What size compressor for pin nailer?

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Forum topic by patcollins posted 03-12-2011 12:05 AM 1599 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-12-2011 12:05 AM

I have a small portable 1 Gallon tank Cambell Hausfield aircompressor that I use for airbrushing and wondered if it was enough to use with a pin nailer. I can’t see myself putting more than 20 pins in at a time and was wondering if my compressor would be enough to do this without constantly running.

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#1 posted 03-12-2011 12:11 AM

I have a large, medium and a very small compressor. I think it is a one gallon. I can pick it up with two fingers easily, thats why I got it. It will shoot 12-13 5/8 inch 23 ga. before cycling. It will shoot 6-8 2inch 16 ga. between cycles. Hope this helps you. I also have a tiny wire nailer that will go maybe 30 shots before cycling the compressor.

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#2 posted 03-12-2011 12:20 AM

Yes. It’s enough.

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#3 posted 03-12-2011 01:37 AM

we use a pancake compressor for on the job work. our fasco pin nailer drives 2” pins into mahogany at 90psi

-- I cut it 3 times and it was still too short?!?

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#4 posted 03-12-2011 02:03 AM

Pat, I think you can put the hose in your mouth and blow enough pressure into it to run a pin nailer :)

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#5 posted 03-12-2011 03:43 AM

I was thinking how much could it take, just wanted to verify before I got one and couldn’t do anything with it.

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