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BobD

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1044 days ago

I just bought a 23 gauge pin nailer and can’t believe how helpful it is especially when gluing small pieces. The pin nailer holds the small pieces in place while the glue dries.

How do you use your pin nailer?

-- Bob, San Diego


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David Grimes

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#1 posted 1044 days ago

EXACTLY as you so eloquently described. Sweet, ain’t they ?

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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BobD

52 posts in 2009 days


#2 posted 1044 days ago

Yes, it is very sweet. I’m looking for new ways to us it.

I used it during the glue up of this oak wall vent. Worked perfect.

-- Bob, San Diego

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NiteWalker

2699 posts in 1173 days


#3 posted 1043 days ago

I use mine to pin corner blocks in place in the boxes I build. The blocks are 3/4” x 3/4” x 1 3/8” and not one has ever split.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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ShaneA

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#4 posted 1043 days ago

What kind are you guys using? I am seeing a huge swing in price from a HF model to the Grex with a lot in between. Can one get by with a lower cost one? Cause I have been looking at them.

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live4ever

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#5 posted 1043 days ago

Shane, Porter-Cable makes a nice 23g (model PIN100) that’s on Amazon for $82.

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Kent Shepherd

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#6 posted 1043 days ago

I just used my Senco to fasten moldings to about 30 cabinet doors.
Works great. I see a lot of pros around here using Senco guns. I think it is a great gun for the money.
I know there are cheaper guns out there, but I am not familiar with their quality. I have Senco and DuoFast guns that are very old and still work very well.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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NiteWalker

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#7 posted 1043 days ago

When I bought mine I was between the 1 3/8” grex and the hitachi NP35A.
I decided on the hitachi for a few reasons:
- Half the price of the grex and it came with a free 50’ polyurethane air hose
- Fires 1 3/8” pins too
- 5 year warranty (vs 1 for the grex)

I’ve been very happy with it. It sinks 1 3/8” pins below the surface of hardwoods (maple and walnut) with no problems at about 85-90 psi. It’s been a trooper in my shop. Also, tools-plus has it for 99.50 shipped and now it has a free 100’ poly air hose with it.

If mine every breaks down after the 5 year warranty is up I’d buy another in a heartbeat.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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pmayer

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#8 posted 1043 days ago

Love my PC PIN100. I use it way more than I ever thought I would. I pin a lot of small molding and trim pieces in place with this until the glue dries. The main thing I don’t like about it is the 1” nail size limitation. Other than that it is great. I wrote up a few thoughts in a review posted here: http://www.wwgoa.com/articles/product-reviews/porter-cable-pin-nailer-pancake-compressor-combo/

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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Vicki

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#9 posted 1043 days ago

I have the HF. I just went to the site to see what pin length they handle and see they’ve revamped the look. So not sure of how the current one works, but my blue one does fine. I do wish pin nailers had a rubber bumper like brad and finish nailers. Sometimes I get a little dent from the gun. I see other brands don’t have a bumper either.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

4928 posts in 1905 days


#10 posted 1043 days ago

I have used mine a few times and find it quite handy. I found a deal at a garage sale for 3 never used Porter cable nailers…a pin nailer, a 16 gague finish nailer and a stapler for “U” shaped nails. Bought all 3 for $50. Too good of a deal to passup.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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David Grimes

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#11 posted 1043 days ago

The first pin nailers I got came free with a pair of cheap Husky pancake compressors we use for nothing but base and shoe after tile jobs. We used them on a few jobs at the shop. I liked it so much I took one of them home. I said I’d use it til it craps out, then buy a better one. That was a long time ago. Can’t kill it. Of course I oil it every time and blow the dust off it. It never jambs.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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SnowyRiver

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#12 posted 1043 days ago

I love mine. It happens to be a Bostitch but they are great. I use it on moldings mostly.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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NiteWalker

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#13 posted 1043 days ago

@Vicki:
The hitachi I mentioned has a rubber nose piece to prevent marring (comes with an extra too). I know the grex does too. Not sure which others do.

I think I’ll put my review up since not many people know about it.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 1043 days ago

I have problems with the pins curving radically and coming out the edge of the workpiece. I have even had them form a U and come out near where they were driven. Does the brand of pins make a difference? Mine are the dreaded HF brand.

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NiteWalker

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#15 posted 1043 days ago

I use grex pins and never had that issue. They were pretty cheap on amazon and they come in nice plastic cases (the 10,000 count cases).

This is with firing some of the pins at an angle (inside corner where my corner blocks meet the case) too.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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