September 7, 2010

Duo-Fast DF225C Coil Siding Nailer - Review

df_siding.jpgFirst off, we need to thank the people at Duo-Fast. They not only sent us this gun to review, but they sent it in, like, February or something. A loooong time ago. They've been very patient while we've had it and not once sent out a 'wtf?' email. There is only one to-be-reviewed item that we've had longer (and that one we've had for about three years). We're a bit embarrassed that it took us eight months to get this one out, but it's amazing that when you're looking for a siding project, siding projects are hard to find....but anyway...

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The Duo-Fast Siding Gun takes 1-1/2" to 2-1/2" nails (more on the nails in a bit). The features on the gun are all useful and durable; it has a knobby orange dial for a tool-free depth of drive which can be operated with thin gloves on; the circular magazine is made of half transparent plastic which is nice because at a quick glance we could always tell how many nails we had left; and it has an adjustable exhaust and a rafter hook, like any decent pneumatic. We were a bit concerned about the durability of the clear plastic magazine cover, but a few accidental drops made those worries go away.

It's a nice gun to use. It's good and light, weighing 4-1/2lbs, which is just under the Hitachi and the Bostitch. We didn't have any problems with any nail jams or anything else really, and loading the nails is easy enough. Oh yeah, the nails...

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While the gun itself is pretty basic with solid features, it's the nails that make things really interesting. Duo-Fast has designed a plastic-collated nail that manages not to shatter little pieces of plastic at your face like those irritating plastic-collated framing guns. And because it's plastic, there is no chance of a wire (like from the wire collated nails) causing any rusting problems on your siding later on (we've seen this happen). What does occur when the siding gun is being used is that the plastic rolls out of the top of the gun, like an old-school cap gun. When it got irritatingly long, we just sliced it off with a knife.

So even though it took the better part of a year to get around to it, when we did, we really liked this gun. It retails for around $370 which puts it at the upper end of things, but the nails and the overall quality of the gun make it a reasonable price.

Gun at Amazon.com
Nails at NailGunDepot

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