Paslode state in their instructions, “Only use Paslode specified consumables or compatibles. In the case of non-specified consumable, ensure that they are compatible, safe and lawfully on sale in the European Union.” Meaning whilst they recommend to use Paslode consumables, similar products can be used if they meet the BSEN792 part 13 specification.
Some manufactures will claim that if you use other nails and gas in their gun you invalidate the warranty. This is no more than a low down trick to make you buy their nails and gas. Most professional companies will offer to pack up the tool should their nail fuel packs cause an issue where the manufacture of the gun refuses to help.
One company claims that if you use another make of nail fuel packs in their guns it invalidates the public liability insurance. This is a complete twist on this insurance as any professional manufactures or supplier carries public liability insurance, which more than adequately covers any situation.
This situation could arise for those who have received Paslode certificates for the safe use of nail guns. Paslode do have the right to invalidate their training certificates should they so wish. There is now however a standard training available which cover the safe use of any nail gun to ensure you are always covered which is approved by the PFA. This should be available from any reputable company, with the exception of Paslode.
As with many products the quality of product can vary greatly from manufacture to manufacture. Some claim that you must use their gas or else, but let's look at it a different way! If for example your car or van manufacture said you must use Shell’s V-Power fuel otherwise your warranty, insurance and safety would be at risk, what would we say?
With the introduction of the new Construction Products Regulations (CPR), which come into force in July 2013. The regulation requires that where a construction product can be CE marked, by complying with the relevant product standard or ETA, only this should be used. Nail fixings, are covered by the Standard EN14592.
To get this CE mark the manufactures have to not only put their nails through very stringent tests for strength and corrosion resistance, but also ensure the controls and testing procedures in the factories are kept at a high standard during manufacturing. Therefore any nail which is CE marked should meet the high quality and performance standard required consistently.
As mentioned above the introduction of these regulations are very important as any structural work must be carried out with CE marked nails. Most top manufactures now have this marking, but you should check before purchasing to ensure the nails will be compliant.
Part of this regulation also covers the coating of the nail. Bright nail should be avoided especially for any structural application as they do rust making way for potential issues further down the line.
Of course we would recommended you only buy your nails and gas from reputable company so as to ensure you are covered and have the back up where required, and to ensure no potential come back.
Thank you for reading this guide I trust you found it helpful. We have some experience with our company being in the trade for 35 years, selling Nailfire and Paslode nail fuel packs to building sites large and small. For information on the Nailfire range visit our ebay listings or our website @ Freeway Fixings / Nailfire.