Milwaukee M12 Pin Nailer Cordless Nailer Reviews

Milwaukee M12 23ga Pin Nailer

Milwaukee Pin Nailer Does Without the Hoses or Gas Cartridges

The Milwaukee M12 23ga Pin Nailer does away with all the accouterments that typically come with finish nailers – compressors and hoses or gas cartridges – and does it with precision and power in a super-compact frame.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Milwaukee 2540-20 (bare); 2540-21 (kit)
  • Fires 23-gauge headless pin nails ranging from 1/2″ to 1-3/8″
  • Nitrogen air spring mechanism
  • Double-action trigger
  • Non-marring precision tip
  • Dry-fire lockout
  • $199 (bare tool); $249 (kit)


Lightweight and Compact

Amazingly, the compact, lightweight Milwaukee M12 23ga pin nailer (2540-20) doesn’t look much larger than the Milwaukee M12 crown stapler. Compared to much bulkier solutions from other manufacturers, this tool should help provide cordless pinning freedom without the fatigue of a larger tool. It also looks nimble enough to get into tight spaces and corners.

Based on the information available, we did a quick comparison between the Milwaukee M12 23-gauge pin nailer and those from Makita and Metabo HPT. Check out the size differece!

Milwaukee cordless pin nailer vs Makita Metabo HPT

Nitrogen Air Spring for Fast Nailing

We tend to favor nitrogen air springs (what Milwaukee uses here and with their other nailers) over flywheels. You get Pros and Cons with each. The nitrogen method uses the battery to “pre-wind” each strike. This makes the tool incredibly fast. On the other hand, nitrogen eventually needs a recharge. The flywheel method relies on the battery to get it up to speed before you can pull the trigger, causing a slight delay on each sequence of shots.

Milwaukee M12 Pin Nailer

With the nitrogen air spring mechanism, this nailer should consistently (and quickly) sink pin nails at the proper depth. We expect to find the same small, clean holes in both hard and soft wood that we’d find with a pneumatic tool.

Milwaukee M12 Pin Nailer

The M12 cordless pin nailer also features a double-action trigger and non-marring precision tip. This lets you set the nailer for sequential driving with accurate pin placement, even in delicate trim. Dry-fire lockout prevents workpiece damage from misfires.


Specs & Features

The Milwaukee M12 Pin Nailer fires 23-gauge headless pin nails ranging from 1/2″ to 1-3/8″. It can fire up to 750 pin nails per charge.

  • Double-action trigger for sequential driving
  • Fasteners: 1/2 in. to 1-3/8 in. 23-gauge headless pin nails
  • Up to 750 pin nails per charge
  • Tool-free drive depth adjustment
  • 2 interchangeable, non-marring, precision point tips included
  • Magazine reload indicator
  • Dry fire lockout mechanism
  • LED light
  • Reversible belt clip

Pricing and Availability

Pricing looks like $199 for the bare tool and $249 for the kit with a 1.5Ah battery, charger, and tool bag. The tool and kit should hit shelves in Q1 of 2021.

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Somebody knows we’re you coming and sale exactly

cody Hagelbarger

Looks to aim release in quarter 1 of 2021, so expect to purchase between Jan and April


Come out sooner!

Last edited 4 months ago by Thomas

Did they provide an MSRP? I checked the Acme link provided but didn’t see it listed yet.

Don Wheeler

What’s a 23 gauge pin nail going to hold ?