August 23, 2010

Win a Duo-Fast DF225C Coil Siding Nailer from Tool Snob!

DuoFast_siding_nailer.jpgThe nice folks at Duo-Fast are supplying us with one of their new coil siding nailers to give away to a lucky reader. The new gun is lightweight (lighter, as far as we can tell, than any other pro-grade siding nailer on the market) and takes plastic-collated nails to reduce the nasty, rusty staining that can happen with metal-collated nails. It's got a street value of about $370.

We've had one for a while now and have been testing it out for an upcoming review (hopefully to be posted before the contest is over) and so far, it's been a champ.

So to enter, leave a comment at this post telling us two reasons why you should be the one to get the nailer. We'll choose the winner based on who we think is most deserving, or who makes us laugh, or who, at that moment, we think is the most sincere. It's a crapshoot, really, what exactly we're looking for, but we'll know when we find it, so just be yourself. We'll do the drawing on Tuesday, September 7th, the day after Labor Day.

More information on the tool is at Duo-Fast and the press release on the gun is after the jump. If you don't have the patience to wait for the contest to end, but you want one of these nailers oh so bad, you can pick one up at

New Duo-Fast Construction Coil Siding Nailer
Is One Tough, Lightweight And Productive Tool

Designed for Easy, Accurate Siding Installation

SCHAUMBURG, IL (October, 2009) - Duo-Fast Construction has introduced a new Coil Siding Nailer, Model DF225C. It is a lightweight, powerful tool designed to handle production nailing of siding, fencing and decking. It is even more productive when used as a system with Duo-Fast® "CI" and "CS" series plastic collated round head coil nails.

"Our new lightweight coil siding nailer is one tough, durable tool that was designed specifically to work with our CI and CS nails as a system," said Tracy Tryboski, Marketing Manager for Duo-Fast Construction. "When used as a system, the contractor will experience fewer nail jams, less wasted nails and fewer clean up hassles, making the job quicker and easier to complete."

The engineers at Duo-Fast Construction have packed the new DF225C with many features that will make this the tool of choice on the jobsite. It weighs just 4.5 pounds to lessen worker fatigue. With its tool-less depth of drive, workers can quickly and accurately seat nails into siding to the manufacturer's specifications, thereby avoiding overdrives and warranty issues. Plus when used with Duo-Fast CI and CS series nails, which are 0-degree plastic collated, there is no worry about rust staining the siding as can happen with wire-weld collated coil nails.

The new Coil Siding Nailer also features a durable rafter hook, a 360º adjustable exhaust cap and a comfortable rubber grip for all day use. Its nail capacity is 300 nails with a switchable trigger and a clear magazine to monitor nail usage. It can be used with smooth, ring and screw shank nails from 1-1/2" to 2-1/2" with shank diameters of .080 to .105.

The DF225C will be available at distributors in October 2009. For more information on Duo-Fast Construction's Coil Siding Nailer, Model DF225C, or the Duo-Fast® "CI" and "CS" Round Head Coil Nails, go to or call: 1-888-631-2020.

With headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, Duo-Fast Construction, a division of Illinois Tool Works, manufactures a full line of brite and galvanized fasteners, and Cordless and pneumatic nailers for the residential construction industry that are used by professionals for framing, sheathing, fencing, floor and roof decking, siding and insulation.

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Posted by: House Siding at September 22, 2011 3:12 AM

Please consider my most humble request to receive the new Duo-Fast Construction Coil Siding Nailer. I'm the son that lives out of town and never gets to help his parents and in addition never receives any help on my projects from family members because I live so far from home.

I will use this nailer to put the siding on my new garage addition. This addition will allow me to move my gardening tools out of the garage so I can make the garage more shop friendly. In addition it will help me earn brownie points with the wife by building something that will help clean up the garage. I rarely take on projects this large because I don't have the tools or the time. With this tool I should be able to save time. The plastic coated nails will also help protect the finish on the siding so that the project remains professional looking for a long time.

Once I complete my garage addition the second reason for my request will come to frutition when I give the the gun to my father after helping him build and side his new gazebo. I go up once a year and this year will be special if I get this gun. Besides being able to give Dad a nice gift, I will earn extra brownie points with my Mom for helping build the gazebo. My brother usually collects these points since he lives near my parents.

So help me earn brownie points with my wife and mother and father while completing two very worthwhile projects and thumbing my nose at my brother. I promise to take pictures and send you an article to post.

