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A Promise to Fix Your Tool with No C̶o̶r̶d̶s̶ Strings Attached

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Have you ever dropped your tool so hard that it almost breaks? It is something that happens to all of us, and that is why Paslode has implemented a “2 Year Service Promise.” This is a promise that guarantees free and reliable service for all eligible nailers.

This is a promise that Paslode is making to you. Simply enroll and activate your tool, and with no questions asked, Paslode will fix it. If the tool is beyond repair, Paslode will completely replace it and issue another 2 Year Service Warranty. For more information, check out this article that Home Channel News published about the service offer:

http://homechannelnews.com/article/paslode-makes-promise-no-questions-asked

2 years. No questions and no strings attached. That is our promise.

Check out Paslode's Trim Fuel & Nail Combo Packs

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Innovative Fuel + Nail combo packs are your tool's fuel gauge - if you have nails, you have the fuel to drive them

  • 1,000 nails and one fuel cell are right-sized for remodeling jobs
  • Lower out-of-pocket cost for smaller jobs
  • Universal Trim Fuel works with ALL Paslode Cordless Finish Nailers
    • Includes two twist on external metering valve adapters

Check out our video: Trim FNP Review 

Paslode's Cordless Roofing Nailer and Engineered Lumber Nail Win MVP Award

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Paslode Receives Two MVP Awards from Building Products Magazine

That’s right, Paslode’s Cordless Roofing Nailer System and Engineered Lumber Nails were among 30 winners of this year’s Most Valuable Product Awards from Building Products magazine, which was announced on July 25.

These innovative Paslode products had to go before a judging panel made up of tough-to-please professional contractors who were looking for entries that are most valuable to the contractor by reducing installation time, callbacks and labor costs, solving a problem or boosting profits.

Certainly our Cordless Roofing Nailer System meets the criteria: With the convenience of cordless there are no hoses or compressor to set up or pack up, it saves time and labor costs and eliminates jobsite clutter. And many contractors have told us that even for small roof repairs, what was a three-man job is now a one man job, which is sure to save you money and boost profits!

Our new, Made-in-the-USA Engineered Lumber Nail solves a big problem we see on jobsites every day. That problem is the inability to drive nails flush into the newest, hardest engineer lumbers, such as LVL, LSL and PSL. Contractors spend a lot of time pulling bent nails or using a hammer to drive the nails flush. Many increase the pressure on their compressors, which increases fuel costs and the wear and tear on tools and equipment.

The Engineered Lumber Nail was specifically designed to solve this problem by driving flush into the hardest woods first time, every time. In so doing, there is no need to hammer nails down, pull out bent nails or up the pressure on your compressor – sure ways to save labor, nail and maintenance costs. And a sure way to boost profits. 
 

Paslode Cordless Angled Finish Nailer Wins Fine Homebuilding Best Overall Award

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Have you seen the July issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine? If not, you’ve got to check out the “Tool Test” article on cordless finish nailers because the Paslode 16 gauge cordless angled finish nailer  receives the Author’s Choice Best Overall tool award, if you’re a subscriber you can also check it out online at www.finehomebuilding.com. (Also check out the “How It Works” column in this issue, we provided the writer with a cordless finish nailer as visual aide to his explanation of how a fuel-powered cordless nailer works.)

Associate Editor Patrick McCombe put thirteen cordless 15- and 16-gauge finish nailers to the test, and we mean to the test. He tested nailer power by making a sandwich of 5/4 white oak, 1/2” drywall and 2x4 studs, he mocked up white-pine molding to test visibility and splitting, and milled strips of pine and white oak of 1/8” to 5/16” thickness to test the depth-of-drive adjustment.
 
He tested both Paslode’s straight  and angled  16g cordless finish nailers and had this to say: “Paslode has had 25 years to perfect its cordless nailers, now in their third generation, and it shows. Both versions can easily handle the densest materials used in my testing. The depth of drive is consistent and sensitive, making it the best countersinking tool in the group. This isn’t the lightest nailer, yet it’s well-balanced and easy to handle. I also really liked that Paslode fuel is available at every lumberyard and home center I checked.”

Finally, when it came down to picking the winner, Patrick put it this way: “The Paslode has a better depth-of-drive control, and its fuel is widely available, making it my top pick.”
 
Why did Paslode’s angled finish nailer win out over the straight one? Author preference. As Patrick writes: “I prefer angled magazines because they provide a better line of sight to the business end of a nailer. This is especially noticeable when you’re working overhead or in tight locations.”

That’s one man’s opinion. We’d love to hear which you prefer angled or straight?

