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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 us to give away to one of our loyal readers.  Next month we’ll select a winner from all of you who post valid comments on any of the Paslode giveaway posts (like this one).

Sure, you already post your thoughts here — and you deserve a hearty “thank you” from me and the rest of the Toolmonger community — but now 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?

Paslode Cordless Giveaway Rules [Toolmonger]


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

  1. Matt Soreco says:

    I could use a finish nailer. Are Paslode sold in the major retailers?

  2. John says:

    How are used Paslodes? Is there anything in particular to watch out for if I can find a framing nailer used? I’d like to buy a used framing nailer, use it then sell it once my basement project is done. On the other hand, what is the general resale price for one of their nailers? If I were to pick up one of the CF325’s new for the project for $400, how much could I expect to recover if I wanted to sell it afterwards?

  3. Jim German says:

    Lowes and HD carry Paslode nailers, so they are pretty easy to find.

    As long as the used one hasn’t been mis-treated it should be just as good as new. Paslode nailers hold up quite well to abuse, and if you buy it used you should be able to sell it once you are finished for about what you paid for it.

  4. Dan says:

    I have seen them at lowes. The fuel containers are not that expensive.

    On that note, I would love a set of them.

  5. PeterP says:

    My stepfather is a contractor and swears by these. They are vastly more portable than the standard nail gun/compressor setup, and the time saved on the job more than makes up for the cost of the fuel cells.

    I would love a set to rebuild the increasingly rickety deck behind my house!

  6. Barri says:

    I have 2 paslode nailers and 1 angled finish nailer and i can tell you now that their customer service stinks. I had numerous problems with the 2 frameing nailers and they would always jam and miss fire and they are both still in their case’s and aint been used for over 2 years. The finish nailer has been better but i still get numerous jam’s where it miss fire’s and it had none of the no mar tips on the gun or spares in the box from new. They run me around in circle’s to get a part that was $5 so i gave up and purchased some on e-bay. I aint even gonna tell you about the trouble i had getting a battery exchaged that wouldnt hold a charge. If they can sort these small issues with service and miss fires then they would be great tools.

  7. TravisS says:

    The things this set would save me from:

    – The indignity inherent in having a 200′ yard, and a 50′ air hose.
    – Building a fence over the top of the air hose and realizing I can’t nail the top planks in.
    – Mockery from neighborhood kids watching me try to wrestle my contractor compressor up the stairs.
    – Running the air hose through the window, down the hall, under the table, breaking another of wife’s family heirlooms, sleeping on couch.
    – They would probably also earn me an extra breakfast taco on barnraisng group days.

  8. Ed says:

    An air nailer without the hose would be a relief. How long does the fuel last.

  9. kdp says:

    Will they work at any angle? I think of doing work under the house where you have little swing room for a hammer.

  10. Kurt Schwind says:

    While I wouldn’t turn down a free set, it does somewhat bother me that it seems every tool I have has a different power source. Corded. 1 of a 100 different battery types. Compressed Air. Gas. Oil + Gas. etc…

    Anyone else think it’s a bit of a chore to manage all of the different types? I feel like if I buy Ryobi, I need to stick with that. Or if I go with standard air compressor nailer, that I’m more likely to buy other air compressor tools.

    Still, untethering is VERY attractive. I just wish that there were better standards. Sometimes tools seem to be where PCs where in the 80s. “90% compatible”

  11. KaiserM715 says:

    I can think of several projects where these would come in handy. I am looking at putting a new fence up this year….

  12. fred says:

    @ Ed Says

    The new CF325 fuel cartridges are only sold with the nails – and are guaranteed to drive the whole box.

    We had an older model with a tall fuel can that tended to leak. I don’t hear any of my guys saying that the new ones do this – and supposedly that was part (along with a better nosepiece) of the idea of the new gun. I think they redesigned the fuel cans for the old gun as well.

    We use these tools often enough that there is no shelf life issue for the fuel – but I wonder if you are a DIY user how long a half-used can will hold its fuel.

