Bostitch UK

Driven Fasteners Nails, Brads & Pins

There are three types of nails:

  • Coil nails
  • Stick nails
  • Finish nails, ‘T’ nails & Pins

Coil Nails

Designed for high volume operation, coils contain large quantities of nails meaning that reloading down time can be kept to a minimum. You will find them in the pallet and crate, fencing, garden furniture and the construction industries. Typically, coils of nails with diameters from 2.0mm to 2.2 mm contain 350 nails.

Coils of nails with diameters from 2.5mm to 3.1 mm. Contain 225 nails.

Roofing nail coils contain 120 nails, due to the extra large diameter of the head.

Stick Nails

Designed for the construction market, where it is important to find the right combination of tool weight and working autonomy. Since sticks contain fewer nails than coiled nails (approx 25) and less of them are loaded into the nailer, the tool is lighter. A simpler feed mechanism for stick nails also helps to keep the weight of the tools lower than for coil nailers for similar size nails. This is important when you are working up a ladder with your arm stretched out.

(Remember only tools fitted with sequential trip should be used when working up a ladder).

Stick nails come in three types of collation- wire weld, plastic and paper. Wire welded and paper nails traditionally have a clipped head to allow the shanks of the nails to touch each other when they are collated. In this way it is possible to fit more nails on a stick.

Paper Tape Collated Stick Nails

This type of collation is ideal in construction environments where work can be kept free of collation debris.

Wire Weld Stick Nails

Traditional wire weld collation gives the stick nails more rigidity and resistence to damp environments.

Plastic Collated Stick Nails

Plastic collated stick nails traditionally have a full round head. While only giving marginally better holding power to clipped head nails, they are preferred by the construction industry. Collation is angled to accommodate the overlapping heads.

Finish (Brad) Nails, ‘T’ Nails & Pins

Finish nails (Brads) and T nails are normally of a rectangular cross section instead of being round.

Their diameters are less than the coil and stick nails, and are primarily used for finish and trim work in the construction and joinery industries.

Key Nail Elements

There are four important elements of a nail, a combination of which defines its suitability for particular fastening applications: