Paslode Finish Nailer: A Woodworker’s Spring Fancy

Paslode Finish Nailer: A Woodworker’s Spring Fancy

You might be thinking, as spring and summer approach, about touching up some things around the house (or you might be thinking about repairing an old deck … but that might just be me). And along with these thoughts about spring, you might be thinking about nail guns — because, really, what woodworker can’t turn any subject whatsoever into thoughts about tools?


If so, you’ll likely find the Paslode 16 Gauge Pneumatic Finish Nailer (model T250A-F16) to be of great interest. It’s lightweight (3.8 pounds) and can shoot five nails per second in sizes ranging from 1-1/4″ to 2-1/2″. The light weight and the smaller gauge size of nails mean it’s easier on your arms. The 16 gauge sizes also reduces wood splitting and creates smaller nail holes — meaning your door casings, baseboards, or whatever are much more attractive, particularly in combination with the no-mar tip on the end of the nailer that also prevents damage to work surfaces. (An extra no-mar tip comes with your purchse of the tool.)

The T250-A holds 100 nails at a time, in two strips, and has a “Quick Clear” option in case of jams. It also has a tool-free depth of drive adjustment: turn the knob to determine how far in your nails should go, depending on what wood or project you’re working with at the time.


The tool comes with, as I mentioned, an extra no-mar tip, and it also comes with safety glasses. You really should have those already, as you well know, but it’s a nice touch.

This product sells for $199; find out more at

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