    Where we really like these guns are in tight spots – where a hose would be a big nuisance. That said – I’ve gotten some feedback from one client who said that using the guns resulted in a foul odor in her powder room. We now try to ventilate – a bit — but my old nose is not that sensitive.

    Our experience with these guns is that they work fairly well but will require some diassembly and piston (engine) cleaning once in a while.

  13. joelfinkle says:

    Cordless nailers are sweet. I posted on this last time, but I wouldn’t consider nailing trim (more than a couple pieces) by hand ever again. Sure, I can use a nail set to avoid hammer marks, but being able to know the piece won’t move during repeated hammer strikes is a godsend. And the framer I rented once saved me probably three days and a need to build a scaffold: Just hoist it up for 30 seconds and bang it in.

  14. I can’t help myself, and so I’m apologizing in advance.

    When the only tool you have is a cordless nailgun, everything looks like two pieces of wood in serious need of joining.

    Okay, I’ll be good now. my next project will be building about 150′ of picket fencing for my yard, and this would make such a project a lot more fun. My great fear is that, as with the joke above, I would just go on a deranged tear where I’d pick projects that would be heavily nail-centric.

    But in terms of time saved by power tools, nailguns must rank second only to circular saws.

  15. Michel says:

    since they are gas powered, i wonder if any of them can do concrete like a powder actuated gun

  16. Gary says:

    I’ve got their corded brad nailer and like it lot – it’s light and easy to load. I don’t know that I “need” any cordless nailers, since most of my use is in my shop, but it would be very convenient when putting up new trim around the house. And a cordless framing nailer would be awesome for the upcoming project I was volunteered for at the neighbor’s house to build a treehouse complete with zip line. Pick me! Pick me!

    “Yes, dear. I’m working on it. I did get the cherry chair rail up in the dining room. I’m going to work on the window and door trim this weekend, if you don’t have any gardening chores for me, or volunteer me to help the neighbors again this weekend. Sarcastic? Me? Perish the thought.

    Yes Dear.”

  17. Mike Jones says:

    I think this is long overdue. The original nailer was a good idea, but the addition of brad nailers and staplers tremendously increases the value of the system. For a production shop I will install a hard piped system and go pneumatic. For small or specialty jobs or where getting the air supply is difficult, the Paslode system is very appealing.

  18. eosha says:

    A summary of points that have been mentioned before
    -They drive well
    -The gas cans aren’t terribly expensive, but they are proprietary and bundled
    -The rate of fire is good enough for some jobs, but woefully inadequate for rapid-fire jobs such as flooring
    -It’s LOUD, as in a gunshot
    -It does produce an odor, but since presumably these are primarily for outdoor use, not a big issue

  19. Damion says:

    I’ve used both the Paslode framing nailer and the finishing nailer (building a shed a few years back) and I have to say – they’re not that loud. They certainly don’t compare to a gunshot.

    The smell isn’t really that bad or noticeable, either.

    The only downside I noticed was the weight – the guns I was using seemed to be fairly heavy (compared to compressor-driven guns).

  20. MattC says:

    Forgive me for being naive, but prior to this posting I have never heard of Paslode. It is sparking my interest and I will have to research the company. I have a renovation of my deck, some wood fencing repairs in the near future.

  21. Jerrick says:

    I think these would be perfect to use in confined spaces, such as a basement remodel. You don’t have to worry about compressors kicking on and scaring that crap outta you.

    Did I mention that I plan to finish a basement in the near future? Wink, wink. 🙂

  22. MattC says:

    OK, I just checked past articles on Paslode. The video demostrating the cordless, framing nailer is really impressive. Butane good for several thousand shots, battery good for 4000 nails/shots. Pretty sweet.

  23. iLikeTools says:

    Just bought my first house, been a dream of mine since I was a kid. At 28 I have a decent collection of tools and have already tackled quite a few projects. (read I’m tired of rewiring) Going to be doing crown in what we call “the old part” of the house soon and am going to have to give these nailers a look.

  24. Bob Thomas says:

    I really should get around to some fence repairs at my daughter’s house. Maybe if I won this it would get me off my butt. Looks very useful.

  25. fred says:

    @ Michel

    No they can not do concrete nailing like a PAT.

