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Our friends at Duo-Fast have been doing a little research on what their cordless roofing nailer provides at the jobsite. They found that it’s not replacing corded pneumatic nailer setups, but rather hammer and nails. In the video they talk with Edgar Chavez, a roofer with Feze Roofing on how the nailer has changed what they do on repair jobs.

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A drive around to almost any jobsite will tell you that pneumatics are king when it comes to roofing. The Duo-Fast DFCR175C cordless roofer that came out a while back is a clear signal the company is looking to change conventional views on roofing guns.

The gun itself drives 1,000 nails per fuel cell and can drive over 2,000 nails on a battery charge. To that, the first question most roofers will ask is: “How many square is that?” The math works out such that one fuel can and a nail pack set will do 200 square feet or “two squares.” That’s not bad.

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Flooring nailers are pretty much like other nailers/staplers, except that they add a funky head that helps you position nails quickly and easily. Of course, that means that the head has to be the right size for whatever flooring you’re going to install, or at least it has to be adjustable. That’s the Duo-Fast gun’s claim to fame: a foot that you can adjust — without tools — to accomodate any size flooring between 1/4″ and 5/8″.

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When I think “cap gun,” an entirely different image comes to mind for me than the one pictured above. However, this cap gun from Duo-Fast is a pneumatic-powered monster of a helping hand. Roofers and siding guys normally look upon cap staplers as a necessary evil with their jams and constant need to fuss over them. Duo-Fast’s DF150-CS claims to fix that.

Offering a significant boost to productivity on the job is Duo-Fast’s exclusive 240-cap spool system. The system enables Duo-Fast to offer the best cap capacity in the category, a perfect compliment to the tool’s 110-staple capacity. When it is time to add fasteners, an open-loading design makes reloading quick and easy and eliminates the hassles that previously accompanied the process.
Users can easily switch between three firing modes: bump, sequential, and staple-only. The three-mode firing system is new to the industry and is certain to make a lot of end users happy. When driving both caps and fasteners, the 18-gauge stapler drives 3/8” crown staples 1” in length. In staple-only mode, the DF150-CS is capable of driving narrow crown staples from ¾” to 1-1/2” in length.

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Gas-powered nailers are the Mac to the pneumatic nailers’ PC. They’re a bit more expensive, fewer people use them on a daily basis, and they compete in the same general market. One problem gas-powered nailer users (including myself from time to time) complain about is the lack of options in quantity of fuel replacement needs. Duo-Fast is taking action to remedy that with their availability of both single replacement compressed gas cartridges and now 12-piece fuel cell packs.

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Nail guns are changing and evolving at the speed of sound this year. Duo-Fast has just come up with a gas-powered roofing nailer that they’e looking to put in play within the next six months. Roofing nails — didn’t see that one coming, but it makes sense.

The heart of the system is much like gas-powered guns you’ve seen before: a fuel cell with a 950-shot capacity and a battery that sports a 2,200-shot charge. The internal combustion action of the nailer is powered a lot like your car, except instead of turning a crank to drive wheels it cycles a piston that drives nails. In this case it’s not a framing gun, but a coiled roofing magazine attached to the feed instead of a straight rail system.

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Almost universally, a professional framer will choose a gun when there’s serious work to be done.  A few old-school crews still use hammers, but when the heavy lifting’s about to begin, the guys in the know reach for a rig like this Duo-Fast 20-degree DF350S strip nailer.  We got our hands on one to see what it was all about.

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Duo-Fast announced its new DF350S framing nailer last week.  Its 20-degree-angled magazine rail holds two strips — which means you can fire off sixty 3-1/2″ nails without reloading.

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