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Old 01-20-2015, 08:26 AM   #1
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Paslode type framing nailers

I'm going to build a garage this spring at a remote location and I'd like to use a Paslode or Paslode type framing nailer (fueled type) Is Paslode the only choice? Are they the best choice? What do I need to know? I'd love to be able to use the same device for framing, sheathing, roofing, etc (if possible)

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Old 01-20-2015, 08:32 AM   #2
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There are also battery powered framers now:
http://www.dewalt.com/tools/cordless...-dcn690m1.aspx

Unfortunately I can't tell you personal experiences with either, I have a Porter Cable pneumatic.

A carpenter friend loves is Paslode finish nailer, but says the Paslode fuel cell framer doesn't cut it, and he switched to pneumatic.

Maybe get a generator that can run a compressor. You're going to want a nice generator anyway....
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:41 AM   #3
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There are also battery powered framers now:
http://www.dewalt.com/tools/cordless...-dcn690m1.aspx

Unfortunately I can't tell you personal experiences with either, I have a Porter Cable pneumatic.

A carpenter friend loves is Paslode finish nailer, but says the Paslode fuel cell framer doesn't cut it, and he switched to pneumatic.

Maybe get a generator that can run a compressor. You're going to want a nice generator anyway....
I have a gennie, compressor and pneumatic framers, roofers, finish nailers, etc.. I was hoping for a good excuse to buy a new toy...errrrr important tool.
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:45 AM   #4
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The Paslode is awesome - built my cabin in VT with one. So nice doing ground work or running up and down ladders with no air hose. The paslode framing nailer shot framing spikes and ring shanks for flooring/sheathing.

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Old 01-20-2015, 09:02 AM   #5
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That Dewalt looks great for not needing any fuel, but man...they're pricey!
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:59 AM   #6
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15 years ago we used a Paslode framing gun when we built our log home here in New Hampshire- obviously using it for the roof trusses and sheathing, floor joists and interior framing.

Worked GREAT! Still have it, although only use it sporadically.

As was already mentioned, not pulling an airhose behind you is a big plus.

I would do it again if I was building another home.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:11 AM   #7
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Sorry for the HI-jack...how long do the fuel cells last when not in use? Say you build a garage/shed then don't use it for the next year...will the fuel cell need to be replaced?
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Old 01-20-2015, 02:12 PM   #8
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Sorry for the HI-jack...how long do the fuel cells last when not in use? Say you build a garage/shed then don't use it for the next year...will the fuel cell need to be replaced?
I have no idea, I borrowed the one I used. Used it hard for a month then returned it - I really only remember picking up a couple of extra fuel packs for our whole (small) project.
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The fuel cells have a limited shelf life. Date is on the bottom, and they often go bad before the date.
Seems like being exposed to cold temperature shortens shelf life also.
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:43 AM   #10
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Sorry for the HI-jack...how long do the fuel cells last when not in use? Say you build a garage/shed then don't use it for the next year...will the fuel cell need to be replaced?
About 4-5 months if it was full when you stored it.
We have two of the fuel cylinder type framing nailers, and love them, but the cylinders aren't exactly wallet friendly. Also, changing cylinders on a ladder 3 stories up is not the most fun I ever had. We got a DeWalt battery powered nailer about 7-8 months ago, and I like it better. No air hoses like the fuelies, but it's much easier to replace a battery than a fuel cell, and the battery (20v) is interchangeable with other DeWalt 20v tools. The one disadvantage I've seen so far is that it tends to get weak when the battery is low, and only drive half a nail. With the fuelies, they nail full power until the last shot or two. If I didn't already have the fuelies, I'd just buy the battery powered at this point.
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I'm sure liking my battery Dewalts for things that aren't worth setting up a compressor and I like the versatility of the batteries. Haven't tried the framer but the finish nailer and brad nailer are winners if not a bit bulky.
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Old 01-21-2015, 03:52 PM   #12
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I have both, an older Paslode framer and a new Dewalt framer. The Paslode works well, but the foot is kinda big and clumsy - not like a regular framing gun and it can be a bitch if you trying to toe-nail or get into a tight area. The Dewalt is better in that regard, but is a little bigger/heavier, and it sucks. Don't buy the Dewalt. It loves to jam nails, and when it does they're a bitch to get out of the gun. It works pretty well in new wood, but if you hit a knot it will either bend the nail or jam up.
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:13 PM   #13
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Carpenter here..

I have them all.. My paslode gas gets some use but mostly for small jobs like blocking for towel bars and plumbing fixtures.
I used to use it more when small compressors sucked and hoses were 3/8inch gas station type things.
It works well but there are a lot of things that can go wrong with it, Gas cartridge, battery, gun, charger. Everything needs to be ok or you are sol.
now small compressors are 150 lb capable and hoses are a tidy 1/4".
It's better for me these days to use a paslode air stick framer. it is far superior to the gas version. Faster, stronger when nailing off sheets and LVL stock, (my gas gun just doesn't have the power for fast repetition or composite materials). and it has a better foot system for toeing.

The gas gun still has a place on the jobsite but for the cost .. I would easily do without it. When it finally dies I won't replace it.
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:23 AM   #14
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I suppose I should have added that I also bought a traditional Dewalt pneumatic framing nailer for my next project(s).
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Old 01-22-2015, 07:33 AM   #15
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Based on what I've read here and elsewhere I think running a gennie and a compressor is my best bet. I'll save my money for some other tool I simply must have.

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