Tool Tests and Reviews

  • Skilsaw 10 1/4-Inch Wormdrive

     
  • Bostich 18-Gauge Smart Point Brad Nailer

    A unique contact mechanism makes it easy to accurately place fasteners.

     
  • Cadex 23-Gauge Pinner

    The CPB23.50 drives pins up to two inches long and is loaded with useful features.

     
  • DeWalt DCN690 Cordless Framing Nailer

    This battery-powered gun is convenient for small framing projects, pickup and punch work, and driving nails that might otherwise be driven by hand.

     
  • DeWalt Dual-Speed Cordless Framing Nailer

    This battery-powered tool is more convenient than a gas-powered or pneumatic gun.

     
  • Bostitch Smart Point Nailers

    There’s no need to compress a spring-loaded nose; just touch the non-marring tip to the surface and squeeze the trigger.

     
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    Lightweight Framing Nailers

    These sub 8-pound nail guns are comfortable to use and surprisingly powerful.

     
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    Paslode IM250A Li Cordless Finish Nailer

    Though expensive, this tool offers some real advantages over comparable pneumatics

     
  • Senco Joistpro Metal Connector Nailers

    My crew and I used to hand-nail framing hardware, but as codes changed and we had to install more and more of the stuff, it became impractical to nail by hand.

     
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    Tools Up Close: Two Fuel-Powered Framers

    Early this year, Tools of the Trade sent me the newest models from Paslode and Bostitch, and this story is about my crew's experience with those guns.

     
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    Tools Up Close: 16-Gauge Fusion Nailer

    In my work as a finish carpenter, I use a variety of nails: 18-gauge brads for molding and trim, 15-gauge nails for door jambs, and 16-gauge nails for everything else. I prefer to work without hoses, and for the last 10 years have been using 16- and 18-gauge fuel-powered nailers from Paslode. They...

     
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    Tools Up Close: Big Cordless Circular Saws

    For this article we tested four higher-voltage saws – 36-volt models from Bosch, DeWalt, and Hilti, and a 28-volt model from Milwaukee. We used them while framing and siding a house and for building a deck. Later, we performed a test to see how many cuts each saw could make per charge.

     
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    Tool Test: Framing Nailers

    As a framing contractor, I rely on nail guns more than almost any other tool. When I buy a framing gun I look for a model that is comfortable to handle, able to toenail well, and powerful enough to drive nails flush every time.

     
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    Tools Up Close: Paslode Fuel-Powered Roofing Nailer

    The CR175C roofing nailer will be familiar to anyone who has ever used Paslode's other fuel-powered tools. It has the same battery and charger and takes a smaller version of the fuel cell used in the newer framing guns.

     
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    First Test: Nailing With Nitrogen

    Senco's new Fusion trim nailers operate unlike any drive system you've seen before and represent a giant leap forward in hose-free technology. As in pneumatic models, a cylinder-housed piston creates the force to drive fasteners, but the system uses a captive volume of nitrogen to pressurize, shoot...

     
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    First Test: Paslode Angled 16-Gauge Nailer

    In my architectural woodworking business, finish nailers are the pneumatic tools we use the most, and having a good complement of nailers for every application is critical to the success of a custom job. My primary arsenal of finish guns includes a 15-gauge finish nailer and an 18-gauge brad...

     
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    2010 Editor's Choice: Senco Cordless Nailer

    Senco has simplified cordless-nailer operations with its new Fusion trim nailers featuring the company's Reflex-Shot technology, which provides instant trigger response.

     
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    First Test: High-Pressure Pneumatics

    Makita is bringing its high-pressure nailer line to the U.S., and we were the first framing crew in the country to get our hands on its framing and siding coil nailers and brand-new 400-psi compressor. High-pressure nailers are more common in Japan, where the affinity for efficiency and compactness...

     
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    First Test: Bosch's First-Ever Nailer

    Out West where I build, the Big Three of framing nailers are Hitachi, Paslode, and Senco; if you've shot a 12d nail here, chances are it's been through one of these. There is no shortage of companies making framers, as I found out in our test of 19 full round-head nailers last year, but an...

     
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    First Test: Nail Kicker Pneumatic Nail Remover

    For such an ingenious tool, the Nail Kicker is based on a very simple concept. What if you could use a nail gun instead of a hammer to pound a nail back through a board? All you would need is a nailer without a magazine, right? That's the idea behind the Nail Kicker.

     
 
 
 
 
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