Paslode CR175C Cordless Roofing Nailer Review: Pros & Cons
Easy to use and operate. Easy to set up and take down.
Durable and reliable design. Portable size allows it to be used anywhere. Compact size with battery power, which means no cords or batteries are required; it’s just plug-and-play operation!
No safety features. No built-in light.
Not waterproof. Not recommended for use in high winds or heavy rainstorms.
How To Choose A Corded Roofing Nailer?
In order to choose the right roofing nailer, you need to know what kind of work you’re going to do and how much time you have available for it. You also need to consider your budget. If you don’t have any money, then you might want to look at other options such as solar panels or wind turbines instead.
If you’re looking for a cheap way of doing some roofing jobs, then the paslode cordless roofing nailer may be perfect for you because it comes in a compact size and it doesn’t require any tools to operate. You just unpack it, plug it in or insert the battery, and you’re ready to start working.
This is a pneumatic roofing nailer which means that it uses air pressure to shoot roofing nails through your roofing materials. The higher the air pressure, the further the nails will go into your roof and the faster you’ll be able to work. This is a great choice for anyone who wants to quickly do some roofing before going on to the next job.
The other alternative is to buy a corded roofing nailer because they tend to be cheaper in the long run. Instead of having to spend money on batteries or having to drag around an air hose, all you have to do is plug it into an outlet.
They’re also more powerful than the cordless roofing nailers. On the down side, you might not always have access to an outlet or power supply and in that case, a cordless roofing nailer would be a better choice.
You need to remember that it’s important for your safety to use the right nailer for the job. If the nail gun is too weak, then you won’t be able to put enough nails into your roof boards to keep them secure against high winds.
This could cause a disaster if the wind picks up and your roof suddenly starts to flap and lose shingles. On the other hand, if you get a heavy-duty roofing nailer and you’re not using it properly, you run the risk of putting too many nails in your roof and ending up with a roof that’s too rigid and unable to ‘breathe’. This could cause water to get into your roof boards and lead to rot or mold.
The best thing to do is to buy a mid-range roofing nailer so that you’re able to secure your roof properly without overdoing it. You’ll be able to use fewer nails while still making sure that everything is secure.
It also helps to have someone show you how to use the nail gun properly before you begin so that you’re not wasting time learning as you go or making mistakes and having to start again.
DEWALT DC608K Cordless High Power 18-Volt Premium Lithium-Ion Oscillating Tool Kit
If you’re looking for a cordless roofing nailer, then the DEWALT cordless roofing nailer is a good choice. It’s lightweight and compact which makes it easy to carry around the job site.
It doesn’t require any fuel and there are no hoses or wires to get in your way. Just pick it up and away you go.
However, because it’s cordless, the power of the nailer is somewhat limited by the strength of the battery. It may not be able to put as many nails into the roof boards as a pneumatic nailer or even a corded roofing nailer.
On the plus side, it doesn’t have the kickback that you would normally get from a pneumatic nailer. So if you’re new to using a nail gun or you’re working on your own without anyone else around who can help you out in case something goes wrong, this is a good cordless roofing nailer for you to try out.
There’s also the LED worklight which comes in very handy when you’re trying to work in low-light situations. If you’re the kind of person who gets distracted easily then this can help you stay focused and get the job done more quickly.
The one potential downside of this cordless roofing nailer is that it uses proprietary batteries so you can’t use any other battery to power it. You will need to make sure you have a couple of spare batteries with you at all times in case the battery runs out in the middle of your workday.
This can be a bit of a hassle but the convenience of having no wires or air hose to worry about more than makes up for this.
DEWALT DC621K Cordless Framing Nailer Kit
If you’re looking for a cordless framing nailer, then you really can’t go past the DEWALT brand. They are a reliable company that has been making top-rated power tools for many years.
This cordless framing nailer is a bit heavier than the roofing nailer, but not so much that it becomes a problem to carry around all day long. It has a strong battery life and can fire off up to 650 nails on a single charge.
This is more than enough for most jobs so you probably won’t find yourself needing to switch batteries too often.
