How to Load a Porter Cable Finish Nailer

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Porter-Cable produces two main types of finish nailers: a straight nailer that drives 16-gauge nails of up to 2-1/2 inches in length and an angled finish nailer that drives slightly larger 15-gauge nails of up to the same length. Each nailer holds up to 100 finish nails in the magazine when fully loaded.

How to Load a Porter Cable Finish Nailer


Porter-Cable parts are the tool industries finest and most durable of power tool parts in the market today. It keeps all your power tools functioning at their best, while making your job easier and safer. It’s been in the tool manufacturing business for over a hundred years now, so you can be assured that all Porter-Cable parts are going to do its sole intended purpose: to ensure that all your Porter-Cable power tools perform at their maximum best for more years to come with a high-quality, durable, and reliable power tool replacement parts and accessories.

Using a Porter Cable part is a sure way of keeping your Porter-Cable power tools safe and efficient for everyday use. Although Porter-Cable power tools are highly capable of doing its intended purpose, its capacity to function properly will be greatly diminished once important components get damaged or broken.

Porter-Cable is most prevalent in cases where in the tool gets more overused time and time again, and under harsh working environments where dust, moisture, oil, drop pages, and voltage fluctuations come into play.

Straight Finish Nailer

In construction or carpentry, a straight finish nailer can easily become an essential in your tool arsenal. A good quality nailer has a magazine that will allow for a wide range of fasteners. It should also have a good grip that will allow you with the most comfort while gripping.

The light weight magnesium housing lends even more versatility and comfort for this irreplaceable tool. When working on a big job, you can set the nailer to sequential fire or contact, and it all depends on what type of nailing you want to do that day.

There are many features in straight finish nailer reviews,

  • For consistent driving power, it has an internal piston catch
  • Magnesium housing to help make this tool lightweight
  • Rear loading magazine
  • By pass pusher to reload quickly
  • Nail jams can be freed easily and no tools required
  • Contact or sequential mode can be utilized
  • In handle air filter featuring self-cleaning
  • Adjustable exhaust
  • 2 no mar pads included
  • Fasteners included
  • Rafter hook so it stores easily

Material Required

  • Nails, 2-1/2 inches in length

Nail is a pin-shaped object of metal which is used as a fastener, as a peg to hang something, or sometimes as a decoration. Generally nails have a sharp point on one end and a flattened head on the other, but headless nails are available. Here we are using 2-1/2 inches in length for doing this work.


  1. Check that the trigger is not activated.
  2. Point the nose of the gun away from your body and away from any bystanders.
  3. Slide a new clip of finish nails through the T-shaped opening at the rear of the magazine. If the magazine was completely empty before loading the first clip, you may add a second clip of finish nails behind the first.
  4. Pull the magazine pusher (a lever on the left side of the magazine) all the way to the rear of the magazine, and release. The spring loaded pusher pushes the two clips of nails forward, into firing position.
  5. Press the nose of the finish nailer into the wood, and fire a test shot to verify that the nails were properly loaded.

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