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PORTER-CABLE PIN138 23-Gauge 1-3/8-Inch Pin Nailer

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  • Uses 23-gauge headless and slight head pin nails from 5/8-Inch to 1-3/8-Inch length
  • Long life maintenance free motor to keep from staining the work surface
  • Includes: nailer, 2000 pin nails of 3/4-Inch, 1/4-Inch plug with cap, wrench, and carrying case
  • Consistent power and penetration to sink 1-3/8-Inch nail sub-flush into oak
  • Tool automatically adjusts for different fastener lengths for easier loading
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Porter-Cable PIN138
Porter-Cable PIN138

Added Versatility and Flexibility

Weighing only 2.2 pounds, the PIN138 delivers impressive durability with an aluminum body and magazine construction. The reversible belt clip allows the user to keep the tool by his or her side for when it is needed. This tool is ideal for cabinet makers, cabinet installers, furniture builders, and mantle builders. The PIN138 is appropriate for light fastening and clamping applications including, but not limited to, small trim and small decorative moldings, cabinet crown molding, raised panel doors, rope and bead molding, mantle building, and wood joining. Additionally, the nailer has the ability to fasten materials that would normally split when using larger tools, providing greater flexibility and time-savings on projects.

Improved Motor Design

Designed with a maintenance-free long life motor, the Porter-Cable PIN138 23-gauge, 1-3/8” pin nailer requires no oil to be added to the tool. The motor utilizes a dual-stack ring system where the outer ring is designed to minimize internal friction, resulting in longer tool life and eliminating the guess of how much oil needs to be added to the pin nailer. The improved motor design helps reduce the possibility of work surface oil contamination and promotes hassle-free tool operation.

What's Included

The consistent power and penetration of the PIN138 is delivered through an internal piston catch that holds the piston-driver assembly at the highest position in the cylinder, resulting in maximum power on each shot and ensuring accurate nail setting. The PIN138 is designed to counter-sink a 1-3/8-inch nail into hard materials, such as oak. The PIN138 also provides the option of using headless and slight headed 23-gauge pin nails from 5/8-inch to 1-3/8-inch in length. The ability to utilize both nails gives the user a choice of keeping nail hole size to a minimum by using headless pin nails or maximize holding power by using the slight head pin nails. The increased holding power from slight headed pin nails provides even more applications to use your pin nailer. Either type of pin nail will save you time by reducing the need for clamping on a particular project or eliminating the need to fill holes due to their extremely small size.

Tool and Workplace Safety

Featuring a dry-fire lock-out, the PIN138 will not allow users to fire the tool when there are no nails remaining in the tool. This feature eliminates witness marks (empty nail holes in the material). In addition, a low nail indicator is provided on the outside of the side-loading magazine to alert the user when nails are running low. For added convenience, the PIN138 holds 130 pin nails and automatically adjusts to different fastener lengths to provide easier loading and fewer problems with pin nails that are out of spec. The PIN138 includes additional features that further protect your work surface from being damaged. The tool comes equipped with a rear exhaust, which directs any potential moisture and contaminates away from the work surface. The PIN138 is designed with a narrow nose for improved visibility and features a removable non-marring tip that eliminates wood indentations. An extra non-marring tip is provided and stored on the tool. Plus, a rubberized Porter-Cable logo on the side of the tool provides soft contact if the tool were laid on the work surface.

What's Included

The Porter-Cable PIN138 23-gauge, 1-3/8-inch pin nailer kit includes the PIN138 pin nailer, 2000 headless pin nails, one 1/4-inch plug with cap, one wrench for internal access, and one carrying case.

Porter-Cable Reliability

The Porter-Cable PIN138 23-gauge, 1-3/8-inch pin nailer kit is backed by a three-year limited warranty, includes one year of free service and a ninety-day money back guarantee.

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Technical Details

Part Number PIN138
Item Weight 3 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 2 x 7.5 inches
Item model number PIN138
Color black
Power Source air-powered
Item Package Quantity 1
Included Components case
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description 3 Year Limited Warranty

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4.7 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #17,720 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#9 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Nailers & Staplers > Nailers > Finish Nailers
#1,413 in Home Improvement > Contractor Supply
Shipping Weight 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available October 30, 2010

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As a carpenter of 35 years experience , let me compliment Porter-Cable on one of the easiest and smaller pin nailers to use and you will fall in love with.
I own a Bostitch HP118K & Grex P635 very nice tools but with both I personal have problems with balance and the double trigger safety (not comfortable)
So if you looking for a Small easy to handle without double trigger safety problem and you have big hands consider Porter-Cable PIN138 (big hands do not buy Bostitch or Grex)
Nice spacious carrying case (if you replace with a Steel Swivel Plug will fit in a case) (do not fit in Bostitch or Grex case)
I'm using it with 1-3/8-Inch ( Senco PC1010 perfect combination) on a Brazilian Cherry job with no problems even in the hardest wood it always sinks the heads with invisible hole.
Buy $100 Porter-Cable PIN138 and you save $100 ($209 Grex P635) with a very good tool.
All my other air nailers are Bostitch.
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This pin nailer is both easy and comfortable to work with. It is very light and appears to be constructed solidly. It is also easy to load and unload. In fact, I don't know how it could be any easier.

