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DeWalt's new DC608 isn't the first cordless brad nailer, but it is one of the best. The big advantage of going cordless, of course, is that you don't need a compressor or gas cartridges, and there's no air hose to deal with. The DC608 employs a mechanical flywheel to drive nails. Unlike other flywheel-powered nailers that require a second to ramp up to speed, the DC608 fires instantly every time you pull the trigger, and its 18-volt battery delivers enough oomph to drive and set 2-in. brads into all but the hardest hardwoods—that's plenty of power. The DC608 accepts 18-gauge brads from 5/8-in. to 2-in. It has a 12-stop drive-depth adjustment and a helpful task light. It offers sequential and bump firing modes and is equipped with a lock switch to prevent unintentional firing. The downsides of going cordless are increased weight and larger size: The DC608 weighs 7-1/2 lbs., over twice as much as most air-powered brad nailers. And like other cordless nailers, the DC608 is significantly larger than its air-powered cousins. The DC608K includes the nailer, one 18-volt NiCd battery and a 1-hour charger.

DeWalt,, (800) 433-9258, 18 Gauge 2” Cordless Brad Nailer Kit, DC608K, $279.


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