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Offline DynaGlide

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Cordless pinners/nailers
« on: October 04, 2018, 03:11 PM »
In my new to me house my workshop is in the basement but my mechanic tools are up in the garage. During assembly I'd like to use a pinner sometimes but I don't want an air compressor in my shop. I've been doing some brief looking around and it seems for the 23ga pinners there isn't really a good cordless option, unless the reviews are fake. I got excited when I stumbled on a video of Cadex introducing a 23ga cordless but searches here reveal them to be more of a vaporware company. Go to their site and it's all wonky, they list a systainer compressor and if you click on it, it takes you to systainer inserts, no compressor.

21ga is still kind of new so I don't see much there.

Grex has an 18ga cordless which I'm sure is nice but it sure is expensive and I'm not sure if I'd want 18ga for what I'd use it for.

I'm guessing there's an inherent design hurdle to making a reliable 23ga cordless pinner as I haven't come across one yet that doesn't get bad reviews.

Does anyone have any other options or experience to share?


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Offline Peter_C

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Re: Cordless pinners/nailers
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2018, 06:44 PM »
Do you already own a pneumatic pinner?

Not sure why you wouldn't want a compressor in your wood shop?? Noise? California Air Tools makes a super quiet compressor for a reasonable price. Every time I fire mine up inside a home, I am happy with my purchase. The whack after pulling the trigger is way louder.

I looked at the cordless pinners, and have read up on them a little. They seem to work fine on softer wood. Hickory, oak, etc. might leave something to be desired.

Offline serge0n

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Re: Cordless pinners/nailers
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2018, 06:53 PM »
I'll second Peter's opinion.

I looked at every cordless pinner on the market last fall (so the latest models from Ryobi and Makita were not available yet) and saw a lot of feedback regarding inconsistency of nail setting in hardwoods. All cordless models are also very bulky compared to the air units.

So I kept my current 23GA pinner and got a 1 gallon California Air Tools compressor, which is whisper quiet and lets me shoot 12-15 pins in between refills. This is the one I got -- http://a.co/d/5WnoxiY
Like Peter said, the sound air pinner makes during operation is louder that this compressor pumping air.

Offline DynaGlide

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Re: Cordless pinners/nailers
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2018, 07:35 PM »
Yes I own a rather heavy compressor that I keep in the garage and have some brad and pin nailers from Home Depot. I was hoping to avoid yet another stationary tool in my tiny 12x14 workshop. I know their footprint can be small. I guess with battery tech I wanted the convenience of grab and go. But it sounds like the engineering isn't there yet.

Offline Sometimewoodworker

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Re: Cordless pinners/nailers
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2018, 08:14 PM »
Yes I own a rather heavy compressor that I keep in the garage and have some brad and pin nailers from Home Depot. I was hoping to avoid yet another stationary tool in my tiny 12x14 workshop. I know their footprint can be small. I guess with battery tech I wanted the convenience of grab and go. But it sounds like the engineering isn't there yet.

Why not run an air line down to your basement?

I am going to be doing something similar to that when my workshop and paint room are finished. I'm intending to use ½" galvanise pipe for most of the run.
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Offline Peter_C

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Re: Cordless pinners/nailers
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2018, 12:24 AM »
Why not run an air line down to your basement?

I am going to be doing something similar to that when my workshop and paint room are finished. I'm intending to use ½" galvanise pipe for most of the run.
Only thing I would do different is to use copper. Just use type "L" which is thicker.

My preference is for 3/4" piping as it holds air closer to the tool you are using. Another option is to put a tank near the outlet, like a scuba tank. Also make sure to put drops in for draining, and a regulator/separator in an easy to reach location.

Offline ear3

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Re: Cordless pinners/nailers
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2018, 09:41 AM »
I've been mostly happy with my cordless 18V Makita 23ga pinner, and certainly feel like the cost has been justified.  I actually bought mine right as they were rolling out the 2nd generation model.  I happened to get the first generation, and was not pleased with the results for longer pins (1"-1 3/8") in hardwood.  But I discovered that they had just shipped a new batch to my tool dealer, so I swapped it out for the new model. 

The newer model will still not sink a 1 3/8" pin in all hardwoods consistently, but I don't have any issues when working with nails 1" or less in any species of wood (including really dense woods like Ipe).  I think it has only jammed twice in the year or so I've been using it.  Clearing the jam is not an immediate operation, and requires removing a few hex screws from the top, but at least there is on-board storage of the wrench.

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