Powerful New Senco Cordless Framing Nailer

The new F-35XP from Senco is a cordless framing gun with no gas cylinder. Instead, it just uses an on-board air tank over and over again. That technology (Senco’s proprietary FUSION™ platform) lets this tool deliver reliable power and speed all day without the compressor, hose, noise or fuel cells. The two included batteries will drive up to 600 nails. It consistently drives paper-tape collated framing nails into the hardest jobsite substrates, including engineered lumber. Senco says that it excels in framing, panelized construction, truss building, subflooring, sheathing, decking, siding, fencing, pallet building and crate assembly applications. Senior product manager Eric Bellman says that it’s designed to be intuitive and familiar, so it’s like using a traditional pneumatic nail gun.  The F-35XP relies on a brushless motor to release a burst of compressed air that drives fasteners. There’s none of the ramp-up time common in flywheel-type nailers and the 34-degree magazine holds 60 fasteners. It takes nails from 2 to 3-½ inches long and 0.113 to 0.148 inches in diameter. Each tool comes with two 3.0 Ah Li-Ion extended-life batteries and a 5-amp quick charger that charges batteries to 80 percent in 30 minutes, and fully in one hour. It has a heavy-duty aluminum magazine, a belt/rafter hook and some technology to make toe-nailing safer. It’s easy to switch between sequential and bump-fire modes and you can set the drive depth just by turning a knob. There’s easy access to the air cylinder for maintenance, repair and refilling, and the gun has smart indicator lights that let you know at a glance if a jam occurs, and when the battery gets low. MSRP is $549 with batteries, charger, no-mar tip and storage bag, and it’s already in stores.

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