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Just a reminder about our Paslode giveaway — it wraps up at the end of June.  Paslode was kind enough to offer up a set of cordless tools for giveaway to one of our loyal readers.  Next month we’ll select a winner from all of you who post valid comments here on the Paslode giveaway posts since the giveaway started.

Not that you’re not already posting your thoughts here — and deserve a hearty “thank you” from me and the rest of the Toolmonger community — but when you post a comment, you’re not only sharing your experience with other Toolmongers around the world, you’re also adding a chance to win!  That’s good all ’round, yeah?

Toolmonger Paslode Cordless Giveaway Rules [Toolmonger]


48 Responses to How To: Win A Set Of Paslode Cordless Tools

  1. Andy Lartigue says:

    I am happy user of cordless tools. With the right number of extra batteries, i have never run out of power working on projects.

    My favorite are the dewalt brands, they seem to last forever on a single charge and are quick to recharge.

    Hope soon that cords go the way of the dodo bird (extinct).


  2. Michel says:

    I love the idea of not dragging a compressor around!

  3. Jeremy says:

    I have always liked the Paslode system. I don’t think it’s going to replace your coil roofing nailer or any other job that requires a ton of nails in one location. But for occasional stuff, trim and other small jobs not having to haul the compressor around a run hose is great!

  4. Mike Donovan says:

    A friend of a friend did some kitchen remodeling for me a few months back, and a Paslode nailer made quick and easy work of it. It did get a little loud when he was fixing up the inside of a closet, though!

  5. Dr. K says:

    The idea of using a fuel canister seems like a good idea. The metal canisters can be recycled much easier than batteries. I recently bought a corded electrical staple gun that couldn’t drive a 1/4″ staple into soft pine. I returned it the same day. These nailers would really help me with some room finishing projects that I am doing.

  6. Dustin says:

    I have two of their cordless framers that my crew uses for punch-out framing. Well, that was the intention, but I find myself pulling one out during regular framing all the time because I just hate dealing with the compressor and hoses.

    I’ve been considering the finish nailers for quite some time…

  7. Galadriel says:

    I use my (corded) electric narrow crown staple gun in repairing, altering, and maintaining saddles. And putting up insulation, and tacking things to walls, and anything else I can think of. I love having an electric staple gun.

    I’ve never tried power nailing. I bet that would make a lot of what I do easier.

  8. Andrew S. DeCecco says:

    the general contractors use them where I work every time I see the ease of using them I get so jealous

  9. Wesley says:

    I’ve used one of their cordless nailers while working with Habitat for Humanity. Great tool.

    I’ve been needing to do some work on my deck at the house…This would be handy.

  10. these are very good for most homeowners/weekend warriors. If however you are doing a production job you may find that the time it takes to recycle before you can pull the trigger can be annoying. I have used all three of the cordless nailers. By the way I own one of the framing nailers.

  11. Ed says:

    Cordless tools — how did we ever live without them?

  12. jeff says:

    For me, the worst part about air tools is the sound of the compressor. I only have 25′ of hose so anytime I tackle a project, the noisy compressor follows. Can anyone comment on the dB of the fuel cell ones? I’d rather not have to wear my ear protection all the time unless necessary.

  13. Randy says:

    Another great tool giveaway. I’m still on the fence about getting a compressor setup. How long do the Paslode fuel canisters last?

    By the way, what ever happened to the shop truck rebuild?

  14. Jeff says:

    Nothing beats the ease and portability of the Paslode trim nailers. Additionally, nothing is easier to lose than the tip off a Paslode nailer. Maybe it’s the arrangement of my toolbelt, but I scraped them off so often that I took to always carrying a spare tip.

  15. Michael W says:

    It’s interesting that this giveaway is this month. I just spent the last two weeks using a couple of these Paslode cordless guns (for the first time) to put up trim on a job.
    I was impressed by them, well built and very useful. A note of caution, they’re very loud in confined spaces (like small closets). I’d recommend ear plugs, or the like, if they’re used in such a manner. Other then that I would give them a “thumbs up” as they worked flawlessly with no jams, etc. One was brand new and the other had quite a bit of mileage on it, but they both worked great.