The nailer itself is a good weight and has an ergonomic design so that you’re able to use it for extended periods of time without experiencing any hand fatigue. It also has a rubber over mold for protection of the external surfaces which means that it’s less likely to slip out of your hands.
As far as usability goes, this cordless framing nailer is very easy to use even for people who have no experience with power tools.
The only thing that you may find somewhat of a downside with this product is that it uses proprietary batteries which can be hard to find in some areas. You may need to have a few spares on hand to make sure you’re never without power when you need it.
Alternatively, you could opt for the non-cordless version of this product if you want to save a bit of money.
PORTER-CABLE FR350B 20V Lithium Ion Batteries Framing Nailer
This cordless framing nailer is similar to the last one in that it uses a battery rather than compressed air to power it. They’re both manufactured by the same company so you would expect them to have a lot of similarities.
However, this one is very different in that it uses a 20V battery instead of the more common lithium ion battery that most other cordless tools use. The only other tool we can think of that uses this battery is the popular PORTER-CABLE Pancake Compressor.
This means that you would have to buy the battery and the pancake compressor if you wanted to use this cordless framing nailer on a regular basis. If you already own these two items, then the added expense of buying this nailer is minimal as it is cheaper than most other framing nailers.
Another difference between this tool and the other cordless framing nailers is that this one is much lighter. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing.
It’s good in that you won’t get hand fatigue as quickly but it’s bad in that it may prove to be a little flimsy. This isn’t actually the case though and it is just as durable as any other cordless framing nailer.
The only other disadvantage of this model is that you need to make sure you carry spare batteries with you if you’re going to be using it all day. Having said that, we should also mention that this tool has one major advantage over the other cordless framing nailers and that is the fact that it can be used without the battery too.
This means that you can use it around the home as a regular nail gun if your battery dies or you haven’t charged it yet.
Paslode 905600 CF325LI Cordless Framing Nailer 300 Framing Nails
The last framing nailer on our list is another cordless one and it’s one of the most expensive ones on the market. It is fairly unique in that it uses a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged.
There are other cordless framing nailers on the market but they all use proprietary batteries and cannot be recharged. This one can which is nice because it means that you don’t have to keep buying new batteries for it.
A bit of research showed that people have estimated that this cordless framing nailer can drive around 700 nails on a single charge which is certainly enough to complete a standard 2×4 wall. It also comes with a quick charge feature that allows you to drive 31 nails in 15 minutes.
That might not be quite as many as the other models but it’s better than most corded models can do.
Another unique feature of this tool is the interchangeable trigger feature. Through a simple push pin system, you can quickly switch from sequential fire mode to bump fire mode.
Most users say they like bump fire mode for decks and other projects that require more precise placement.
The only major downside to this tool is the price as it is definitely at the expensive end of the spectrum. It’s also worth noting that the battery doesn’t have the longest life so you’ll probably need to have a couple spares if you work all day.
Whether you’re working on a big project or just need to put up a few fence posts, a good nail gun will save you time, energy and bring your project to completion faster. Of course, not all nail guns are made equal and some are better than others depending on what you need them to do.
For most people, a good air powered framing nailer will meet and exceed all their needs. The three reviewed here are all great tools and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Just make sure you select the one that has the features you need and that it’s powerful enough to do the job.
You might also want to think about getting a stapler too as they can be used for lots of different projects. Whatever you get, we hope you get many years of reliable use out of it and happy nailing!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a framing nailer?
A framing nailer is a large tool that is used for fastening materials together. Also known as a finish nailer, they typically drive nails ranging from 2 – 3 inches long and are mostly used for building things like decks, sheds, fences and other jobs that require you to join pieces of wood together.
What are the different types of nailers?
The three main types of nailers are air powered, powder actuated and electrically actuated. Air powered ones are the most common and work by storing pressurized air in a tank. Powder actuated tools use explosive compounds to fire them. The most commonly recognized tool of this type is the Cordless Palm Nailer that uses the same battery packs as other cordless tools. Finally, electrically actuated ones use either an electric motor or a coil to launch the fastener.