    You do have options though like a T-Nailer:


    or the nifty Hilti non-PAT driver

    For fencing jobs – I think you are better off with either screws or a specialty nailer like the Makita pneumatic that is designed for siding and fencing.

  26. fred says:


    If you don’t want to spring for the Hilti GX120 – you might try a Simpson


    We use their PATs and like them much better that the Remington or Ramsets that you can pick up in the big box stores.

  27. kevin says:

    A guy I used to work with had an impulse trim gun. It was nice for things like putting down base shoe without having to worry about hose fittings scratching up new floors.

  28. fuzzmanmatt says:

    I love chances to win crazy stuff, especially when it’s useful!

  29. Mark says:

    I just bought one of their staplers and it is great.

  30. Joe says:

    Chance to win something that I actually need?!? Sure!!!

    I just moved into a new house – well, a house that’s 30 years old and is a complete fixer upper. Can’t wait to win these! 🙂

  31. river1 says:

    how would these do putting down a wood floor?

    later jim

  32. Smith says:

    I’ve never heard of these. I’m looking around there website, but don’t see a FAQ. What exactly is the “fuel” they use. Is it just a disposable battery? or a fuel cell? where do you get new ones? and are the used ones recycled?

  33. Adam R says:

    Seems like these would fit well for putting up the base mold and quarter round after I install the new flooring. I also have a plan to build a new shed for the backyard. Oh, and the new partition wall and door in the basement.

    All these projects and hand tools to complete them with. Power would come in handy….

  34. Gregg says:

    I have used my Dad’s for putting up some trim. I really liked using them. Much easier than having to wrangle the cord for my air guns.

    Hard for me to justify the price for my smaller projects though. Maybe if I buy another house that needs some work though.

  35. gearhead says:

    Construction guys have the coolest tools, I am so jealous.

  36. Jeff Wyman says:

    A new set of these would be nice! For those of us that never win anything, is there an official place to get refurbs? I have looked at these and several other brands and they are not cheap. I am putting up a fence and my hand is about worn out from the hammering. Thanks!

  37. fred says:

    @ Matt Soreco Says

    The more popular Paslode Impulse cordless tools (Trim Nailer and Framing Nailer) are sold at Home Depots in our area. Their other impulse staplers, brad nailers and pneumatic tools – are available online or at some local tool specialty outlets

    @ John Says

    The Paslode cordless tools use a gas canister and a rechargeable battery. The gas is ignited in a cylinder driving a piston and firing the nail. The “engine” needs to be cleaned once in a while – and Paslode sells service kits with soft parts like o-rings that wear. So if the tool has a lot of nails on it – it could be like a car that has lots of miles.

    @Barri Says

    I had the same experience with having a missing No-Mar – but we buy from a local tool supply that made good on it right away. We also use them to service many of our tools.

    @ kdp Says

    They work at all angles – but like any nail gun you need to work safely to make sure you have good contact with the tip and the wood, have your hand out of the way – so a blown-out nail (wood grain is funny that way) will not send you to the ER

    @Kurt Schwind Says

    We try to standardize too – don’t want to be carrying around a variety of different batteries and tools – but the Paslodes are a proven specialty item that makes them worthwhile to have on each of our trucks. We feel the same about Senco collated screw guns (we carry 2 types – one for drywall and 1 for decking / flooring jobs). We’ve recently standardized on the Makita LXT 18V line – and buy batteries in 10 packs to save a few bucks. I admit that it would be nice if we could use the Makita batteries in the Senco guns etc. – with everything upward and downward compatible – but that is not the case.

    @joelfinkle Says

    Not all cordless nailers work on the same principle as the Paslodes. As an example the Dewalt 16 gauge trim nailer – uses battery only (no fuel – no combustion). This gun is heavy too.

