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.
The kicker is you must use the Duo-Fast nail packs to operate the tool, which may or may not be an issue. The press release had this to say about the nail/fuel packs:
Roofer’s Choice Fuel + Nail Packs with PowerBoost Nails
The Duo-Fast Cordless Roofing Nailer uses Roofer’s Choice™ Fuel + Nail packs, which maximizes the tool’s performance and means you never run out of fuel before you run out of nails. Each pack comes with one quicklode fuel cell and six coils of nails (720 nails per box).
The nails feature the PowerBoost Black Tip Coating for superior ease of drive and a unique vertical groove design for better holding power than standard roofing nails. Each Fuel + Nail pack is enough nails to do two squares or 200 square feet of shingles (your typical roofing repair job).
It seems well thought-out, though we’ve also seen that it can be difficult for contractors to commit to this kind of tether — i.e. Senco — when there are other options in roofing guns that take off brand coils. However, getting the fuel along with the nails is pretty tidy and it may be worth it not to have a hose.
What do you think? Is cordless a big enough deal to commit to a certain brand of nails or not? Let us know in comments.
DFCR175C Cordless Roofing Gun [Duo-Fast]