How to Unjam a Paslode Nail Gun

How to unjam a paslode nail gun

Do you want to learn how to remove a Paslode nail jam? It’s easy and shouldn’t take long! Here’s how…

Identifying a Jammed Nail

If a nail gets jammed in your Paslode nailer, it won’t be able to fire any nails and it will make a strange puffing noise every time you try to.

If you’re experiencing problems but your nail gun is still firing, then it likely isn’t a nail jam. See our troubleshooting guide to help you diagnose the problem.

How to Clear a Paslode Nail Jam

As a Paslode-approved Service and Repair Centre, we’ve fixed it all! We asked our service experts how to unjam a nail. Here’s what they said…

IM350, IM350+, IM350+ Lithium

  1. Remove the battery and gas from the tool.
  2. If possible, remove the strip of nails from the tool.
  3. Unscrew the four 4mm allen key screws that are holding the filter cap on to the tool.
  4. Unscrew the two 4mm allen key screws that are holding the sleeve down. Be careful not to damage the fan assembly. If the machine has a lot of rust or corrosion then a wide, flat-head screwdriver may be needed to pry the sleeve up.
  5. Remove the jammed nail from the nail magazine.
  6. Re-assemble the tool.

IM360Ci, PPN35, PPN35Ci, IM90, IM90i

  1. Remove the battery and gas from the tool.
  2. If possible, remove the strip of nails from the tool.
  3. Loosen the thumb screw that is holding the nail magazine on to the tool.
  4. Remove the jammed nail from the nail magazine.
  5. Re-assemble the tool.

IM65, IM65A, IM50 NiCad & Lithium

  1. Remove the battery and gas from the tool.
  2. If possible, remove the strip of nails from the tool.
  3. Lift up the front plate.
  4. If the driver blade is stuck in the nose then carefully push this back (if possible).
  5. Look down the length of the nose for a jammed nail and remove it.
  6. Re-assemble the tool.

If you can’t remove the jammed nail via the above methods, then a full strip-down of the tool is likely required. Or, if you do remove the jammed nail but your machine still isn’t working properly, then it’s likely caused damage.

That’s where we can help!

Paslode Repair Service

We’ve been authorised by Paslode to service and repair their machines as we meet the high standards they set in service and expertise. We’ll expertly test, clean, service and repair your nailer, then return it to you working like new again!

Why choose our Approved Service?

  1. It’s approved by Paslode! Our fitters have been trained by Paslode and our service is conducted as the manufacturer recommends with only genuine parts used.
  2. It’s effective! Our expert fitters give the highest standard of service – all of your problems will be solved.
  3. It’s fast! Don’t wait weeks for a repair – we offer a quick turnaround of around 2-3 working days from when we receive your tool.
  4. It’s easy! We do all of the leg work for you with our FREE UK-wide collection.
  5. It’s recommended! See what our customers say…
  6. Don’t compromise your warranty! Repairs MUST be conducted by an Approved Paslode Service Centre to keep your warranty valid.

You can find out more about our Paslode Service here. You can also ask us any questions you have or book a repair.

Jammed Nail Causes & Prevention

There are many reasons why a nail can become jammed in your Paslode nail gun. These are the most common causes we see and how you can prevent them.

Using non-compatible nails.

Each Paslode nail gun model uses its own type of nails. Make sure you use the correct type of nails for your specific model.

Switching between different nail lengths.

If you don’t remove leftover nails of one length before switching to firing nails of a different length, then it can cause a nail jam. Always clear any leftover nails before switching to a different nail length.

Firing warped, damaged or damp nails.

Paslode recommend that you store your nails flat in their original box to prevent them from becoming warped, damaged or damp. If you fire warped, damaged or damp nails, then it can cause a nail jam. Store your nails as Paslode recommend – not in your nail gun case.

Using split nail strips.

Paslode nails come in a long collated strip. If you put a split nail strip or multiple split nail strips in the nail magazine, then it can cause a nail jam. Put one full nail strip in the nail magazine at a time – don’t try to use smaller parts of a nail strip.

An obstruction in the material.

There can often be things, like other nails, behind the material you’re firing in to – some of which you might not be able to see. Check that there are no obstructions in the material before you fire nails in to it.

Cross grain.

A nail can become jammed when trying to find its way through the different grains of the two materials that you’re firing in to. Unfortunately there isn’t anything that can be done to prevent this.

Firing nails in to damp wooden materials.

When wood is damp it becomes ‘bouncy’ which makes it harder to drive nails straight through it. Avoid firing nails in to damp wooden materials.

We Hope Our Guide Has Helped

We hope you’ve found our guide on how to unjam a Paslode nail gun helpful and have been able to successfully clear it. If you’re unable to remove the jammed nail or your machine still isn’t working properly, then we’re here to help!


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