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How to Clean a Paslode Nailer

Updated April 17, 2017

The Paslode company has been making cordless and pneumatic nailers and fasteners since 1935, and is a leading supplier of these tools to professional contractors. Paslode cordless nailers eliminate the need for air compressors and cumbersome air hoses, and can provide years of trouble-free service if properly used and maintained. Periodic cleaning of your Paslode nailer is an important maintenance step.

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  1. Remove all fasteners, fuel and batteries from the tool. Unscrew the two hex bolts from the head of your framing nailer, swing the handle assembly away from the motor assembly and separate the two components. (Note that if you are cleaning a smaller nailer such as the 16-gauge finish nailer, the handle does not separate from the motor and this step is unnecessary.) Remove the four hex bolts from the air cleaner cap assembly and remove the air cleaner and filter. Wash the filter in a mild soapy solution, or clean with the spray cleaner/degreaser.

  2. Clean the cylinder head assembly. On framing nailers, the cylinder head is attached to the top of the handle assembly. On smaller nailers, the cylinder head is accessed by carefully disconnecting the spark plug wire, then rotating the cylinder head assembly 1/8 turn counterclockwise and removing. Spray the cylinder head and combustion chamber with cleaner/degreaser and wipe with a clean rag. Remove the O-ring and clean the O-ring groove. Lubricate the cylinder head assembly with Paslode lubricating oil. Be sure that oil is applied all around the O-ring groove. Replace the O-ring.

  3. Push the piston assembly down in the combustion chamber using a screwdriver handle or soft piece of wood. Spray a liberal amount of cleaner/degreaser into the combustion chamber, then invert the chamber and allow the excess cleaner and dirt to run out. Use a clean rag to wipe out the chamber. Hold the motor assembly upright and put four to five drops of oil onto the sleeve around the combustion chamber, and three to four drops onto the lower lip of the chamber. Rotate the assembly to ensure that the oil is evenly distributed around the chamber. Hold the motor assembly upright and push down and release several times to fully lubricate the inside of the chamber. Push the driver blade in and out several times to lubricate the sleeve. Spread a small amount of oil around the top of the combustion chamber with your finger.

  4. Reassemble the nailer by reversing the steps you followed to disassemble it. Take care not to damage the fan or other components when fitting the parts together. Make sure the cylinder head is centred on the motor. Tighten the cap screws securely. When the nailer is completely reassembled, test the tool for proper operation. You may see some smoke coming from the exhaust ports as the excess oil is burnt off.

  5. Warning

    Clean your Paslode nailer in a well-ventilated area.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paslode nail gun
  • Hex key (included with your nailer; size depends on specific model)
  • Screwdriver
  • Spray cleaner/degreaser (Paslode part number 219348 recommended)
  • Paslode lubricating oil or similar
  • Clean lint-free rag

About the Author

Mike Frees

Mike Frees is an I.T. professional who was first published in the Apollo Computer corporate journal in the 1980s. He has since seen print in fiction magazines, local newspapers and nonprofit newsletters, and has been writing online articles for the past year. He has a bachelor's degree from San Jose State University and a master's degree from the College of Notre Dame.

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