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  • Pin Nail Parlay: Are Everwin Pin Nailers Worth The Gamble?

    Recently receiving a Pro Tool Innovation Award (PTIA) for their FCN90L coil framing nailer, Everwin Pneumatic has quickly earned industry recognition for their cost-efficient, high-quality air nailers and staplers. Among several recent additions to the Everwin product lineup, the PT850EA (21 gauge pinner) and P650EA (23 gauge micro pinner) each stand to rattle cages for established competitors at Grex, Cadex and Senco.

    Everwin Pin Nailers

    But, will the woodworking community simply put down their tried and tested tools, and take a gamble on Everwin? Let's examine why woodworkers should consider it.

    At first glance, aside from the difference in body color [Everwin tools sport a silver body with red accents], it could be somewhat easy to mistake an Everwin pin nailer for Grex. But, with a familiar body design, and features that rival key competition, how can Everwin maintain their cost-competitive advantage?

    Let's take a closer look at both the Everwin PT850 21 gauge micro brad nailer, as well as the Everwin P650 23 gauge micro pinner.

    Everwin P850 Specs

    We start with Everwin's PT850EA 21 gauge micro brad nailer. Just like Senco's FinishPro 21LXP, the Everwin is plenty capable of driving 21 gauge micro brads from 5/8" to 2" in length - without splitting or requiring touch up work. And, like the NEW Grex H850LX, the PT850EA features a last nail lockout with override, as well as a comfort grip handle, narrow nose and no-mar tip. Other features from Everwin include automatic pin length adjustment, side load magazine, a double safety trigger, rear exhaust with built-in muffler, pin reload indicator and reversible belt hook. With easy access bolts and wrench included, Everwin has designed this tool for easy jam clearance and depth adjustment.

    For projects that require a more delicate touch, we turn to the Everwin P650EA 23 gauge micro pinner. Range matching the Cadex CPB23.50, Grex P650L, and Senco FinishPro 23LXP, Everwin's 23 gauge pin nailer runs headless pins from 1/2" to 2" in length. Like the Everwin 21 gauge nailer, the P650EA features a last nail lockout with override system, to prevent dry fires and driver marks on the work piece. Matching the 21 gauge tool feature for feature, consider using the Everwin P650EA for cabinet trim installation, mirror and picture frame assembly, and other light-duty projects in trim woodworking.

    Everwin P650 Specs

    Now, considering the specs and features, is Everwin worth the gamble?

    Brands such as Grex and Cadex have garnered a strong reputation for excellent build-quality, especially among the enthusiast woodworking community. While Everwin offers a high-quality air nailer, we certainly can respect and appreciate the time-tested products offered by Cadex, Grex and others.

    Most brand-loyal woodworkers will no doubt stick to their guns, but for those who need a well-built, budget-friendly pin nailer, we'd suggest Everwin. As Everwin continues to claim new territory with their expanding lineup of collated fastening products, we can almost certainly expect to see continued growth in quality and performance.

    Would you bet on a new Everwin pin nailer? Let us know.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • First Look: Dewalt DCN890 Cordless Concrete Pinner

    Expanding on an already impressive line of cordless tools, Dewalt, in partnership with Powers Fastening, recently introduced the DCN890 cordless concrete and steel pinner. Among the first battery-only cordless concrete nailers available to contractors, the DCN890 is able to handle an array of projects, including applications in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, drywall, insulation, surface prep and more. Versatile, easily serviceable in the field, and built for contractor-grade performance, here's your first look at the all-new Dewalt DCN890 cordless concrete nailer.

    Dewalt DCN890 Cordless Concrete Nailer

    As with all other Dewalt cordless nailers, the DCN890 is available in two variations - either as a complete kit with (2) DCB205 batteries, DCB115 charger, DCN8904 standard/drywall interchangeable contact trip, and storage case (DCN890P2); or as a bare tool only, without kit (DCN890B).

    This 20V lithium ion cordless concrete nailer isn't afraid to take on both large and small projects alike, designed to drive concrete pins from 1/2" all the way up to 2-1/4" in length.

    Dewalt DCN890 Applications

    What makes the DCN890 important isn't the fact it's cordless, but rather how it's powered. Removing fuel cells and powder loads from the equation, Dewalt's cordless concrete nailer runs exclusively on 20V MAX lithium ion battery power. Not only is the DCN890 safer to operate thanks to a propellant-free design, it also provides long-term cost efficiency - eliminating recurring expense for powder loads or gas fuel. When used with DCB205 5.0Ah battery, Dewalt indicates this tool is capable of firing up to 600 shots per charging cycle.

    Dewalt DCN890 Steel To Concrete

    Featuring a flywheel based design for internal operation, reset time between shots is minimal, allowing for improved overall performance. Thanks to flywheel operation, Dewalt is also able to offer some of the lowest noise and recoil levels among its competition. And, with a propellant-free design, no licensing is required.

    Dewalt DCN890 Electrical To Concrete

    The other major benefit to Dewalt's new DCN890P2 and DCN890B, among its competition, it is the only cordless concrete nailer with a field-serviceable driver blade. Easy to service on-the-go, Dewalt says the driver can be replaced by a user in under two minutes. Specifically designed to accommodate several different applications in concrete and steel fastening, three adjustable power settings allow the DCN890 to handle projects ranging from hollow block, to hard concrete and steel.

