|Review by NiteWalker||posted 09-14-2011 04:38 AM||7072 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
I bought this pin nailer primarily to hold small maple corner blocks in place while the glue sets. I tried brad nails and they would split the small 1 3/8”L x 3/4”W x 3/4” T blocks. I originally had my eyes on the Grex P635. For my application I didn’t need a pin nailer that could shoot the longer pins, so it came down to the Hitachi and the Grex.
I decided on the Hitachi for a couple of reasons:
- It was half the price of the Grex (it’s even less now on amazon), and included a free 50’ polyurethane air hose, a nice bonus.
- It has a 5 year warranty as opposed to the 1 year warranty on the Grex. For the price of the Grex, the warranty should be at least 3 years, IMHO.
I ordered it from tools-plus, who price matched another online vendor. They were closer, and I’ve done business with them before, and was very pleased, so I’d rather give the business to them.
The nailer comes in a nice compact case, not needlessly bulky. It holds the nailer, the included safety glasses, and the manual very securely. Nothing flops around when the case is closed. The latches are the plastic sliding variety, not flip latches which can pop off easier. They close securely and with a positive snap so you know the case is closed up real good.
The nailer also includes two orange non-marring nose tips (one on the tip of the gun, the other stored on the body). The bright color lets you know to keep your fingers away from where you’re nailing and also makes positioning the nailer a lot easier than a darker tip would.
Unfortunately, not included is a bottle of air tool oil, which this gun requires. I bought a 4 oz bottle of Bostitch air tool oil from Lowe’s that will probably last me for years, and it was only a few dollars, so not a big knock, just a minor inconvenience.
It’s a very compact nailer (and most pinners are) so it can fit in tighter areas than a brad nailer can. The handle of the gun is covered in a nice, grippy rubber over-mold that feels great in the hand. The trigger safety is easily accessible, and even with my meaty fingers, I have no trouble engaging it. It has a rear exhaust so you or your projects won’t get a direct blast of possibly oily air when you shoot it. The nail cartridge is plastic, but very well made. Overall, it feels like an extremely well-built tool.
In use, the nailer has performed flawlessly. It handles firing 1 3/8” pins (Grex brand) into hard maple and walnut at 85-90 psi, leaving them nicely counter-sunk. I haven’t had the gun misfire once nor have I had any pins blow out of the side of any workpieces. It just shoots pins reliably and consistently all day long.
The NP35A has been a real workhorse ever since I started using it in my shop. I couldn’t be happier with it. If it broke down after the warranty period I’d buy another without a second thought.
-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.