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This indicate insufficient air pressure, increase slightly air pressure till you obtain desire depth of penetration of the nail. that i smost common cause

you may have some problems with piston movement, but this will as well very sharply recoil, you did not mention re-coil, therefore insufficient air pressure is correct assessment.

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  • liammadigan Aug 04, 2010

    a dewalt dc618 (my fault for not specifying), after firing the nailgun it leaves about 2" of nail sticking out and will not drive nails in any further. the bands and belt seem to be fine???

  • bzet1820 Aug 05, 2010

    Ok, after short clarification, I assume therefore that you use standard 2 1/2" nail, and it is driven only about 1/2" inot the wood.

    Most common causes in this gun, especially if was operating correctly before are:

    1. Battery, does not hold charge or is not cahrging fully, check tool against known working and good battery
    2. Nailer is not in full contact in place, need to be pushed harder against the surface
    3. Wood is too hard, this is actually more common than it is menioned, choose tool suitable for the job
    4. Nail too long for the application
    5. Broken or worn driver blade tip/shaft. You need to replace driver/return assembly, it is usually better done in repair workshop, albeit is not that difficult, for experienced person takes about 20min.
    6. Damaged or worn driver/return assembly, same as 5... need replacement.
    7. Most common cause of your problem: depth adjustment too shallow, follow general tips for that below:

    There is little wheel on this gun which regulate release pressure, it is located on the side of the tool, you need to check if it is correctly set up. On average, longer the nails, harder the timber, higher the settings.

    Follow this procedure:

    a. Remove battery
    b. Remove nails from holder
    c. Secure contact trip lock-off
    d. Rotate wheel clockwise up to 6 (that is maximum)
    e. Re-assemble battery and try test fire

    If problem persist, I am afraid that you need to check other possibilities listed, check batery first, it is cheapest.

    DeWalt is providing with this particluar model 1 year exchange warranty regardless of reason (worn assembly as well!) and 3 years service, that is depending on country of sale, please then check if yours is still under warranty, you maybe due for new gun or at least refurbished one :-)


  • bzet1820 Aug 05, 2010

    I know it is in punjabi, but I do not speak that particular lingo...

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