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May 7, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Senco FinishPRO 23SXP and 23LXP Pin Nailers

Senco FinishPRO 23ga pin nailer

We don’t see a ton of new pin nailers hit the market, so when one does, it’s an attention-grabber. That’s the project carpenter in me talking, anyway. Senco is bringing two new 23 gauge pneumatic micro pinners (pin nailers) to retail shelves near you. There is the Senco FinishPRO 23SXP 1-3/8″ pin nailer and the FinishPRO 23LXP 2″ pin nailer. The tools are (perhaps obviously) targeting those working with intricate finish and trim work. These new nailers have some new features that improve upon the FinishPRO 10 and FinishPRO 11. Among the new features are the ability to handle a wider array of fasteners. Both tools fire headless pins ranging from ½” up to their maximum size of 1-3/8″ or 2” lengths. A self-adjusting magazine was added to both new pinners, so you no longer have to manually reset the tool when you change to a different length of fastener.


But seriously, the red and gray coloring looks awesome.

Senco FinishPRO 23SXP Features

The FinishPRO nailers also come with a more powerful nailing mechanism and can do a better job at driving nails into hard oak and red maple. The tools operate between 70 and 120 PSI so they can drive nails flush or below the surface in nearly any sort of material. The new nailers feature an angled “pistol grip” handle that comes across as being much more ergonomic and places the head square to the wood while keeping your wrist properly angled slightly upwards. Another added benefit to the shape is that the nailers will fit into tighter spaces when needed, excellent for inside corner pinning.

Looking at the nosepiece, Senco tightened it up a bit and made it more narrow so it can really nestle into corners. It also has guides along each edge of the no-mar tip to line up the shot and ensure you don’t misfire when dealing with delicate trim. Between the reduced tip size and the angled handle, there is a nice clear line-of-sight on these new tools.


What to Use a Pin Nailer For

Pin nailers are incredibly useful pneumatic tools. You can set them to work on assembling projects made from light wood, fastening molding or decorative trim, pinning dowels and joints, assembling mirrors and picture frames, fastening glazing strips, window beading, or for small displays and signs.

But Wait, There’s More (Features)

Misfires are all but eliminated through the use of a double trigger safety lock. There’s also a dry-fire lockout, which I consider mandatory (even though it’s not available on all pneumatic tools just yet). The mufflered rear exhaust directs air away from both the user and the work surface.

Both tools feature aluminum bodies to keep weight down, but the driver mechanism is made of hardened alloy steel. Even the nail magazine is made of extruded aluminum so it can take some job site abuse. The tools have a plastic belt hook that can be rotated and reversed to either side. If you want to remove the no-mar tip pad for any reason, it stores right on the tool along with a jam-clearing wrench (unfortunately the nose doesn’t open up with a tool-free clasp). Senco also ships both nailers with a plastic carrying case.

Senco FinishPRO 23SXP Specifications

Senco FinishPro 23SXP 1-3/8” 23 Gauge Headless Pinner

  • Tool weight: 2.5 lbs.
  • Fastener Range: 1/2” – 1-3/8”
  • Five-year limited warranty
  • MSRP: $159

Senco FinishPro 23LXP 2” 23 Gauge Headless Pinner

  • Tool weight: 2.7 lbs.
  • Fastener Range: 1/2” – 2”
  • Five-year limited warranty
  • MSRP: $229

Both the Senco FinishPRO 23SXP and the Senco FinishPRO LXP will be available sometime this fall.

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