Updated: November 2017
Pin Nailer Reviews:Pin nailers, or pinners as they are often referred to, are becoming more mainstream and woodworkers are slowly gravitating towards them. A pin nailer is similar to a brad nailer except that the headless pins it shoots are almost invisible to the eye and require a lot less "filling" than compared to brad nail holes. Carpenters and woodworkers realize the added convenience of headless pinners and for the extra $100 the Grex P635 or the Senco FinishPro 11 can save you lots of time. A typical brad nail gun will cost you less than $100 and the best pinners are priced just around $200. The very popular Porter Cable pin nailer (the PIN100) is bargain priced at $100 and sells quite well on websites like Amazon. The pin nail guns are smaller than brad nailers and the pins have no heads so detailed woodwork is a breeze. Most pinners shoot just headless pins although you will find some that fire off slight headed pins like the Cadex.
Buying Guide - In our search online at Amazon for the top selling pin nailers, we found only a select # of brands that offer these pneumatic air tools. When we ventured more local to a woodworking shop we talked with the owner and he said that more and more carpenters are turning to pin nailers for nailing finish and trim and cabinet makers are using them on paneling and light wood assemblies. Besides professionals, homeowners who enjoy doing crafts that require wood assembly are finding that pin nail guns, although more expensive than brad nailers, are versatile and capable of doing a great job on delicate projects. The precision fastening works well with dowel and joint pinning, picture frame assembly, window beading, molding, and glazing strips. Popular Woodworking and Wood magazine recently gave out awards for the "best pinner" on the market and the Grex P635 23 gauge pinner was the hands down winner. Experts agree that the ability to accommodate fasteners from 3/8" up to 1 3/8" (9 different lengths) makes the Grex Pin Nailer the tool of choice. We found other pin nailer reviews on websites like Lumberjocks (for the Grex, Porter Cable, and Senco FinishPro), Toolsnob.com, Woodweb.com, and in the woodworking section of About.com. Of course our favorite source for owner comments and feedback is at Amazon.com since they list dozens of customer reviews right on their website and allow the consumer to read the pros and cons for each particular pin nailer they carry. Most models shoot pins that range from 1/2 to 1 inch and certain brands will go up to 1 3/8". No-mar tips, a viewing window to see how many pins are left, a built in belt hook, and a blow gun to clear dust and debris are just a few features you should look for. The one thing that most experts and DIY homeowners agreed upon is that the trigger system on some of the pinners take a little getting used to. A secondary trigger is below the primary trigger and needs to be pulled in order to shoot the pin. After a little practice you'll have it down. We did find one cordless pin nailer, a product from Makita that was released in the UK back in 2007, but no signs of it are here in the United States. You can browse the top selling pin nailers here.