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the gas gun only does one thing better: it drives the nailer cleaner into a tidier ...
on May 27, 2015
I've been running these nailers in 16ga and 18ga versions for many years as a professional carpenter on large commercial jobs. These nailers have served SERIOUS heavy duty work in heavy duty environments for many years. I've had to repair both on one or two occasions but considering the hundreds of thousands (literally) nails they've fired while in my hands, I'm continually impressed by their robustness and performance. Alas, nothing lasts forever... I am now ordering a new one to replace my old and very-beat-up 18ga that needs to be retired.
During that same time I've also had PASLODE gas operated nailers in my arsenal. If you're reading this review and trying to perhaps decide between this and the PASLODE, the gas gun only does one thing better: it drives the nailer cleaner into a tidier (smaller) hole with less bounce. Other than that, you have to buy gas (duh) and keep the paslode guns VERY clean. Service and maintenance with those guns is an absolute priority, they're simply not as rugged as the dewalt. If you're a pro and you're carting these around for daily use in dusty dirty environments and your stuff gets tossed around, its a no-brainer: get the DeWalt.