I bought an 18-gauge Dewalt brad nailer (D51238) that shoots 5/8 to 2-inch brads. It jams and won't fire the 1-5/8-inch brads. I notice that if you open the head (where you clear jams), 5-8-in brads will slide easily in their groove along the magazine and out the discharge head. However, the 1-5/8-in brads, barely fit in their groove and have to be forced out the head, as if the nails are just a hair too long. The brads are botstich brand, although I didn't think that mattered. Is there another brand of 18-gauge nails I should try, or do you know what the problem could be?
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Re: Nailer jams with 1-5/8 brads
It sound to me that the 1 5/8 brads are not 18 guage but probably 16 guage and they will not work. Double check them first before going any further. You can usually lay them next to the smaller ones that work and see the size difference, if not let me know and I will dig deeper.
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You can go to this webpage and download the owner's manual which gives instructions: http://servicenet.dewalt.com/Products/Detail?productNumber=DC608K You can also download a parts diagram and order parts here.
I looked through the manual and found that DeWalt's Brad Nailer does not require tools to remove jammed nails from the nose piece. I believe this is the problem with your nailer, unless it's empty. Some of these nailers will not fire if there's less than 6 nails in them. Another feature on this nailer is the trip lock. It is a safety feature that prevents accidental firing. Any time you adjustments made to the nailer will automatically turn the trip lock to lock position. You'll find this lock on the right side, under the Dewalt label.
The instruction manual will explain all this.
Hope this helps. If it does, I would appreciate a vote. Thanks,
make sure you are using 18 gauge brads in the gun. also if the brads have gotten wet or are old, the paper or wax coating on the becomes weak and it will release more than one nail at a time. try different brads in it.
If the piston/driver is broken, the gun will fire however nailing will not take place because the piston will jam in the cylinder. Sometimes the cylinder will also crack when the driver goes. If the piston is not broken but stays down, then check the cylinder check valve, worn lower bumper, bent driver or cracked cylinder. 18 guage nailer has a very thin driver which will easily bend or break. Parts however are not expensive.
18 guage nailer has a very thin driver and plastic cylinder which bends or breaks easily. Remove the head noting all the parts in the head and remove the piston which should be at the top of the cylinder. Check for broken or bent shaft. Most likely broken and jammed in cylinder. Parts are not expensive. Check WWW.toolpartsdirect.com for diagram and parts