Posted by: Lyndon at September 7, 2010 11:46 PM

I totally want the nailer, hook me up, I'll wear my safety glasses! :) I need to replace my ugly fiberboard siding, with flaking dull pink paint and ugly spots from rusted nails. Let’s just say the décor doesn’t add much to the word castle or term “man cave” :)

Honestly it's time to just pick me -- it's not because I am asking you too but deep down, even you don't even want to see the flaking salmon pink paint on fiber board with rust spots. Yikes! The house has chickenpox!

Congrats to whomever wins! It was fun chiming in for a possibility to win. :)

Posted by: Tyler at September 7, 2010 8:04 PM

I'll not lie about wanting this nailer. I do, seriously. My best bid to reside my house (last week)was $15K, and although reasonable, OUCH! At least the siding in insulated.

The way I look at it is that the money I save by attempting to reside my own house can go to the medical and legal bills arising from accidentally shooting my self (or my brother) in the foot or by inflicting unintentional distress on the small animals in the neighborhood. At least the medical bills will be tax deductible (mostly).

This nailer will help me to cover the woodpecker holes in my rotten masonite siding. Therefore, this will increase the curb appeal of my house, thereby raising the opinions of my family in the eyes of my neighhbors. This will increase the well-being of all who live around me.

So you see, by giving the nailer to me, you will greatly aid the living standards of my family and put my neighbors at peace.

Posted by: Rich at September 7, 2010 4:34 PM

Two reasons why I should win this.

1. I NEED a quality air nailer of this size. All the ones I have are smaller gauge nails and very cheap build quality... Read... Harbor Freight.

2. I'm going to be building a small dog house for my Doberman and it may double as my bed if I take too long to pound all the nails and neglect my wife.

Posted by: Jason at September 7, 2010 1:59 PM

As a child I was not allowed to play with power tools or guns, because my family decided I would be a girl, so you can imagine the torture of a childhood with out the basic necessities deserved any person for their happiness.
Now that I am grown up and able to play with anything I want, the pain in my heart of being a man without a boyhood still aches me deep down, while this nailer can't completely fill that hole in my heart, it can help me put up some siding around it so that the healing may begin.

but mostly, I'm pretty sure that Paul Cole and Pat are the same guy.

Posted by: radcliff at September 7, 2010 8:53 AM

1) This comment is totally last minute. I've had this page sitting open on my browser for three days. And now I'm commenting only because I'm putting off cleaning the bathroom. In other words, I NEED this nailer, because it may be the only way I will ever get anything done.

2) All kidding aside, I am embarking on building a house (starting this fall) for my family. First baby is due any moment (one reason why the bathrooms need to be clean) and I'm looking forward to raising my children in the house I built for them. The house will definitely have wood siding milled from hardwood trees on our property. This nailer will see plenty of work in the next two years!

Posted by: Brad at September 6, 2010 4:49 PM

1) I've had to learn to be handy since I became the "man of the house" at 16, and was told to keep the rental property up with a Craftsman jigsaw and my grandpa's Black & Decker drill. I've been building up on that collection since and I could really use a siding nailer.

2) Our house has old yellow vinyl siding ... on the bottom floor. The rest of the house is green vinyl siding. Enough said.

Posted by: Steve Wong at September 6, 2010 12:55 PM

Well, My husband and I just bought a fixer upper with terrible blue fiber board siding. The siding is filled with holes because it was an inferior product with a known defect.

The other way I could use it is to nail my husband up on the wall by his giant tool belt if he starts to get "Uppity." :)

Posted by: christy at September 5, 2010 9:40 AM

Okay, here are my two:

1. Probably like most readers, I've been trying to expand my horizons with different projects and absolutely know for a certainty that having the right tool for the job makes all the difference. Having a quality tool is bound to make one more proactive in this pursuit!

2. There's this deck project I have in mind that needs a kick in the behind to get started....

Posted by: Amer at September 5, 2010 12:38 AM

Why should I get this nailer? Because for the last three years I have been working my way through college on a combination of my G.I.Bill and a for hire handy-man/carpenter. I have built sheds and garages along with simply replacing a single window for an elderly women. I now have my associates in civil engineering all without any loans or help from my parents. Currently I'm working on my B.S. in Engineering Management and still working every carpentry job I can take. I do not have a siding nailer and have been nailing siding by hand for the last three years. This would be a great addition to my tool collection and allow me to take on work I would not have really been able to do before. Secondly I really can't afford to buy my own right now. Between books for school, gas and basic living expenses I don't seem to have a huge new tool budget lately. Every time I go to your site my wishlist only seems to grow. Currently a siding nailer is my number two most wanted tool so getting it would be really great. Thanks.

