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Norge 18G Floor Nailer

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18G Floor Nailer

Be a pro when it comes to installing your hardwood floors! The 18 gauge cleat nailer is designed for use with Bamboo and other dense floors. Nailer comes with:
- Fiber glass mallet 
- Air connector (pre-attached)
- Anti-dust cap (pre-attached)     
- Adjustment tools  
- Lubrication oil
- Three plates:  3/4", 9/16"-5/8", and 3/8"-1/2"
- Instruction manual

Quick Highlights:
- Compatible with generic brands 18 ga. L cleats 
- Ergonomically engineered body
- Lightweight and easy to use  
- No-mar design, provides increased protection from marring when working with a finished flooring surface      
- Anodized aluminum magazine for long lasting durability
- Lightweight, high-strength aluminum body with heat treated steel parts
- Air filter keeps interior components debris free, extending tool life
- Fiber glass mallet with rubber head included 



Specs:
- Operation Pressure: 70-115psd
- Magazine Capacity: 120 pcs
- Tool Weight: 9.68 lbs
- Air Inlet: 1/4" NPT
- Fasteners: 1-1/4" to 1-3/4"
 

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
 
4.3

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Reliable (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (34)

Reviewed by 49 customers

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3.0

Not sure

By Dan

from N. Syracuse N.Y.

Verified Reviewer

No matter how careful I aligned & held nailer, once in a while it would dimple the edge of the board above the tongue. I started the job with a barrowed nailer, a Primatech with a roller guide foot mounted to the base. The Primatech cost 2.5 times the Norge I purchased (when my friend needed his gun back). I guess that's the bottom line, there are only a few guns out there that handle 7/16's thick boards & 18 GA cleats. For me it's a 1 & done project so I opted for the economic gun.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Worked well once we traded a defective one in.

By Still Willing

from Hudson, WI

Verified Reviewer

Installed Bamboo

Service and delivery comments:

Store staff were great to work with

 
5.0

This is a fantastic nailer! Would totally buy it again!

By Bamboo

from Boise, ID

Easy to use

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
2.0

No replacement parts available

By Floor guy

from St. Louis, MO

Pros

  • Non marring base

Cons

  • Parts nonexisten

Best Uses

    I purchased the tool, have misplaced one of the feet, and was told by customer service they do NOT sell replacement parts. You can buy a whole new tool, or if you fall within the warranty guidelines you can get the entire tool replaced, but you are without any recourse should you fall outside the warranty.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    3.0

    Care needed

    By owner builder

    from Black River Falls, WI

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Does Not Align Well
    • Must Have Solid Hit

    Best Uses

      Even with the yellow alignment arrows you must use extreme caution to align the nailer correctly. Nailer must be completely level or it will not stop against the shoe but continually slips to a much more postive stop against the foot plate that will put a nail thru your floor instead on the tounge.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      The floor nailer does the job

      By buffalobrian

      from Beaverton, OR

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • It does a good job

      Cons

      • Takes Time To Learn It

      Best Uses

        Practice with it before you start using it on the real floor, it only took 51#'s pressure on my compressor, it splintered the tongue at 98.
        Practice how hard you hit with it, the harder I hit the deeper it went, lighter it wouldn't go all the way in.
        Once I got the hang of it, it did a great job!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        must have for bamboo install.

        By Farmhouse builders

        from Pittstown,NJ

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Must Have For Bamboo Inst

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • Bamboo

        Very easy to use ,and its a must have with its recommended nails as well if you installing: Morning Star 9/16" x 5-1/8" Antique Strand Handscraped Bamboo. This nailer will help you accomplish a final beautiful result.This is my first time for floor install. and it was easier then I originally thought.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Does The Job

        By Murphy

        from Green Bay, WI

        Verified Reviewer

        This a real nice product. I used it to install 400 sq/ft of carbonised bamboo. The job went very well, but pay close attention to your air pressure. Too much air pressure will cause the tongue to split. Also be extra careful with the 5/8" pad installed on the nailer, make sure you are nailing with the correct stop bumped against the board(look at the arrows on the side of the nailer) or you will be sending a nail into the middle of your board. Not much you can do except pull it up and discard it after that. With that in mind, I would recomend with no problem.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Favorite Air Tool

        By james

        from marietta, ga

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Ease of Use
        • Quick Load

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hardwood

          My only real complaint is that they could have worked the design to ensure the nailer lines up to proper location.

