Hitachi has come out with a new 18V 23-gauge pin nailer, NP18DSAL, capable of driving in pins up to 1-3/8″ long.
It features a no-push safety nose, which they say is non-marring and provides a clean finish. The new compact 3.0Ah battery, included in the kit, can power the nailer through 3,000 nails per charge.
There’s a tool-less driving depth adjustment, and LED worklight that you can turn off if desired.
The new nailer also features dry fire lockout, on-tool battery charge indicator, belt hook, soft grip handle, and rubber bumpers on the body.
Price: $280 for the kit
The kit comes with a charger, 3.0Ah battery pack, safety glasses, carrying bag.
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I love that we have options now, when it comes to cordless pin nailers. There’s this one, a new Makita 18V pin nailer, and a new Ryobi AirStrike pin nailer. Good times.
The question is this – what is more appealing, more compact air-powered pin nailers connected to a cordless air compressor, or a cordless pin nailer that is powered by a battery pack? All of the cordless pin nailers I’ve seen, despite being smaller than larger sized nailers, are still larger than comparable air nailers.
That all said, this new Hitachi pin nailer has all the makings of a good nailer. I recently purchased a Hitachi air pin nailer. Do I have regrets? Not really, but I’m glad to have the option to go cordless if I need or want to in the future.
The pin nailer cordless vs pneumatic is really down to your work environment. If you mostly use the pinner in your workshop then the lighter air gun will be easier on the arm muscles over the course of a long day but if you’re out onsite then I guess the cordless is invaluable.
My thinking is the exact opposite. Not needing to drag around an air hose or run a compressor is desirable for a small shop or light work. But pneumatics are still going to rule production work for the foreseeable future.
I feel the word “micro” should be somewhere on this page. I’ve never met anybody, including manufacturer reps who don’t call a 23 gauge a micro pinner.
I’ve seen both terminologies, but tend to leave the “micro” out. I’ll try to see if one way is more proper than the other.
The day a red one comes out I’ll buy one on the spot. I wouldn’t give up my air powered ones, but often just need to finish something little and not worth dragging in an air hose, or getting the CO2 tank out. Kind of like the M12 staple gun. I said who needs that when you have a manual and air powered? I haven’t used either since I got it.
Maybe the worse cordless guns ever made
I replaced all my red cordless guns with Hitachi. They actually work.
The res ones have been nothing but trouble, I’m on a first name basis with the crew at the regional shop because of those piles.
this is great I was wanting to put of some decorative wood slats in one of my rooms on an accent wall and didt want to drag out all the compressor hoses and what not!!
i have enjoyed all my other 18v Hitachi tools and i think this would be a great addition…… no of bosch would come out with a 12v unit that would be even better to go with that line !!
thanks for the info on this unit….. best site for tool reviews and info… keep it up
My thoughts are prety much like others here. There will always be a need for pneumatics for production and large contract jobs. For guys like me(electrician) these battery powered models are a godsend for the limited use I woukd put a pinner or nailer to. Same for a stapler. It will just depend upon how invested each battery ecosystem’s manufacturer is in going this direction. It will be tough if your favourite brand sits it out.
I have done some crown jobs in large houses ( think scaffolds and 16′ ceilings). I’ve decided on my next job I’m getting all battery powered nailers to help avoid hose tangles and falling hazards.
Hopefully a tool only version of Hitachi cordless nailers will become available soon! I’d love to add the pinner to my arsonal.
They do, it’s model NP18DSALP4.
I started out years ago with the air Bostitch micro nailers only to find they have a short life span when used professionally. Then moved on to Porter Cable’s model that held up a lot longer. Recently bought two Hitachi air micro nailers that both broke down on the first project. I am reluctant to try this new gun because of the air gun problem. Maybe I just got a bad batch.
I have this gun and it works great.
of course when I first got it out of the packaging and ran the initial strip of nails through it it did jam up about six times on one strip of nails. I soaked all the moving parts with dry lube.
Went through an entire strip of nails no prob
Since then I have soaked it down with a Teflon base dry lube every few days and haven’t had any jams yet.
I recently wrapped up a remodel on four apartments using only Hitachi cordless nailers for setting doors and running trim.(23, 18 and 15 gauge)
Not one failure or jam.
Very impressed with this lineup of cordless nailers.