23-gauge Pin Nailers Change Everything
These pneumatic trim guns are compact and lightweight, and fire nails so small that they barely leave a trace.
Synopsis: On many job sites, a 23-ga. pin nailer might be a specialty tool, but Arkansas builder Gary Striegler sees them as becoming more mainstream. In this tool review, Striegler and his building crew test eight pneumatic pin nailers, rating a Nikle nailer best overall and a Bostitch pinner as best value. He also discusses fastener length and the best places to use pin nails. In a sidebar, Striegler outlines the types of headless pins available.
I saw my first 23-ga. pin nailer at a tool expo almost a decade ago. Only a few companies were making pinners then, and they all were marketing to big furniture makers and other large production-style operations, partly because the average Joe couldn’t afford to buy one. The features on those old models were limited, but the least-expensive pin nailers back then still cost more than the priciest ones on the market today.