I have a Porter-Cable Model FN250B Finish Nailer and I am going to need to
buy replacement nails. The manual gives a warning "Use approved
Porter-Calbe fastners only." I am having problems finding Porter-Cables
finish nails near to where I live but I can purchase Hitachi finish nails.
What is the problem with using other fastners than the approved fastners?
Will the other fastners damage my finish nailer?
Thanks for your help.
You may get dissenting opinions, but I believe the main reason they
state this is to sell more nails!
I've used all different brands of nails in my PC finish, framing, and
brad nailers with no problems.
I do buy only brand name nails from the major manufacturers, however.
I know some folks have had problems with jamming when using cheap
Just make sure the nails you buy are the right style for your nailer;
most brand names provide a cross reference right on the box.
The only reason I can think of is if you screw up your nailer with non-PC
nails, they will point the blame at the nails and not honor a warranty
repair. I use Bostitch in my PC nailer all the time and they work fine.
Speaking of technical genius at companies, I have a Dell All-in-One A920 ink
jet printer. The printer is really a Lexmark printer. The Lexmark and the
Dell are identical except for the brand on the label, AND, get this:
Lexmark "codes" (there is a little circuit board on the cartridge) the Dell
ink replacement cartridges different from the Lexmark brand, rendering the
Lexmark cartridges useless in a "Dell" printer. You cannot buy a Dell ink
cartridge anywhere except Dell. Those bastards. Refilling them only works
for so long. Epson is even worse. They code EACH ink cartridge, so if you
refill and put it back in, the printer still thinks it's empty and won't
print. I figured out how to get around that one (search Google). Those
bastards. Oh yeah, I already said that. Sorry for the off-topic vent.
Razor blade marketing. Give away the printers and charge $6,000 a gallon for
coloured ink. For anyone doing a lot of printing with their inkjet a
continuous inking system (such as those from inksupply.com or
inkjetgoodies.com) will save a huge amount of money.
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