First Look: New Paslode Cordless Roofing Nailer

September 29, 2010 | by Ethan (email) |

At the Remodeling Show I was able to get my hands on a brand new tool offering from Paslode- the Cordless Roofing Nailer. It was a lot of fun to get a first look and actually try it out. Check out this picture of Rob from A Concord Carpenter nailing some shingles.


Paslode did the research and found a growing number of homeowners looking to repair their roof rather than replace it. They also took a hard look at what tools people use to repair roofs today and how they could be improved. With that in mind, they developed a cordless, lightweight tool that is ready to go in no time.


Roofing Tool Comparison
The two most common roofing nail drivers available are a compressed air nailer and a hammer. Hammers are easy to use and require no setup but even experienced roofers will fatigue over time. Plus, it’s tough to match the speed of a roofing nailer. Pneumatic nailers let you work all day long but require a compressor and a hose- a significant amount of setup time.

Paslode took the best of both worlds. This nailer can drive 2 nails per second utilizing a small fuel cell. There’s no compressor or hose to setup saving an estimated 40 minutes per job. The result is a fast, consistent roofing nailer.

Any Nail
Paslode recommends using their spline nail, coated for better depth of drive. However, these nailers can shoot any standard roofing nail.

Quick Nose Clear
Paslode recognized that even the best nailers jam or misfire and it actually happened at the demo. What impressed me was how easy it was to clear.


The Numbers

  • Fuel cartridge- 1,000 shots
  • Battery- 2,000 shots
  • 120 nails per coil
  • 2 nails per second
  • First maintenance at 30,000 shots


Repair and More

You can see from the numbers that these tools are not designed to install an entire roof but that doesn’t limit them to roof repair. It’s easy to see lots of applications where roofing nails are appropriate- flashing, dormers, ridge-vents, etc.

Cordless Roofing Nailer


  • Model CR175C
  • Part # 904500
  • Weight 7.5 lbs
  • Height 16 3/4″
  • Length 14 1/8″
  • Width 6 5/16″
  • Speed 2 Nails/Second
  • Nail Capacity 120 – 1 coil
  • Nail Range 1¼” – 1¾”
  • Nail Collation Wire Coil
  • Nail Type Roofer’s Choice Galvanized Fuel + Nail Combo Pack
  • Fuel Type Roofer’s Choice quicklode™ fuel
  • Nails per Fuel Cell 1,000
  • Fuel Life 21 months
  • Battery Life 2,200
  • Warranty 1-year full warranty, 5-year limited

What’s Included & Where to Buy

These nailers haven’t hit stores yet but they’ll probably be sold as a kit. Each kit will retail for about $529.00 and include:

  • CR175C Nailer
  • Safety tether
  • Battery & Charger
  • Fuel cell
  • 6 coils of nails
  • Soft case

What do you think? Think this is a good addition to your toolbox?

8 Responses
  1. jeff_williams says:

    Do the cordless ones need lubrication or is that built into the fuel?

  2. Ethan says:

    @Jeff, the fuel cell has lubrication added but it’s also apart of the suggested maintenance. Good question.

  3. PutnamEco says:

    I can see myself picking one of these up in the near future. Great for small repair projects and for flashing in too.
    Only wish that Paslode would offer a fuel only option as here in rural Florida no local suppliers carry/keep in stock Paslodes full line of nail/fuel packs, so that means either kill a half day driving to get supplies or wait a few days for shipping or hoping that the fuel doesn’t expire before your personal stockpile gets used.

  4. Ethan,

    Thanks for the pic. that camera takes GREAT pictures…. The quality is impressive.

  5. Ethan says:

    @Putnam Eco, I’ll mention it to my Paslode contact and see if they have any suggestions. They’re pretty open to feedback so we can hope….

  6. Ethan says:

    @Putname Eco, They offered to find suppliers for you and here’s a more generic response….

    The current framing nail fuel, nail combo packs, and spare orange fuel are available at Home Depot and Lowe’s. Additionally, & if you prefer to shop online.

    The new cordless roofing nailer will also be available at Home Depot and Lowe’s soon. Again, retailers stocking the new Paslode cordless framing nailer will now be offering Fuel + Nail packs and individual fuel cells.

    It’s important to note that the fuel cells for the roofing nailer are different than the fuel cells for the current nailers.

  7. PutnamEco says:

    Re:The current framing nail fuel, nail combo packs, and spare orange fuel

    My local Lowes and Home Depot seem to conspire on running out of some of their supplies at the same time. Just the other day I needed galvanized 2″ ring shanks for my cordless nailer and the nail/fuel combo packs were not available, although there where quite a few boxes of just the nails sitting out on the shelf. So I used the fuel I had on hand from my other combo packs. Luckily I have another pneumatic nailer (PF350S) that uses the same type nails, so I’m not out the cost of a combo kit just for the fuel, but had I not had the other nailer, I would be overstocked with nails and understocked with fuel.

    Re:and spare orange fuel
    I have yet to see the fuel cells for the CF325 available for sale without nails at my local stores, ( haven’t looked for the last couple weeks) I do see that they are available on Amazon. Good to see we are not going to be held hostage to combo pack purchases.

  8. James says:

    I was wondering if you need any field testers because Id love to put one to the test

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