Best Pin Nailer You Will Leave to Your Grandchildren (Electric and Pneumatic)

Woman working with a Quality Pin Nailer
Here are the best quality and best deals: the best pin nailers, in both electric and pneumatic. There are some combos and some accessories we all need after our list.
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We wanted the best pin nailer we could get for the money: we looked at everything and have been very happy with the selection: it’s not brain surgery, Mr. Abbey Normal.

We mostly use the pin nailer to hold a work-piece in place while the glue drys: now you can send your helper to go get coffee!

Short List: Best Overall

Electric, a lifetime warranty:

Pneumatic:

We also have posts for: nail gun accessories like nail sets and combo kits (compressor and guns together are a really good deal for pneumatic fans), out top choices brad nailers (just the 18 gauge guns), our review on the top quality finish nailers, and the best framing nailer.

Like a Rolling Stone
Just so you know: Most folks these days are giving up on the corded pneumatic and going electric, like Bob Dylan at Newport.

All these 23 gauge nailers share these features:

  • min: 5/8-inch, max: 1+3/8-inch pins
  • 23-gauge, delicate wood
  • Uses: pin gun is mostly to hold work a small piece in place while the glue dries
  • Very small holes, usually need no hole filler
  • “Anti-dry-fire” feature (prevents accidental shots)

    Hitachi is now called Metabo after the German company that bought it
    Hitachi is now called Metabo after the German company (short for metal boring, the name for a drill)
  • Tool-free jam release: all newer guns have this
  • 3-year warranty (others are noted)
  • Belt hook: a must have (many are reversible)
  • A window slot showing nails left before re-loading
  • Disappointing that there are no top quality makers offering pin nailers with an angled feed, but since pins are usually just used for holding your piece in place while your glue dries, it’s tolerable

Best Pin Nailer—Electric

Makita 12 Volt (TP03Z )

  • Shoots 6 different size pins
  • Up to 1+3/8 with depth adjustment
    Makita TP03Z 12V Max CXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Pin Nailer
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  • Pricey and does not even include battery
    but this is the big dog of all the tiny best pin nail guns

Makita makes a better one (the XNB02Z), for about a hundred and twenty bucks more, but it has worse reviews than this one! So that one did not make our list of the best pin nailer reviews. This is a Makita. Has one ever let you down? Not us. Comes with safety glasses as if you don’t have enough! Tops the list of all electric pin nailer reviews. We found nothing else in it’s class.


Best Pin Nailer—Pneumatic

Porter-Cable 1-3/8 Pin Nailer (PIN138)

  • Oil-free
  • Auto-depth adjusting
  • Belt hook for Lefties and Righties
    PORTER-CABLE PIN138 23-Gauge 1-3/8-Inch Pin Nailer
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  • Comes with a case

Still, the Porter Cable 23 gauge pin nailer is a professional tool and others agree: the buyer reviews are great. There is a lady in this video using this tool, or a very similar P.C. It comes with 2000  pins which is a nice start.


Runner-up—Pneumatic

The Hitachi (Metabo) Pin Nailer (NP35A )

  • Bump or sequential mode
  • Rear exhaust (not positionable)
  • Depth adjustment
  • Comes with 2000 pins
    Metabo HPT NP35A Pin Nailer, 23 Gauge, 5/8" to 1-3/8" Pin Nails, Dual Trigger, Depth Adjustment, No Mar Tip - 2, Reload Indicator, Removable Nose Plate, Large Capacity Pinner, 5 Year Warranty
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  • 5-year warranty
  • Comes with safety glasses and hard shell case

For about 25 bucks more than the above,  you can have a Hitachi 23 gauge pin nailer which we feel is one of the best nail guns on the market, but we placed it 2nd because the P.C. above does all we need. That said, this may be the highest quality pin nailer in its class based on the maker’s reputation.


Low Budget Pin Nailers

Electric—don’t exist for less than the above Makita costs.

Pneumatic:—Don't Laugh. Arrow, yes, Arrow Pin Nailer (PT23G)

    • Adjustable exhaust cover keeps air blast from causing damage
    • Only ½ to 1-inch pins, very limited
    • Price is unbeatable compared to other well-known brands

How we picked the top pin nailer

  • Obviously, we look at price and valuePin Nailer of Good Quality, but our tools have to show a history of durability.
  • We only want tools from reputable high-quality makers that we know. Sorry to say, but these off-brands from China do not hold up.
  • Modern motors have the brushless design and we prefer that for longevity when it comes to electrics (read about them here).
  • We will not consider the Home Depot brand “Ryobi”. Why not? Read what the pros say: it is not good. Still, I do have a small screwgun from them that still has power after many years: but I’d never buy it again.
man shoots nail with a hitachi pin nailer
Hitachi has it right: freedom from the cord in a cordless pin nailer

Watch a very nice lady showing her favorite pin nailer. A non-commercialized video for a change. Jump to 3:30 to see how she uses it.

We have other posts for the best brad nailer (just the 18 gauge guns), and we review also the high-quality framing nailer (which of course includes electric, pneumatic and gas canister—and more. There is our recommendations on the top finish nailers (15 and 16-gauge nails) for different budgets too. Finally, we also have a post just for the accessories and nail sets we all need, like pneumatic combos etc.



* The old favorite maker of nailer guns of all sizes, Hitachi, has been sold to the German company Metabo HPT. So we have to get used to a new name for Hitachi. Don’t be fooled by the low number of product reviews: they changed the model number and name, but the guns are still the same and if anything are better now.

We still feel that Metabo is the maker of the best pin nailer, period.


That’s our review of best 23 gauge pin nailer scene. We kept it short by overlooking the nice Bostitch pin nailer and the Dewalt pin nailer, but all of the above click for us. Pun intended. Would you like to see something else? Do you feel we left out the best pin nailer that you know? Let us know in the comments.  Thanks!

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