My bread and butter comes from installing cabinetry for the construction industry. So when my buddy borrowed a pin nailer from the stair guy…I just had to have one. I beat him down to the local (now out of business) lumber yard. They catered to woodworkers so they actually had one in stock. Only one and I loved beating him to it! It was a Senco FinishPro. They came with an extra piston which ment trouble to me but what a great tool. They shoot a small 23 gauge “nail”. Which is practically invisiable. On Maple you can just see the hole but it is invisible on a wood like Oak or any heavy grain. It cuts down on the time filling holes, but more importain it really added alot to the quality of a job. Installing I spend alot of time putting 1/8” panels (skins) on the cabinets. I also use the gun for crown mould and small trim. The pins range from 1/2 to 1 inch in most models, but some brands go up to 1 3/8. The pins have no head so I use them to tack things together while the adhesive dries. They do not hold well. In my rustic work alot of the twigs are set with the pin nailer. In the first two years me and my buddy went through five guns and ten pistons! The gun was great but the Sencos just didn’t hold up the body cracked at the nose and the pistons gave out. Well Lowes and Home Depot put the small lumber yard out of business and I needed one to finish the job I was on. Nobody carried them in town anymore. As big as they are the big stores really don’t have a very good tool selection. I was screwed. I turned to the internet and changed to PortaCable. I’ve always had good luck with PortaCable tools and their pin nailer has been great! I’ve used this one for three years with the original piston and no problems. I do keep them oiled! In my mind it is more of a cosmetic tool but its one of those tools that add that extra special touch on a job.
|Blog entry by dennis mitchell||posted 12-18-2006 08:28 AM||10794 reads||0 times favorited||5 comments|