Duo-Fast DFCR175C Cordless Roofing Nailer
It's been a busy time for nail guns. First, Bosch hit the scene with their Full-Force Technology, a big advancement in air-powered guns, then, a few months ago, Senco introduced the Fusion cordless nailer, which combined pneumatic strength with a cordless single fuel source. And now, here's Duo-Fast with another first: a battery/gas powered coil roofing nailer.
Last night, we were lucky enough to sit in on a conference call with Duo-Fast as they introduced this fella to the world and afterward we had a cup of tea with an imaginary friend and had a nice little Q&A about the tool.
So this is the first cordless coil nailer?
Not really. Bostitch released one a while back and then discontinued it. We found a picture of it on Amazon.com and it looks...well....crazy. The inherent problem with the cordless coil nailer is the difficulty of advancing the nail (on regular guns, a spring-loaded magazine presses the nails up and into the chamber). Making a nail fire is easy enough, but cycling the coil through is another issue all together.
So how did Duo-Fast solve this problem?
They created up some kind of dark wizardry where the exhaust from the gas combustion advances the nail.
So that's it, now there's a fully-functional roofing gun on the market?
Well, not really. With this technology, the Duo-Fast can drive about 2 nails per second. If you're not a roofer, you might be thinking, "oh wow, that's a lot." But it's actually not. A good roofer with a roofing gun sets his shingles and bump-fires the nails at a pace that's reminiscent of a machine gun. The Duo-Fast, because of the speed limitations of the fuel source, operates exclusively in sequential fire mode (meaning the the trigger needs to be pulled for each nail).
So it's not meant for pro roofers?
No it is. It's actually great for them. Duo-Fast understands that while it may not the tool that someone is going to use for a 5,000 sq/ft roof, it's ideal for little roofs and, most importantly repairs and patches. If you've got a crew going on a large roof, you're going to get there on a Monday and take your time getting set-up; get the materials delivered get the compressor and hoses there, ladders, etc. But if you just have a couple hours of work, this gun is a perfect fit. Show up, set up the ladder, hop up on the roof, do your work, and go off to the next job.
To accentuate this small-scale usage, Duo-Fast is opting not to sell huge boxes of nails, but rather small little nail/fuel cell combo packs. Six coils of nails (720) and a fuel cell for about $14.
How long is the battery and fuel cell going to last?
According to Duo-Fast the battery is good for 2,200 nails on a single charge and the cell usually makes it to somewhere between 900 and 1000 nails before emptying. And this is no joke. We did some extensive testing of Paslode's fuel cell longevity here (Paslode and Duo-Fast are sister companies).
Yeah, so what about those fuel cells? The other ones that I have are fussy to deal with and the smell of the gas discharge is brutal.
Thankfully, Duo-Fast redesigned the fuel cell so there's very little prep to be done before it goes in the gun. As for the smell....at least you'll never be using the gun in an enclosed space.
Yeah, it not only has some standard roofing gun features (adjustable depth of drive and a shingle guide), but it also comes with a backpack carrying case. Also, if you prefer the color orange to the color blue, expect Paslode to release a very similar tool shortly.
Does this thing have a price? And where can I get it?
It does. Duo-Fast is retailing for $529 and is available online at ABC Supply Co as are the nails. The gun comes with the backpack case, a battery/charger set up, a belt tether, safety glasses and one of the fuel cell/nail boxes. So as soon as you get it, you're ready to roll.
I'm a press release whore. Can I read the press release?
Yeah, it's right here:
Duo-Fast Construction Introduces
World's First Fuel Powered Cordless Roofing Nailer System
Cordless System Makes Roofing Jobs Faster And Easier
SCHAUMBURG, IL (September, 2010) - Duo-Fast Construction has introduced the world's first Fuel Powered Cordless Roofing Nailer System, Model DFCR17C. The convenience and efficiency of fuel powered cordless ensures roofers and exterior contractors get a powerful, lightweight and compact tool that helps increase productivity, reduce jobsite clutter and project downtime, and increase profits.
This revolutionary tool is easy to use, drives two nails per second and hold 120 nails per coil. Like other fuel powered cordless tools, the Duo-Fast® cordless roofing nailer drives nails sequentially by pushing the tool down and then pulling the trigger. It is faster than hand nailing and is perfect for a wide range of roofing jobs, including, leaks and shingle repair, ridge and hip replacement, steep slope roof work, flashing and vent installation, drip edge and trim, tight spots, and punch list repairs.
"Our jobsite experience with the new Duo-Fast Cordless Roofing Nailer demonstrates that this tool will help roofing and exterior contractors increase profits. Our cordless roofing system does not require hoses or compressors, which reduces set up and break down time to just a few seconds," said Jacek Romanski, Marketing Manager for Duo-Fast Construction. "In fact, the real savings of our system comes from turning your typical roofing job into a one-man task; this is something contractors we've talked to are excited about, since they normally use two or three workers per job because of the compressors and hoses they normally have to handle."
The Duo-Fast® Cordless Roofing Nailer features an adjustable depth of drive which reduces and often eliminates shingle blow-through. Additionally, the nailer's sequential fire contributes to precise nail placement, which will help eliminate any issues of high nailing. Together, these features translate into a higher quality roofing job.
This roofing nailer has a single door magazine for easy loading of the coil nails, skid guards and a belt hook. It comes with an adjustable shingle guide for precise nail placement and has a soft grip handle for greater control. The Duo-Fast Cordless Roofing Nailer System can drive 2,200 nails per battery charge, and 950 nails per fuel cell.
The Duo-Fast Cordless Roofing Nailer System, Model DFCR175C, comes with a convenient backpack and one Roofer's Choice™ Fuel + Nail Pack, as well as a safety tether, rechargeable battery and charger, and safety glasses. It also features a one year full coverage warranty and five year limited warranty.
Roofer's Choice™ Fuel + Nail Packs with PowerBoost™ Nails
The Duo-Fast Cordless Roofing Nailer uses Roofer's Choice™ Fuel + Nail packs, which maximizes the tool's performance and means you never run out of fuel before you run out of nails. Each pack comes with one quicklode™ fuel cell and six coils of nails (720 nails per box).
The nails feature the PowerBoost™ Black Tip Coating for superior ease of drive and a unique vertical groove design for better holding power than standard roofing nails. Each Fuel + Nail pack is enough nails to do two squares or 200 square feet of shingles (your typical roofing repair job).
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 10, 2010 5:32 AM