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01-03-2015 06:13 AM

I am in the market to purchase either a 15 or 16 gauge finish nailer. The gauges are so close in size that if I buy one, I probably won’t have any immediate desire for the other.

I have an 18 gauge brad nailer and a furniture staple gun (both pneumatic) that are Bostitch brand. They have both been very reliable for me but yet have not broken the bank budget wise. I’d like to stay with the Bostitch brand if at all possible.

Here is my question- how in the world do you determine whether a finish nailer shoots round head nails or clip head style nails? So far I’ve only found one nail gun that is clearly listed as a round head style finish nailer, but the other finish nailers just specify the gauge of nail to use. Even when I look up the product specifications to find compatible nails, the part numbers seem to just point me to nails that match the gauge of the nailer, again without mention of the head type. Am I missing something?

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 07:35 AM

Are you sure your info has to do with finish nails? I thought round head nails were for 21 deg. framing nailers, and clip heads for framing nailers with a steeper angle (28 deg and 34 deg, if I remember right). As far as I know, all finish nails have the same head, whether 15g or 16g. (Oh, also “slight head” nails and headless 23 g. pins.)

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#2 posted 01-03-2015 01:51 PM

This is the finishing nailer I came across which leads me to believe that there is such a thing. I could however be mistaken.

Of course, more than anything it’s important that no matter what nailer I choose that I have a readily available supply of nails to choose from. If I buy a nailer where I have to order all the nails online that is going to get old very quickly.

Thanks for the help!

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 02:10 PM

I agree with scissors. I have never seen a finish nailer that shoots round heads. The ad does say round head nails but I couldn’t find a pic of the nails. All that aside, my Ridgid finish nailer has been a good one with nails readily available.

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 02:16 PM

Welcome to Ljs
I’m afraid you are mistaken all finish nail guns barely have heads at all. Round head nailers are for construction.
There’s a variety of finish nail guns available sizes from 15ga-23ga .As far as buying nails goes the things you need to know is what the gauge of the nails are for each gun uses and the angle( of the nails needed also the maximum and minimum length of nails your guns can use. All of this information should be included in the manual of the nailers you buy. Or you can find manuals online for any guns your thinking of purchasing for you to select the proper nails/brads.

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 02:34 PM

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#6 posted 01-03-2015 02:35 PM

I think in this instance of the link you show, the “roundhead” means the nails have a very small “bud” for the head. Whereas some of the finish nailers use a nail that has a “T” style head.

If you stick with the known brands (like the Hitachi you show here) the availability of nails shouldn’t be a problem. Most HDs, Lowes, and a lot of hardware stores carry a variety to fit the popular brands.

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 02:38 PM

And oh yeah ….
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#8 posted 01-03-2015 03:36 PM

all trim nailers use nails without much head at all… main difference I know of is that the angled finish nailers tend to have more driving power than the strait nail finish nailers….the strait nailers are cheaper as a rule though

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#9 posted 01-03-2015 03:48 PM

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#10 posted 01-03-2015 05:31 PM

The 15 ga nailers, which ia what I use, they have the nails
collated at an angle. There are two collation systems, one
used by Bostitch and the other used by most othe makers.
The nails have oval heads. The nail hold looks kind of like
it has round head nail in it.

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#11 posted 01-03-2015 06:29 PM

Thank you very much for all of the replies and for all of the help. Functionally, I know the T style nails will hold just fine but I’m used to seeing the round indentations in trim, cabinets, etc.

Again, thank you all for responding! This tells me exactly what I needed to know.

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#12 posted 01-03-2015 06:55 PM

fastnal has any type of nail you can dream of and in most cities.

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