The Perfect Tool for Remodeling and Trim Work
The Paslode 900600 Cordless 16-Gauge Bevel Finish Nailer is a game-changer for professionals who specialize in remodeling and trim work. With its exceptional sightlines and angled magazines, this nailer makes it effortless to secure fasteners in hard-to-reach areas with precision. One of the most convincing arguments for going wireless is the elimination of the need to carry compressors, wires, and hoses. In addition, the Paslode nailer is lightweight, compact, and even includes a built-in hanger for convenient use. It’s no wonder that this nailer is considered a must-have tool!
A Comprehensive Carrying Case and Impressive Performance
The Paslode 900600 Cordless 16 Gauge Bevel Finish Nailer comes with a sturdy blow molded carrying case that provides ample space for the nailer, batteries, charger, fuel cell, and even a pack of nails. There’s even additional room for extra batteries and a spare fuel cell. Despite being fully loaded, this nailer weighs less than 5 pounds, making it incredibly lightweight. At the heart of this nail gun is Paslode’s patented fuel and battery system, delivering impressive results. The Ni-cad rechargeable battery can drive 4,000 nails on a single charge, while the short yellow trim fuel cell can drive a total of 1,200 nails. The nail gun’s body is primarily made of durable plastic, with metal parts in critical areas like the magazine, internals, and nail ejection point. The comfortable grip angle and reversible leash hook make it convenient to use when working on ladders. The nailer can drive 1-1/4″ to 2-1/2″ 16-gauge 20-degree brad nails, and the magazine can hold up to 100 nails. To prevent blank fire and potential damage to the internal mechanism, there is a 10-pin locking mechanism with a quick-latch cover on the tip, allowing for tool-free and almost instant jam clearing. The wide open sight provided by the nailer’s tip, along with the two atraumatic tip caps, ensures precise and safe operation.
Testing and Using the Paslode 900600 Cordless Nailer
We had the perfect opportunity to put the Paslode 900600 Cordless 16 Gauge Bevel Finish Nailer to the test during a bathroom remodeling project. Working in a cramped space with limited access, clutter, and the need to move around, the convenience of this nailer became evident. We even had to use a 6-foot ladder to reach the 10-foot ceiling for crown molding installation. Before using the nailer, we made sure to fully charge the battery using the included charger. Loading the fuel cell and nails was a breeze, thanks to the user-friendly design. Setting the drive depth was simple using the thumb wheel behind the tip. The loud popping sound when firing the nail, unique to fuel/battery powered nailers, was a minor difference but didn’t affect performance.
One impressive feature of the Paslode nailer was its ability to drive nails to the proper depth, regardless of the material being worked on. In a 1920’s home with multiple layers of materials, including solid fir, lath, plaster, and drywall, not once did we need to resort to hand hammering nails when installing crown molding. The 16-gauge nails used in this nailer strike the perfect balance between the larger 15-gauge finishing nailers and the 18-gauge corner head nailers. The small head of the 16-gauge nails allows for easy adjustment and ensures a secure hold, especially when working with uneven walls. The nail heads are also small enough to make puttying and touch-ups before painting a breeze. The inclusion of a belt hook was incredibly handy when working on ladders, allowing for easy access to the nailer without any fear of it falling. Throughout our use, we experienced no misfires or seizures.
In Conclusion: A Cordless Nailer Designed for Convenience
When considering a cordless nailer, several factors come into play, such as size, weight, power, and ease of use. The Paslode 900600 Cordless 16-Gauge Bevel Finish Nailer excels in all these areas. Although the initial cost may seem higher compared to traditional solutions, factoring in the cost of a compressor, nail gun, wires, and hoses reveals the true value of the Paslode nailer. Additionally, the space saved in your vehicle or job site trailer, along with the convenience of not having to lug around all those extra items, makes it a truly viable option. With its exceptional performance, lightweight design, and user-friendly features, we give this nailer an impressive 9/10 rating for performance and a high 8/10 rating for value. When it comes to cordless nailers, the Paslode 16-gauge Bevel Finish Nailer is an excellent choice.