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2013 Tools in Action Award

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Every year, Tools in Action gives out awards for various categories. The process of deciding the winners is based on select contractors and two associates at Tools in Action, named Dan and Eric. There are 10 tools that must qualify for each category, and eventually each tool is eliminated one by one. Despite the fact that there are a lot of options in the cordless category, eventually one tool came out on top.

The Paslode Cordless 16 GA Li-ion Finish nailer was recently chosen as the best cordless nailer by “Tools in Action.” The tool is “easy to use, powerful and reliable.” What more could you ask for when you are looking for a tool? If you care to check out the article, check it out here: Paslode Cordless 16 GA Li-ion Finish Nailer

2013 Pro tool Innovation Awards: Cordless Tools

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At Paslode, one of the most important aspects in product development is customer feedback. Focusing on the customer’s voice has been one of the main reasons why Paslode products have been so successful. Recently, three separate Paslode tools won awards for innovation by the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. The Cordless Roofing Nailer (CR175C), the Cordless 16 GA Angled Li-ion Finish Nailer, and the Cordless Framing Nailer (CF325Li) all won in different categories.

Check out a pro’s reviews on the products here:
Paslode IM250A Li-ion Cordless 16 GA Angled Finish Nailer

Paslode Cordless Roofing Nailer CR175C

Paslode IM250A Li-ion Cordless 16 GA Angled Finish Nailer

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:

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 (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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