15 Gauge Nails Vs 18 Gauge Nails
Available on our range in 18 gauge galvanised finish nails and 18 gauge stainless steelbrads.
15 gauge nails vs 18 gauge nails. The bigger the number the thinner the nail. 16 gauge nails are used in finish nailers. Brad nailers use smaller 18 gauge nails up to 2 inches long.
15 gauge and 16 gauge nails. The wire gauge used for nails is a particular version of the steel wire gauge. In our opinion if you don t work with crown molding and delicate trim on a regular basis then stick to a finish nailer and 16 gauge nails.
One advantage to 15 gauge nails is that they are collated at an angle which allows the nose of the nailer to reach into tighter spaces. Further finish nails come in varying degrees of angle which need to match the respective tool s magazine type. No each tool is designed for a particular gauge of nail.
Brad nails are 18 gauge while finish nails come in either 15 gauge or 16 gauge variants. 18 gauge nails are used in a brad nailer. When using a finish nailer and a brad nailer you need to understand the difference in the gauge of nails that you are using.
The industry is moving away from the use of gauge numbers to specifying the actual diameter to a thousandth of an inch. 18 gauge which to get. 18 gauge brads stepping another rung up the ladder we have the very popular 18 gauge brad 1 25mm in diameter finished with a head these are found in most joinery workshops and are used in moulding decorative trim furniture manufacturing window beading and much more.
So it s difficult and risky to use 18 gauge nails in a 16 gauge nailer. This is a larger diameter nail but it offers additional holding power. The 15 gauge finish nailers have a large piston and because of the extra bulk this has angled magazine hence you can reach the narrow spots.
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