Posted by: Drew Dana at September 4, 2010 10:58 PM

While not a general contractor or construction professional, I'm a very experienced DIYer with many years of various projects under my belt. So much so that I built my own house over 20 years ago, and to this day it's still standing proud, so I must have done things right. Anyway, there are a couple projects in the pipeline for here as well as with some friends places, an addition to my garage as well as a new, smaller (16x24) garage/shed to corral the increasing amounts of equipment that has made using the garage a bit of a pain. There is some possible remodeling to be done at a friend's place as well, with new windows, siding and trim. I don't have a siding nailer, but have brad and finish guns as well as a framing gun in my collection. This could go quite a ways in making the project move along.



Posted by: Phil G at September 1, 2010 12:58 AM

Sure I'm a photographer by trade, but I'm a carpenter by birth. My Dad is a contractor and I started hammering nails at age 6. Now I live in a small community that needs to build a barn that will be used as workshop space which I hope to use to teach young people woodworking and carpentry skills. This tool would be ideal for siding that barn! I'm also one of the only really handy people in the community so I am the go-to guy for repairing just about anything that needs to get fixed. In other words you wouldn't just be giving me a new toy, you'd be helping a community of about 30 families build what they need to build and keep their houses in good repair.

Posted by: Ethan Bickford at August 31, 2010 9:31 AM

My wrists have been giving me problems and I can no longer drive more than a few nails before I loose fine control of the hammer and start bending or missing the nail. Air nailers have been a God send for me. At present I use a roofing nailer for siding but nails are only available up to 1 3/4. I think a comparison between my PC coil roofing nailer and this tool would make an interesting article on the ToolSnob. If you give I will write.


Posted by: Bill Hammond at August 30, 2010 10:41 PM

Why would I like you to give me this Duo-Fast coil siding nailer? Well, because 1) I'm building my first real building all on my own and 2) I'm going to need all the help I can get!

I have a place out in BFE (yes, it stands for what you think it does) and I will be building a 12x24 foot tool shed all on my own. I'm female, I have never attempted to build anything this large before, but what the hey, I need the shed to store all my power tools I've been purchasing for the past several years to eventually build my own home. I have a several books on building, put the shed plans together, did a lumber take off and part of that includes 18 sheets of siding.

I view your site regularly, read all the articles, especially about the tools you test, and have even purchased a couple of them. I don't generally enter contests because I don't like giving ou tmy info. But again, what the hey, it's tool and I can use it!


Posted by: J. L. at August 30, 2010 9:35 PM

I need this gun so I can put siding on my workshop, since I removed the pipe that fed power to my shed and the siding that was used is no longer available and the shed needs siding also


Posted by: David Still at August 30, 2010 5:00 PM

Why do I need the siding nailer. Where do I start. Firstly I own one stinkin piece of rental property. Anybody who has owned rentals knows that owning one, is far worse than owning none. So in the last 45 days I have hauled 6500 pounds of trash out of this place. Filled a 23 yard dumpster not to mention a coupe of trips to the waste transfer station. Now the place is cleaned up but it still looks like it was time warped from 1965. I need to install siding on the entire home as well as replace all the old wooden soffits with new vinyl soffits (I bet the gun can do that also).

As we speak I am headed over to remove parts of the old siding and replace 20 feet of rim joist, sill plate, and sister about 10 floor joists. Do you have a framing nailer to give away also?


Posted by: Shawn Summers at August 30, 2010 11:25 AM

For the past year I have been re-engineering (fixing) the errors of the previous homeowner who did not allow for expansion/contraction when installing the siding. For that reason, I now have the pleasure of residing a good portion of the house. Secondly, this nailer would save the day as this will be a one man project for the most part since my wife and one y/o daughter are not overly inclined to help meaning this nailer would allow for one handed nailing.

Posted by: Ryan at August 30, 2010 10:05 AM

My new wife and I just bought a fixer upper. Our first home together.

I think we should win this nailer, because it would help us with re-siding our house (a two story with walk out in severe need of new siding).

Also I was just looking at buying a new nailer when I came upon this post. We don't have a lot of money and this would be quite a boon for us.

Thanks for the chance!

Posted by: Mark J at August 30, 2010 9:22 AM

I think I should win this nailer the following reasons:

1. I don't know how to use one well since I don't own one and,
2. Maybe by winning this I could get more work.

Posted by: David Wanderman at August 30, 2010 9:12 AM

I really could have used this last year when putting cedar shakes up on a new mudroom, and I'm more than willing to add more to the honey-do list which would require more cedar shakes!