How are nailers powered?
Most nail guns are air powered. Air compressors are big, heavy, expensive and require maintenance so most nail guns now use compressed air canisters that you simply exchange when they run out. They are much lighter, cheaper, more convenient and don’t require any maintenance. They typically give you around 300 nails per charge but it all depends on the size of the gun and the length of the nail.
What safety features should I look for?
All nail guns should have some sort of safety feature to prevent accidental discharge. There are two types of triggers, contact and remote. Contact ones have a physical connection between the trigger and the firing mechanism so nothing can accidentally fire unless your finger is actually on the trigger. Remote triggers have a linkage that connects the trigger to the firing mechanism so if the trigger is set off by some other means, the gun won’t fire.
What maintenance is required?
Most nail guns don’t require any maintenance during normal use. However, you should test them regularly (once a month) to make sure they are in good working order. This is especially important if you leave one loaded for any length of time. A gun sitting for over a year can easily experience a loss in power or crack in the firing mechanism. Always make sure you have spares and don’t forget to oil them once in a while too.
What safety equipment should I wear?
Always wear safety goggles or safety glasses. Any time you are working with wood or a tool that could fly back and hit you in the face, it’s a good idea to protect your eyes. Hearing protection is also a good idea as most nail guns are quite loud. Work boots or sturdy shoes are also recommended as you don’t want your foot to get hit by a flying nail.
How is a nail gun different from a regular nail?
Nail guns use special sized nails that are more brittle so that they can be fired out of the gun at a high velocity and still fit into such a small shell. You typically have to use the same size nails as the gun. So if you have a 1″ pistol, you have to use 1″ nails.
Do I need a license to buy a nail gun?
There are currently no licensing restrictions on purchasing or owning a nail gun at this time. However, regulations are subject to change so make sure you check current firearms law before purchasing. And never buy one on the black market as they can be stolen and you will have no way of tracking the original owner.
What is the best brand?
There really isn’t a best brand. Some manufacturers have better reputations than others, but ultimately it comes down to personal preference. Some guns are lighter and easier to handle, some have better safety features, some can shoot faster, some are quieter and some just feel better in your hands. Try before you buy is the best advice we can give.
What is the best size?
The best size nail gun depends on what you plan to use it for. If you are nailing 2x4s all day long, you will want one with a lot of power. If you are doing cabinetry, a compact gun will prove easier to handle. Always think about balance as well. A heavy gun that shoots small nails is not very efficient while a light gun that shoots large nails tends to lose power. Most guns fall into the 16-22 degree range which is a good all-around size.
What is the difference between a framing gun and a finish gun?
Framing guns (sometimes called “guns”) are big, bulky and heavy. They are designed to shoot large nails out of a proprietary large cartridge at high velocity. They tend to be on the loud side and aren’t very refined but they do the job. They are great for nailing down large sheets of plywood to a subfloor, building a new deck or framing out a wall.
Finish guns (sometimes called “mag” guns) are a lot smaller and lighter. They still use nails, but they are much smaller and are usually sold in smaller proprietary cartridges.
They are designed with more of a finish carpenter in mind. This is the type of gun you would see a cabinet maker or shelf installer using. They aren’t as heavy duty and don’t shoot the nails as fast or as hard, but for hanging drywall, building furniture or trim work they are perfect.
If you are planing on doing a lot of big projects, get a framing gun. If you want to build houses for a living, get a framing gun as well.
If you are doing a lot of finish work or just don’t want to heft around a big gun all day, get a finish gun.
What is the best nail size?
The diameter of the nail you use depends on what you are nailing and the type of gun you are using. The nails come in various diameters ranging from 5/8″ to 1-5/8″. It is always best to use the smallest diameter that will do the job. This is because it makes the nail easier to handle, less likely to split the wood accidentally and reduces the impact on the gun.
What nails do I need for my project?
We sell a wide variety of nails for a wide variety of projects. We have basic, general purpose nails in a variety of lengths and sizes as well as specialty nails for specific applications (such as framing, flooring, moulding, etc).
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