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October 26, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


DeWalt DWFP2350K 23-gauge Pin Nailer Review

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PTR Review
  • Pro Rating 9.0

The DeWalt 23GA Pin Nailer is well-designed, handling 2-inch nails and featuring a trigger safety to let you drive nails without marring your work surface.

Overall Score 9.0 (out of 10)

The DeWalt DWFP2350K 23-gauge pin nailer is an exceptionally well-designed pinner that easily installs finer workpieces while eliminating the need to fill nail holes. It’s also great for attaching small trim pieces and reducing the amount of touchup required before painting. I’ve put the finishing touches on several projects with it and found it easy to work with, lightweight, and reliable. I also liked how it could even handle longer nails when needed—though I typically top out at 1-3/8 inches.


Pros

  • Accepts pin nails up to 2-inches
  • Dual trigger system
  • Tool-free depth adjustment and jam release
  • Oil-free—no stains
  • Low nail dry fire lockout
  • No marring or indentation

Cons

  • No significant downsides

Recommendation

Although many Pros get the job done with an 18-gauge tool, the DeWalt DWFP2350K 23-gauge pin nailer offers some significant benefits. DeWalt’s dual-trigger lets you work more easily while still having a safety on the tool that doesn’t involve pressing the head into your delicate work material. The tool also requires no oil, so you don’t stain your work. Lastly, this is the only 23-gauge nailer I know of that has a tool-free jam clearing mechanism. Pinners are prone to jams, especially when running low on pins. That brings up the last benefit—the low nail lockout function removes the chief cause for jams. All in all—you’ll do yourself—and your customers—a favor if you turn to the DWFP2350K for finish work.

DeWalt DWFP2350K 23-gauge Pin Nailer Performance

There’s not a Pro carpenter out there who doesn’t have an 18-gauge nailer for finish work. Not as many carry a 23-gauge nailer. If the 18-gauge tool suffices for such a wide range of work, why have another tool? The larger nails come with trade-offs. Larger nail holes need to be filled/covered and that thicker fastener has a greater chance of damaging delicate pieces. The powerful DeWalt 23-gauge pin nailer makes a strong case for itself by saving time, avoiding that potential damage, and including a nice feature set.

DeWalt pin nailer clip

It does this because the very thin, headless pin nails are barely perceptible once driven. If you dial in the depth of drive and leave the pinhead flush with the work, you don’t have to fill or cover the result. The no-mar tip and smooth drive leave no indentations behind (more on that in the next section). We installed nosing and thin trim on several jobs—and the wood was always left unscathed. As a bonus, the DeWalt DWFP2350K accepts 2-inch pin nails—longer than the 1-3/8-inch max length of most of its competition.


Dewalt pinner trim work

DeWalt DWFP2350K Dual Trigger Design

The dual trigger design is a safety measure that primarily protects your workpieces. All nailers down to 18GA use nose safeties that prevent the gun from firing unless the nose is depressed. Because a 23-gauge pinner is meant for finer work, there’s no such nose safety on the DeWalt (or any pinner that I know of.) Pushing the nose of a pneumatic nailer into a delicate workpiece often leaves marks. Pinners forego this to allow for more precise and careful work.

DeWalt DWFP2350K nose

In the old days, pinners didn’t have such safety mechanisms. I once knew a carpenter who had chest pains and, at the hospital, found that he’d pin nailed himself earlier that day! Fortunately, he recovered.

DeWalt DWFP2350K Light on Weight

As the DeWalt DWFP2350K is a pneumatic gun for small-gauge fasteners, it stays light and maneuverable. A few reviewers have wished for a battery-operated version, but I really think pneumatic is the way to go for such precise work. Bulky, cordless pin nailers like the Ryobi P318 and the Makita XTP02 simply weigh twice as much or more. For those who’d still balk at dragging out an air compressor, I suggest a compromise. The DeWalt 23GA Pin Nailer’s air demand is minimal, so you can use a small, battery-powered air compressor.

Even though there’s a low-nail lockout, a small window in the magazine gives you a gauge for remaining nails. I felt that the lockout mechanism really helped prevent jams. Most pin nailers I’ve used jam frequently—particularly when nails get low in the magazine. If the DeWalt 23GA Pin Nailer does jam, it may just be the world’s only 23GA pinner with a tool-free jam mechanism. I actually fired many strips of nails and didn’t experience any. That’s one feature I was happy and impressed I didn’t have to use!

DeWalt DWFP2350K pin nailer

DeWalt DWFP2350K Price

The DeWalt 23GA Pin Nailer will set you back $149. As I mentioned, it accepts a longer nail than almost all of its competition (2-inch nails versus 1-3/8-inch standard). Here’s a quick look at the field:

  • Porter Cable PIN138 1-3/8-inch: $94.99
  • Ridgid R138HPA 1-3/8-inch: $134.95
  • Makita AF353 1-3/8-inch: $97.95
  • Hitachi NP35A 1-3/8-inch: $126.47
  • DeWalt DWFP2350K 2-inch: $149
  • Bostitch BTFP2350K 2-inch: $121.80

The Bottom Line

With a large nail range, tool-free jam clearance, dual-trigger safety, and lots of finessable power, the DeWalt DWFP2350K pin nailer makes a compelling case for itself. If you thought you could get along with an 18GA nailer, you might reconsider when you see how much time it saves and workpiece marring it avoids. After this review, it’s hard to imagine finish carpentry without it!

DeWalt DWFP2350 pin nailer

DeWalt 23GA Pin Nailer Specifications

  • Model Number: DWFP2350K
  • Fastener Length: 5/8- to 2-inch
  • Fastener Type / Gauge: 23 GA Pin Nails
  • Magazine Capacity: 135
  • Height: 8.75 inches
  • Length: 9.2 inches
  • Weight:  2.5 pounds
  • Trigger Type: Dual
  • Price: $149

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Big Richard

Cordless cousin is finally coming out.

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Gabriel

It would be good to actually cover the size of the hole and how clean it is, especially compared to others. I have used many trim guns and each one leaves a different hole behind. Some are small and clean while others are larger and jagged. That applies to every gauge. It would also be good, as this is a review, and not an overview, to know how it works in different wood, can it drive what size nails in what matterial? Does it drive all sizes in all materials from oak and walnut to painted pine, or does it… Read more »

Peter Jukoff

Seems most of this article is touting the benefits of 23 ga. pinners. I’m a carpenter in business for over 40 years and totally agree. I’ve never looked back since I bought my first Grex. Now I own several including Cadex, Senco, Porter-Cable, Makita and Hitachi. Frankly, a refurbished Hitachi cost me around $80 and isn’t significantly different from my Cadex (at $250!). It should be noted that with that longer nail capacity, you also get a “deeper” more bulky magazine. Not a plus as one of the main features of pinners is their diminutive size allowing you to get… Read more »

Tony Chai

Is there a 20v 23ga nailer?

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