DeWalt DCN890P2 Battery Concrete Nailer

DeWalt DCN890P2 battery operated concrete/steel nailer is a self contained battery operated nailer for fastening to masonry materials including concrete, block, metal decking with concrete overlay as well as steel. The tool will shoot pins from 1/2″ to 2-1/4″ in length. If you add the optional DCN8903 Stick-E Contact Trip, you can attach lathing discs, ceiling clips, EMT straps and more.

Applications & Benefits

So what are some of the benefits or applications for a battery contact nailer like the DeWalt DCN890P2? Consider a few different situations.

Hot Work. One of the first reasons we looked into handling a battery operated concrete nailer was to solve a jobsite problem for a customer. They were making fastenings into the deck in a hospital. On this site, the hospital wanted them to hande it as “hot work” if they were using a powder actuated tool. What does that mean? That means they had to lift the ceiling tile, make the fastening and wait 30 minutes before replacing. The pounding of a rotary hammer wasn’t acceptable and so the DeWalt DC890P2 was a no brainer for this application.

Simplicity. Powder actuated tools (P.A.T.) like a Ramset or Hilti tool make quick work of fastening to concrete and steel. After selling them for 25 plus years, I am very comfortable with them and their operation. However, with a P.A.T. training and certification is required. You also need to know what power level to use where and when. Gas tools like the Ramset T3 and Hilti gas tools are simply more complicated. They have more moving parts and believe it or not if you are a low volume user, they can be even more fussy. Like any engine, they want to run, not sit! The DCN890P2 tools is a simple easy to use tool. Replacing the driver is a 2 minute job site fix. You adjust driving force with a simple 3 position switch. Most jams are cleared quickly with a simple flip of a lever.

Perception. I have sold millions of powder charges for Hilti & Ramset P.A.T and while over the years I have had a few injuries reported (and they where caused by operator error) they really are a safe tool. Still there are some sites that for safety, sound or other reasons are not comfortable with P.A.T being used. Again, you may consider using a rotary hammer but now you must consider dust management and the rat a tat tat of your hammer. The DeWalt battery concrete nailer to the rescue.

Block. Unlike P.A.T. tools battery operated concrete nailers will not blow out the block. P.A.T. tools use the base material to stop the advance of the driver. The DCN890P2 tool limits the driver’s travel just like an air tool or gas nailer would. The result is no blow out of the hollows in block.

What Can The DCN890P2 Do?

To be certain, the DeWalt concrete nailer does not have the power that a P.A.T. tool can develop, but in most applications, it simply doesn’t have to. The tool competes very nicely with the Hilti BX-3 tool. The tool is finding a home in the drywall trade for track to concrete and steel. My thought is the tool really becomes a nice addition to the electrical and data comm/security trades. With the addition of the DCN8903 Stick-E Contact Trip, you can start shooting EMT straps, right angle clips and more. We are now offering right angle clips with ceiling grid wire attached for suspending light fixtures and cable runs. Lathing discs rod holders and more can be used with the Stick-E probe. An optional pole tool extension is available as well.

HILTI BX3 Battery Nailer For Concrete

The Hilti BX3 is a battery operated tool designed to fasten to concrete and other masonry materials as well as steel. This is really a neat little tool that is finding it’s home in a variety of trades. I’ts proving usefull not just in the drywall, electrical, mechanical trade but also in the data comm/cabling fields. The latest version, the Hilti BX3 02 is a 22 volt tool that will hold a magazine of 30 pins. Advertised performance is up to 1.3 fasteners per second and a battery life of up to 800 pins with the highest capacity battery. The selling points of the tool include the idea that you have a clean quiet tool (compared to powder) that requires no user license. Some jobs are very noise sensitive, hospitals for instance, and some just won’t allow PAT tools. Shooting down track and other straight pins is just one use. The BX3 has a unique way of attaching clips and holders for the other trades.

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The Hilti BX3 can fasten ceiling clips (including pre tied clips) rod holders, EMT straps, tie wrap straps and cable straps. Hilti recommends you use their X-FG B3-ME guide or nose piece to do this kind of work. While you may be used to loading a clip or strap in you powder actuated tools with the nail installed, the clips and straps have no nail installed. You will note they have a fluting that holds them in the nose piece and when you fire, the nail comes from the magazine. This is a nice feature if the fastening fails, just pull out the bad nail and refasten. The down side to this, is you have to use Hilti’s proprietary fasteners which can tend to keep the price up. We actually tie quite a few ceiling wires and are working with some of our customers to tie our wire to their clips for them.

Street pricing on the Hilti BX3 is up there, double or more of most powder tools, so it may not be the tool for everyone. But when a tool solves a problem for you, pricing concerns fade very quickly. If you are on the fence, you will find used ones here and there on ebay that are still in great working order and about half the price. Give it a try and if it doesn’t fit the bill, you will likely get close to what you paid for it back.

While the Hilti BX3 is the first of it’s kind, Dewalt offers the DCN891B. More to come on that tool!