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Forum topic by boone0 posted 05-06-2017 06:32 PM 639 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-06-2017 06:32 PM

Hey guys, quick dumb question. I recently picked up one of those bostitch compressor/stapler and 2 nailer kits that include some entry level tools. The Brad nailer is the sb-1850bn. I ran through the store today and picked up some nails for it today, but apparently I didn’t look closely enough. The package lists them as “18 ga finish nails.”. I have been googling, comparing the nails with the Brad nails that came with the gun, and I can’t really tell if these are appropriate or not. They look identical to the nails that came with the gun, they are the right gauge, and they fit in the magazine.

So do I have the right nails, or do I need some that are Brad’s?

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#1 posted 05-06-2017 06:38 PM

You have the correct stuff. Load em up and have fun.

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#2 posted 05-06-2017 06:55 PM

You have to be careful about 15 ga. nails
but 18 ga. brad nails are pretty much all
the same. I’ve read a few complaints that
some nailers jam with certain brands of nails
but in my experience I’ve never had problems
with nail brands.

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#3 posted 05-07-2017 02:18 AM

It is unusual for finish nails to be as small as 18 ga. Usually 16 ga is as small as they get. Generally 18 ga are brad nails. Maybe the package is mislabelled and are really brad nails. I say this, but I really don’t know what the technical difference is between “brad” and “finish” nails, as they look very similar.

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 05-07-2017 02:37 AM

Typically the only difference in the 18ga brad (or finish) nails is the slight or full head which aren’t very different from each other. They may have started calling them finish nails at some point due to being able to now get them in much longer than the once maximum 1 1/4” length.

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#5 posted 05-08-2017 01:16 AM

Thanks guys! I was pretty sure they looked the same but didn’t want to mess up a new tool.

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