How Do I Troubleshoot a Paslode IM250 F-16?

The Paslode IM250 F-16 is a cordless nail gun designed specifically for finish work. As with all power tools, problems can occur, but the solution may be simple. It's always worth troubleshooting the gun yourself before sending it for potentially expensive repairs. Some problems may be battery related, as indicated by a blinking or solid red battery indicator light. If the indicator light is green but problems persist, they are likely mechanical.

Insert the battery into the charger, with terminals facing downward. Wait for the red light on the charger to change to green, indicating that the battery is fully charged.

Clean battery terminals with a soft, dry cloth.

Try a new battery.

Try a replacement charger.

Press the bottom of the actuator cover at the back of the gun and pivot to open. Slide the fuel cell out and replace it. Close the actuator cover and snap it into place.

Press down and twist the air filter cover. Remove the cover and lift the air filter out. Gently tap to remove loose dust. If the filter is dirty, clean with soap and water, then replace the filter.

Remove the battery. Pull the follower back until it latches onto the rail cover. Push the latch on the front guide and pivot the guide forward. Manually clear any jammed nails. Return the front guide to its original position and ensure that it is latched into place. Release the follower.

Clean the nail track and remove loose debris.


Always remove the battery from the tool when it is not in use.


Always remove the battery before attempting any maintenance. Never assume that the nail gun is empty. Never point the nail gun toward anyone.

Things You'll Need

  • Battery charger
  • Soft cloth
  • Spare battery
  • Fuel cell
  • Spark pug
  • Degreaser
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Paul Travers has worked as a freelance journalist since 1990. He has worked primarily for "Kerrang!," the U.K.'s leading rock magazine, but he has also published online content and in print publications worldwide, from "MusikExpress" in Germany to "Smash Hits" in Australia. Travers holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and media studies from the University of Central Lancashire.