paslode will definately go on ebay after the hols.



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@lons you musta got your gun the same day as me. the lad that dropped mine off said he was just in morpeth before he came to south shields.

they are great like. trouble is the lad i work with thinks hes adopted it haha.


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That looks like a good bit of kit, whats the price over £500 i bet?

I like my bostitch 1st fix gun although a bit heavy compared to the paslode im350


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chippymike wrote:
That looks like a good bit of kit, whats the price over £500 i bet?


Yeah just a bit - http://www.dm-tools.co.uk/product.php/s ... EWDCN690M2

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looks like a nice bit of kit. have a gas won and it's the gas that's the week link, but would struggle to justify for the sake of it. however if mine goes pop that's top of the list as a replacement


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great review

i have the dewalt cordless 2nd fix pinner [ no gas just batteries ]

this look like a great bit of kit


i have started to use my air nailer and compressor for first fix due to cost ratio vs paslode

this look like my next wish item


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