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Rich

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04-17-2017 04:23 AM

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I have a Hitachi 23 gauge pin nailer. I really love it for attaching trim, pinning during glue up, etc. Every so often though, the pins go haywire. I’ll shoot one close to the edge of a board, and it come out the side. I’ve even had them exit through the surface I shot it into.

One thing I found is that using the same 90 PSI or so that other nailers call for makes it worse. Mine seems to behave better down around 65 to 70 PSI.

Any feedback from you all? Are some brands of pin nails better for my gun? Any ideas are welcome.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner


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#1 posted 04-17-2017 05:37 AM

You’re right about the lower pressure, but also when pinning near an edge, you have to check the grain direction. Those little pins will turn with the grain and that can make them stick out the side of a joint.

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#2 posted 04-17-2017 02:06 PM

The grain will definitely turn those pins in some strange directions. lower pressure helps.

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#3 posted 04-17-2017 02:29 PM

DITTO 2 both above ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ :<))

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 04:02 PM

Because of the chiseled point the pin has a tendency to curl to the right or left when it hits a hard spot.
I turn my gun 90 deg. to the material I’m nailing so that if it does curl it will stay within the material.

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#5 posted 04-17-2017 04:28 PM

Use the shortest pin that will do the job.
I only use the pin nailer for attaching the most delicate trim, like glass stops or small cove molding.
Anything else needs the holding power of 18 gauge brads.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 04-17-2017 04:44 PM



Because of the chiseled point the pin has a tendency to curl to the right or left when it hits a hard spot.
I turn my gun 90 deg. to the material I m nailing so that if it does curl it will stay within the material.

- jbay

That makes total sense. I’d never considered the design of the pin itself.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#7 posted 04-17-2017 04:50 PM


Use the shortest pin that will do the job.
I only use the pin nailer for attaching the most delicate trim, like glass stops or small cove molding.
Anything else needs the holding power of 18 gauge brads.

- pintodeluxe

Same here. My main use is attaching scribe molding and trim. I use it too, when I’m gluing two pieces face-to-face — mostly for jigs — to keep the pieces from sliding around on the glue layer as I clamp them.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#8 posted 04-17-2017 09:43 PM

+++ Jbay
The chisel point tends to dictate the direction if the pin is going curl.

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#9 posted 04-17-2017 11:34 PM

I’m with Jbay, when I get a returned or wandering pin or nail, I turn the gun ninety degrees and the problem, generally goes away. However, certain plywoods seem to have the next layer set up so that…... Never thought about dropping pressure.

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Rich

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#10 posted 04-18-2017 04:27 AM

As often happens, LJ clears it up for me. At least now, if I get a warped shot, I’ll know not to just keep firing more in the same way. I tried shooting pins into some stiff wood (pecan) for a test, and the orientation really matters.

Thanks.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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