  16. Michael W says:

    I should qualify what I meant by them being loud. The units give a little “whirr” while they’re spooling up, as you depress the tip (not loud). The noisy part is when they fire, it’s a loud “bang”, not a “pop”. If it goes off by you’re head it can make your ears ring.

  17. Tracy says:

    Indeed Michael W is correct on the noise if it’s right by your head in an enclosed space — of course putting your head next to a running compressor would be a bit worse. The value is you can put the compressor a distance away. The downfall is the hassle of hoses snaking around your shop/site and the odds that you always need just 2 more feet of hose to get to that last corner.

  18. river1 says:

    so a couple of questions

    how much do the fuel cells cost?
    how long does a fuel cell normally last?
    a quesstimate will work as i know there are variables at work here

    thanks jim

  19. Ben says:


    “how much do the fuel cells cost?”

    A two pack of fuel cells for the framing gun will run about $12

    “how long does a fuel cell normally last?”

    Paslode claims 1200 nails per fuel cell. I’ve never got that many though.

  20. John says:

    Cordless tools make life so much easier, especially if you dont have to pull out a compressor.

  21. Rimas says:

    I would love to have a nailer, yet alone a cordless nailer. These tools have the potential to make very mundane tasks a breeze, and maybe even enjoyable! As an artist there are many tasks that can soak up the hours of a day like building molds, crates, canvas stretchers, etc, that could definitely use a nailer. Most recently I taught and assisted a finish carpenter in steam bending two larger radius red oak base boards at my father’s house. Unfortunately, being an artist also means being broke most of the time.. luckily the carpenter brought his own nailer to the gun fight!

  22. fred says:

    My crews come out to most interior jobs with 2 Paslodes (an angled finish nailer and a framing nailer. We also bring along a compressor with a framing nailer, finish nailer and a brad nailer. If we are doing fine detail molding – we will also carry a pinner. I’ve got to say that we have a bit of a mixed bag of brands – with the only Paslodes being the “little engine that could” – cordless variety. Our pneumatic finish nailers (and coil roofers) are mostly Hitachi, our pneumatic framers are round-head Porter Cable, our brad nailers are a mix of PC and Bostitch and our pinners are Grex.

    Where the Paslode Impacts shine is where a hose would bog you down (think small powder room etc.)

  23. Adrian says:

    These things are awesome. I have used a friends to help him put up trim in his house. I’d love to get my hands on the framing version for my off the grid cabin in VT.

  24. river1 says:



    later jim

  25. Harvey Elmore says:

    The best tool since power tools. I could have used one last fall. I have had it on my Christmas list but Santa seems to forget. I love the angled finish nailer.

  26. Harvey Elmore says:

    Great tools, borrowed one to build a deck a few years ago. The finish nailer I dream about.

  27. Josef Hanik says:

    I find the Paslode Cordless tool line especially handy when working in remote locations without power as it saves me from having to haul in a gas powered air compressor (as long as i bring some extra charged batteries). The redesigned tip on the framing nailer looks like it will be easier to toe-nail with than the previous model.

  28. i just purchased my first air-driven finish nailers a little while ago. the problem is i have a small compressor and no space to house a large one (we don’t have a garage and my homemade shed (using two upright arcade game shipping crates) are already packed full. i would love to have the paslodes as i start tearing out my old kitchen and building a new one.

  29. Jeff says:

    So which of these tools lasts longer, cheaper in the long run, corded or cordless?

  30. kdp says:

    I second Josef Hanik’s observation. Great for working on wood fences.

  31. Zach says:

    Since most of my friends are becoming home owners quite rapidly, me being the handy person I am, seem to be involved in alot of their projects and hopefully soon I’ll be joining them with a home purchase of my own.
    All of my friends love to spend time outside with their children, a tool like this would help when building fences (why pay someone to do work you can do yourself with a little sweat equity!!) to keep their kids inside their yard and not in the neighbors!
    These tools would speed that process up, without having to wait for batteries to charge, or dragging hundreds of feet of extension cords around the yard which become a safety hazard by themselves. While I do love my DeWalt tools, this is something that would replace an air nailer for me also 🙂 Which is something I don’t currently have!

