Duo-Fast, Paslode ‘bring it’

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Last fall, Duo-Fast Construction introduced a new Coil Siding Nailer, Model DF225C. It is a lightweight, powerful tool which was designed to handle production nailing of siding, fencing and decking. It is even more productive when used as a system with Duo-Fast CI and CS series nails which are 0-degree plastic collated round head coil nails.

“Our new lightweight coil siding nailer is one tough, durable tool that was designed specifically to work with our CI and CS nails as a system,” said Tracy Tryboski, marketing manager for Duo-Fast Construction.

“When it’s used as a system, the contractor will experience fewer nail jams, less wasted nails and fewer clean up hassles, making the job quicker and easier to complete,” says Tryboski.

Engineers at Duo-Fast Construction have packed the new DF225C with features that will make this the tool of choice on the job. It weighs just 4.5 pounds to reduce worker fatigue.

With its tool-less depth of drive, workers can quickly and accurately seat nails into siding to manufacturer’s specifications, thereby avoiding overdrives and warranty issues. When it’s used with Duo-Fast CI and CS series nails, there is no worry about rust staining the siding as can happen with wire-weld collated coil nails.

The new Coil Siding Nailer also features a durable rafter hook, a 360-degree adjustable exhaust cap and a comfortable rubber grip for all day use. Its nail capacity is 300 nails with a switchable trigger and a clear magazine to monitor nail usage. It can be used with smooth, ring and screw shank nails from 1-1/2? to 2-1/2 inches with shank diameters of .080 to .105. Additionally, it is easy to reload, even with gloved hands.

The DF225C has been available at distributors since October 2009. For more information on Duo-Fast Construction’s Coil Siding Nailer, Model DF225C, or the Duo-Fast [CI] and [CS] Round Head Coil Nails, Circle 240 on the Reader Service Card, page 18.

With headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., Duo-Fast Construction, a division of Illinois Tool Works, manufactures a full line of brite and galvanized fasteners, and cordless and pneumatic nailers for the residential construction industry that are used by professionals for framing, sheathing, fencing, floor and roof decking, siding and insulation.

Specifications:
Part number: 502950
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Dimensions: 12-5/8×12-1/2×5-3/4”
Collation media: 0° Plastic Collated Coil Nails
Capacity: 300 CS/CI coil nails
Nail length: 1-1/2 to 2-1/2-inch
Fasteners : CS or CI series round head plastic collated coil nails; smooth, ring or screw shank
Operating pressure: 80-120 psi
Warranty: Extended limited 1 year
Retail price: $389.

Paslode Cap Stapler
Last year also saw the introduction by Paslode of the new CS150 Cap Stapler. Cap staplers — and there are a few on the market — are useful for installing roofing felt paper, house wrap, plastic sheeting, thin foam sheeting and carpet underlayment pad.

The Paslode Cap Stapler can also be used for just driving staples in lengths of 3/4-inch to 1-1/2-inch with the simple press of a selector button. 

The Paslode Cap Stapler is lightweight at 4.5 pounds and well balanced. It has a non-slip grip and can be switched from bump to sequential drive by pressing a button on the side of the trigger. There is also an easy to see visual indicator icon for bump or sequential drive modes. This stapler is easy to load and holds 90 staples and 210 orange plastic caps. Staples drop in from the top of the magazine and a roll of caps loads at the rear.

It should be mentioned that both staples and caps are sold together in clever packaging with a carry handle. Each FasCaps bucket contains 1,680 caps and 1- x 3/8-inch 18 gauge staples. One package is enough to fasten approximately 1,000 square feet of roofing felt paper. A bucket of caps and staples sells for around $32.

Although we have never used it, this cap stapler has a quick clear nose clamp which opens the front of the stapler. It has an easy to use adjustable depth of drive wheel so there is no need to adjust the working line pressure at the compressor. The top of the power head has an adjustable air deflector so the exhaust air can be directed away from the user. One other nifty feature is a belt hook that can be located on either side of the stapler.

Specifications:
Part number: 502575
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Dimensions: 12-5/8×12-1/2 x5-3/4”
Collation media: Staples, plastic caps
Capacity: 210 caps, 90 staples
Staple length: 3/4-  to 1-1/2-inch
Operating pressure: 70-110 psi
Web site: www.paslode.com
Warranty: Extended limited 1 year
Retail price: $289.
Part number:    502950
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Dimensions: 12-5/8×12-1/2 x 5-3/4”
Collation media: 0 degree plastic collated coil nails
Capacity: 300 CS/CI Coil Nails
Nail length: 1-1/2 to 2-1/2”
Fasteners: CS or CI series round head plastic collated coil ails; smooth, ring or screw shank
Operating pressure:    80-120 psi
For information, circle 241

Rockwell SoniCrafter
Rockwell’s SoniCrafter is a unique power tool with a variety of uses for home and job site. When fitted with one of the many different accessory pieces, this oscillating tool can cut wood, plastic, sheet metal, concrete, brick, nails and pipe.

Another accessory lets the user remove ceramic tile grout, while a scraper accessory is useful for removing vinyl tile and adhesive. Other accessories are good for sanding in tight places or corners, polishing and scraping. SoniCrafter offers more than 20 accessories.
There are six variable speeds available on the SoniCrafter from 11,000 to 20,000 oscillations per minute. Speeds are controlled with a dial type wheel located on the rear of the unit. An on/off switch is conveniently located on the front top of the unit.

The body of the SoniCrafter is partially covered with a rubber-like material to reduce felt vibrations. The SoniCrafter weighs 2.8 pounds and fits the hand well. The fan-cooled electric motor requires 2.3 amps of power.

Accessories are attached to the front of the SoniCrafter with a supplied Allen Head key which stores at the rear of the unit. A vacuum adapter accessory is available to catch sawdust and keep the workplace clean. A 10-foot power cord adds to SoniCrafter’s versatility on the job site.
Three different SoniCrafter kits are available, ranging in price from about $120 to $180. These include the 22-piece starter kit, 39-piece multi-use kit and, the 73-piece complete professional kit. Replacement accessories are also available.

To watch a video of the SoniCrafter in action, visit the web site at www.sonicrafter.com. SoniCrafter has a 2-year limited warranty.
For more information, circle 242.

The author is Rural Builder’s tool expert and a regular contributor to the magazine.

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