Paslode Powerframer 350 Framing Gun
Paslode has just released a new framing gun that looks like it's got a lot going for it, primarily it's weight. At 7.5 lbs, as far as we can tell, this is the lightest framer out there. It's just a hair lighter than Bostitch's latest and an entire pound lighter than the Ridgid gun that we reviewed last year.
According to Paslode, not only is this gun light, but it's also mighty powerful and plenty durable. They say it can withstand a two story drop and can go an entire 18 months without service. With an attached one-year service guarantee and a five-year limited warranty, it seems that this gun was made with the heavy-duty framing crew in mind, where breaks in the work day to tinker with your gun are disruptive and inefficient.
As far as power goes, Paslode says they've made a gun that can consistently drive 3" nails into all forms of engineered lumber. This is quite a feature if you've ever had to spend time going back over your work and whacking in those 1/2" nail stubs that you left behind.
In addition to all this, the gun also has some standard features that come with any quality framer; a rafter hook, the two firing modes, and a tool free depth-of-drive gauge. The gun takes 30 degree, clipped-head, paper-collated nails from 2" to 3.5".
If this gun is everything that Paslode says it is, we bet it will be pretty popular with the work crews. We've seen how some framers treat their tools and if there is anything that can withstand that kind of beating, it'll catch on.
There's no word yet on what the tool costs, but we're sure that it'll be available at Amazon.com and Tool King.
UPDATE: We did a little research and found out that we were wrong when we thought that this was the lightest gun out there. DeWalt, Max, Senco, and Pneu-Tools all make lighter guns, but in most cases, just by ounces.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at February 22, 2008 5:51 AM