March 16, 2009

Tiger Claw Deck Fastener Gun

tiger_claw_gun.jpgHidden fastener systems can make a big difference with the look of your finished deck, but there's no question that they're a lot more time consuming to install. Tiger Claw, one of the leading systems on the market, is in the process of releasing a gun built specifically for their fasteners. By the looks of it, it could speed up installation to the point where it's much faster than the traditional method of pre-drilling and screwing into the face of the board. How about that? Faster and better looking...

According to Tiger Claw...

The fastener installation gun drives a UFO Ballistic NailScrew® in like a nail, but can be removed like a screw. Simply slip the hidden deck fastener into the nose of the gun and position it in the groove of the board. The gun automatically enables perfect positioning of fastener and screw installation with the pull of a trigger. Builders now have a one-step installation process for hidden deck fasteners

Tiger Claw's inventors say, when compared to manually inserting the hidden deck fastener into the groove with your fingers, the gun decreases installation time by about 75%.

We like that the system incorporates the UFO NailScrews. This way, you'll probably be able to back off a screw and shim the board if you've got a badly warped joist.

There is no pricing information on the gun, but it looks like it's going to be available in early spring, just in time for that deck project you've got planned.

There's more information about the Deck Fastener Gun here and
we wrote about UFO's NailScrew here.

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September 15, 2008

Paslode Roofer's Choice R175-C Coil Roofing Nailer - Review

Paslode_roofer_side2.jpgRoofing is probably the toughest job in residential construction. You're up and down a ladder all day long, carrying heavy bundles of shingles and equipment; when you're working, you're usually bent over; you're rarely standing on a flat surface (which is murder on the calves); when you are standing on a flat surface, it's likely that you're dealing with the face-melting chemicals involved with rubber roofing; and if you happen to have the misfortune of working up in the Northeast, there are about five days a year where the weather is perfect for working up on a roof all day. Roofing beats the tar out of clothes and tools (not to mention knees and lower backs), so you've got to have a roofing gun that you can trust. It's with this idea in mind that Paslode created their new Roofing Coil Nailer, the R175-C.

Paslode has a lot to say about this new gun. They claim that it has 20% more power than most of the guns on the market; that it can blast out 8 nails per second; and that,

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August 13, 2008

Denver Tools

denver_tools_pneumatic.jpgLooks like the Tool King crowd is at it again with a new line of tools. This time the line is called Denver Tools and it looks like it mostly consists of pneumatics.

Judging by price and variety, the new tools look pretty similar to Campbell Hausfeld's new set of pneumatics, with Denver getting an edge on variety, but CH winning slightly on price. One item worth mentioning though is the Denver 77-Piece Air Tool Kit, which looks like it has just about everything the DIYer would want all in one place for the low price of $99.

Like the CH line, we're sure that these tools are great for DIY use and would be perfect for someone who is interested in checking out what pneumatics can do without wanting to invest a ton of money.

77-Piece Air Tool Kit at Tool King
Other Denver Tools at Tool King

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July 8, 2008

Campbell Hausfeld Air Tools - Review

Campbell_hausfeld_air_tools.jpgThis month Campbell Hausfeld, one of the most well respected names in the pneumatic world, is releasing a number of air tools to be sold exclusively at Home Depot. The tools come complete with storage cases and accessories. We had the opportunity to check out a few, so we gave them a good beating and here's what we thought.

In total, the series includes five tools; an impact wrench, an air ratchet, an air hammer, an air die grinder, and a cut-off tool. We tested the wrench, the ratchet, and the hammer.

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June 27, 2008

Duo-Fast 903000 Cordless 20 Degree Framing Nailer - Review

duofast_in_case.jpgWe were a little worried about testing out this tool. Up until now, we had only used one cordless nailer and it was quite a long time ago. Not only was the gun bulky (and smelly), but it kept running out of fuel and the battery couldn't keep a charge. But we thought that maybe the technology has been refined over the past handful of years so we cleared the slate and gave the new Duo-Fast Cordless Framing Nailer a fair shake.

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June 24, 2008

JacPac Gets a New Website

jacpac.jpgWe're big fans of the JacPac (our review is here) and we're happy to see that Supplierpipeline has finally given the tool the website it deserves. The new site has a lot more information on the tool which is good because the tool is pretty unique and the more explanation, the better.

