Until recently, my framing crew used stick nailers to fasten framing and small coil nailers to fasten sheathing. But about a year ago, we started using larger coil framing guns for both tasks. The reason is simple: Coil guns hold more fasteners than stick guns, so using coil nails boosts our production by reducing the number of times we have to stop and reload.

Consider the numbers. My old stick gun holds two full strips of framing nails. Since the nails I buy come 25 to the strip, a full load (we don't break strips) is 50 10d nails. A coil framer, by contrast, holds one coil of fasteners — but the brand we buy contains 225 10d nails per coil. That amount increases if you use smaller nails.

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