Some jobs are remote enough to make carrying an air compressor problematic — for instance replacing a few slats at the back of your wooden fence or building a shed in the back forty. That’s when the Paslode CF-325 Cordless framing nailer shines. It drives nails just like your standard pneumatic nailer — but without all the extra gear.
Read on past the jump to find out how this sucker turns butane and battery power into nail-drivin’ fury.
We’ll start with the most important bit: the battery ships fully discharged. You’ll need to charge it for at least two hours before you start driving nails. That’s ok, though, because you can use the two hours to check out the instructions, and (ahem) safety tips. You’ll learn all sorts of useful information, like why you shouldn’t puncture or burn the gas canisters even when they’re empty. (They still contain propellant even after the butane is gone.)
The case comes crowded with goodies, including some that don’t really have a storage spot in the case — like the lubricant and cleaner — but do physically fit in the case using the “cram it in there” method. The case does offer storage for two batteries and two gas canisters along with the standard charger, extra bump tip, and a few loads of fasteners — in case you need to grab it and head to the middle of nowhere.
A charge indicator light near the nailer’s grip flashes constantly whenever the battery is installed, so you’ll want to remove the battery if you’re not planning on shooting nails soon. Otherwise you’ll spent another two hours recharging. The belt hook is spring loaded for comfort — or perhaps to combat plumber’s crack.
A sliding lock mechanism holds nails tight and makes loading simple. The action that feels much like loading a sub-machine gun.
The gas canister loads into a space via a hatch located along the bottom for the spine at the back of the nailer. The battery slides into a slot along the nail sleeve, and the nails load into the back of the nail sleeve. Now you’re armed for construction.
Read on to page two to hear about our fun times in testing.