DeWalt DC608K

Comments: This gun was a bit heavy with a bulky feel, but felt very well balanced in the hand and during use. Like the Porter-Cable, this nailer uses a fly-wheel-style driver. The ramp-up time is fast, however, so it fires very quickly—enough that it has an effective bump-fire mode. The well-designed head allows for a perfect line of sight for accurate nail location. It was one of the most solid-feeling guns tested. According to DeWalt, it can fire 1,000 nails per charge on an 18V XRP battery. This gun never jammed or misfired during testing; it does have tool-less jam clearing. There is a short delay between trigger pull and initial firing. It has nearly instant repeat firing. Unlike all of the other battery-powered nailers tested, which run on lithium ion, this gun runs on NiCad batteries. These batteries are heavy and bulky, and you need to have an older-style charger, as well.

PROS: good line of sight; fast repeat firing; easy-to-use depth-of-fire gauge; sequential and bump-fire modes
CONS: somewhat bulky for tight work spaces; older battery technology

Nail size: 5/8 in. to 2 in.
Dry-fire lockout: No
Magazine capacity: 110 brads
LED: Yes
Weight: 7.5 lb.
Warranty: 3 yr. limited; 1 yr. free service
Cost: $240 (nailer, charger, one battery, case)