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What Are Scrails - And Why Should I Use Them?

Have you heard of a scrail? Scrails can be driven using most pneumatic nailers, but offer better holding power than a standard nail. These fasteners are driven at a rate twice as fast as collated screws - and eight times faster than bulk. Available in a variety of collations, heads and coatings, the ease and speed of a scrail increases productivity and saves labor cost. 

Relatively new to the fastener market, scrails, manufactured by Fasco, are available in 20-22 degree plastic strip, 30 degree plastic strip, 15 degree wire coil and 15 degree (90 degree) plastic coil. Just as you would with a traditional nail, you will need to stay within the range of fastener that your nail gun works with - visit the tool manufacturer's specs for nail length and diameter.

 
Scrails
Bulk and collated screws commonly feature a Phillip's or Square drive. Scrails on the other hand, are available with Phillip's, Square, Pozidrive and Torx heads. They are also available in a range of heads including flat, composite, combo trim and more. You can choose between fine, coarse and double threads.
 
Scrail Heads
Depending on your application, the coating of the scrail is essential. For subfloor, pallet, crating and manufactured housing, a yellow zinc coating is typically recommended. Colored screws for composite lumber are available in brown, cedar, gray and tan. Hot-dipped galvanized coated scrails are recommended for any pressure treated lumber application. If corrosion resistance is required, scrails are also available in 304 and 316 stainless steel.
 
Scrail Collation
Odd to look at, scrails have become a revolutionary new item within the fastener industry. These handy fasteners can save time and money for contractors and DIYer's alike.
 
Ready to start using scrails? Feel free to contact a customer service specialist at Nail Gun Depot to ensure you are ordering the correct product for your application.
 

~ The Nail Gun Depot Team

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4 COMMENTS

  • Erik October 24, 2019 at 4:05 AM

    I have a 30 degree paslode nailer. It shoots paper tape nails. Do scrails have an option for this nailer? Also I need to place an order for galvanized scrails with a torx drive head. Do these come in 2.5 or 3 inch? I could use either.

    • Nail Gun Depot October 24, 2019 at 7:37 AM

      Erik,

      Yes, you can run the 33 degree plastic strip Scrail fasteners in your 30 degree Paslode nailer. We do actually offer a 3" Torx drive Scrail in 33 degree format, however, it comes with Fasco's FasCoat coating in lieu or standard galvanization. It is worth noting that the FasCoat finish is capable of withstanding more than 2,000 hours in a salt spray test according to ASTM B117. They also meet requirements of ASTM F1667.

      Fasco does offer the following, all of which we can source if not directly available on our website:

      20 degree Scrail:
      SCFP21213CTFC - 2 1/2" COARSE .113 TX15 FasCoat® 1000 Bx Ct.
      SCFP1013CTFC - 3" COARSE .113 TX15 FasCoat® 1000 Bx Ct.

      33 degree Scrail:
      SCPS21213CTFC - 2 1/2" COARSE .113 TX15 FasCoat® 1000 Bx Ct. (no stock from manufacturer currently)
      SCPS1013CTFC - 3" COARSE .113 TX15 FasCoat® 1000 Bx Ct.

      15 degree Scrail:
      SCWC21213FTEG - 2 1/2" FINE .113 TX15 GALVANIZED 2000 Bx Ct.
      SCWC1013FTEG - 3" FINE .113 TX15 GALVANIZED 2000 Bx Ct.

      For items not on our website, please contact our customer service team for pricing and availability. Our email is sales@nailgundepot.com and phone is 1.888.720.7892.

      Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Joel November 1, 2019 at 3:51 AM

    Do you have any data on grip strength/ holding power. Looking for testing data to review with Customer.

    • Nail Gun Depot November 1, 2019 at 6:15 AM

      The following website covers a lot of data in regard to Scrail fasteners: http://www.beck-scrail.com/

      If you can provide a product SKU or series, we can contact BECK America (formerly Fasco) and request data sheets.

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