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  • Corded Power – Cordless Freedom – Dewalt FLEXVOLT

    The folks at Dewalt have outdone themselves again, introducing an entirely new line of cordless batteries – coined the FLEXVOLT System. The first of their kind, these Dewalt batteries feature an intelligent design, capable of changing voltage when you change tools. The FLEXVOLT system is compatible with 20V MAX, 60V MAX and 120V MAX tools.

    FlexVolt Lightning

    The Dewalt DCB606 20V/60V MAX FLEXVOLT 6.0 Ah battery pack is designed with fifteen 4V MAX cells. Designed to run in either parallel or series mode, this battery is currently the most versatile in its class. In parallel mode, three sets of five cells connect in a parallel circuit. Each set provides 2 Ah (Amp Hour). Keep in mind, Ah is the amount of energy charge in a battery. This mode gives you a total of 20V MAX and 6 Ah for an increased run time.

    FLEXVOLT Chart

    The FLEXVOLT battery is engineered to run four times longer than a compact 20V MAX battery. To see a quick video demonstration of FLEXVOLT, click here.

    Dewalt FlexVolt Text Promo

    The series mode works a bit different. All 15 cells connect in a series to provide power for 60V MAX tools. The DCB606 automatically switches to this mode when you slide it into Dewalt’s 60V MAX brushless tools.

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    The DCB606 battery pack can power all Dewalt 20V MAX cordless tools, including the DCN693B cordless metal connector nailer (DCN693M1 model if purchased with 20V battery), DCN692B cordless framing nailer (DCN692M1 model if purchased with 20V battery), DCN660B cordless finish nailer (DCN660D1 if purchased with 20V battery), as well as 60V and 120V MAX cordless tools. Additional features on this FLEXVOLT battery include an LED display that shows you the state of charge, single piece cell holder, and durable construction.

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    For a quick, 60-minute charge of the FLEXVOLT battery, we recommend the Dewalt DCB118 fan-cooled fast charger. This battery charger is compatible with all 20V MAX batteries.

    FLEXVOLT HD 6AH Battery

    Dewalt has combined the power of corded with the freedom of cordless. Not just convenient, longer run time and more power translates to increased productivity and revenue. The FLEXVOLT system eliminates the constant hassle of charging and recharging your batteries, reducing downtime significantly. The Dewalt DCB606 is now available for pre-order only, with an anticipated release toward the end of August 2016.

    Will you power up with FLEXVOLT?

     

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • What Cordless Nail Gun Should I Buy?

    It's hard to ignore the increasing presence of cordless tools coming to market. Today, let's take a look at those different types of cordless nailers. We'll look at brand, product application, and variation(s) of cordless technology available. Let's start by breaking down the core categories of cordless.

    Senco Cordless Battery

    Framing Nailers & Metal Connecting Nailers

     

    Cordless framing nailers have improved quite a bit since the first Paslode Impulse tool was released in July of 1986 - nearly 30 years ago to the day. Today, Paslode cordless tools have improved in every possible way: lighter body, longer battery life, quicker recharge time and more. The CF325XP (905600) is Paslode's current contender in a long running legacy of cordless framing tools. Powered by lithium-ion battery and orange framing fuel cell, the CF325XP is designed for heavy-duty, everyday use.

    Paslode CF325XP

    While Paslode has dominated this segment of the market for many years, another key player is quickly gaining notoriety for their contractor-grade cordless technology. That's right, we're talking about our friends at Dewalt. Currently on their second generation lithium-ion framing tool, Dewalt's MAX XR battery boasts more power and longevity than ever before. Dewalt has also managed to eliminate the need for a fuel cell, without compromising performance. Dewalt's system is as simple as plug-and-play. With the recent release of their DCN693M1 cordless metal connecting nailer - the first of its kind - we've got a hunch this won't be the last cordless nailer from Dewalt.

    Our Recommendation:

    If you don't mind occasionally replacing a fuel cell, Paslode has led cordless framing sales for decades. For tried and tested quality, Paslode is a sure shot.

    Dewalt DCN693 App

    If you're looking for the latest technology, there's no doubt that Dewalt offers a game changer. The MAX XR battery system eliminates the need for fuel cell, and offers improved driving force and length of time between charging cycles.

     

    Finish & Brad Nailers

     

    Unlike the cordless framing market, you'll see a lot more competition when comparing cordless finish and trim nailers. Two main factors dictate the widespread growth for this segment of the industry - market share and tool design. Generally speaking, the market for finish and trim nailers is infinite. Between contractors, weekend warriors, and woodworking hobbyists, there is always a demand for finish nailers. Paired with the fact they require much less energy to drive small finish or brad nails into place, you have a recipe for success.

