Paslode IM200Li
Comments: This is a very light and well-balanced gun with a comfortable grip. The body design allows comfortable use at a multitude of angles for several hours without fatigue. The small front housing works well in small spaces and corners. This gun jammed once when low on fuel; no tools are required to clear jams, so getting back on track was quick and easy. As with all gas-fired guns tested, there is no bump mode. It has very good line of sight with an excellent no-mar tip. Gas cartridges are easily changed and a rechargeable battery is included. This nailer can shoot up to 1,000 nails per gas canister. The 4V li-ion battery will last up to 12,000 shots per charge. It has consistent power to drive nails through hardwoods.

PROS: weighted and balanced such that it can be used for extended lengths of time; minimal marring and small hole size; belt clip can be spun to hang on a ladder
CONS: misfires on low fuel; emits a strong odor; need to disengage battery to minimize drainage when not in use

Nail size: 5/8 in. to 2 in.
Dry-fire lockout: Yes
Magazine capacity: 100 brads
Weight: 4.6 lb.
Warranty: 5 yr. (tool); 2 yr. (service)
Cost: $340 (includes tool, case, battery and recharger; trim fuel gas cartridges sold separately, $12 for two-pack)
Mike Triller and his partner Bruce Cranston are finish carpenters living in Saratoga Springs, NY.