          This tool made installed 3/4" hardwood a breeze. Once we had our first few rows in it would take less than a few minutes to nail the rows with this air nailer.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          18G Flooring Nailer

          By 43203

          from Denver, IA

          Pros

          • Only Jammed Once In 1000

          Cons

          • I Beleive It Was Used Bef
          • Nailer Had Nails In It
          • No Tool Oil In The Box

          Best Uses

            There wasn't any tool oil in the box. The nailer had nails in it. I believe it was used before. Only jammed once in 1000 nails. Appears to be a good product.

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            51 Questions | 52 Answers
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            • Q:

              I am going to install 3/8 engineered hardwood flooring. Will this work with this type of flooring or is it more for thicker wood.
              Asked on 5/6/2016 by w

              1 answer

              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                It could, however in order to comply with the warranty the manufacturer recommended fasteners should be used. Use 18, 19, or 20 gauge engineered flooring staples 1" or 1-1/4" long.

                Answered on 5/11/2016 by Tech & Install
            • Q:

              Hi I purchased a used Norge 18 ga nailer as adviced by our lumber liquidators dealer. Anyway it only came with a 3/4 plate, what plate do I need to use for 7/16 strand bamboo? according to your video it should have come with allen wrenches for adjustments. It did not. I do have allen wrenches but do you have instructions for this nailer???
              Asked on 4/17/2016 by thburd from ne

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                We have extra plates available, (the only way to adjust is to change plates).
                Please call our Tech & Installation Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 for help with this question. Thank you for your inquiry.

                Answered on 4/18/2016 by cc-2
            • Q:

              I see in the FAQs that you have specific instructions on shimming the tool to work for 7/16 bamboo flooring.

              Could you email those instructions to me also?

              Bob
              Asked on 8/17/2015 by Bob from Raleigh, NC

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Please call our Customer Service Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 for help with this question. Thank you for your inquiry.

                Answered on 8/18/2015 by cc-2
            • Q:

              We're having issues with dimpling with our bamboo flooring installation. We are using a 18G Norge Nailer with 1' 1/4 cleats, 3/4 plywood, 90 PSI and its dimpling our floors. I've gone through this FAQ section and you keep telling everyone to call tech support. Can you actually help us and if not then what's the point in having an FAQ section?
              Asked on 4/4/2015 by Orki from Lancaster, NH

              1 answer

              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                The nailer you use should have either shims or pads included in the kit which when installed will give the nail/staple a slight angle in either the front or back. If installed in the back this will give you an angle that will shoot the staple slightly behind the tongue. This avoids splitting and breaking of the tongue. When installed in the front it will shoot more directly in the tongue to avoid dimpling. The pads sometimes are just simply to raise the entire length of the nailer up to back up the depth of the staple itself. This will sometimes resolve the issue but it also can not give you enough strength to go through the tongue. Its sometimes simply a process of elimination. Installers will usually take a board in the middle of the floor prior to starting the installation to see how they will need to set up before actually laying out the first of the flooring. In addition to these techniques, adjust the PSI down then up if needed.

                Answered on 4/4/2015 by Tech & Install
            • Q:

              I am planning on putting down 3/4" Oak flooring. I have the Norge 18ga. nailer I bought from Lumber Liquidators last year. The floor I am applying over is 1/2" sub-floor with 5/8" particleboard over it. Will the 1 3/4" cleat hold down the floor?
              Thanks,
              Ron
              Asked on 3/7/2015 by Ron

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                No and this is not recommended.