Our opinion is that $100 is hardly anything to pay for such a useful item and that any serious carpenter should investigate getting one. We use ours all the time.

The new website is here.

JacPac at Amazon.com

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May 28, 2008

Paslode T250A 16 Gauge Angled Finish Nailer - Review

Paslode_finish.jpgPaslode has always been on the edge of air gun advancements, so it's no shocker that they're one of the first companies to release a 16 gauge angled finish nailer. Combining the smaller sized nails with the compact "fit anywhere" principals of the angled magazine, they've produced a gun that is, well, small. Very small. But is it powerful? Who cares how compact a gun is if it can't shoot a nail into mahogany? We've been testing out this gun for a few weeks now, and here's what we thought.

At first we were a bit surprised at how much plastic is on the gun. The entire nail magazine is plastic and a good portion of the handle as well. This serves to make the gun lighter and, as we found with a few test drops, the plastic is quite durable. There is also a metal bar that runs along the front edge of the cartridge for added strength.

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May 27, 2008

Campbell Hausfeld to Release New Line of Air Tools

campbell_hausfeld_impact_wr.jpgCampbell Hausfeld, one of the juggernauts of the pneumatic world, is getting set to release a new line of air tools to be sold exclusively at Home Depot. Not only are the tools reasonably priced, but they each come with a few accessories as well as a storage case.

The tools are:


  • 1/2" Impact Wrench

  • 3/8" Air Ratchet

  • 1-5/8" Air Hammer

  • Air Die Grinder

  • Cut Off Tool

The wrench and the ratchet will be sold for $25 and the other tools will be about $20. Considering these prices and the Campbell Hausfeld name, our guess is that they'll be solid tools, but probably not up for daily use by a mechanic. In other words, they'll likely be perfect for the DIYer, the part-time user, or the contractor who will only need them from time to time.

The tools are going to be available in July and, like we said, exclusively at Home Depot.

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April 4, 2008

Paslode PowerFramer 350 Framing Gun- Review

paslode_powerframer.jpgPaslode has just released a new framing gun called the PowerFramer 350. They were nice enough to let us try one out, and here's what we found.

First of all, this gun is very light (7.5 lbs). In fact, it doesn't really feel like a framer at all. The weight and balance had us thinking of something more along the lines of an old model finish gun. We've used a lot of different framers, and this one was, by far, the lightest and the best, ergonomically speaking. Our research tells us that there are lighter models out there, but believe us when we say that this one is really light.

And it's powerful too. Over the course of a week, we used it to frame up a little deck and it never once misfired or put a nail half in. Every single shot was driven home to the depth we selected. And when we dialed up the maximum depth, the nail heads were absolutely buried in the wood. We have little doubt that this gun would have its way with all forms of engineered lumber.

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March 19, 2008

Paslode CF-325 Cordless Framing Nailer

Paslode_CF325.jpgRight now, we're in the process of reviewing the Paslode PowerFramer, so while you're waiting for that, we thought we'd tell you about another new Paslode tool that also looks pretty interesting. It's the CF-325 Cordless Framing Nailer and according to Paslode, it's a big improvement on their popular line of cordless framers.

The CF-325 has an easy-to-use fuel system (just drop the cartridge in and you're ready to go), and easy access to the innards for when you have to clean the tool. Paslode guarantees that each fuel cartridge can shoot off around 1200 nails.

Paslode is also making refueling easier with the sale of their new Nail + Fuel Combo Packs. This is simply a box of compatible nails and a fuel cartridge sold together. They will be available either with 1000 nails and one cartridge or 3000 nails and 3 cartridges.

The new framer also offers fast firing, an ergonomic grip, and a vicious looking toenailing claw.

Paslode, as a company, seems to have a good ear to the ground as far as customer feedback goes and it sounds like the improvements in their cordless framing nailer are the results of listening to all the comments and criticisms of their previous models. That said, It's likely that this will be a very nice tool.

The CF-325 is just available this month (March '08) and will retail for around $400. It comes with a carrying case, a battery charger, degreaser, oil, and safety glasses. Although it isn't listed yet, we're sure that it will be available at Amazon.com and Tool King.

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