Dewalt DC618K XRP Finish Nailer Review

Dewalt DC618K XRP Finish Nailer Review introduction. The Dewalt DC618K XRP delivers a fair punch. It is an 18 volt cordless 1-1/4 Inch – 2-1/2 Inch 16 Gauge 20 Degree Angled Finish ‘Pneumatic’ Nail gun. So this great nailgun hands you the power of a pneumatic nail gun with the convenience of a battery driven cordless nailer hand tool.

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 Dewalt DC618K XRP Nail Gun Technical Details


  • Nail gun application: Finish
  • Nail gun type: Pneumatic
  • Power Source: Battery-Powered (included)
  • Voltage: 18 volts
  • Battery Cell Type: NiCAD
  • Weight: 8.5 Pounds
  • Length: 18.50 inches
  • Width: 15.25 inches
  • Height: 7 inches
  • Nail types: 1-1/4 to 2-1/2 inch, 16-gauge finish nails
  • Payload: 120 nails

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Dewalt DC618K XRP Finish Nailer Review


Using this compact and portable hand tool, you can drive nails ranging in length from 1-1/4 to 2-1/2 inch at a rate of up to five nails per second. So unlike other pneumatic nailers you will not have to purchase a compressor to drive it and you’ll not need to suffer the inconvenience of lugging around an air hose.

This nail gun is powered by a rechargeable 18-volt battery and sinks popular 16-gauge finish nails with ease. It has a 20-degree angled, rear-load magazine which holds 110 nails. The magazine is sealed against dust and debris that could otherwise cause the nailer to malfunction.

You can operate the DC618K in one of two modes – either ‘Sequential’ for exact one-by-one nailing, or high-speed ‘Bump firing’ which allows for faster production work. And you’ll be able to deliver nails through all of softwood, hardwood, or plywood as well as other sheet materials.

It is a good tool for cabinet makers, trim carpenters, and others involved with light woodworking, hardwood flooring and the such. It has a narrow nose and an angled magzine to allow it to fit into tight spaces – like the inside of cabinets. And since it has some a neat integrated LED lights – good for doing trim in darker areas!

Other handy features include: accurate electronic depth adjustment. 1-6 range, a swing-open nosepiece for clearing jams, safety contact lock-off that disables the trigger, a no-mar tip, and a reversible belt hook.

The DC618K 18-Volt 16-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer Kit comes with an 18-volt XRP NiCad battery (and if you have a lot of constant use planned, I always recommend getting a second battery so that whilst you use one, you can charge the other), one-hour charger, reversible belt hook, safety glasses, and plastic storage case. And of course it is backed by a DeWalt 90-day money-back guarantee, and three-year limited warranty, and two-year service contract on the XRP battery.

We have compared the Dewalt DC618K with other 16 gauge finish nailers. To see how it compares check out the best 16 gauge finish nailers.

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Final comments about the DeWalt DC618K Nail Gun


With a few nice extras such as the LED lighting the Dewalt DC618K XRP Finish Nailer kit is a well respected powerful cordless, battery powered pneumatic finisher nail gun. A few people find that after a lot of all-in-one use it starts to feel a bit heavy. But that perhaps is to be expected since it is robustly built to rapid fire nails home comfortably and smoothly.

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