November 4, 2015

Paslode Cordless CF325XP Framing Nailer - Review


Paslode is in the process of upping their cordless framing gun with the new CF325XP Framing Nailer. Honestly, I really like their original CF325 and didn't even think it needed updating, but that's probably why I'm not in R&D for a leading tool company. But in looking at what they've done to the new version, it does make sense.


I have a lot of experience with their older Li-ion framer and this new one carries forward most, if not all, of the goodness. The handle is comfortable, there's a nice rafter hook (that can be tucked away when not in use), and the nose of the nailer has a viscous claw end, capable of toe nailing at the shallowest angles. I also really like how the battery has two positions; engaged and "resting." Click it all the way in while in use and during break or lunch, you can step it back a peg (but still have it locked into the tool). This prevents any battery drain but still keeps the battery attached to the tool.


Like all Paslode guns, this one uses the gas cartridges (aka: Mr. Stinky). It's all fun to rail on this about it being smelly, but I've honestly never really met anyone who cares too much about it. Over the years, I've gotten so used to it that to me, it smells like productivity (kinda like napalm in the morning). If there's a downside, it's not that it smells, but rather that the cartridge is something that needs replacement from time to time, so make sure you have an extra kicking around.

But Paslode has this covered too, like with their finish nailers, they offer these nice nail/fuel packs that house 1000 nails and a cartridge. They sent me one of those too and what I really like about it is that it comes in a fairly rugged plastic container. They could have opted for a cardboard box but that would be much more difficult to deal with on a job site. They get wet and rip and the next thing you know, you've got nail magazines everywhere.


But anyway, back to the gun. According to Paslode, this new version has 15% added power and it works in temps down to 14 degrees. Both of these are good things and contractors are bound to benefit from them.

So yeah, this is going to be another good one for Paslode.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 4, 2015 10:50 AM
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Do you see any compelling reason to upgrade from the CF325li? Seems like the power is the only big difference is the power (presuming the new fuel mixture addresses the cold weather performance).

Posted by: Robb at November 9, 2015 10:34 PM

Nail guns with gas cartridges have always seemed to work the best to me anyway. Definitely worth the stink!

Posted by: Rob at November 6, 2015 1:52 PM
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