  32. Newguytoo says:

    My BROTHER-IN -LAW introduced me to the Paslode nailer when he helped me (actually, I watched him) level and build an enclosure for my daughter’s trampoline. Helps an amateur do a professional job. Definitely on the Gotta Have It List.

  33. kger says:

    Nice giveaway. Thanks.

  34. John says:

    I’d love to give these a try, I may pick up their framing nailer for a basement remodel I’m planning. I have a small compressor, so I’d need an upgrade on that front as well if I were to go with an air nailer. Seems like this might cost a bit less than a new compressor and nailer, and be cordless to boot. What’s the general thought of these purchased used? I’d like to pick up a used framing nailer if I can find one, use it and then sell it when I’m done, but are there typical problems in picking one up used? obviously avoid one that looks like it took a header off a roof, but otherwise, any things to look for?

  35. Kurt Schwind says:

    My fence is what drove me to go to cordless tools in the first place. If fixing a fence won’t convince you to go uncorded in some manner, I’m not sure what would.

  36. Patrick says:

    John, usually the worst part of buying a used cordless tool is the battery. They all have limited recharge cycles, but in this case the battery is replaceable.

  37. Pepster says:

    I can just imaine the uses. .. a new fence, moulding in the living room, shelving in the garage, home defense….

    But firt – I’ll have to update my workshop! Tools this nice require a custom built and solidly nailed shelf of thier own!

  38. Beans says:

    It would be nice to not have to run my compressor all the time, especially since it seems to trip the circuit breaker about one time out of four. Cordless tools are a great option.

  39. Jeff says:

    I have been looking at nailers for awhile now. Is this the best brand for cordless nailers?

  40. Petey says:

    Good point Beans, I just realized a compressor is going to involve adding an idependent outlet, and new circuit.

    I should make sure I mentally add that to the cost when shopping.

    FYI – Breakers can and do wear, so if yours trips constantly, consider replacing it with a newer one (same amperage).

  41. Jeff W says:

    Is there a conversion kit for the cordless nailers so that you can use them as corded or cordless?

  42. Zathrus says:

    @Jeff W:

    No. That would be an extremely difficult engineering challenge.

    As for your spammy questions on noise in another thread — that’s already been answered in the “1 week left” thread.

  43. Jeff W says:

    spammy question? Was that directed at me?

  44. JAWS says:


    What a jerk. Do you know how many Jeffs have posted. I would assume that they are not all the same. There are so many posts and different people may have different opinions and some people exaggerate the sound of a ‘gun shot’.

    Oh and winning a set of these would be pretty cool!!

  45. Zathrus says:


    Yes, I do know how many Jeffs have posted. I also know that he posted in each and every one of the Paslode threads within a few minutes of each other, clearly not bothering to read any of the comments or even look at the Paslode site.

    And he did it again tonight.

  46. Josh says:

    Already asked in other threads, but can anyone answer how long a canister would probably last in a gun sitting idle? A little worried that I would start a new canister for a job and then not need it again for a couple months and waste the rest of the fuel. Would it leak over time? I guess it just accured to me that they may have thought about that when they chose their fuel. Any ideas?

  47. Petey says:


    For the cost/risk, and given that your dealing with flamable gas, I’d try to avoid it.

    On the other hand, how long does a good butane lighter last? I imagine the seals in this are at least as good, given the increase in moving parts.

    Best estimate is 6 months once first used. I’d say keep it loaded for the duration of the job, then think about if it’ll be a one month downtime, or a 12 month downtime.

    I will caveate this by saying I have no experience with butane powered internal combustion tools. — But I’d like to!

  48. Rich says:

    Finally a solution to my seemingly never endless problems of getting the airhose hung up on something or just not quite enough reach for where I need to get to with the nailer. No more compressor. No more hoses.

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