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Dewalt dc618 wont drive a nail

Gun lights up,when you pull the trigger the motor runs,when you press it down it will not shoot a nail.the safety is not on.the plunger will not work.

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  • DIY Mike Feb 12, 2009

    DC618 Tip depresses against wood, lights come on, motor runs, nothing happens when trigger is pulled. Note: have had unit for two years, but this is first time trying to use it - basically brand new - has never fired.

  • Giant Gonads May 11, 2010

    also you can flip the safety switch on the side which will

    stop it from firing as well

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    dcc16

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    My Dewalt DC618 nailer with a fully charged battery when pressed in fully the light comes on and the motor comes on and when the trigger is depressed does nothing.

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Problem solved.whoever had used the tool must have hit something hard because the drive pin had been pushed back just enough to stop it from cycling.

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Its probably jammed. i have one of those and it tends to jam everyonce in a while. either that or the battery is dead. those two reasons will keep it from firing.

Posted on Dec 04, 2008

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