Well, this is interesting. While researching for another article, I just ran across this little fella at the Craftsman website. It's a cordless brad nailer and it looks like it carries a lot of the same mojo as the Ryobi AirStrike which was released last year (our review is here).
Both tools can handle 18-gauge brads from 5/8 to 2-inch. They both have LEDs and two firing modes. Belt hooks, you name it...they're pretty similar.
I'm a big fan of the AirStrike and think that it really opens up nail guns to the non-pro crowd. Compressors are a hassle and not everyone wants to deal with them, and the cordless nail guns that are already on the market are priced waaaay too high for the casual user. So here comes Ryobi, and now Craftsman, both well established brands with solid battery platforms offering a relatively inexpensive ($130 for the Ryobi, $140 for the Craftsman) nailing options.
So as far as which one to get, it probably comes down to a couple questions:
1. Do you already have any 18-volt Craftsman or Ryobi tools?
So it's no secret that we're on board with the cordless Paslode for all of our finish nailing needs. If we can take the compressor out of our routine, we're going to do it. But what about a cordless brad gun? Ryobi was kind enough to get one of their new 18-volt AirStrike Brad Nailers in our hands and we've been playing around with it for a little while. Here's what we think:
This isn't a review as much as it's a high-five, fist-pound, belly-bump to Paslode for their Fuel + Nail packs. Since we got the li-ion version of the Paslode finish gun, we've hardly even picked up a pneumatic nailer. Why bother? The Paslode has all of the power with none of the compressor hassle. Gone are hoses, finding an outlet for the compressor, obnoxious filling noise, and just lugging the thing around. Goodbye.
So Paslode offers, these Fuel + Nail packs where you get 1000 galvy finish nails and a fuel pack. By a total coincidence, a fuel pack is good for approximately 1000 nails. They sent us one to check out and it all works like you'd expect it would. One really nice touch is that each pack includes an adapter nozzle so the gas canister can be used with the NiCd version of the tool. The connection in the Li-Ion gun is much better and not as fragile, but if you already own the older gun, these will work for you too.
Overall, they're really convenient and they eliminate that constant feeling we used to have where we were always worried about running out of fuel half way through a job.
The packs are around $20 and are available at Home Depot or online (or your local tool store).
When we put on house wrap, it's with a hammer tacker. The process is not a particularly pleasant one, but since we've been around the business, it's always been done that way, so we ignore the fact that it's a pain, and just suck it up like everyone else does. If that's the way it's done, then that's the way it's done.
Couple weeks back, we reviewed a nice brad gun from Uffy. Now, we're going to turn our attention to one of their 23-gauge pinners, a tool with the roll-off-the-tongue name of TH-T-CZ10. They sent us this fella a while ago and we've been using it off and on and putting it head to head against our other pinners.
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...
A while back, a company named Uffy Tools sent us one of their TH-T-1825XP brad guns to review (and we've had it waaaay too long...sorry guys), so we set it up on site and let each and everyone borrow it. Because Uffy Says their tools are durable, we encouraged rough and careless behavior among the guys.
Duo-Fast has a nice looking new cap nailer that looks to fit the bill for your under-layment needs on your next roofing project. According to Duo-Fast, the gun takes any standard coil roofing nail and adds a cap to it and -boom- your felt paper is installed. There is also a toggle that shuts off the cap feed, so it only shoots bare nails. This means that quick roofing repairs can be had with this tool.
The nailer weighs a little over 8 lbs and can move between bump or sequential fire (this one is all about the bump). Sells for $450.
Press release, with lots more in the way of details, is after the jump.
One of our homies deep inside the tool world just gave us a tip on the Rolair JC10. It's a small 1HP, 2-1/2 gallon compressor which is no big deal, but the fact that it's the quietest compressor we've ever heard warrants a little publicity.
If you're familiar with compressors (and if you're reading this website, it's likely that you are), you've got to check out this video. It's like the thing is whispering. As the video proves, it also has some stones too, which is always good. While the small compressors are ideal for finish nailers and pinners, it's nice if you can partner one with a framer if you need to.
Floor squeaks are the last thing a client wants to hear after shelling out the big bucks for a new home or a renovation. It may sound like a squeak to you, but what your client is actually hearing is, "...the contractor is a dumbass..." Don't be that dumbass.
Squeaks are usually the product of a nail rubbing against wood. Wood, as our old boss used to say, is "a terrible building material; it shrinks, it rots, it expands, it warps, it splits," and on and on (after a glass of tequila, the rant could go on for a solid ten minutes) and one of the byproducts of this lack of structural integrity is the squeak.
Seems like more often than not, the squeak comes from the subfloor installation. There are a few ways to prevent the terrible noises at installation; A) smear PL or Liquid Nail all over the joists before nailing off the subfloor or B) screwing down the subfloor. Both methods are sort of time consuming and using construction adhesive adds a significant mess factor.
Paslode's new TetraGrip Subfloor Fastening System aims at being the fastest kid on the block (as well as the strongest). The basics of it are that it's a nailgun that shoots a special (and we mean 'special') nail that truly locks the subfloor down to the joists.
Paslode has been nice enough to donate one of their slick new Cordless Framing Nailers to one of you lucky readers. They've also supplied some runner-up prizes in the form of their nail/fuel packages. We reviewed this gun a while back (here) and found it to be really nice. Since the review, we've kept using it and our opinion has remained the same and possibly improved. If you're a tradesman, you already know the benefits of the cordless nailer and if you're a DIYer, it means that you can have a nice framing gun without having to buy hoses or a compressor.
So to enter to win, leave a comment at this post telling us the first thing you would do with the gun...what would you build? Since this is a Father's Day giveaway (that's when we'll announce the winner) you also have the option of telling us the first thing you would browbeat your husband into making for you.
Easy enough. And like we said, we've also got 5 fuel/nail packs to give away, so also include in your comment if you want to be in the running for those. Paslode is now selling them with little adapter pieces, making the fuel tanks compatible with their older model guns.
So have at it.
Or if you think that contests are for the lazy and insane, you can get the gun at Amazon.com for $350
Some cool news out of Paslode HQ, especially if you own one of the older model cordless framers...
Now Fuel + Nail Combo Packs Work With
ALL Paslode® Cordless Framing Nailers
Fuel Cell Adapters Allow All Nailers To Use Combo Packs
VERNON HILLS, IL - Paslode® is introducing a new Fuel + Nail Combo Pack with twist-on adapters, allowing users of all Paslode cordless framing nailers to take advantage of the convenient combo pack concept.
Now all Paslode cordless framing nailers can achieve optimized performance with the PowerBoost™ Black Tip Coated Nails (3" and 3-1/4"), which are only available in the Fuel + Nail Combo Packs. The PowerBoost™ Black Tip Coating is a proprietary coating that allows Paslode cordless framing nailers to drive the nail flush into the hardest engineered lumber, such as LVL, something many pneumatic nailers cannot do.
We see tools as having two types of features. The first is when an engineer says, "hey, here's a little free space on the tool, let's add a (fill in the blank with a useless feature)!" The other kind of feature is one that stems directly from the needs of the person using the tool. They make work faster, easier and more efficient. The new Bostitch gun might have more features than we've ever seen on a single tool and in a somewhat amazing feat, they are all fully integrated into the design and, astonishingly, every single one lands in the second category.
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