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Forum topic by mickeyw posted 11-04-2010 08:31 PM 3143 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2010 08:31 PM

I am shopping for an Air Pin Nailer. They are most likely not commonnly bought, but I piddle with a lot of small molding and use small headless brads and a tack hammer. Home Depot has a Porter Cable on sale right now for $69.00 . Max Pin length is an inch, and I can’t imagine needing any more than that. What would you recommend?

-- Mickey W Atlanta, GA Metro

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#1 posted 11-04-2010 08:38 PM

I assume you are referring to a 23 gauge pin nailer not an 18 gauge. I have a Bostitch and have been happy with it. I paid $119 for that a few years ago, but alot more manufacturers have jumped into the 23 guage arena lately driving down prices. For $69 sounds like it’s worth a try. See if they have a demonstration some time so you can try a hands on.

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 08:45 PM

I have one of the original (several years old) Porter Cable pin nailers and really love it.

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 08:51 PM

If you are happy with a basic, shoots nails every time you pull the trigger 23 ga pinner, I have the Central Pneumatic 23ga pinner from Harbor Freight, and have been abusing the snot out of the thing since I got it. It works great. $19.99 on sale right now. Grab a 20% off coupon and save even more… Heck a couple of sizes of pins will overrun that cost quickly…

As far as pin nailer length goes, yeah I think 1” is pretty much the normal longest size you will see… There may be some that shoot longer, but that is a LOT of metal to shoot when it is that thin…

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 09:00 PM

Grex, 2” model. I know its a lot of $$$ but I’ve NEVER heard of anyone with a Grex have a jam. If you get the 2” model, you’ll eventually like it so much you’ll find a place to use it with pins longer than 1”. And I just googled, WoodCraft is cheaper than Amazon, now that’s a first. :)

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 09:15 PM

got the portercable 32 gauge pin nailer and love it!!! I use it on small molding and works great on miter to hold the smalle moldings together. Once you put some glue on the joint the pin just holds it until the glue dries.

Ive found at work, that once you get into pins longer than 1 inch the pin tends to wonder and some times comes out the side of the molding your trying to pin and worst near your fingers holding the small molding.

Got mine in a combo pack with a 16 guage finish nailer at HD. Wish I just got the pin nailer by itself and an 18 guage nailer. Id get one at that price, you and all your friends will be amazed.

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 09:49 PM

I got the PC 23ga pinner bundled along with a PC pancake compressor last winter. It’s worked great for me, but I only use it ocassionally. At the time I got mine they cost $119 if purchased alone. I also have a PC 18 ga x 1-3/8” brad nailer. I wished it had the ability to shoot longer brads, but I have gotten a 16ga x 2” brad nailer/ 18ga stapler combo from HF and it works great and cost half what the PC did..I have since discovered the $20 pin nailer at HF and wished I had waited and got that.
I don’t want to sound like a big supporter of HF tools. I hate the fact most of their stuff is the cheapest knock-off stuff made in China. Virtually all the “American” brand name tools like Porter Cable, Bostich etc. are made in China as well so I don’t see that a person really has a choice anymore. You either buy boutique brands of hand made American tools at 10x normal price, or “American branded but made in China” tools at 2x normal price or just plain old generic China made tools at regular markup.
Sorry for the rant, that just slips out every once and a while. Anyway, back to pin nailers, if I had it all to do over again, I would have gotten a trunk load of all the HF nailers and been done with it; could have had 23ga pin, 18ga brad, 16ga brad, 15ga finish and 10ga framing nailers for less than I spent on my two PC nailers.

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 09:57 PM

I’m with dbhost, on the low-price end, and … though I have no first-hand experience … with rance on the big $$ version.

The difference in price between the HF and the Grex is … a small Japanese car, so … if cost IS an issue … the HF is one of their handful of gems, IMHO.

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 11-04-2010 10:06 PM

I picked up a Freeman when Woodcraft had them on sale a month or two ago and am happy with it. I think I ended up paying about $40 with shipping, but they’re back up to $60 now.

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#9 posted 11-04-2010 10:44 PM

Another vote for Grex. Mine has never given me any problems and I use it both for woodworking and trim work.

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#10 posted 11-05-2010 12:38 AM

I have the PC and it’s been a goodern. About three years now and I use it a lot.

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#11 posted 11-05-2010 04:00 AM

If it was something I would use everyday the Grex pinner would be my first choice . Since its not a tool I use a lot the HF pinner is what I bought . Works fine with no problems so far , again this is a tool I don’t use much .

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#12 posted 11-05-2010 04:13 AM

I have the Cadex. It’s a great tool with fit and finish that makes it look like a work of art. I definitely find times when the pin length needs to exceed 1”. At the time I bought mine, Cadex was one of only two brands that did both 23 gauge pins and slight headed brads. It cost more than the budget models but it’s never jammed or gave me any kind of problems and the quality is obvious from the moment you hold it in you hand.

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#13 posted 11-05-2010 04:16 AM

I use the pin nailer quite a bit for trim and molding, if you can stretch your budget definitely go for the Grex, it outperforms just about everything else out there.

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#14 posted 11-05-2010 05:39 AM

I’ve had good luck with my Senco.

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#15 posted 11-05-2010 06:08 AM

Mario, have you heard any thing about cadex
CPB23.50 2” Headless Pin & Brad Nailer 23 gauge, there just alittle less than the Grex, they shoot 2’ pins & brads. I’ve heard good & bad…

-- Rick

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