4 Stars By T.G. on 2016-08-27
to be honest because it is so quick and efficent I find myself using it in places where I could use clamps but the kind of bond
I order this specifically to use on pieces where due to their size or placement clamping would be difficult or impossible (or impossible with my options) and the full strength of a properly clamped glue joint was not needed; but, to be honest because it is so quick and efficent I find myself using it in places where I could use clamps but the kind of bond you get from pressure is not needed (things like trim work).
The range of fasteners sizes is more than sufficient; I have used this to hold 3/4 wood onto 3/4 plywood while the glue sets as well as many smaller pieces. Of course this means that with a working oppressor at the right pressure the tools has enough force to drive pins that deep.
With fasteners this small it is not unexpected that they will wonder once in the wood and and possibly lead to a blow out on the side of a work piece, but I have found as long as the nailer is held perpendicular to the nearest edge blow out is minimized, if not eliminated.
5 Stars By Lexie M. on 2017-05-10
Good gun, works good, small, I recommend it.
It's just the first day, but this gun is sinking 3/4" pins below the surface every shot in hard maple. I doubt I'll ever us 1 3/8 but I'm going to try them and 1" just to let you know and myself. My friend owns a cabinet shop and recommended this gun to me. I like how small it is, that will come in very handy one day. The only negative I see is it only holds one rack of nails and doesn't have dry fire lockout. Put up a long piece of scribe and wonder why half is falling, that it.
For reference on how hard the material is, I've bought five different 18 gauge staplers to blind nail 1 1/2" staples to hold up 3/4" t&g maple. The smaller square senco works best but still jambs and doesn't sink the nail every time, porter cable was next best, then hitachi... None sink a staple every time into this material.
4 Stars By Jesse CreateThis on 2014-02-10
Great for 1" nails, marginal at 1-3/8"
This review may be a bit premature. I've had this nailer about a day and only just completed my habitual "new tool inspection." First, I can assure you I do not work for Grex. I bought this nailer for a wood bending router template project and other trim projects around the house, based solely on excellent reviews here on 2DayDeliver and also Youtube. I've never had experience with other 23 gauge nailers and I'm not a professional woodworker - yet. I write software for a living.
I noticed a lot of complaints about this nailer driving 1-3/8" nails. I can confirm that this nailer struggles to drive 1-3/8" nails. I did manage to get it to work consistently, but it wasn't as effortless as my experience driving 1" nails. First, I turned my compressor up to 100psi. Next, I installed the nose rubber piece. Finally, I set the nose adjustment all the way back toward the handle (the instructions say to move it toward the nose to drive nails deeper - it's a typo; Do the opposite). Now, joining 1" thick maple and walnut, press the gun HARD against the wood and press the trigger. If you do not press hard, it will not drive the nail deep enough. I guess this nailer lacks the necessary mass to do the job effortlessly. It works. The wood seems a little dimpled, and the drive depth is inconsistent, but I think I could do a small project with this gun and this nail size if I was exceedingly careful.
However, I think this is a flaw. Nail guns should be effortless, and this gauge nail in particular should be ultra reliable. After all, 23 gauge is too small to nail set with a hammer.
Personally, I'll be sticking to 1" nails unless I have no other choice. I think that will keep my frustration at a minimum. If I need a longer nail, maybe I'll try a Grex, but I'd better really really need it, because Grex is expensive.
I'll revise this review after I've had more time with the tool.
5 Stars By T. Schott on 2017-10-03
The Hitachi pin nailer worked fantastic. I bought it to fix some kitchen cabinet trim pieces that were installed with short pins. I hooked up the new Hitachi to my old compressor from Sears and put the trim back up in minutes. It went so smoothly, I decided to reinforce the other cabinet trim since they all needed longer pins. This is a great nailer to have in the toolbox. I can see using it to fix or build furniture. Also, I really like the kit it comes in. Easy to take with you if you're helping out friends and family with a job.
The only thing missing from my kit was the hex wrench, but since I have multiple sets of those I just grabbed one and tested screw tightness.
5 Stars By Bulldog on 2017-05-25
Worked great at the higher air pressures
I do a lot of model building and use many nailers of all sizes. My older pin nailer was limited to 3/4 inch pins so I purchased this one. It works just as advertised. No surprises. I just finished making 96 risers for raised track for a model L train and this pin nailer functioned perfectly shooting 1 3/8 inch pins at 80 to 100 PSI. Below that pressure it seemed to get whimpy. Still worked but was not reliable. Sometimes did not seat pins all the way in. But only at the lower pressures which seems reasonable. I'm not a fan of the double trigger safety feature but it's there for a reason. Shot about 600 pins without a jam. Loads easy and super quiet.
4 Stars By Michael Rodriguez on 2014-09-02
Nice for Shop of a Retiree!
2. Works well.
3. And for the price, works very well.
Haven't done full production yet, but the indication is it will do fine. So light though, the attached hose is a problem. I'm thinking that the local boxes have something that will fit the bill. Heck, might even check 2DayDeliver.
If you're new to pin less nails or whatever you call them, pay attention to how to insert a strip of nails into the gun. Don't think it will hurt, but there is a reason that they print the strip of nails with symbol pointing down.
Why not five stars? Only Fein tools and Omega watches are five stars. There are pin nailers that cost $200 or more. The Hitachi I brought is just fine for my non-profit shop!
5 Stars By Rough Rider on 2017-08-16
Great tool and great price
Used it today for the first time and drove 3/4" pins into hard maple with no issues. Perfectly flush and no marring of the surface. Bought this because it was highly rated by Fine Woodworking magazine. I totally agree. Ready to start more projects. Wasn't sure why I'd need a pin nailer, but it is very nice for smaller pieces that you can glue and set with the pin nailer and not worry about seeing them.
4 Stars By SharpFocus Photo on 2017-03-30
I live this. If you have ever had to drive small nails or brads into wood you understand the frustration of having to hold the brad with a set of needle nose and drive the brad. This Pin nailer has saved me so much assembly time it is well worth the $ spent and would purchase another one if it where to stop working.
5 Stars By B. Bruckman on 2013-01-15
Over one year of daily use
Bought the low end gun for one job. Didn't expect it to go more then a few months. Which would have satisfied my expectations. (for the price) Have ran a min 20,000 brads, only one failure. That had to be cleared by disassembling the nose of the gun. Has replaced my 18g pin nailer, as my go to finish gun for 90% of finish projects.
5 Stars By Cormac on 2017-05-16
Perfect for trim. I tack on my door casing now with this before I use my 15 gauge . I even nail my base outer and inner corners together now with this for prefect trim. If you miss, pliers pull it out with ease.