Paslode Fuel + Nail Packs Catching on with Contractors

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With all new things, there are some people who jump right in and some who don’t like change. Often new products or processes take some getting used to, but once you’ve tried it, you wonder why someone didn’t come up with the idea sooner.

That’s happening with the Fuel + Nail packs . When Paslode introduced the new CF325 cordless framing nailer, we offered the fuel only in Fuel + Nail Packs , and we’ll admit it, we heard from some Paslode customers that they didn’t like it.

Since then, we introduced Fuel + Nail Packs with PowerBoost Black Tip Coating and this past summer the Fuel + Nail Packs with Adapter, so all Paslode cordless framing nailers can use Fuel + Nail Packs, and as more and more contractors try the Packs, we are hearing from users around the country that this ain’t such a bad idea.

For example, a contractor recently told us:
At first I really thought it was BS and a marketing scheme. However, over time we've started to notice a trend that works well for us. The fuel typically outlasts the nails so we end up with some extra fuel. This works well for us as we occasionally purchase extra nails which are still sold separately.

And here’s what Rob Robillard, a carpenter outside of Boston, told us:
Fuel and nails in one package? I was skeptical at first, but after using them I’m starting to come around. First, they now have the backwards compatible adapter so they work with any Paslode cordless framing nailer, which is a plus since most people currently have the older model. Second, by purchasing the fuel and nails together, you avoid having to remember to order more fuel cells, Paslode has done the math for you. Third, buying your fuel and nails at one time makes sense when you think about how you use the nailer and fasteners. Have you ever bought nails only to get to the job site and realized you forgot to buy fuel? I know many carpenters who have.

We know we’re not going to convince everyone, but there really were some good reasons why we decided to offer the Fuel + Nail Packs, and they haven't changed. But, please we'd like to hear from you. What do you think?

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Paslode Celebrating 25 Year Cordless Anniversary at the 2011 International Builders’ Show

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Paslode will have a booth at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando next week (January 12 to 15, Booth #W1137),  and we’ll be celebrating 25 years of cordless framing, finishing and roofing.

In 1986, we reinvented the nailer, created an entirely new category, and forever changed the way contractors, builders and remodelers work. We’re not just celebrating 25 years of fueling the cordless generation, we’re saluting you, our customers, for 25 years of excellent, innovative craftsmanship and success in everything you do.

So, if you’re going to IBS, stop by the Paslode booth and see what’s new for 2011. And, if you put our latest in fuel powered cordless technology to the test – the Cordless Roofing Nailer, you can put your name in the hat to win one. Now that’s a celebration! 

Paslode's first CapStapler, model CS150

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Paslode’s new CapStapler Housewrap Stapling System, Model CS150, is designed to make it easier and faster for contractors to install housing wrap, plastic sheathing and roofing felt.

The CapStapler has been available for a few months now and the feedback has been very positive from tool reviewers and contractors. They like the speed this pneumatic tool has over manual staplers and all reports point to it being a very easy tool to load and operate, unlike some of the other pneumatic models on the market. 

Plus, because it has a unique button cap design, contractors don’t worry about felt or wrap tearing off in high winds, and the caps are highly resistant to water, ensuring that the manufacturers warranty on the wrap remains in effect.

This is how Art Waldal, writing for BuilderNews Magazine put it:

“If you have just tacked down the paper with a stapler and it gets windy overnight, you’re in for a world of hurt in the morning. With the cap stapler you can paper off the whole roof and not worry if you don’t get it roofed before the daylight ends. We got ourselves in just that sort of pickle. But, having the new Paslode CapStapler on hand, we capped down the paper and let the wind howl during the night. We got to the job at 7 a.m. the next morning, and lo and behold the paper was all there.”

The CapStapler System includes the new Paslode pneumatic CapStapler, FasCap button cap reels and 18 gauge, 3/8” crown button cap staples available in 1” and 1 1/2" lengths. Contractors installing house wrap or roof felt appreciate the CapStapler’s large capacity reel, which holds 240 FasCaps, and its open design that allows for quick reloading of staples (capacity 90).

The CapStapler features a best-in-class drive performance for day in day out use, an adjustable depth-of-drive, a quick-clear nose with easy access to the staples and an in-line magazine for greater balance and control. It also is a lightweight tool that contractors find easy to maneuver while reducing fatigue.

The CapStapler has a switchable trigger for single or bump fire, an adjustable exhaust cap, an adjustable belt hook and a switchable cap feed so that it can be used as a narrow crown stapler that will take staples from 3/4” to 1-1/2”.

Building and remodeling contractors are finding that this a “must have” tool from Paslode. Check it out at your dealer or distributor today.

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