May 16, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Siding & Roofing Nailer Reviews

Our siding and coil roofing nailer reviews are for the framing and roofing professional who uses it for hours on end. When you work a full day, you can’t use sub-par tools that slow down your progress. You make more money when your tools help you get done more quickly and efficiently. We review both pneumatic roofing nailers as well as cordless gas models like the Paslode CF325Li cordless framing nailer. Roofing and Siding Nailers on the Jobsite When we do our siding and roofing nailer reviews, we expect the right blend of features and performance. The best tools will hold up to our on-the-job product testing. We test for dry fire lockout, speed of loading coil nails, and ergonomics. When you use a tool on a roof all day long it needs to feel good in the hand while performing consistently and reliably. It also must be able to accurately and repeatedly fire roofing and siding nails into framing material, and roof decking. Out tool reviews involve Pro in the field, utilizing tools on the jobsite or in line with jobsite applications. We attempt to convey how each roofing nailer will perform in the field.

Senco RoofPro 445XP

Senco RoofPro 445XP Roofing Nailer Preview

Senco has announced the expansion of their RoofPro series of coil nailers. The Senco RoofPro 445Xp shares many of the same roofing features as others in the family. It still holds an full coil of 120 fasteners with the same range (3/4″ to 1-3/4″) that the other two models accept. The big deal with the […]


Fasco SCRAIL Metal Roofing System Preview

Whispers coming from the Fasco camp has us excited about the expansion of the Fasco SCRAIL metal roofing system. Still using the same innovative features we’ve come to expect from SCRAIL fasteners, we’ll now be able to attach metal to wood. Fasco SCRAIL Metal Roofing System Features There’s not a ton of information out there […]

Paslode CR175C Cordless Roofing Nailer Review

As we’re fond of doing from time to time, we’ll take a tool and put it into the hands of a tradesman who really knows how to use it. That way we can see how they use a new tool in the field. This is especially appropriate when we don’t have an application in-house from […]

DeWalt DWFP12658 15-Degree Coil Roofing Nailer Preview

The DeWalt DWFP12658 15-Degree Coil Roofing Nailer weighs just under 5 lbs (4.85) and is designed to be a versatile high production roofing nailer for professional use. The aforementioned aluminum frame and cap are assisted by skid-resistant pads and wear guards for safety as well as tool protection. Anyone who has set down an older […]

Duo-Fast DF175-CN Cap Nailer Review

Duo-Fast DF175-CN Cap Nailer Review

We typically avoid roofing whenever we can. There, we said it. It’s a grueling job that, in Florida, takes everything out of you. Of course, in the home renovation world, the more we “avoid” it, the more we end up doing it anyway. Roofing in the South is a job best left to those who don’t mind charging a fair wage to live and work out under the hot sun, bent over a black felt-papered roof driving thousands of nails until you feel as if there’s no conceivable way that much water could have possibly poured out of your body without rendering you into a living, breathing piece of beef jerky. Yes, that last sentence was long – just like every roofing job we’ve ever done. If I want to take every opportunity to shorten the time up on a roof, then certainly the guys who only do roofing need a tool like the Duo-Fast DF175-CN Cap Nailer. Why? Because, like all great tools it saves you time and energy. If you can shave an hour or more off that hot roofing job, in Florida, in June, you’re going to want to do that. You’re REALLY going to want to do that.

Bosch Coil Roofing Nailer

Bosch Coil Roofing Nailer RN175 Review

Roofing nailers come in many sizes and shapes. Bosch’s Coil Roofing Nailer RN175 provides several advantages that we wanted to test out in the field. By evaluating it in practical use we hoped to see whether this relative newcomer could compete in a market that has been dominated by a relatively small number of stand-out manufacturers for a long time. The attraction of Bosch’s new line of pneumatic tools includes the advanced technology they use in order to eliminate a lot of the volume typically required in order to reset the tool during each firing of the pneumatic piston. In the case of the RN175, we found that while the tool absolutely has less girth than many competing products, the tool still overall has an equivalent heft and bulk to many of its competitors.

Fasco America SideWinder Windstrips Stapler Preview

Fasco America SideWinder Windstrips Stapler Preview

We personally discovered Fasco’s Windstrips products at the 2009 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. Windstrips were developed to allow contractors to quickly and easily install felt underlayment while simultaneously providing an advanced level of wind protection. When used with 30lb felt paper, a standard roll will protect approximately 800 sq. ft. of roof area. What Fasco didn’t have at that event was their new SideWinder Windstrips Installation Stapler. This tool is still under development by Fasco, but Pro Tool Reviews got our hands on one to use on a local roofing project. Yeah, we were excited too.

Fasco Pneumatic Stapler with Windstrips

Fasco Pneumatic Stapler with Windstrips

We stopped by the Fasco America booth at the 2009 International Builders Show (IBS) and got a look at Windstrips – one of the most innovative, time-saving solutions we’ve seen for drying in roofs. The product has been developed to install easily and quickly while still providing the best wind protection for drying-in with 30 lb. tar paper. A standard 1-1/8″ wide, 350″ roll will protect approximately 800 sq. ft. of roof area.