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Old 02-22-2019, 09:21 AM   #1
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Can You Cut Down Your Pneumatic Nails With Grinder?


So I have a project i need 1 1/4" stainless 15 gauge finishing nails for. I could only get 1 1/2" from the big blue store and Id like to take the grinder and cut off the ends. Obviously I don't want to hurt my gun and i don't want to waste expensive nails experimenting. I couldn't find any info online so i though this would be a good place to go.

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Old 02-22-2019, 09:33 AM   #2
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Re: Can You Cut Down Your Pneumatic Nails With Grinder?


um, why not just get the right nails? They do exist. I can't imagine even attempting to go through all the trouble of trying to grind them and I bet the glue that holds them together would melt from the heat of the griniding.

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I think you're begging for feed problems.
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go to a real store and get the right nails, don't waste time
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Hell, I'd try it. What's a trim nailer cost anyway - 80-150 bucks?
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versus $20 for correct nails? plus time spent trying to cut them and having them break apart and still having to go get the correct nails
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the issue was over a difference of 1/4". I decided to just shoot the nails at an angle which caused them to not shoot out the back. I think cutting them might have worked for larger framing nails if i would have re-sharpened the tips but since the finish nails are so close together i think it would have damaged the nail gun if i would have tried to cut them.

to answer the question of why not get the right nail. I was unable to find that size nail at any store in my area. I had to do the job today and didn't have time to wait for shipping.

Thanks for the help everyone!
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So I read the thread, all I have to say there is a company here in the U.S. called The Maze Nail Company been around for ever c/k them out
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the issue was over a difference of 1/4". I decided to just shoot the nails at an angle which caused them to not shoot out the back. I think cutting them might have worked for larger framing nails if i would have re-sharpened the tips but since the finish nails are so close together i think it would have damaged the nail gun if i would have tried to cut them.

to answer the question of why not get the right nail. I was unable to find that size nail at any store in my area. I had to do the job today and didn't have time to wait for shipping.

Thanks for the help everyone!
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I'm afraid this doesn't bode well for your career as a handyman...
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Re: Can You Cut Down Your Pneumatic Nails With Grinder?


RR Buildings on YouTube talks about Maze nails a lot.
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RR Buildings on YouTube talks about Maze nails a lot.
Those are my favorite hand drives.
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RR Buildings on YouTube talks about Maze nails a lot.
Those are my favorite hand drives.

I may order some now and try them out
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the issue was over a difference of 1/4". I decided to just shoot the nails at an angle which caused them to not shoot out the back. I think cutting them might have worked for larger framing nails if i would have re-sharpened the tips but since the finish nails are so close together i think it would have damaged the nail gun if i would have tried to cut them.

to answer the question of why not get the right nail. I was unable to find that size nail at any store in my area. I had to do the job today and didn't have time to wait for shipping.

Thanks for the help everyone!
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Re: Can You Cut Down Your Pneumatic Nails With Grinder?


Now I think I need to cut some down, just to see what happens. Functionality wise, I think it will be fine. Shooting into the wood, should be ok also. The blunt tip might slow them down, but I'll be it will work. I think I saw he was thinking about grinding new tips on them. I wouldn't do that. Way too much work and if it wasn't ground equally, it would go sideways.
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Probably could have just cut them with some tin snips, quick and easy!
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I wouldn't hesitate to cut straight strips down in a pinch, but if was angled strips, I would fear the angled cut would make the nails curl.
Straight, or angled?
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I wouldn't hesitate to cut straight strips down in a pinch, but if was angled strips, I would fear the angled cut would make the nails curl.
Straight, or angled?
There you go. angled nails wouldn't have a straight cut and it probably would curl.
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I'd be worried about softening the glue and getting grit stuck in it. Burrs on the nails wouldn't be great, but you can always deburr them.

I've angle nailed quite a few times because I needed some odd length on a specific nail. Old house remodels it can be the most practical thing to do.
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I'm afraid this doesn't bode well for your career as a handyman...
The problem was I wanted to make sure I had stainless steel nails for my clients who live in a Neighborhood right on the Atlantic only 1/4 mile from the water where normal galvanized nails aren't sufficient. Many would have just purchased whatever was on the shelf to get the job done, which i see all over the area i work. In fact, a lot of my work is going behind lazy contractors who don't use the right products because they don't want to spend the extra money to do the job right.

I think that bodes quite well for my handyman business.

You probably don't know this because you don't have to deal with stainless steel much unless your in a costal community, or don't bother to do the job right. Its not as common as galvanized in stores, even here on the coast, especially 15gauge for some reason. If all else had failed I had planned to use stainless steel screws as a backup plan for the lattice work i was doing.

Thanks for your comment though, I had a feeling the trolls would come out of the woodwork at some point and there you are.

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