Pin nailers, like the Hitachi NP18DSAL 23-Gauge Cordless Pin Nailer are an exciting new addition to the market. Pin nailers are the smallest of finish nailers available, utilizing ultra-thin 23-gauge pins. The fasteners range in sizes from 3/8” to 2,” are headless, and result in the least visible hole of all fasteners.
Pin nails are GREAT for holding two pieces of wood that have been freshly glued together during the cure time. Their small size, and no-head design make them a fantastic fastener for small, delicate molding, interior millwork, and cabinetry. In the shop I also use pin nails over double sided when template routing and jig making.
We took a close look at the Hitachi NP18DSAL 23-Gauge Cordless Pin Nailer.
Hitachi 18 V Cordless Pin Nailer
The Hitachi NP18DSAL 23-Gauge Cordless Pin Nailer is powered by a lightweight, compact 3.0Ah Lithium Ion battery. It has a built-in counterweight designed to eliminate recoil, which also reduces the force needed to actuate the tool.
Hitachi Pin Nailer Features
Low battery charge indicator
Tool-less depth of drive adjustment
Integrated belt hook
Ergonomic soft grip handle
Tool on/off switch
Body rubber bumpers
The 3.0 Ah battery takes approximately 45-minutes to fully charge a depleted battery. As for runtime, this is not a heavy use tool. We used the tool for over a month without charging. Hitachi says this pin nailer is capable of driving up to 3,000 headless pins per charge.
The Hitachi NP18DSAL 23-Gauge Cordless Pin Nailer drives pins from 5/8″ to 1-3/8″ in length and can be used to produce nearly invisible holes for a variety of applications including cabinets, paneling, delicate molding and small trim parts.
This pin nailer accepts 1 strip of pin nails [100 pins] and can handle the following fastener lengths: