I love my nail gun, but I don’t love plugging it into an air compressor and dragging around a hose. A cordless nailer sure would fix that problem, but wouldn’t I have to deal with both batteries and gas fuel-cells? Unlike the Palisode models Toolmonger previously covered, the DeWalt cordless nail guns don’t require a gas fuel-cell — they fire nails powered by the battery alone.
DeWalt makes a number of 12/14.4V and 18V models. But I’m going to feature the DK612KA 16-gauge 12/14.4V, because if you already have a tool with 12 or 14.4 XRP batteries, you can buy a bare tool for 154 freaking dollars!
Dewalt’s cordless nailers can fire nails at a rate of 4 to 5 nails a second. You can choose either bump mode, for fast driving, or sequential modes for precision driving. A six-position numbered dial allows you to set your depth to easily remembered settings, so you can change the setting for a different material and come back to the exact setting later. An integrated headlight illuminates your work, and tool-less access to the nose piece allows you to easily clear jammed nails.
The rear-loading DC612KA accepts most brands of 16Ga. straight nails. Since there’s no air hose to disconnect when you’re not using the tool, DeWalt added a contact-trip lock-off to disable the the trigger, so you can’t fire it accidentally — but we’d still recommend you pull the battery when you’re done, as an extra safety precaution.
If you don’t have any XRP 12V or 14.4V tools, you still can buy this nailer with two 14.4V batteries, charger, and case for $215 at Amazon right now.