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Old 03-27-2017, 03:23 PM   #1
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20 Volt Nailers (Dewalt)


Been kicking around the idea of going cordless in my rehab business. The Dewalts sort of intrigue me with the reviews.

Anyone else run any of the 16's 18's and framers?


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I have had two of the framers for about 2 years or so. We use them a lot, but they are not the go to guns when framing. Very handy for punch out, basement framing, and truss work.

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I've used all the Dewalt 20 volt nailers and I think they all suck.
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I've used all the Dewalt 20 volt nailers and I think they all suck.
and what are you comparing them to I have some of the dewalts and have no complaints. I like to know your application and what is the disappointment for you.
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I bought the framer and am extremely disappointed. It doesn't sink nail heads and splits my kiln dried lumber I frame basements with. I tried it twice and now it collects dust. May try it again on decks on the wet Pt lumber.

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I love our 20v framer for what we use it for. Small framing, truss work, punch out, blocks, etc. It will not sink nails when nailing lvls together.
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and what are you comparing them to I have some of the dewalts and have no complaints. I like to know your application and what is the disappointment for you.
Simply put I think the whole line of Dewalt 20v are junk.
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Simply put I think the whole line of Dewalt 20v are junk.
Such an informative post... Great review, very detailed.

I own quite a collection from all the brands: M12, M18, Dewalt 20v, Makita 18v, some bosch 12v, and some bosch 18v.
The brushless tools from dewalt are great tools, the OMT is my favorite OMT, I haven't had any issues with my cordless framing gun, the tough system radio is hands down the best jobsite radio money can buy.
Now if you ran out and bought the $99 20v dewalt drill then I can understand hating on it. The major players are all putting out really great tools in their top line category.

I find it funny that a lot of guys will compare the $400 milwaukee fuel kit to a $199 special and then rave about how much better milwaukee is...
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Simply put I think the whole line of Dewalt 20v are junk.
So what color tools do you use. Not them garbage red ones I hope, with the faulty triggers.
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The only thing that holds me back from getting those DeWalt framers is the weight. Pussy?
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Heavy, yes, convenient, definitely.

I'm virtually cordless in my home repair niche.

I'm happy with my 20v framer for siding. It works great for t1-11 as well as cedar fences. I'm happy with my 15 gauge/18v for exterior trim.
I would probably be happy with my 18 gauge/18 v, but I've only used it once in the last two years.

Generally, the only time I roll out a cord is for a roof.


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The only thing that holds me back from getting those DeWalt framers is the weight. Pussy?
It is a bit bulky, but I think if you got one you would use it a lot. They seem to hold up pretty well to use/abuse. I did have one of the two in for warranty service recently, but at this point, I could toast one and still feel satisfied.

As for the rest of the 20v line, I am not thrilled with the sawzalls, and the 6 1/2 circ saw. I recently got the 60v saw and have not used the 20 since. I looked at the 60v sawzall, but like Mike, I am concerned about the weight of this tool. The OMT is the bomb! You put good blades in it and it works incredibly well.
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I have the 20v framer, but haven't used it enough for a recommendation.

I watched some reviews and read some posts about it. Everyone said, if you limp wrist it, the nails won't sink. I've found this to be true, with ours. Push down slightly when nailing and it sinks nails just fine. I haven't tired, but I assume it won't sink them in LVL. My Paslode and Bostich won't do that either. Then again, I can't remember the last time we didn't screw the LVL together.

So far I'm happy with the purchase. I wouldn't bring it out for general framing, but for smaller framing jobs I think it will do well.
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Thanks for the responses guys.

I will go with the 16 & 18 gauge for now Most of my framing is for closing in doors and windows, or resizing. MY (HIC) license limits me to non load bearing walls, so the 16 & 18 will do 90% of my nailing work.

I am picking up the 16 & 18 this morning and will give them a go on a couple hundred feet of baseboard. I may jump on a 15 gauge in the future because I like using them for the lighter pre assembled doors. The framer can wait for now.

I will post a review on them in the next 4-5 weeks as I have 2 flood rehabs coming up shortly were the sheetrock was completely removed up to the 2 foot mark on all the walls. These units should give the nailers a pretty good work out.
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I have the 16ga dewalt love it!!! No problems with it. Now for the framing one it does suck. So i returned it and will be getting the paslode. Much better performance and yes its much more money to up keep but its worth the penny to have cordless in a pinch
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I have most of the 20v line of dewalt tools. Pretty happy with them. The circular saw leaves a little to be desired, but what more could you expect from a 20v cordless? Cuts plywood like a champ.

I've never used a battery powered nailer. How quickly can you do repetitive shots? Does it have to "wind up" or something?

Seriously looking to get a trim nailer if it would be good for continuous use. Framing nailer would be nice compared to running screws when the job is too small to drag out the compressor, cord, hose, etc.
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I just got rid of my 2 Paslodes. It's great to have cordless in a pinch, but about half the time, it didn't work out.
2 batteries were enough to keep up with the charging. More than enough. Batteries last a long time.
I was always running low on propane. I would open the case and find someone didn't remove the cartridge after use. For us, if you leave the propane in the gun, it would leak out while not being used. I will admit, I occasionally was the one to blame.
The Paslode is a good gun. The only complaint I have is more with our management of the fuel system. Can't really say that's the gun's fault, but it is one more thing to keep track of.

The DeWalt only needs a battery. Since we are already on the 20v platform, we have plenty of batteries.
So far, no complaints.
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I'm in the minority here, but I have all paslode and absolutely love them. If you keep them clean they work just fine. It only takes a few minutes to clean once you have done it once or twice. I find that if I get any misfires, I clean it and we are good to go for quite some time. The fuel and nails are a bit pricey I will admit and think it's stupid how much they want for the stuff. That being said, the fuel lasts a long time and it's not like I'm framing houses and trimming out apartment complexes so the cost isn't that bad to operate. Cost of doing business and a convenience tax as I see it!

The biggest thing with the other cordless nailers is their size and weight. The DeWalt 16g weighs more and is the same size as my framing nailer, not an option in my mind! I would hate to do crown with a framing gun. Was hoping that Milwaukee was going to knock it out with their nailers and I was going to consider moving over, but that was a flop as well. So I'll keep my trusty Paslodes for now and be very happy with no hoses.
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The Hilti nail gun will sink nails in lvl, brand new paslode wouldnt.
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I have both the finest and framing nailers. For what I do they are awesome. I only buy li-ion cordless tools. No need for extension cords anymore.

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