September 7, 2012

Paslode 16-Gauge Angled Li-Ion Finish Nailing System - Review


Paslode has the reputation as the go to company for cordless nailing. Their guns have really become the standard of the category. We even hear the word "Paslode" used in a generic sense, like Kleenex and Sawzall. The company has to be aware of this dominance and they likely take great pride in their position. So along with that comes the overriding need to remain current and fresh. Enter: the new Paslode 16-Gauge Li-Ion Finish Nailer. They sent us one to review and here's what we thought...

The big upgrade here is that Paslode has made the jump to the lithium-ion battery. This translates into longer battery life, a smaller battery, a lighter tool, and a faster charge. All good things and big improvements over the NiCd model. But in addition to this, Paslode has tweaked just about every small aspect of the gun's design, making for a tool that, by virtue of many small incremental improvements, is vastly superior to its NiCd predecessor.


New Li-Ion on left, NiCd on right


So where to start? First, the gas canister loads a lot easier and leaves no possibility for breaking off the little white tab (if you've ever used a Paslode, you know what we're talking about). We loved this and the redesign makes for a quick, stress free set-up.


The depth of drive adjustment is about twice the size of the old one. It's way easier to use and doesn't get caught up like the NiCd one did.


The markings along the length of the magazine are now orange on black, high contrast. in other words, they're actually readable, unlike on the NiCd.

The Li-Ion battery is about 1/2 the height of the old one, so the handle is a lot thinner, making the gun easier to use in tight spaces.

The contact tip of the gun actually angles down getting out of the way of the sight line. We really liked this one. It's a small adjustment, but it has a tremendous impact on accuracy.


The handle has more padding and is at a slightly different angle. We liked the padding, the angle, we wouldn't have notice if someone hadn't told us. So-so on that one.

There's also a better belt loop/rafter hook. This one is quickly adjustable and has a deeper throat.


So we've used this gun quite a bit and think that it exceeds in all categories. It's comfortable, powerful, accurate...and also very loud. There is also the issue of the Paslode gas odor, but we've come to associate that smell with productivity, so it doesn't bother us any more. It's a really nice gun.

The new Paslode is going to set you back $400. Big money. But it also means that you're not spending money on a compressor or a hose. It's a pretty good investment if you ask us. With all of the work that we're doing on our own renovation, the ability to run up the stairs, install a few pieces of trim and get back to the garage without having to deal with a compressor or an extension cord is priceless. If you're a seasoned carpenter or a DIYer who is starting to get serious about things, this gun should be at the top of your list.

More info at Paslode.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 7, 2012 4:27 AM
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