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What is the difference between a FN style nail and a DA style nail?  What are the advantages/disadvantages of each style?

Dave O

Davo (post #207147, reply #1 of 4)

What's the deal?

You asked a question that stumped me so much I googled FN/DA...............never had heard a peep about them.

I knew there are angled and straight...............


So, here you go.  Advantages?'ll have to hunt for that for yourself.


(post #93912, reply #4 of 14)

by Bryanlord in reply to Anonymous [original] on Fri, 04/29/2005 - 05:34


Careful of the $100 buck wager! Did a little digging tonight and there are 2 15 gauge angle nails. The Bostitch and Grizzly use 25 degree angled "FN" nails.

The PC, Hitachi, etc use "DA" nails which are angled at 34 degrees.

Now the question is: Where to purchase 1" FN nails. The shortest Bostitch sells is 1 1/4 inch yet they spec the gun at 1",

My purchase decision was narrowed to the PC and Bostitch because I wanted 1" capability. The Bostitch won out because of the oiless feature. Now I can't find 1" nails for the gun.


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The dirty little secret is (post #207147, reply #2 of 4)

The dirty little secret is that the DA nails are actually Danish, not Finnish.

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use FN nails if you're in a hurry (post #207147, reply #4 of 4)

I actually choose to use the  FN , or Russian type nails, when there is a tight deadline and I need to trim out in a hurry.

The only disadvantage of (post #207147, reply #3 of 4)

The only disadvantage of either style is if they won't fit your gun.....

The only advantage to one style over the other is availability.

I wonder if more generics are made in one or the other style?