Composite Fastener Resources
Benefits of Composite Staples and Nails (PDF Download)
- Designed to offer excellent mechanical properties to meet specific application requirements in the woodworking, composites, industrial, wood boat building, lumber, and timber processing, and millwork industries.
- Manufactured with an engineered thermoplastic resin and glass fiber reinforced composition that offers superior holding power, excellent processing characteristics, long-term resistance to chemicals, sunlight, and moisture.
- Can be used where steel staples and nails cannot be used due to moisture, metal detector use, sanding belts, saw blades, router bits, molder knives.
- Ideal for applications such as caskets that adhere to Jewish Orthodox burial customs, and other where the fasteners cannot be removed after the manufacturing process has been completed.
- Molded fiberglass, rubber, cellular PVC, foam core, LDF, and plastic are also excellent materials for our fasteners.
- Do not cause wood deterioration, unsightly staining, or long-term degradation of the fasteners holding power.
- Can be sanded, cut, and sawed without damaging sanding belts, saw blades, router bits, or molder knives.
- Reduce excessive wear and damage to production equipment due to accidental contact with steel staples and nails.
- Can be shaped like wood, stained, and painted.
- No need to remove fasteners. Saves time, labor, and maintenance costs.
- Unlike steel staples and nails, Spotnails composite fasteners permanently bond with the material being driven into creating up to 2X the holding power as compared with similar sized steel fasteners.
- Lighter weight (shipping cost advantage)
- No sparking hazard (important in industrial wood plants where airborne dust could be high)
Tips and Techniques on Composite Staples and Nails (PDF Download)
- Designed to be used with staplers and nailers that are specifically designed to accept composite staples and nails.
- Shorter fasteners can be used since they flash bond and offer exceptional holding power thus creating a better driving experience without sacrificing quality of workmanship. Use our Wood Species Drivability Chart for your specific application.
- No advantage in using a longer nail to increase holding power with most applications. 3/8” penetration into your substrate will achieve maximum holding power and anything longer is a waste of material and can create drivability issues. The exception to the rule is for materials like Balsa wood and foam where no bonding occurs, then longer nails will hold better.
- Can be used with carbide molder knives. High speed steel molder knives will be damaged by the fiberglass content in our standard product.
- Operator technique is more important with Spotnails fasteners. The tools must be held more steadily and with more conviction than the steel fastener tools.
- Engineered to be operated at 90 psi for optimal performance. Pressures above 90 psi only create additional wear and tear on internal parts and can cause the fastener to be overdriven into softer materials. Air pressure can be regulated below 90 psi to prevent the fasteners from countersinking.