                SUBFLOOR PREPARATION
                Wood subfloors
                Shorter floor boards also need to be properly fasten therefore do not install flooring directly over floor joist without proper subflooring.
                • All structural subfloor panels must be installed sealed-side down, and provide minimum ¾” perimeter spacing. Square-edged or non tongue and grooved panels used as a subfloor will require a minimum 1/8˝ (3 mm) expansion space placed between all plywood seams. Panels must meet minimum CDX grade Exposure 1 and US Voluntary Product Standard PS1-95, PS2-04 or Canadian performance standard CAN/CSA 0325-0-92 for construction sheathing. Check panel for codes.
                • Solid planks used for subflooring should be ¾” x 5 1/2” (1” x 6” nominal), Group 1 dense softwoods, No. 2 Common, kiln-dried to less than 12% percent moisture content.
                • Particleboard, Luan or Masonite: is not recommended, remove or cover with 3/8” plywood.
                • Minimum of 3/8˝CDX panel thickness is recommended when used as an underlayment over an existing subfloor.
                • Avoid pressure treated plywood for interior use. These can have elevated moisture or latent with rot resistant chemicals.
                Note that joist spacing determines minimum subfloor thickness.
                • Joist spacing 16” on center (OC)
                Plywood: Minimum of (5/8˝) Oriented Strand Board (OSB): Minimum (3/4˝, 23/32”) Advantech Minimum (3/4˝, 23/32”)
                • Joist spacing 16” up to 19.2” (OC)
                Plywood: Minimum of (3/4˝, 23/32”) Oriented Strand Board (OSB): Minimum of (3/4˝, 23/32”)
                • Joist spacing over 19.2”up to maximum 24” (OC)
                Plywood: Minimum of (7/8”) Oriented Strand Board (OSB): Minimum of (1”)
                You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the installation tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.
                Thank you for writing in.

                Answered on 3/9/2015 by cc-2
            • Q:

              I am trying to install 7/16 bamboo flooring and i noticed this 18g norge nailer doesn't come with a plate for it, will it still work if i use the 1/2 inch?

              thanks
              Asked on 3/5/2015 by FrankB from Earth

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                You will need to test to make sure the fastener goes into the crotch (inside corner) accurately, sometimes a thin shim such as a layer or two of tar-paper or similar can be used to "fine tune the fit".
                Thank you for writing in!

                Answered on 3/9/2015 by cc-2
            • Q:

              Where I can buy plate 3/4 inch for norge cleat flooring nailer 18 gage
              Asked on 2/23/2015 by jurek

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Please call our Tech and Installation Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 and provide shipping info to set up shipment.
                Thank you for your inquiry.

                Answered on 2/24/2015 by cc-2
            • Q:

              Tried our new Norge Floor Nailer (for L Cleats). Unfortunately, it is frequently misfiring and leaving marks on our finished flooring. Any suggestions or adjustments we can make.
              Asked on 2/21/2015 by Nancy from Kitchener, ON

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Please call our Tech and Installation Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 for a detailed answer to your question. Thank you for your inquiry.

                Answered on 2/23/2015 by cc-2
            • Q:

              The Norge 18 guage nailer is very slow to recoil. Added oil and seems to get worse. What are the cleaning procedures and where do we look to see what could be wrong. It takes about 15 seconds to get ready to fire another nail. The compressor pressure seems to be ok.
              Asked on 12/20/2014 by JayD from United States

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Sounds like it may be too much oil & is gummed up.
                You can find the complete tool manual on the web site through the Flooring 101 web pages for more information,
                TOOL COLLECTION
                Manuals, Norge 18 Gauge cleat nailer manual.
                Please call our Tech and Installation Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 for a detailed answer to your question. Thank you for your inquiry.

                Answered on 12/22/2014 by cc-2
            • Q:

              What plate and gauge nails should I use when installing 7/16" strand bamboo flooring?
              Asked on 12/3/2014 by Bill from Massachusetts

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                This nailer uses 18 Gauge cleats recommended for strand bamboo flooring.
                I am sending a separate email regarding the plate shim.
                Thank you for your recent purchase and contacting the Tech & Installation Department.

                Answered on 12/3/2014 by cc-2
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