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Not All Nails Created Equal

Oct. 6, 2009


Nails, simple commodity, right? Wrong. Not all nails are created equal. In fact, nail quality affects worker productivity, and thus the all-important Bottom Line.


That’s right, you get what you pay for and we see this on jobsites all the time. Cheap nails mean more nail jams and tools wearing out prematurely. Cheap nails also mean trouble with building inspectors who have been known to question the structural integrity of a house made with inferior nails. They often will “red-tag” such a building, making the workers re-nail everything with code-recognized nails.


The only sure way to know you’ve got high quality, code-recognized nails – and won’t have the inspectors asking a lot of questions – is with the ICC-ES stamp on your nail boxes. Some manufacturers say their nails are “made to ASTM standards” and that may suffice, but having the ICC-ES stamp is better.


To obtain the ICC-ES stamp, nail manufacturers not only have to meet ASTM standards, but they must also demonstrate that their manufacturing processes and materials meet the rigorous standards of ICC-Evaluation Services an independent third party evaluator and subsidiary of the International Code Council. Every box of nails with an ICC-ES stamp means that it has an ICC-ES evaluation report, which provides evidence that the nails comply with structural integrity code, and rest assured building inspectors like to see the ICC-ES stamp when they look at your nail boxes. Of course all Paslode nails have the ICC-ES Stamp.  Got a nail story you’d like to share? We’d like to hear it.


Next week, we’ll talk about nail collation, plastic or paper, does it matter?


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I bought paslode nails for my 18 Guage Dewalt battery powered brad nailer but the nails jamb once and a while - I was told that there was nothing wrong with the dewalt nailer by a dewalt dealer....could it be that the paslode nails don't work well with the Dewalt?? They recommended that I pick up Porter Cable???

Please give me your comments.
Posted by: Kevin at 10/19/2009 2:36 PM

Paslode nails are engineered to fit Paslode tools. The tolerances that are involved are extremely tight. A dewalt nail gun is considered a do it yourselfer tool and would not be made to the same sepcs as a Paslode tool. Rather than getting a Porter Cable, what you should do is buy a genuine Paslode tool. That will eliminate your jam issues.
Posted by: Erik at 11/16/2009 4:15 PM

I purchased a used Paslode 900400 finish nailer. The only nail that I can find are for straight nailers. Can these nails be used with the angle nailer?
Posted by: Marvin at 11/18/2009 9:04 PM

Only use straight nails with a straight nailer. Otherwise you'll get jammed up. You can get the angled nails pretty much at any home depot or maybe lowe's.
Posted by: Rick at 11/30/2009 5:23 PM

The angled nails come in a 20 degree. They can not be used in a straight nailer. The issue you will have will include driving two nails at once or driving through the metal strip on the magazine of your tool. The same would apply if you use staight nails in an angled nailer. The 900400 is a straight finish nailer.
Posted by: "L" at 1/5/2010 3:37 PM

Being new to this and acquiring my first 3 different Paslode guns, I made the mistake of using a straight nail with an angled nailer. It has left a hole in the metal strip as you have said. Should this effect the nails regarding directionality & functionality in using the proper angled nails from now on? I have to go out and buy some angled nails to try this out; I'm just hoping that this straight nail hasn't created a channel for the angled nails to traverse? Thanks.
Posted by: Ted at 1/31/2010 7:43 AM


When a you insert a strip of straight nails into an angled nailer, it will drive out through the black strip of the magazine. This however will not erupt the operation of the tool. It is important to clear the magazine from the jammed nail, and if the driver blade is extended out, must be pushed back inside the tool. In the future, I advise you to check for the correct nails to purchase. Continuing the use of incorrect nails could potentially damage your tool. Hope that helps!
Posted by: Paslode Administrator at 2/2/2010 11:56 AM

I bought a used power master plus framing nailer. I believe this is a 30 degree nailer but the serial number is not like what the manual describes on your website so I can't tell much by looking at the gun..
The seller gave me some 33 degree Grip Right clipped head nails 3". I also have some clipped head Senco nails. Neither of these indicate the ICC ES on the package nor do they say these are ASTM approved. I cannot tell from your user manual which nails I should be using: clipped, round head, 30 degree, or what lengths I can use.

