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Nails fail to feed

My nailer has recently begun to fail to feed nails. All I am doing is punching holes.

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Without knowing your model number here are some things to check, in order of difficulty:
1. First make sure you're using the proper nails for your gun. If your gun isn't specifically listed on the box of nails as compatable make sure they are seating in your gun properly. Some brands of angled nails are a couple degrees off from others and won't work in competetor's guns.
2. Check the entire feed path of the nails in the magazine all the way up to where the driver catches the next nail. Sometimes dirt builds up in the track or there could be a peice of nail stuck in there preventing the nails from getting under the driver. Also the spring on the feed shoe should have strong pressure on the shoe all the way up to the head and the shoe has to ride freely in the magazine.
3. If the gun is making holes in the wood the driver isn't broke but it must be straight and true and the tip square. If not it will miss or slip off the nail before driving it. The only way to check the driver is to remove the head on the gun and take the driver out. The piston & driver should travel from the top to the bottom of the cylinder without binding anywhere. Correct any problems you find or replace any damaged parts and your gun should work.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012

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SOURCE: I have a 16 gauge finish nailer. This nails do not

Hello Michael. Let's begin with the nails you are using. If you have 15 gauge nails and you are putting them through a 16 gauge gun, they will not feed correctly because they are too large. Also, get finish nails designed for your gun. Ideally use Porter Cable nails but if not at least nails that list porter cable as one of the guns that they are compatible with.

Next, get a can of a penetrating lubricant called WD-40 and some cotton swabs. Disconnect the gun from power and also remove any brads that are in it. Then spray the entire chute and the sprin mechanism with a heavy coating of the penetrating lubricant and let it sit for 8 hours. After it sits spray it again and use the cotton swabs to remove and rust, corrosion, dirt, etc. Spray it again. Then load it up again making sure that you are using brads designed for your gun. Hook it up and try it. IF it is still not feeding as it should checked for other causes such as:


  • magazine is bent.
  • loader springs bent, worn, or kinked.
  • guide channel is too narrow.
  • guide is broken.

The most common ways that magazines become bent is through misuse. Workmen will often use the magazine of the nailer to "set their work." That's a nice way of saying that they use their nailer like a hammer and really beat it up.

Over time, this kind of use will bend the magazine and increasingly slow the guide until it doesn't move at all. A bent magazine should go to a shop and/or be replaced. Magazines can be especially difficult to reassemble, depending on the brand.

Check the loader springs for damage, and replace any that need replacing. Porter Cable makes a repair kit for this purpose.

If the guide channel has become too narrow, they can often becarefully widened by wedging a screwdriver between the groves and leveraging a little pressure to spread the groove.


Joe


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Posted on Nov 06, 2010

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SOURCE: 250B finish nailer has begun to shoot 2 nails at a time

try to regrind the driver blade, there should be a small nick on the driver blade where the nails are fed in, if the driver is to fat it will catch 2 nails,and cause nail jambs.

Posted on May 04, 2010

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