Paslode's cordless framing nailers have always been popular with professionals. However, some tasks require full-head nails, which means that clipped-head framers like Paslode's need proprietary nails with an offset head; these special nails can be tough to find and can be a problem with picky inspectors. A new full-head gas-powered framing nailer from Powers can help. Like the Paslode, the Trak-It W3-21FRH contains a linear-combustion engine powered by a disposable gas cylinder; unlike the Paslode, it accepts shear-wall-friendly 22-degree Hitachi-style plastic-collated nails from 23/8 to 31/4 inches. It sells for $399. Powers, 800/524-3244, www.powers.com
With a head that's 30 percent larger than that of conventional sheathing nails and with 20 percent more shear strength, Bostitch's new Hurriquake Collated Nail weathers storms better than other collated nails, says the company. An update of the Sheather Plus, the new nail lacks the older version's purple coating because lab tests showed better...
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