Bostitch HP118K 23 gauge review introduction. The Bostitch HP118K Pin Nailer fires ultra tiny 23 gauge headless pin nails with superior accuracy. This nail gun will fly through any trim, detailed finish, or fine cabinetry work with out any issues. The pneumatic driver offers plenty of power, and the lightweight design is easy on your arms.
Bostitch HP118K Pin Nailer specifications
- Nail gun application: finishing
- Power source: Compressed Air / Pneumatic
- Weight: 4.2 pounds
- Unit height: 3 inches
- Unit Length: 11 inches
- Unit Width: 12 inches
- Color: Yellow and Black
- Fastener collation: Plastic collated
- Fastener Depth Control: tool free design
- Maximum fastener size: 2.5 inches
- Minimum fastener size: 1 inch
- Nail type: finishing Nails
- Nail gauge: 23 gauge nails
- Magazine size: 200 pin nails
- Unique features: 200 nail capacity
- Warranty- 7 year limited warranty
- Operating Pressure: 70 – 120 PSI
Bostitch HP118K Review
The ultra small 23 gauge nails are a perfect match for very fine or delicate wood, their small diameter aids in preventing wood splits. Less split wood equates to time and money saved on the job site. The Bostitch HP118K Pin Nailer is perfect for setting glued joints that aren’t possible to clamp. And the 23 gauge nail is almost impossible to spot in the finished project.
Designed to leave a professional finish regardless of the wood depth or type, the Bostitch HP118K 23 Gauge Pin Nailer incorporates a high and low power switch on the body of the nailer to adjust nail depth. Acceptable lengths of nails range from ½ an inch to 1-3/16 inches. The two hundred pin nail capacity will allow you to work longer before you need to reload.
The carefully designed noise piece tapers down allowing a clear line of sight for precision nail placement. The 4.2 pound nailer is well balanced and the molded rubber grip offers a tight slip free grip. The rear exit exhaust is carefully designed to point debris away from your face, and a built in tool hook keeps this nailer readily available.
Bostitch includes a bunch of goodies with your purchase including, a ¼ air fitting, oil lubricant, carrying case, 500 ½ inch pin nails, 500 ¾ inch pin nails, and 500 1 inch pin nails.
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Final thoughts on the Bostitch HP118K Pin Nailer
This is a great pin nailer if you are on a budget, the 23 gauge pin nails offer a virtually invisible bond. We did find the lack of adjustable depth control a big negative. The high and low power switch left a lot to be desired for. However, the nailer functioned great in all our tests. We did run into some problems on the low setting at pressures of 70 PSI with nails jamming, this is most likely a user error, and more Pressure was required. Furthermore, for the price it’s definitely an option to consider.