Paslode has given its new nailer — the PowerFramer 350S — a whole new design. When my framing crew and I first used it last fall, we were immediately struck by how different it is from our old Paslode guns. For one, the magazine loads from the rear. (Old models loaded from the top.) The nose assembly is new and has a toolless adjustable depth-of-drive. Previous models had adjustable depth-of-drive, too — but they required an Allen key.

Weight, Balance, Power This gun is really comfortable to use. Like some of the newer models from Max, Hitachi, and DeWalt, it's short in height — and therefore easy to maneuver in narrow joist bays. It's also more than a pound lighter than its predecessor and feels more balanced in the hand. An ergonomic molded rubber grip raises the comfort...

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