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What size pin nailer do I need for assembling wooden structures for my G scale layout? I see one at Harbor Freight that is 23 gauge for $27.99. Is this suitable or is the gauge too big? Thanks for any help on this. Jim
 

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I'm not aware of any gauge for "pin nailers" other than 23. I have a Grex nailer that has worked very well for me over the years. While I have never had a nail jam in my gun I have read that some users of the HF nailers experience jams in theirs. But, there is obviously a price difference between the two.

I've used mine on a number of projects. Depending on what you are building the nails are often virtually unnoticeable,
 

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I have an Arrow ET 200 that I picked up at either Home Depot or Lowes. I used it to assemble my trestle. It takes 5/8" up to 1 1/4" brad nails although the 1" and up is pushing it a bit depending on the hardness of what you are nailing into.
 

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To my knowledge and experience it is only the 23 gauge that is referred to as a "pin nailer". The 18 gauge are "brad nailers" and 15-16 gauge are "finish nailers". Obviously this excludes flooring nailers/staplers, framing nailers or specialty nailers such as those for concrete.
 

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What size pin nailer do I need for assembling wooden structures for my G scale layout? I see one at Harbor Freight that is 23 gauge for $27.99. Is this suitable or is the gauge too big? Thanks for any help on this. Jim
I use the Harbor Freight 23 gauge pin nailer. ("Banks" branded). It has always worked perfectly, never a
mis-fire or jam that I can recall. I built this trestle with Titebond 3 glue and the pin nailer. It is solid as a
rock three years later. The 18 gauge brad nailer caused many of the trestle bents to split.
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What size pin nailer do I need for assembling wooden structures for my G scale layout? I see one at Harbor Freight that is 23 gauge for $27.99. Is this suitable or is the gauge too big? Thanks for any help on this. Jim
Consider using stainless steel pins. Steel and copper will rust and cause black spots in your project. Available on Amazon and other sites in 23 gauge. I still have an old HF that works fine but the size lever broke during a jam. I just deal with it. No worse than my newer ones.
 
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