JacPac CO2 Power System - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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JacPac CO2 Power System

Supplierpipeline Inc. - JacPac CO2 Power System

This new product uses CO2 canisters to drive nails and brads--no air compressor or fuel cell required

$90 (As of 11/1/2008)

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Editor's Review: Choosing a Compressor

by Roland Johnson

review date: November 1, 2008

Compressed carbon dioxide has long provided the get-up-and-go in guns that fire pellets and paintballs. Now it can power nail guns, too. A new product, called the JacPac, lets you drive nails and brads without an air compressor or fuel cell. The power comes from a lightweight canister that hooks on your belt. The canister is filled with CO2 compressed to about 825 psi.

JacPac says a single 9-oz. cylinder of CO2 has enough power to drive nearly 700 1-in.-long brads. I didn’t do a test to check that number, but I did fire at least 250 1-in. brads and the canister still had plenty of pressure. According to the manufacturer, it can power any standard pneumatic tool, and that includes nail guns that fire brads, finish nails, and framing nails.

The 9-oz. cylinder, regulator, and hose weigh less than 4 lb. Expect to pay about $3 to refill the canister at most paintball or sporting-goods stores. The JacPac retails for $90. For more information, go to www.jacpacco2.com  or call 800-567-0864.

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Manufacturer Specifications



Manufacturer Supplierpipeline Inc.
Manufacturer's Web Site http://www.supplierpipeline.com/
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-567-0864
Volume N/A
Pump N/A
Tank Uses 9-oz. or 20-oz. cylinders

Great for the small job or when you don't want to lug the compressor into the client's house while cleaning up a punch list. My first time using the JacPac while casing a french door, both the canister and the gun got quite cold after repetitive nailing. I assume this is normal. My only real complaint is the procedure for disconnecting the tool from the hose. You are required to turn off the pressure and fire the gun into a piece of scrap wood until it can't fire anymore. Not the most convenient thing to do. I use it mostly for my 23ga pin nailer but will use it with an 18ga brad nailer too. It works equally fine for both. If you plan on using this piece of equipment regularly, I recommend buying a larger tank or a spare from your local paint-ball supplier. If this is the only source of power for your gun, it really bites when you run out of CO2- trust me.


I've used this tool for several years and find it to be very useful, especially when it's inconvenient to haul my compressor to a job site. The key to getting a tank to last: remove the tank from the gauge apparatus when you are done with it. CO2 will continue to leak, even with a new O-ring, unless the tank is removed. I get hundreds of nails/staples out of each tank this way. You can refill the tanks (I have 2) at some hardware stores and at paintball arcades.

I purchased only the compressor valve, hose and canister to use with my Porter and Bostech brad nailers. It has worked perfectly. For a small job it is much easier to use than rolling out my standard compressor unit, much less lugging it upstairs. The unit drives brads into pine, maple and oak as well as my standard compressor unit. Canister was filled at a paint ball outlet for just $2.

I bought one of these when they first came out under the Kobalt name at Lowes. The very first day the hose exploded, ok, I had better hoses, the 2nd day the pressure gauge stopped working, not ok, you can't use it if you can't tell the pressure. I took it back to Lowes and received a replacement. The first day the hose exploded, and this one uses a lot of o rings and doesn't last nearly as long as they say it will.On the almost positive side, it does come in handy for small jobs when it works.

This is not a not a new tool as the review suggests - I bought one several years ago at a wood show. I experienced the same leakage problem mentioned in other reviews and stopped using it because the tank was always empty.

I got one of these some time ago after seeing it on the DIY "Cool Tools" show. It worked as advertised BUT using it with my 18 ga Central Machinery stapler/nailer, I got only 25 or so nails before the cartridge was empty. After trying this a couple of times, I didn't think it was worth it to fill the cartridge.

This is an excellent device for when you only want to drive a few nails or are in a remote location and don't want to crank up a compressor. The only downside is refilling the tanks as it is a 10 mile drive to the nearest location. One caveat...the tanks are prone to failure after a relatively short period of time and won't hold the pressure.

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