Paslode’s latest model CF325XP has a compact design that fits between 16” on-center studs, joists and roof trusses.
for those of you in a cold climate, the new Paslode Framing Fuel with All Season Formula lets you keep working in temperatures down to 14 degrees F when com- pressor hoses are freezing. For “extreme” DIY’ers and pros on the go who have heavy-duty projects ahead, a cordless fram- ing nailer is a worthy investment … and quite possibly your next favorite tool. EHT
To the novice DIY’er, a brad nailer and finish nailer might appear to be used for the same jobs, but each type of nail gun actually serves a different purpose. A brad nailer is designed to run 18-gauge, fine wire brad nails. These small nails are very hard to drive manually without bending the nails. Once they’ve been driven into wood, brad nails are nearly invisible to the naked eye, reducing (or eliminating) the need for wood putty to conceal the head. The disadvantage to using brad nails is that they don’t have much holding strength for heavier carpentry projects, such as large crown molding or baseboards. For larger, more bulky wood trim, you will need to use a finish nailer, which drives 15- or 16-gauge finish nails that are slightly larger than a brad nail, giving them better holding power. However, because of the fastener’s larger diameter, you will need to con- ceal the nail heads with putty. Plus, the thicker finish nail is more likely to split the wood than a brad. In a perfect world, a DIY wood- worker will have both nailers on hand for projects, but if you need to prioritize, then you should probably start with a brad nailer, which can handle most trimwork and light-duty projects with minimal touchup.
BRAD VS. FINISH NAILS
Brad nails Angled finish nails