March 7, 2008

Paslode PowerFramer 350 Arrives for Review

Thumbnail image for paslode_framer.jpgPaslode has just sent along their new PowerFramer 350 for us to review. According to them, it's a lightweight, powerful framer that's built to last. We immediately took it out of the box and were surprised at not only how light it is but also how well balanced. It actually feels lighter than its already featherweight 7.5 lbs. We're hoping to start using it this weekend and we'll post up a review as soon as we come to a verdict.

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February 22, 2008

Paslode Powerframer 350 Framing Gun

paslode_framer.jpgPaslode has just released a new framing gun that looks like it's got a lot going for it, primarily it's weight. At 7.5 lbs, as far as we can tell, this is the lightest framer out there. It's just a hair lighter than Bostitch's latest and an entire pound lighter than the Ridgid gun that we reviewed last year.

According to Paslode, not only is this gun light, but it's also mighty powerful and plenty durable. They say it can withstand a two story drop and can go an entire 18 months without service. With an attached one-year service guarantee and a five-year limited warranty, it seems that this gun was made with the heavy-duty framing crew in mind, where breaks in the work day to tinker with your gun are disruptive and inefficient.

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February 11, 2008

UFO Ballistic NailScrews

UFO_nailscrew.gifWell this is interesting. Universal Fastener Outsourcing (UFO) has released a new fastener that is a combo of a pneumatic nail and a deck screw. The creatively named NailScrews combine the ease-of-use of a gun nail with the holding power of a screw.

There are two styles available; one with a yellow-zinc coating, and one with a corrosion-resistant coating for use with PT and other treated lumber. Sizes vary from 1-3/4" up to 3" and they come in 20 degree plastic-strip, 15 degree wire-coil, and 15 degree plastic-strip format. A summary of sizes and styles available is here.

Read past the fold to watch a video of the NailScrew in action.

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February 7, 2008

Ridgid's 2.5-Gallon Aluminum Compressor for $49

home_depot_price.jpgThere's been quite a bit of discussion about the price of the Ridgid 2.5-Gallon Aluminum Air Compressor. We've read that some people got it for $99 and others have found it for as low as $49. We were skeptical of this second price, but omextreme over at has the cold, hard proof. As you can see from the photo, Home Depot (at least one of them) is indeed selling the compressor for the dirt-cheap price of $49. As you can also see from the photo, someone at Home Depot needs spelling lessons.

Check out omextreme's posting (with an another photo) here.

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January 29, 2008

JacPac - Review

jacpac_case.jpgWe've been interested in Supplierpipeline's JacPac ever since we first laid eyes on it last month. It's a little portable pneumatic power source that clips on your belt, making you a one man mobile nailing army. It seemed to us that this might be one of those tools that really could change the way you work. Just imagine what it would be like to have all the ease and versatility of your nail guns without all the weight, noise, and hassle of the compressor setup. But we also had a nagging feeling that this whole thing would be a bit of a gimmick, that it wouldn't shoot nails very well, or that it be poorly made and fall apart after the first use. Well, thanks to the nice folks at Supplierpipeline, we got the opportunity to test one out and here's what we found.

The tank itself is filled with liquid CO2, which is easily available at any paintball supply store and it's pretty cheap. A quick google search located the nearest paintball emporium and $3.45 later the tank was ready to go. The rest of the setup is easy enough, just screw the tank into the regulator and you're done.

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January 22, 2008

Ridgid OL25135 Aluminum 2.5 Gallon Compressor

It looks like it doesn't take long for a good idea to catch on. Just last month we were lauding Maxus for expanding their X-Lite series of aluminum air compressors into smaller, more compact models. Well now, it looks like Ridgid is also getting in on the game with their OL25135 2.5 Gallon Compressor.

We started investigating differences between the two brands in order to write this article and discovered something pretty interesting: The X-Lite and the Ridgid are the exact same compressor. The image on the left was taken from Maxus's website and the one on the right was taken from Ridgid's website. Notice how the labels and logos are actually photoshopped onto the Ridgid model (for a larger picture, click on the image here). Funny.

We don't see any need to cover old ground, so if you're interested in the Ridgid compressor, just read our review of the Maxus.

We assume that Ridgid's Compressor will be available at Home Depot, for what we imagine will be a reasonable price.

UPDATE: Kirk K. just posted a comment saying that he picked up a Ridgid Aluminum Compressor at Home Depot for $99. They told him that it was a limited, introductory price. What a steal. Read the comment here.

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January 7, 2008

Grex P635 23 Gauge 1-3/8" Length Headless Pinner

grex_p635.jpgThere is no doubt that 23 gauge headless pinners are on the rise. If you deal with any kind of precision work, just five minutes with one of these tools will convince you of their value. Last year, we took a really close look at the Cadex CPB23.50 and found it to be one of the finest tools we've ever used. Grex, a company devoted to pneumatic tools, also has a complete line of pinners. We played around with their P635 at a trade show a while back and were impressed with the tool.

The P635 can handle pins ranging in length from 3/8" to 1-3/8" which, if you don't deal with anything bigger than 3/4 stock, should be plenty. It's got a rear exhaust, a belt hook, a no-mar tip, and the double trigger that is standard with 23 gauge pinners. The gun weighs just under 2-1/4 lbs.

Read on to see what others have said about the P635.

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January 3, 2008

JacPac Arrives for Review

jac_pac2.jpgUPDATE: Our review of the JacPac is here.

We've been really curious about the JacPac ever since we first heard about it back in early December. To us, it looks like it could be one of those rare tools that really might change the way people work. Can't you see a job site 10 years into the future with no communal air compressors and no air hoses routed all over the house? Instead, everyone has their own pneumatic power source hooked on to their belt and they only need enough hose to make it to the end of their arm.

But is this a reality? We'll be testing the JacPac and we'll let you know what we think. Also, we've got reviews coming of another Skil product as well as Ryobi's AIRgrip Self-Leveling Laser.

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December 20, 2007

Maxus X-Lite Aluminum Compressor - Review

maxus_front.jpgAn air compressor is essential to anyone who goes beyond the basic levels of the DIY world. With the right attachments, they can serve a lot of purposes; they can power any number of nail guns, inflate anything from car tires to rubber rafts, and even act as a blow gun to get fine dust off of a workplace. There are a few drawbacks though; one is that they tend to be big and bulky items. Over the past few years, smaller 1-2 gallon models have come out, but they're still pretty heavy, although far lighter than the 4+ gallon contractor models. The other issue that the compressor owner is constantly dealing with is the corrosion of the tank. This manifests itself in a blast of rust water every time the compressor is drained (which is supposed to be daily, but we all know how that goes).

To address these two common complaints of compressors, a company called Maxus has recently released the X-Lite line of compressors. The difference between these and other compressors is that the tanks are made of aluminum, thus, in one maneuver, solving both of the aforementioned problems. It's true that hindsight is 20/20, but this seems like a no-brainer. How come no one thought of this before?

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December 11, 2007


jac_pac2.jpgUPDATE: Our review of the JacPac is here.

We saw this when we checked out DIY Network's new show Cool Tools (it's on the video called "Power, Tunes, & Clean"). The JacPac, made by a company called Supplierpipeline, is a portable pneumatic power source that is so compact that it can clip on your belt. It even comes with a hose, so all you need is the gun and you're ready to go.

It doesn't use air, like a regular compressor, but rather CO2, which can be had at any reputable paintball center. It costs about $5 to fill the tank and according to Supplierpipeline you should be able to shoot 500 brads/staples out of a single canister. The whole unit weighs about 5lbs, so it'll hardly even be tugging at your pants.

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