    @MattC Says

    Paslode has been around for many years – supplying the construction trade. I think that they are a division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW). ITW also owns DuoFast (as in carpet staplers) and Ramset (as in PATs)

    @ Smith Says

    I believe that their fuel cans are filled with some form of MAPP.
    I grabbed one of their MSDS – and it lists the ingredients as 60-90% Butylene, 10-40% Propylene and <3% Propane. The batteries (Paslode # 404717) in ours are rechargeable NiCads

  38. Allen says:

    The biggest selling points for me on the Paslode’s are that they have some of the lightest framing nailers around with the smoothest action. They definitely do come with a hefty price tag. Not sure where you can get reconditioned ones. I’d be really interested in knowing where they might be sold too. Anybody have any tips?

  39. doowop says:

    I borrowed one from a friend for a half-bath rehab. It was great! Relatively light and easy to use/reload/recharge.

  40. jeff says:

    While I think cordless is convenient with any power tool, it seems there are still needs for the corded versions too. This is still true with drills. A right angle drill for example, there hasn’t been a viable cordless version yet. It would probably be too heavy. I wonder if that’s the same with nailers. It seems most of the comments on here about projects accomplished with these were smaller. The corded versions (pneumatic) must still be better (and cheaper) for large framing and roofing jobs.

  41. Bill Herman says:

    I have the brad nailer and love it. Not only is it convenient but the “cool” factor for a cordless nailer like this is great. I often use it just because as a DIYer it’s quicker than building up pressure in the compressor and dragging an airhose to wherever. Also, what could be more fun than a nailer that works off of a contained explosion…

  42. I so need this. I have been wanting to get a brad nailer for awhile.

  43. fred says:

    @ jeff says:

    I posted before – saying that 1/2 of my business is plumbing and that requires big holes to be drilled in framing using selfeed bits. We have a mix of right angle drills for this – Milwaukee Hole Hawgs (1676-6) which are rated at 7.5 amps and Super Hole Hawgs (1680-20) rated at 13 amps and Makita DA4031 – rated at 10 amps. We’ve even used these to drive water-assisted directional boring tools (Borzit Brand), that use lengths of ¾ inch pipe as extensions, to create pathways under driveways and sidewalks. I see no cordless tool (unless someone has an engine-driven drill) that could possibly handle these applications.

    In my other business, our carpenters have taken a shine to the Makita 18V LXT line and we have several of their BDA350 3/8 inch right angle drills – which are up to the carpenter’s drilling tasks:


  44. Will says:

    i have used 3 different air powered Paslode nailers all were well used and found them to be outstanding. Almost bullet proof. I would be willing to bet the cordless are just as good.

  45. Roy Jacobsen says:

    I never thought that a nailer was a must-have for a DIYer, until I recently borrowed a compressor-driven Paslode finish nailer to do some crown molding. That experience convinced me that I need to put at least one nailer on my wish list.

    Would have been handy when I did the privacy fence around my backyard.

  46. Ben Kusa says:

    Cordless nailer would be very nice to have. I had to pull out the compressor over the weekend to put some finishing nails into a door. I guess it was probably just laziness on my part but it made putting it up a lot quicker and less painful then trying to level, etc then bang one in.

  47. Keith says:

    Oooh, Pick me, Pick me!

    I normally do just a few fasteners at a time doing onsite repair work. These would beat hauling in and firing up a compressor.

  48. Roland Schulz says:

    We use Paslode nailers for putting crates together outside where we don’t have air. I’d love to have a set of Paslode tools up at camp where we’re off the grid…

  49. aaron says:

    these would be very handy indeed for putting up wire fences (the sort with a gauge in between chicken wire and chain link). i had to do this manually and the job really sucked. cordless and powered is a sweet combination when you’re outside.

    then again, if you’re putting up moulding, it could be a lot of help if you’re up on a ladder too.

  50. Fabian says:

    The plug-in gas tanks to these nailers really makes them shine.. What a great idea.

    I wish I only had another fence or deck to build..


  51. fred says:

    @ aaron says:

    Take a look at this fence stapler:


    The issue with using either a Paslode cordless or pneumatitc stapler for fencing is th gauge of the staples – which is a bit too fine.

  52. Al says:

    As an aspiring DIY-er with a new baby on the way and nursery to build, I would use a set like this!

