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amakarevic 04-19-2008 01:17 PM

clipped FINISH vs. FRAMING nail
awhile ago, someone advised me against getting a clipped head framing nailer because those nails are not legal in many municipalities. i got a regular one, makita, and it works great.

however, in the meantime i have also acquired a finish nailer

and it was not advertised as clipped head but a sample pack of nails that came with it are clipped, so i am assuming it is a clipped head nailer.

Q1: are clipped head finish nails subject to as much code scrutiny as framing nails

Q2: if anyone has experience with this particular nailer, do you know if regular head nails an be used with it (i am just throwing it in, i know i can call customer service to find that out)

Q3: any other opinions on this nailer ? i really like makita and milwaukee, they are my favorite US tool brands.


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handyman78 04-19-2008 04:14 PM

Interesting- I have not seen a "clipped" head finish nailer.

I like Milwaukee power tools but don't know about their air tools.

I have a Porter Cable Framer with clipped nails and a Senco Finish nailer using full strips.

Even if your area is against clipped head nailers, I can't see how they would have a problem with finish nails- finishing nails are usually for decorative uses, window & door trim, base molding and similar uses. Framing nailers are mostly used for structural components in the framing of a building. Safety issues come into play.

Regarding interchanging nails, many air nail boxes list multiple use brands on the flap so that nail may fit others as well.

Termite 04-19-2008 08:04 PM

From a code standpoint, there's no application that allows a finish nail in a framing situation. As stated, you're only going to use finish nails in trim applications, and the code is silent on fastening of trim. So, for trim, use whatever you like! I've never heard of a clipped head finish nail.

Garasaki 04-25-2008 11:18 AM

I'm certain the OP is confusing finish nails, which do not have "round" heads at all, with the round heads found on framing nails.

They are actually entirely different beasts.

I'm sure he has a standard finish nailer.

Clutchcargo 04-25-2008 03:46 PM

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amakarevic, where is that tool made?

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