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Forum topic by SuburbanDon posted 03-17-2010 03:30 AM 1038 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2010 03:30 AM


I just got a Bostitch pin nailer. I tested it on some pine – which I know is soft. I noticed that it will leave a small indentation in the wood no matter how lightly or hard I press it against the wood. I get much better results on red oak. But still…

I tried different air pressures from too-low to 80 PSI.

Is this kind of thing typical ? I’m concerned because I see myself nailing a lot of pine moulding with this thing. If it’s going to leave dimples then I’ll return it.

Thanks, Don

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#1 posted 03-17-2010 03:53 AM

My Bostitch has a small metal adjustment wheel right down by the pin mechanism. Small wheel about 1/4” diameter that you move one direction or the other to vary the depth of the pin/nail you are using. Yours should too, check it out. Check your manual if you have one. HTH.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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#2 posted 03-17-2010 04:19 AM

If I understand correctly, you’re not talking about the indentation made by the pin, but by the tip of the tool. If that is the case, I think it’s just a question of you developing the right touch with the nailer. You have to press just hard enough to release the safety… any more pressure and you will leave a dent. Especially on a soft wood like pine.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 03-17-2010 04:55 AM

My Senco pin nailers had a little place on the safety to use your finger to pull it back so you did not have to push on it so hard. Does yours? If so, use it on the soft woods. Hold it down hard enough to keep it steady but not so hard it mars the wood. Takes practice with pine or other soft woods.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#4 posted 03-17-2010 12:02 PM

I agree with Ingjr. I would check the adjustment of the nail depth. It sounds like the plunger that drives the nail is hitting the wood. There should be an adjustment on it for for nail depth. You may have to vary the adjustment for different types of wood.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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