  53. kevin says:

    The cordless revolution has arrived. I hope I can be part of it. All things Paslode are plausable. Pick me , because I am tired of hoses. And hosers. Paslode rocks when it comes to pro tools.
    Ya a bit of lode kissing. However, well worth it for the mac daddy of cordless…..:-)

  54. ambush says:

    A framing nailer would help out on a lot of projects…

  55. wvpv says:

    I inherited a Porter-Cable Bammer from my dad, which is nice — but that thing is HUGE for a finish nailer.. Certainly something a little smaller that can do staples would be very handy for doing the trim in my basement. The framing nailer is certainly a bonus.

  56. Richard says:

    I could use the framing nailer. My cordless finish nailer needs are currently being met finely by my DeWalt 18V which I highly recommend.

  57. Pepster says:

    I second Kaiser’s comment – I’m going to end up building a fence soon, and these would be MUCH nicer than the current plan (Say hello to my little friend… Mr. 16oz hammer….)

    I also imagine when the Wife get’s a hankering for crown moulding, I won’t want to drag a hose or cord around with the ladder.

    And the Orange is just NICE!

  58. Beans says:

    This might just be the tool that gets me off of my butt and building more stuff inside. I hate to take my compressor hose through the house but for smaller stuff like a bookcase or dollhouse, these cordless nail guns would be perfect.

  59. Dave says:

    I’m a recent convert to the cult of pneumatic nailers, after years of doing it the old fashioned way. And it’s great so far. I have to say, though, that the idea of cutting the umbilical is even more attractive. At this point I’m about 1/3 of the way through the mostest hugest renovation project I’ll ever attempt – the whole house- and while my air powered nailers are great, I am craving the opportunity to try these things out.

  60. REBECCA says:

    I saw some of the guys on DIY using this cordless nailer and wondered how I could get my hands on one. I need something like that to put up some shutters I built for my house but I felt carrying the nailer up a ladder with a hose attached would be somewhat dangerous. I think this little number would be the answer and would continue to be useful in all sorts of projects around my house. I was trying to comprise a list of “to do’s” so that I would only have to attach the compressor once and spend a day doing all the little projects around here. With this tool, I could do them as they come along.

  61. Petey says:

    Rebecca is so right, a ladder plus a hose equals Petey in a leg cast.

    And these look much lighter than strapping the compressor to my back.

  62. Fat Neophyte says:

    I soooooo want a set of these. I can already picture the bookshelves I’d break them in building.

    I also think the garage needs shelving, so these would get use right off the bat.

  63. Squirt says:

    I like Kevin’s line of thinking – the cordless revolution is upon us!

    I for one welcome our new cordless overlords.

  64. Jeff W says:

    Does anyone know if these come with any cartridges?

  65. EpeeBoy says:

    If I look at the pictures of these any longer, I’m goping ot have to replace my drool-soaked keyboard.

    It doesn’t help that theres a slim chance I might get to have a set. But then again, I could quickly nail together a drool guard, and then the problem would be taken care of!

  66. EpeeBoy says:


    An earlier thread detailed the set being given away, I beleve each comes with a battery, and the set includes one nail & fuel combo box.

  67. Jeff W says:

    Thanks. What is the battery for?

  68. EpeeBoy says:


  69. EpeeBoy says:


    I think it’s used to ignite the butane, creating the “combustion” in the internal combustion.

    Think cordless spark plug.

    (Apologies for the dupe post, Mods please delete)

  70. Petey says:

    I’ve never looked forward to the end of the month like this!

    Only toolmonger could make me happy to see rent day.

  71. Roger says:

    I have a framing nailer for 2yrs.. Worked well for the first year with one visit for repair. Having spark issues now, and the spark unit is 90 bucks..

  72. Jeff Harrington says:

    I have never owned a Paslode. Not because I don’t like them, I do.
    I already have all the nailers I need. But my brother is a contractor and swears by them. Once he got one that was it for him. He uses nothing but Paslode now. He has only had one issue so far. His framing nailer jammed once and he had to take it in for repair. Other than that they have worked flawlessly. My old Hitachi mis-fires fairly regularly and when the time comes I can assure you, I will be purchasing a Paslode. Then maybe my brother will give me some peace.

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