    Dewalt DCN890 Specs

    Other features on this Dewalt battery-powered concrete nailer include a driver stall release lever, brushless motor, tool-free access points to clear jams, and an angled magazine for access in tight areas. Meanwhile, dual built-in LED lights illuminate any work surface, while providing valuable tool diagnostics to the user. And best of all, backed by a 3-Year Dewalt Guaranteed Tough warranty, any lingering concern about quality should be put to bed.

    Dewalt DCN890 Features

    Ready to accessorize? The DCN890 can also be mounted on Dewalt's DCN8905 extension pole, which can be used either as a 3' or 6' extension in hard to reach places. Owners will also have the option to order Stick-E and Magentic Stick-E nosepieces for the cordless concrete and steel pinner. And of course, the DCN890 is also compatible with Dewalt's new FLEXVOLT battery too.

    Dewalt DCN890 Assembly

    Commercial applications for the DCN890 include attaching steel track to concrete, block or steel; attaching mechanical clips and fixing to concrete, block or steel; attaching plywood to concrete or block; attaching lath to concrete, block or steel; or attaching furring strips to concrete or block. Suitable base materials for fastening include normal-weight concrete, lightweight concrete, grouted concrete masonry, hollow concrete masonry, and steel.

    Dewalt DCN890 Lath To Concrete

    Ready to order? Initial reports estimate the DCN890 kit will be available as early as October 2017, while we expect the bare tool to follow shortly after. Launch pricing on Nail Gun Depot is set at $749 for the kit, while the bare tool can be had for just under $600.

    With a growing, industry-wide demand for lithium ion tools, do you see Dewalt's new DCN890P2 and DCN890B revolutionizing the way we nail to concrete and metal? Let us know.

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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  • Can Hitachi Cordless Framing Nailers Stand Up To Competition?

    Light-years ahead of the old Impulse tools from the 1990's, cordless nailing is now one of the hottest topics in construction. Efficiency concern - and in some cases questionable reliability - has kept many contractors from making the switch from air-power to battery-power, until now. Advancements in battery capacity and lithium ion technology, paired with better overall performance and durability, can be credited for the growing demand of cordless tools. With at least three leading brands ready to compete, and several others closing in on the competition, who's top dog when it comes to cordless framing guns?

    The new kid(s) on the block, Hitachi's new NR1890DR (plastic collated) and NR1890DC (paper collated) cordless framing nailers are ready to rattle cages with the longstanding cordless competition at Paslode and Dewalt.

    Hitachi Cordless Framing

    Using Hitachi Power Tools' all-new 18 volt brushless motor and Air Spring Drive System, both of these cordless nailers eliminate the need for air hose and air compressor. And, while the same can be said about comparable contenders from Paslode and Dewalt, Hitachi's lithium ion system also eliminates the use of gas fuel cartridges - a benefit not currently available with Paslode cordless nailers.

    Built from the underpinnings of Hitachi's high-quality pneumatic nail guns, the Hitachi 18V framing nailer is designed to handle like an air nailer, yet capable of delivering more than enough power to flush drive 3-1/2" framing nails with ease. This, in part, is thanks to Hitachi’s Air Spring Drive System, which uses permanently sealed compressed air to drive each nail - resulting in zero ramp up time, and driving speeds up to 2 nails per second. The list of standard features on each Hitachi NR1890 cordless framing nailer includes a tool-free depth of drive adjustment, selective actuation button, on-tool battery indicator, integrated pivoting rafter hook, and a side lock switch to prevent accidental firing.

    Hitachi NR1890DR

    Powered by Hitachi's BSL1830C compact 3.0Ah battery, these cordless framing nailers can drive up to 400 nails per charge. Each NR1890 nailer comes with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty on the tool itself, as well as Hitachi's 2-year battery guarantee, and 1-year warranty on the charger. In addition to the tool, you'll find a BSL1830C Li-Ion battery (339782), UC18YFSL fast charger, contractor bag and safety glasses in the box.

    So, how does the Hitachi NR1890 really stack up against its competition?

    For the sake of fairness, we can't really compare the NR1890DR to Paslode or Dewalt, since neither brand offers a cordless plastic strip framing nailer currently.

    However, when it comes to paper tape nailers, the Hitachi NR1890DC can definitely hold its own against the Paslode CF325XP (905600), and the Dewalt DCN692M1. Hitachi's instant advantage over Paslode, the NR1890DC requires no compressed gas fuel for operation - meaning the end user can operate independently of costly fuel cells; and without the need for compressed gas, there's no delay in firing due to ramp up. A huge benefit for productivity and efficiency.

    When we tested the Hitachi, we immediately noticed two things: the nailer is extremely fast - even compared to the Dewalt DCN692 - but can feel a little cumbersome after an extended period of time.

    Hitachi NR1890DC

    The biggest disadvantage to the Hitachi is its weight, which weighing in at 10 pounds with battery, is a pound heavier than the Dewalt DCN692, and three pounds heavier than the Paslode CF325XP. While a slightly heavier tool may pose issue to some, we're confident improved productivity and efficiency will more than make up for weight related concerns in the big scheme of things.

    When it comes to long-term build quality, we haven't had enough time with the Hitachi NR1890 to make any concrete claims, but with a lifetime manufacturer's warranty on the tool itself (excludes battery), neither Paslode nor Dewalt come close in comparison.

    Will you stick with the tried and tested Paslode, or give Hitachi's new kid on the block a shot?

     

    ~ The Team At Nail Gun Depot

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