I have, Mike. I've had a DW608 and a DW616 18 volt straight 18ga and 16ga respectively for more than 6 years. They both work well although they're getting a little long in the tooth now. On the minus side they are heavy, and they won't drive as hard as a gas or pneumatic mailer. Typically the 16ga gun will baulk at doing much more than 50mm brads through oak skirting (baseboard) into plasterboard, but as it's the GripFill (construction adhesive) which will eventually hold the stuff it isn't a biggie. Performance on softwoods and MDF is a lot better. Only parts used to date are some return springs (actually rubber) which last 3 to 4 years each (2 per gun), and the driver pin which has sheared off twice on the 16ga because it's just hit too many pieces of concrete/rebar/metal over the years (and a gas gun or pneumatic would have failed in the same way). I've also replaced a switch cover after the gun was dropped 10ft off a scaffolding tower. The repairs were all undertaken in the field by myself, too. The rubbers are a few dollars a piece, the driver pin is under $20. The only other things to have gone are the batteries - the old ones lasted 5 years, so I shouldn't complain, really. I've trialled the 15ga Bosch gun, but it really is slow and lacking in punch in comparison to the equivalent DW 15ga gun. I've had a look at the Senco Fusion cordless as a potential replacement for the DWs, but they're not yet available in 18ga over here and as I've got to replace two guns I'd prefer to sick with a single battery technology for them both
The DW pair replaced a pair of older Paslode gas guns which were past their prime. Passlodes are smaller and lighter, but they got all sorts of issues; black corroded battery contacts, out of date or defective gas, failures in the igniter boards, etc and they do need to be stripped and cleaned thoroughly about twice a year (the DWs just need to be kept clean and the stock slides lightly oiled from time to time). probably worse for some parts of the USA is that gas guns are notoriously unrealaibel firers in extremely cold weather so you need to keep a spare gas cylinder and a charged battery permanently in your inside pocket when the temperature gets much under 5°C (8°F). I've also used the newer Paslodes, which are better than the older ones although they still have gas/battery/contact problems, as well as the Hitachi guns and Senco's 16ga gas nailer which has somewhat more power than the equivalent Passy in my opinion
In first fix guns my gun of choice is a Senco GT90CH cordless gas nailer - slightly larger than the Paslode but a lot more powerful - will drive 90mm ring annular nails into dry railway sleepers.
If you are wondering why no pneumatic - they aren't much favoured over here. Houses tend not to be timber framed (bricks or blockwork mainly) as well as smaller so jobs are much more mobile and of shorter duration. That means air lines have to be moved constantly. The safety checks required (e.g. receiver has to be pressure tested annually) as well as the increased insurance costs and additional trip hazard of all those air lines also helps keep them out of our job sites. I haven't seen anyone other than upholsterers using them for some years.
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Last edited by Phil P; 12-22-2014 at 09:05 PM.