So far I have used this to drive pins into oak and maple, including pre-finished oak and maple. Pins up to 1-3/8 inch sink just below flush every time. When I first started using it, I had some difficulty getting pins to sink all the way. I discovered that you really have to press firmly and squarely against the work because there is a slight bit of recoil that will prevent the pin from sinking completely otherwise. Until I discovered that the problem was recoil, I kept turning the pressure up thinking that would sink the pins deeper. That, apparently, was the wrong thing to do. I have since found that reducing the pressure reduces the recoil and makes it easier to sink the pins. So far, I have had very good results using 80psi for all pin sizes. Though even lower pressures may work well for shorter pins, I haven't found the need to experiment further.

This is a very nice nailer. The magazine is long enough (130 pin capacity) to allow reloading BEFORE running dry; that's a big convenience over the Grex. It has a dry fire lockout mechanism that, from my perspective, is essential for these pinners. Without dry fire lockout, you could nail all day on "empty" and never notice.

Contrary to the specifications, this nailer seems to work fine with 1/2 inch pins. So far I have used both Grex and Porter-Cable 1/2 inch pins with no misfires. I contacted Porter-Cable and asked why they don't rate it for 1/2 inch pins and was told that they simply had not tested them. The rep told me that if 1/2 inch pins work ok, there is no problem using them.
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I build fine furniture as a hobby and demand high quality from my tools as my furniture is quite intricate and I usually work with exotics or semi-exotics. This nailer is absolutely great for a $100. You can feel the quality when you hold it and work with it.
I read a lot about different models but couldn't see where I would need longer pins than this gun can shoot and couldn't convince myself to spend $300 on a pinner.
I did a couple of projects with it already and it worked flawlessly. It felt great in my hand and I could get to all of the tight spots I needed. I love its ability to shoot the invisible pins at an angle when you take the plastic tip off while doing glue ups or trim work (increases its ability to shoot the pins at a sharper angle)
As an example of how strong these pins can hold wood together I did a little experiment. I shot three 3/4 pins to connect to pieces of cherry of about 1/2 inch thick. I couldn't pull them apart without prying them apart with the screwdriver (of course, two pieces of pine would not hold the pins so securely but one could use longer pins with heads (partially braided) and shoot them at an angle to compensate for the softness of the wood, I guess).
Usually, you can find something you don't like or not so crazy about in a particular tool. I couldn't find anything negative about it. You look at the gun and notice all the thoughtful details like rubber pads on the side, the holder for a tip etc. Porter-Cable designers did a good homework if they could manufacture this type of quality gun for so cheap.
Hope this quick review helps.
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I started off with a PC BN200B brad nailer and liked it well enough that I ordered a PC PIN100 pin nailer. One day a friend of mine borrowed the PIN100 and instead of returning it, just showed up with cash. He like it so much, he wouldn't give it back. As a result, I needed a new pin nailer. I ordered the PIN138 because it was a maintenance free model (my only complaint with the PIN100 is that I had to keep up with an oil bottle). I'm just as happy with the new model as I was with the old one.

It's small enough to get in most places I need to use it, gives consistent results time after time, is easy to get pin placement right where I want it, and is a good value for the money.
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I read all the reviews I could find on this pinner and was worried that I might be putting down a $100 bill for something that wouldn't drive 1 3/8 inch pins into some really hard wood. I make furniture out of mostly 5/4 hardwoods and it ends up at a solid inch plus after planing etc so I needed the 1 3/8 for gluing, etc. Since a lot of the woods I use are harder than hard maple such as Sepele and Rosewood the pinner had it's work cut out for it.

Unpackaged it, it's a nice sliding closure box, it's light, quiet, comes with 1 inch pins and a pair of safety glasses. But will it drive a 1 3/8 inch pin through rosewood and sepele? I tested it extensively on scrap before using it on actual work. One inch Rosewood backed with hard maple, drove to a perfect set. Sepele backed with Rosewood, again, perfect set. Rosewood over quarter sawn white oak, perfect set. It drove to perfect sets in any combination of the hardest woods I had just to give me confidence before using it on actual work.

I used a 95psi setting ..at the gun. I'm perfectly happy with the nailer, it hasn't skipped a beat in hundreds of pins now. Anyone who works with some of the African and South American hardwoods knows how hard some of them can be..so far, this pinner has handled them all.
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