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Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer Review


Cordless Framing Nailers

Build Quality
Feature Set
Ergonomics
Firing Strength
Nailing Performance
Value
Final Thoughts

Easily the most capable choice among your current options for a cordless framing nailer, head to head results against pneumatic guns expose that there's still room to grow for Paslode's Cordless XP.

Overall Score 3.9 Shootout Results

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Plenty of Pros swear by the Paslode Cordless XP framing nailer, especially when it comes to punch-list work. We put it up against some of the top pneumatic and cordless framing nailers in a head to head shootout to see exactly how well it performs on a broader spectrum.

At a Glance

The major benefit to this Paslode framing nailer is the lack of need for a hose and compressor. Paslode hit the market well before any of the pure battery-powered options. To drive its 30° nails, a small lithium-ion battery ignites a gas from a cartridge. There’s not the same firing delay you find with DeWalt and Bostitch, though there is a slight delay and a gas smell you’ll have to put up with. Of course, there’s also the additional cost of new gas cartridges ever 1200 shots or so.

After the Dust Settled…

Once we completed our testing, we came away with some impressions worth sharing. To get the full details, check out the shootout.

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Pros

  • One of the lightest nailers we tested at 7.36 pounds
  • No hose to trip over or compressor to manage
  • Fires as powerfully as any pneumatic framing nailer
  • Excellent toenailer
  • Outstanding recoil control

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Cons

  • More expensive than premium pneumatics at $350
  • Requires a battery and gas cartridge
  • Some users dislike the gas exhaust smell
  • No bump fire mode
  • Only holds one stick of nails

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  • Feature Set: Paslode suffers here, lacking a bump fire mode completely, a metal magazine, and adjustable exhaust.

 

  • Ergonomics: Incredibly light weight is the highlight while the grip, footprint, and balance bring the score down. Its 84.7 points are good enough for 1st place in cordless by a large margin and 6th place overall.

 

  • Firing Strength: The Paslode Cordless XP framing nailer can keep up with any pneumatic model we tested. It earns a perfect score in a tie for 1st place.

Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer Review

  • Toenailing: Paslode’s nose design grabs wood at an angle easily, earning it another perfect score in a tie for 1st place overall.

Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer Review

  • Recoil Control: Paslode owns the recoil control category in both this and their pneumatic models. It sits tied in 1st place with a perfect score.

 

  • Reaction Time: There’s no firing delay like you find with some cordless nailers. However, there is a slight delay over the immediate action of a pneumatic gun. It still earns a score of 80 points here, only beaten on the cordless side by Hitachi.

 

  • Magazine Capacity: The downside of all our cordless framing nailers is that they only hold one stick of nails, making them more of a punch list tool than a primary consideration.

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  • Depth Adjustment: Paslode forgoes a thumbwheel for a pinch-and-slide mechanism. It works, but it begins to move your hand to a riskier position.

Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer Review

  • Accuracy/Nose Visibility: The nose is reasonably easy to see around, but prevents being able to nail with perfect precision. It earns 80 points as the worst among cordless options and ahead of only Paslode’s pneumatic contender overall.

 

  • Value: Because cordless framing nailers have a premium on their price, it’s tough to maintain a solid value score. The Paslode Cordless XP framing nailer manages to have a sizeable lead at the top of the cordless models, but still only earns 63 points for 11th place overall.

 

  • Final Ranking and Score: Paslode finishes with a total of 83.2 points, making it your best option for a cordless framing nailer and landing in 10th place overall.

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The Bottom Line

The Paslode Cordless XP framing nailer backs up the hype as a popular cordless choice among Pro users. The lack of a bump fire mode and its limited capacity make it a tough sell as a primary framer, but it’s the most capable cordless option you have currently.

Paslode Cordless XP Framing Nailer Specifications

  • Model: Paslode CF325XP
  • Power Source: Battery and gas cartridge
  • Nail Length Range: 2″ – 3-1/4″
  • Nail Size: .113 – .131″ in shank diameters
  • Magazine Angle: 30°
  • Magazine Capacity: 1 Strip
  • Dry Fire Lockout: Yes, with 5 nails remaining
  • Operating Pressure: NA
  • Selectable Trigger: No
  • Exhaust: Not Adjustable
  • Weight: 7.36 lbs. with battery and gas cartridge
  • Length: 12″
  • Width: 4″
  • Height: 14-1/2″
  • Warranty: 5 Years Limited Warranty
  • Price: $349 .99

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