No-Hassle Nailer

Check out DeWalt's 15-gauge cordless angled finish nailer.

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No-Hassle Nailer

My compressor frowned at me when I brought home a DeWalt cordless brad nailer a year ago. Now that I’ve brought home its big brother—the DCN650D1 15-gauge cordless angled finish nailer—my compressor won’t even speak to me. This duo has nearly put the noisy old relic out of business.

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What do I love about this nailer?

For starters, the “micro nose” allows you to see your mark more easily and drive nails—from 1-1/4 to 2-1/2 in. long—precisely where you want them.

Its dual-purpose headlights light up your work area and flash if your battery is low (left headlight) or if you have a nail jam (right headlight). n Speaking of jams, this nailer has the easiest-operating jam-clearing latch I’ve ever encountered. It loads easily too.

It comes with a 90-day moneyback guarantee, one-year free service and a three-year limited warranty—a pretty strong vote of confidence from DeWalt.

When I was getting to know this TAX REFUND SPLURGE nailer, I discovered a surprise feature—a pencil sharpener built into the tail end of the nail chamber. That’s a bit like the bud vase they give you with a new VW bug.

This tool has other cool features, such as a depth-adjustment wheel, a belt hook and a selector switch so you can bump-nail.

Sure, this nailer has a few drawbacks—like the $400 price tag for the complete kit. And it’s a little heavier and bulkier than my pneumatic nailer. But you can’t beat the hassle-free nailing. Get more information at dewalt.com. — Spike Carlsen