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Paslode 16-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer Review

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Paslode 16-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer

Paslode 16-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer

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The Bottom Line

The Paslode T250A-F16 16-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer is a very solidly-built pneumatic finish nailer that is smaller and lighter than competing models. This smaller form factor allows the woodworker to use the finish nailer in tighter spots than might otherwise be possible.

The nailer was easy to adjust and use, although 16-gauge nails aren't as readily available as the more standard 15-gauge nails. That being said, this nailer handled every task that we threw at it, and I didn't experience even one double-firing. It has a couple of minor quirks, but is a nailer I'd be comfortable using on a daily basis.
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Pros

  • Small, lightweight and well-balanced to fit into tight spots
  • Includes belt hook, bump trigger and safety glasses
  • 110-nail magazine capacity
  • Well-written Operator's Manual (English/Spanish)

Cons

  • Nail depth adjustment was a little touchy - had a difficult time fine tuning proper nail depth
  • Removing unused nails from magazine is a bit tricky

Description

  • Lightweight construction - unit weighs a mere 3.75 pounds.
  • Accepts 16-gauge angled nails only, in lengths from 1-1/4" to 2-1/2".
  • Does not include pneumatic fitting. Requires 3/8" threaded connector, or a 1/2" adaptor to match your pneumatic hoses.
  • Will fire up to 5 nails per second using the bump trigger (included)

Guide Review - Paslode 16-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer Review

The Paslode T250A-F16 16-Gauge Angled Finish Nailer is an interesting approach to pneumatic finish nailers. Many more standard 15-gauge finish nailers have a tendency to split thinner stock (such as moldings) when driving nails. Paslode decided to try a slightly smaller, 16-gauge nail in an effort to reduce the splitting.

The approach has advantages and disadvantages: While there is definitely less splitting from the narrower-gauge nails, the 16-gauge nails aren't as readily available in stores. This issue may lessen as the 16-gauge nails become more popular, but it is something to keep in mind when considering this finish nailer.

As mentioned earlier, this Paslode finish nailer also has a smaller form factor than comparable 15-gauge nailers (particularly when compared to straight nailers), which allows the woodworker to be able to fit the nailer into tighter areas. This can be particularly handy when building cabinets, as cabinet builders often find parts that need to be tacked into place by hand because the nailer won't fit into the confined space.
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