    Grex Cordless Comparison Side-By-Side

    Just like the framing nailers above, most cordless finish nailers come in the same two variations, either with fuel cell and battery, or powered by battery only. Grex recently launched the GC1850 cordless brad nailer, which is powered by fuel cell and AAA battery power only! Don't worry about constantly replacing those AAA's in the Grex either, this cordless brad nailer is rated to run up to 50,000 shots per battery cycle.

    Looking at fuel cell finish nailers, Paslode once again leads the industry with its lineup of lithium-ion tools. Introduced to replace the aging line of Paslode Impulse nailers, these new lithium-ion powered tools are lean and efficient. The most recent addition to Paslode is their all-new 18 gauge brad nailer, the IM200Li (918000). Featuring several benefits over its predecessor, the Paslode IM200-F18 (901000), the IM200Li lithium-ion brad nailer offers a lightweight design, long-range battery life, battery standby position to conserve charge, tool free depth adjustment, reversible belt hook, and no mar tip - among other benefits.

    Dewalt DCN660D1 App

    Moving away from the fuel cell, Senco and Dewalt continue to battle for control of the battery-only market. A long-time leader in innovation, the Senco Fusion is available in four cordless variations ranging from 15 gauge finish nailer down to 18 gauge brad nailer. The Senco Fusion cordless system continues to receive praise for its innovative features and proprietary design. However, Dewalt recently answered the demand for better, more powerful batteries when they introduced the 20V MAX lithium-ion battery pack. Built to compete with Senco's Fusion, we've seen a growing demand for Dewalt's new product(s) - which includes their DCN660D1 16 gauge cordless finish nailer.

    The Verdict:

    Only time will tell the ultimate winners in this extremely competitive segment of cordless tools. As new technology continues to emerge, we expect to see several new products come to market in the next calendar year. We also predict a full transition to lithium-ion batteries, for those brands still offering NiCad models or similar.

    Senco Fusion F-15

    And, if you're a diehard air tool enthusiast, there's good news for you too. Despite advancements in cordless technology, we don't foresee pneumatic tools fading into the abyss any time soon. With a network of contractors and tradesmen that swear by pneumatic nailers and staplers, we have a hunch these tools will also benefit from enhanced technology and performance.

    So, would you consider cordless?

     

    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Introducing Dewalt's DCN660 Series Cordless Finish Nailer

    Dewalt fans rejoice. Introducing the widely anticipated DCN660, 20V MAX 16 gauge cordless angled finish nailer, by Dewalt. A game changer for the brand, the DCN660 series runs exclusively on lithium-ion battery power - eliminating the need for fuel cells, regular cleaning and related maintenance. Just snap the battery into place and start working.
    Dewalt DCN660
    Dewalt's DCN660 finish nailer is built around their 20V MAX brushless motor - which means improved performance, a lighter weight design, and longer run-time for the end user. How much lighter you ask? Try 27 percent lighter than the comparable Dewalt DC618. Weighing in at only six pounds WITH battery, arm fatigue shouldn't become an issue for some time.
    Other goodies on the DCN660 include tool-free depth adjustment, tool-free jam release, tool-free stall release, multi-functional LED lights, select actuation (choose between bump and sequential fire), adjustable belt hook, no mar tips, and trigger lock-out. And don't forget, this tool can drive up to four nails per second.
    Just like the Dewalt Li-Ion cordless framing nailer (which has also been refreshed for Q4 of 2015), the DCN660 comes in two variations, the DCN660D1 and the DCN660B. The DCN660B is your bare-bones, tool-only model, and does not include a battery or charger. For someone who already has a Dewalt 20V MAX battery and charger, this will be your budget friendly option. HOWEVER, for slightly more, we recommend getting the DCN660D1, which comes with battery, charger and carrying case. After all, as any contractor will tell you, it never hurts to have an extra battery.
    Just like any other 16 gauge angled finish nailer, look for Dewalt's DCN660 series tool to excel in applications that include door and window trim, paneling, baseboards, casing, crown molding, cabinetry, door jambs and more.
    The DCN660 is a new release item for Dewalt, and isn't expected to be in-stock until 2016. Nail Gun Depot is taking pre-order requests for these tools, so be sure to grab one of the first available, by ordering early.
    ~The Team At Nail Gun Depot
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