Paslode F-350S Review:
The Paslode F-350S is a new type of gun which was developed by Paslode. It’s designed to replace the older style guns like the F250, F400, and even the old Type 100. The main reason behind developing such a gun was to reduce costs and increase production speed.
It features a piston system with air pressure, which allows it to operate at higher pressures than other guns. The gun uses two types of nails; flat ones and round ones. Flat nails are used when the job requires less force while round nails are needed for heavy duty jobs where strength is required. The gun comes with two different sizes of rounds for each size of nail.
These rounds are made from steel and have a hardness level between 5 and 6 out of 10.
The gun weighs around 2.5 kg (6 lbs) and measures 24 cm x 30 cm x 23 cm (9″x13″x8″). It’s weight makes it heavier than most of the other guns in its class but lighter than some of them. The gun is powered by a 1 HP motor which provides power to both the front and rear wheels.
There are no moving parts inside the gun so there is little maintenance cost involved. It comes with two triggers; one designed for contact firing while the other is for non-contact firing. The design makes it easy to use all year round and the metal housing makes it durable as well.
The gun uses a standard 15 HP 4l bottle for fuel which lasts for around 1000 nails (although this may vary depending on the type of work being performed). The gun can shoot up to 15 mm round nails and 23 mm flat ones, making it an excellent choice for most framing jobs.
The main problem with the gun is that it’s quite heavy and requires a lot of force to shoot the nails. While this isn’t a huge problem for people with strong arms, it can be problematic for others. The gun should only be used by people who are at least 16 years of age or older. Something else to keep in mind is that the gun is rather loud so ear defenders or ear plugs should be worn while using it.
The price of the gun makes it a great value for your money. It currently costs less than most of its competitors and uses cheaper fuel as well. The gun is a great choice for professionals or homeowners who need a framing gun on a regular basis.
It’s also worth considering that the F-1650 is the newest version of this gun and has some additional features such as an external reservoir which allows you to see how much fuel you have left.
There are two main problems with the gun. First of all, it’s quite expensive compared to other guns on the market; although it does have more power than most of them. The fact that it uses fuel can also be seen as a disadvantage but at least you don’t have to drag around an air hose.
The fact that it uses pressurized fuel means that there is always a small risk of getting burned. This is especially true when the gun is old and the seals start to weaken. Newer models feature a safety mechanism which basically traps the fuel inside the gun but if you need to replace the seals yourself, you can avoid getting burned by following these instructions:
Don’t smoke! Never Work around open flames or sources of ignition! This includes motors and cigarettes! Protect your eyes, face and body in an enclosed space!
If You Do get burned, Don’t take off burning clothing, instead use a blanket or coat to smother the burn. Get medical attention.
The F-1650 isn’t really any more dangerous to use than other framing guns but common sense should always be used. Like with any tool, you can hurt yourself if you don’t know how to properly use it.
Despite its weight and price, the F-1650 is a very popular gun among professionals in the industry. It has power and accuracy which makes it a joy to use. The additional safety features also increase user-friendliness. It’s just a great tool all around.
The Bostitch E4C-1K is the cheapest gun on the market and as you might expect, it’s also the least powerful. It uses a normal 16 ounce CO2 cartridge to propel the nails. While this does make the gun a lot lighter, it also means that you have to fire more nails per cartridge.
The E4C-1K can shoot up to a 23 mm nail but it isn’t recommended for use with the bigger ones. You can get around 500 nails out of one cartridge. While this seems like a lot it still means that you have to reload more often than with other framing guns.
Reloading the cartridges is very simple. You can buy them nearly anywhere and they’re cheap so you probably won’t go through too many in a day of work.
The E4C-1K features an integrated oil reservoir which means that you don’t need to worry about getting the oil from a separate container. Simply put some oil in the reservoir before using the gun and you’re ready to start firing away. Annoying squeaks and squeals are no longer a problem thanks to this thoughtful design!
The E4C-1K is a very basic gun which can be used right out of the box. It’s also one of the least expensive framing guns on the market. If you’re on a tight budget or don’t do a lot of framing, then this is a great choice for you.
The Powernail 700 is similar to the F-1650 except that it’s a pneumatic framing gun. It uses an air hose to propel the nails and can drive up to a 26 mm nail all by itself. It does need to be used with an air compressor though.
The main advantage of an air gun is of course that it doesn’t use any potentially dangerous explosions to fire the nails. This means that there’s less risk of hurting yourself on the job. The downside is that you need to drag a heavy air hose around with you and there’s the potential for the compressor to be unable to keep up with the demand.
The Powernail 700 features a small oil reservoir which you should always fill before use. It’s simple and easy to do. Users can expect a very smooth driving experience which helps prevent wrist strain. It’s a great choice for those who are looking for something a bit different from other framing guns.
Now You’ve Chosen Your Gun
Whatever gun you decide to get, just be sure to always use common sense and keep safety in mind. Happy nailing!
Sources & references used in this article:
- New method to evaluate the nailing performance of extruded high-performance fiber-reinforced cementitious composites for residential applications (KG Kuder, EB Mu, SP Shah – Journal of materials in civil …, 2006 – ascelibrary.org)