Posted by: Cherylynne at August 30, 2010 8:48 AM

1. Quickly gutted our new place we just bought, it's going together a lot more slowly than it came apart. This would come in mighty handy.

2. You're one of the few tool sites I read on a regular basis!

Posted by: Eric at August 30, 2010 8:45 AM

1 - I NEED tools. The more the better and I don't have a siding nailer yet. It is an obsession that must be contained...actually it must be exploited :)
2 - I am rebuilding my 8x20 dilapidated shed with a 12x20 and vinyl siding, so it would be perfect!!

Posted by: Mike Vigneau at August 30, 2010 8:28 AM

I didn't previously enter, but you begged. Why I didn't enter:
1 - I don't really need this - I'm a home DIYer, and don't have any project planned that this would be useful for.
2 - I'd feel really bad for just selling it, but that's probably what would happen.

Posted by: Joel at August 30, 2010 7:15 AM

I am just starting to collect great tools for my fix up jobs. Please enter me in the contest.

Posted by: Barry Gardner at August 30, 2010 5:48 AM

I'll be honest. I don't really need a nailer. Oh I could occasionally find a use for one but I don't take on many wood projects (lack of space more than enthusiasm). But I am pretty broke so getting this would be awesome, at least after I eBay it.

Posted by: Clinton at August 29, 2010 10:39 PM

Being a first year teacher, there are endless ways I can use the nailer. Here are two:
1) building bookcases for my ever-deserving students and painfully bare classroom
2) taking out my 1st-year frustrations into some sad piece of wood

Posted by: Pat at August 29, 2010 3:54 PM

There are two wonderful reasons to give me the nail gun.
1. I love to nail things
2. I have good wood to nail

Posted by: Cole Kemp at August 29, 2010 3:38 PM

I would like the nailer because:

1) I have a compressor but don't have a pneumatic nailer.
2) I don't swing a hammer as accurately as I used to, and my thumb hurts :)

thanks for the consideration

Posted by: Paul at August 29, 2010 3:29 PM

I would like to get it because I really need it for my job I always have to ask some one to let me borrow one and for me to not here explanations that there using it or some thing else it would be real helpful for me to have my own tool.

Posted by: Javier at August 29, 2010 1:06 PM

So the Duo-Fast seems like a lighter, tough siding/deck nailer. I don't have siding or a deck but I could probably build one with this nailer. I was holding off on a comment, waiting to see who else would send one in. I would really appreciate the nailer. I would cherish it, along the lines of a mother and its new born adopted baby. If you send it to me, thank you in advance, that's awsome! If you pick names out of a hat, a 25% chance is still pretty good. If the first comment is legit and you decide to give it to them or any other deserving soul, that's cool too. Thanks for the possible opportunity of owning a Duo-Fast siding nailer. Please continue the good work at

Posted by: Richard at August 27, 2010 8:52 AM

why i think i should win this would come in handy to do my house help me with my siding.definately the molding everything i can do to get my house in father is sick and my brothers are in different states so its just me to do the work.i dont mind the work its a challenge but i cant afford to get the tools that make work easier.but this is worth a maybe its better id probably trip over the hose

Posted by: john at August 26, 2010 9:59 AM

I'd like to win this nailer because I have a medical dissability that I can not work a full day but I do work with the elderly/handicapped people for free. I have a compressor and some finish nailers but this gun would make my life alot easier and a more professional result for my jobs. Many Thanks Roman

Posted by: roman at August 23, 2010 4:21 PM

Its not for me, its for my Brother-in-law, Travis.
After the flood of 2008 devastated our home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, it was Travis who came down to help us rebuild. Once we got the site cleaned up, he loaded his truck with tools and drove three hours to help us out. He redefined my definition of what a carpenter can do and what family is capable of.

Three weeks ago, Travis revisited us and helped us build the garage we've been without since the flood destroyed it two years ago. He agreed to help in exchange for a couple of weekends of my time when he remodels his house this winter. That weekend we finished the two story garage in three 15 hour days and after all that work, I think my entire winter is going to be spent in endentured servitude at his place! It was worth it. I have a garage! Now, with room enough for tools!!!

I'd love to present Travis with this new coil nailer to replace the battered one he currently uses. He's definitely deserving of it and it'd be a great way of showing him how he's truly appreciated.

Posted by: Dave Atwater at August 23, 2010 10:43 AM
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