This week I received the Porter Cable 23 ga. pin nailer that I ordered back in January (a bit too late for the project I needed it for, but oh well ...) Anyhow, I just couldn't seem to get the thing to reliably set pins below the surface of the wood. At best, it would set them even with the surface, leaving a nicely visible small shiny dot. At least 50% of the pins would stick up above the surface (how much work is it to fix that?).
I tried it on walnut, pine, poplar, and white oak with only marginal differences between species. I ran the air pressure all the way up to ~ 110 psi at the nailer with no success. Pin length did not seem to make a difference either (I shot quite a few 1" and 3/4" pins).
The only way I could get the thing to set the pins below the surface was to push the nose firmly into the wood. You guessed it, a noticable dimple from the pressure was the result.
So am I crazy to expect that I can gently place the nose of the nailer against the workpiece, shoot a pin that sets 1/32"+ below the surface, wipe some putty in, and then stand back to admire the work?
Anybody have any experience with pin nailers living up to the hype? I reckon I can make a tiny nail set and hope it doesn't slip off the head of the pin.
Thanks for letting me gripe.