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cajunworkshop

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03-08-2018 02:41 PM

Building cabinets and other things occasionally. I want to purchase a 23 gage headless pin nailer. I use mostly 3/4 inch stock. I see big jumps in price when you go longer on the length. What size should I consider?

-- Cajun Workshop Greenville, SC


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#1 posted 03-08-2018 02:45 PM

Buy a harbor freight 23 gage and see if you like it and need one that shoots longer nails first ,it shoots 1/2”-1”

https://www.harborfreight.com/23-gauge-pin-air-nailer-68022.html

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 02:46 PM

In my opinion,
I wouldn’t use a 23 gauge for building cabinets. 23 gauge is mostly for trim work.
18 gauge, 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 is sufficient for attaching 3/4” stock.

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 03:11 PM

I want it for trim work not joining plywood! I have an 18 gage already. Need something to pin trim, etc. I guess should have been more specific.

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 03:12 PM

With that price at HF, that’s a great suggestion!

-- Cajun Workshop Greenville, SC

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 03:28 PM



Buy a harbor freight 23 gage and see if you like it and need one that shoots longer nails first ,it shoots 1/2”-1”

https://www.harborfreight.com/23-gauge-pin-air-nailer-68022.html

- a1Jim


In my opinion,
I wouldn t use a 23 gauge for building cabinets. 23 gauge is mostly for trim work.
18 gauge, 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 is sufficient for attaching 3/4” stock.

- jbay


+1 :<))

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#6 posted 03-08-2018 03:40 PM



I want it for trim work not joining plywood! I have an 18 gage already. Need something to pin trim, etc. I guess should have been more specific.

- cajunworkshop


More specific? you didn’t even mention trim.
In fact you said you build cabinets and use 3/4” stock. LOL

No prob, I just bought a Porter Cable, it only shoots up to 1 3/8” but it’s a nice little gun.

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#7 posted 03-08-2018 03:44 PM

If you decide you want a quality gun I’ve have had good luck with my Grex, it shoots up to 2” pins

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001DT4YJK?tag=amz-mkt-chr-us-20&ascsubtag=1ba00-01000-a0049-win10-other-nomod-us000-pcomp-feature-scomp&ref=bit_scomp_ask_sav0

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#8 posted 03-08-2018 03:55 PM

I’m guessing you are talking about guns with a 1” pin nail capacity versus those that can handle pin nails of 1-3/8” length. From a very quick scan, it seems like there are a number of sub-$50 choices that go to 1”, and then to get the 1-3/8” you are at $100+.

I agree that trying the one for $25 at HF is a good idea, IF you have a convenient store and can readily take it back if it jams all the time. Read the negative reviews on the HF site and you’ll see that is the main complaint if there is one, and the highest number of reviews are positive and don’t mention it.

There are numerous reviews and comparisons on pin nailers that will come up with internet searching for something like “pin nailer” + reviews.

I thought the uses for a pin nailer were really appealing, so I ended up choosing the $120 Porter Cable model from Home Depot, which does handle 1-3/8”. It has been great addition, but it’s in that $100+ range for sure. I have attached a fair amount of trim using 1” pins, and have assembled simple little box-like trays using thin wood. I have not had any problems, since the pin is mostly holding the piece aligned until the glue dries anyway.

My only personal usage issue has been to have the pin properly aligned with the plane of the wood when shooting into thin pieces. I have had a few come out the side after my aim was seemingly only a little off. As always, do not have your fingers in the path of possible pin drift as you get to using one. And even though it is shooting a tiny pin, wear safety glasses. I foolishly missed a joint entirely once, and the pin I fired bounced off a the counter top and came right back by my side.

(Apologies if needed for getting off on safety topics, I know they get beat to death.)
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-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#9 posted 03-08-2018 03:58 PM

That my question. How often would I need the 2” pins? I was leaning toward the one a1Jim mentioned @ 1 3/8s

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#10 posted 03-08-2018 04:02 PM

I have the Hitachi that Amazon sells for $89. It shoots up to 1-3/8 pins. Like jbay said, pin nailers are mostly for trim work, but they do come in handy on thicker stock when gluing up flat pieces that tend to slide around as you apply the clamps. Just a couple of well-placed pins will lock them in place so you can get the clamps on without needing four hands. They aren’t there for fastening though, so in 3/4” boards, even a 1” pin is adequate, although I usually use 1-1/4 since the Hitachi can handle them.

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#11 posted 03-08-2018 04:04 PM

Cajun I’ve only used 2” nails a few times and they worked fine .it seems other knowledgeable people like the Porter cable so if you want a gun with a lower price than the Grex I would certainly believe their take on the Porter cable.

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#12 posted 03-08-2018 04:29 PM


I have the Hitachi that Amazon sells for $89. It shoots up to 1-3/8 pins. Like jbay said, pin nailers are mostly for trim work, but they do come in handy on thicker stock when gluing up flat pieces that tend to slide around as you apply the clamps. Just a couple of well-placed pins will lock them in place so you can get the clamps on without needing four hands. They aren t there for fastening though, so in 3/4” boards, even a 1” pin is adequate, although I usually use 1-1/4 since the Hitachi can handle them.

- Rich

When I bought the Porter Cable I was actually going to buy the Hitachi, but they were out of stock.
For 89 dollars it’s a descent quality gun.
I would go with either one of them.
I wouldn’t spend the money on the harbor freight one Myself,
although it probably would do the job.

Grex is a nice gun, as well as the Cadex if you want to spend the money.

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#13 posted 03-08-2018 05:52 PM

Everything I have seen about the Grex nailers is highly positive, so they got that rep going for them.

But, after a couple of years of using my PC 1-3/8 nailer, I have to say that I would be unsure if I would ever try to shoot 2” pins. My admittedly untested reasoning is based on the fact I mentioned above – namely that those small pins will defect easily when they hit any vagaries in the grain of the wood. I thus predict that a 2” pin would come out the side of the work piece a little more often than would a shorter one. This depends on the type of structures you are pinning, of course, plus you can always use shorter pins. What I am saying is, that for me, I would not spend more to get 2” capacity for 23 g pins.

I suspect the little Hitachi is a good option but have not used it. I do have a “huge” Hitachi framing gun, and it is a fine piece of quite-heavy gear. I believe you can get that Hitachi pin nailer for the same $89 price at Lowes.

Cajun, come back here to let us know what you pick, and how you like it, please.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#14 posted 03-08-2018 06:00 PM

I’ve got the NuMax from Amazon. Shoots 1/2”- 1” pins and costs $25 bucks. For an occasional user, can’t be beat. I’d love to have the Grex but I could buy 10 NuMax nailers for the same price.

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#15 posted 03-08-2018 06:08 PM

I have the Hitachi and it seems to do a great job with everything I’ve used it for.

Roger

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