In this article we’ll put the spotlight on the Metabo HPT Pin Nailer Kit.
It’s been popular on the market ever since it was launched and so we decided to take a closer look at it for you. Here we go:
- Features two-handed trigger system
- Can be used for a variety of jobs
- Great price
- Great 5-year warranty
- Heavy to operate
- Not very durable
The pin nailer is a tool that many woodworkers will tell you is their most used tool. It's an indispensable part of their shop each time they set out to make a project. The pin nailer is a staple tool, but it's one that is mostly overlooked in the tool kit world. Too often it is seen as a tool you just buy and figure out later, when you need it.
The good news is that most pin nailers are quite simple to operate. In fact, the ones that are more complex to operate are probably just overkill for most woodworkers. This has been the case across the board, with the basic features on most pin nailers working just fine most of the time.
The feature that we do need to look at is the depth adjustment. Most pin nailers will either only go down to only 5/8" long, or will do it for three different lengths. Why do they do that, you ask? Well, the answer is that you need to fit your pin nails into the nailer, so it goes into the magazine of the tool, and then you need to ream the shank of the nail a little bit. The difference between plain nails and pin nails is that the top part of the pin has a little bit of a bell on it. That bell makes the pin nail typically three thousandths of an inch longer than the length of the nail. The shank inside the pin is the rest of the nail, and in order to fit into the nailer, it needs to be longer than five eighths inches.
So, we need to find the right nailer for your needs. Determine if your nailer has depth adjustment or not. If it does, try to find out how deep it goes as well. The easy way to find out these things is to go out and buy some wood, and go to your local home improvement store. They have a variety of different woods, and they may or may not have some shorter pieces.
If you need to fit your pin nails into the device, the first step is to determine how they will fit to your pin nailer. If they are a little bit long, you can do the depth adjustment to ensure you can ream them enough to fit into the pin nailer, and get them situated.
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