02:56PM | 01/13/03
Member Since: 01/12/03
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I'm getting ready to buy a framing nailer. What's the difference between round head nails and stick nails?
Is one better than the other?
I have a Porter Cable Finish nailer and a P.C. Brad nailer. Happy with both. Is the P.C. Framing nailer a good buy?
It will not be used commercially.
Any info anyone can toss my way sure would help.

mini me

01:05PM | 01/14/03
Member Since: 12/09/02
66 lifetime posts
actually...stick nails are just another name for the nails framing nailers use (aka. stick nailers)...the differnce between clipped head and full round head nails is that full rounds supposedly hold stronger (and are actually code required in some areas)...

Personally i have the p-c clipped head framing nailer and have had no problems with it...since it sounds like you will only be using it intermittantly i would recommend going to a home center and pick up and hold each of the framing nailers they offer and see which one feels the best in your hand


08:41AM | 01/17/03
Member Since: 01/22/02
101 lifetime posts
You really should go round head all the way. If you're ever in a position that your work needs to be inspected, alot of local codes around the nation don't allow clipped head nails.

Bahco One

06:24PM | 01/28/03
Member Since: 01/27/03
2 lifetime posts
Yes, FRH nails do have more holding power, so in terms of the finished product they're the right choice. The reason clipped head nails exist is because you can collate them tighter and fit more in the tools magazine.

The exception are offset FRH nails. The head is full round, but it's off set from the shank of the nail. This allows for tighter collation and more nails in the gun. Once the nails enter the wood they look like normal FRH nails. I would say they have the same pull resistance as a true FRH nail though.


07:11PM | 02/01/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
Before buying, it's best to find out if your local codes allow clipped head nails or not. It is mostly in earthquake zones like Calif or high wind areas like Florida through the Carolinas and Kansas down into Texas where you find hurricanes and tornados that full round heads are required.


08:26AM | 02/21/03
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
I have the PC nailer, but find that in some cases it doesnt set the nail fully. Not sure if it is the gun or the nails in this case, going to try a different brand of nails when I deplete my current store.


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