What trade? Framing or trim?
I frame, and have a couple cordless for small jobs or working in tricky spots on the roof where a hose might complicate things. Straight up production, nothing will come close to air powered. When you pull out 4+ guns in the morning and burn through a few boxes of nails a day, im sorry but impulse guns aren't going to keep pace to that anytime soon.
I would never get a cordless framer. I don't do enough of it. I would consider a cordless finish nailer, but battery operated. I like the air and setup is quick enough with a small compressor for small stuff. Plus I'm always using the blow gun to clean stuff or myself up. I think I'd be more inclined to get a cordless tool like a jigsaw before I got a cordless nailer.
Last week, I was doing a screw down, hidden fastener deck. I needed to install about half a dozen nailers....bam, cordless Impulse. Done.
Working in a finished/furnished home, installing crown molding, chair rail...cordless Impulse. Done, no hoses dragging around on drywall corners or furniture. No knick-knacks being knocked off the mantle or tables.
30' in the air, hanging PVC trim...Impulse again.
If I ever get back to steady framing, I'll own an Impulse roofer for installing windows too.:thumbup:
Air for full frame jobs. Cordless for stick in or high up situations or real small jobs. We have a cordless finish gun that's used for small punch out. We have a little senco compressor with a small hose that is light and real quiet that we use for most trim jobs.
Air all the way. I've had the paslode orange monsters, they need new O rings it seems like after every 2 boxes of nails, the gas must not burn clean enough or something. Sucks, just isn't worth the trouble. Put a filter on your compressor and keep your air guns oiled and they'll drive a lot more nails than a cordless before they need a rebuild or replacement
I use air 75-85% of the time, but when I am outside up on some roof or tall scaffolding about 95% of that time I will use cordless just to forgo the hose. I also use cordless if I am doing a small job in an occupied home with lots of stuff in the way....I prefer air, but the freedom of cordless cannot be denied.
If I could ONLY have one, it would be air. When I first started out I ONLY had a Paslode 16 awg angled finish gun and the Paslode Framer...I sold both and got my first air set-up. A 4 gallon compressor, hose, Ridgid 18 awg brad gun and Paslode 16 awg air finish nailer. This was way better for finish work then being limited to just the 16 awg I had.
I expanded on that and now have two Ridgid brad guns, two HF 23 awg pinners, one HF T50 Arrow air stapler, a Ridgid 18 awg 1/4" crown stapler, HF palm nailer and a Paslode PF-350 Framer.
About two years back I bought Greg-Di's (fellow CT member) 16 awg cordless angled finish gun. I missed having the cordless too much for exterior work and bought one again.
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