Where can I find this information on your web site?
Question: can I use these nails in my nailer?
Posted by: Randy Van Ness at 2/9/2010 4:18 PM

You can find this information on the website by visiting the PowerMaster Plus product page. Go to the 'products' tab in the upper left, click air nailers, then click PowerMaster Plus.

We always recommend using Paslode 30 degree offset Round head strip nails with our tools, as they are designed to be driven through our tools in order to provide maximum performance and reliability.
Posted by: Paslode Administrator at 2/9/2010 4:44 PM

What gives better holding power in spruce framing? Ring shank or spiral? I found the straight shank nails weren't very good for anything permanent.
Posted by: Wayne at 3/13/2010 5:57 PM

ive been, bangin walls for 13 years and i will not use any other framing gun but the paslode!And the nails wont use any other, trust me i dont like to pull a paslode nail.
framer- Adam
Posted by: adam at 4/16/2010 5:38 PM

I have a Paslode pulse framing nailer, and i want to instal "Delta- Ms" membrane to a concrete wall.
Can I purchase concrete nails for my Paslode"
Posted by: Basil Moore at 4/17/2010 9:39 AM

I am looking for 3/4 and 1 inch nails for a paslode finish nailer. I have purchased them before but not able to find them now. Can you still purchase them???

Posted by: Don at 5/28/2010 4:40 PM

What does the Code # represent on air nails & brads & does this relate to the gauge size ?

Posted by: Col at 6/5/2010 9:43 AM

does the paslode framing nail 097987 fit the dewalt D51822
31° Clipped Head Framing Nailer
Posted by: simon at 6/11/2010 7:40 PM

I need to know which size and type of nails(and description) can be used for the Paslode Model 5350 90S nailer.
Posted by: R. Murillo at 6/30/2010 9:55 PM

Regarding the CF325. A few questions:

1) This is the newest Paslode version of the gas fired framing nailer correct?

2) Is the orange fuel the only kind appropriate for this nailer? I am reading mixed reports about this. Some people are posting on other forums that the red fuel will work too and that that fuel is available independently of purchasing nails. Which is correct?

3) Are Paslode framing nails weather resistant? Are they rated for exterior use? Will the heads rust if left bare to the weather?

I hope someone is tending this blog and that these questions will be answered. An e-mail response would be welcome. Thank you.
Posted by: RPM at 7/3/2010 10:24 AM


1. The CF325 is the newest version of the Paslode Cordless Framer
2. The 'quicklode' orange fuel is the only fuel compatible with this new nailer. It is available in Fuel + Nail Combo Packs (which now have fuel cell adapters that allow you to use the pack with ANY Paslode cordless framer). Red fuel ONLY works with the previous model, IMCT.
3. For exterior use, we recommend using GalvGuard nails. These provide premium corrosion and streak protection, 80% better than regular galvanization.
Posted by: Paslode Administrator at 7/19/2010 12:17 PM

I've owned my Paslode cordless framing nailer for several years so I'm sure I've used all the shank sizes. I only use Paslode nails by the way.
What is the difference between the different shank sizes? (.113, .120 or .131) Does one drive better than another in hard lumber or old lumber?
Thanks In Advance
Posted by: Ralph at 7/24/2010 4:15 PM

Just bought a good used Paslode 5350-90S. Never owned one before, and don't want to tear it up using the wrong nails. Can one of you experts tell me how I identify nails compatible with this specific tool ?
Posted by: John at 10/16/2010 9:21 AM

Understanding that you recommend 30 degree nails, I had borrowed a porter-cable and bought 33 degree nails. I had to return the P-C to the owner but I still have a bunch of the 33 degree nails left. I plan to buy 30 degree Paslode nails as I need more, but will the 33 degree nails work until I use them up? Thanks.
Posted by: Dave_MI at 4/9/2011 11:34 PM

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