The Makita 23-Gauge Pin Nailer offers an array of features and powerful performance in a compact size. The AF353 has a side, drop-in loading magazine that accepts standard 23-Gauge. headless pins sized 5/8 in., 11/16 in., 3/4 in., 1 in., 1-3/16 in. and 1-3/8 in. The nail lock-out and red window alerts the user when to reload pins as the 2-finger trigger is used for controlled firing. With a compact size and weighing in at only 2 lbs., the Makita 23 Gauge Pin Nailer was engineered for all-day professional use ideal for installing moulding, chair rail, tacking trim, glass retainers to doors, cross pinning dowels and joints, cabinets, paneling, glazed bead, craft work, picture frame assembly, window beading, rattan furniture and a whole host of other woodworking applications. Additional convenience features include a reversible belt hook that allows the tool to remain close-by, a rear exhaust port that directs exhaust air away from the user and work surface, a built-in air duster that provides convenient air flow to clear your workspace and 2 removable no-mar tips with sightlines for increased pinning accuracy.
Powerful motor drives standard headless pins sized 5/8 in., 11/19 in., 3/4 in., 1 in., 1-3/16 in., and 1-3/8 in.
Aluminum body, magazine and cylinder for strength and durability; weighs only 2 lbs.
Nail lock-out mechanism protects tool and work surface from pin-less blank fires (dry-fires)
Side, drop-in loading magazine holds up to 130 nails for maximum efficiency
Built-in air duster provides convenient air flow to clear work surface
Double, 2-finger trigger for user convenience
Rear exhaust port directs exhaust air away from operator and work surface
Includes two removable no-mar tips with sightlines for increased pinning accuracy; convenient on tool storage
Easy to clear nose for fast and easy nail extraction should a jam occur
Narrow nose design allows easy nailing access to tight areas and angles
Magazine self adjusts to the proper 5/8 in., 3/4 in., 1 in., 1-3/16 in. or 1-3/8 in. fastener length when loaded
Reversible belt hook allows the tool to remain close
Housing bumpers protect tool and work surface
Integrated rubber soft grip for operator comfort
Ideal for installing moulding, chair rail, tacking trim, glass retainers to doors, cross pinning dowels and joints, cabinets, paneling, glazed bead, craft work, picture frame assembly, window beading, rattan furniture, and a wide variety of other woodworking applications
This Makita AF353 pin nailer will be replacing my Hitachi NP35A that I've had for a few years. This is the first Makita tool I've used, and I'm very impressed.
The Hitachi nailer worked okay, but it had a hard time counter sinking the pin nails at all. Even with the tip of the Hitachi adjusted for maximum depth, I had to use 100 PSI to reliably counter sink.
With the Hitachi, out of the box I'm able to easily counter sink the pin nails at only 80 PSI. And I'm able to adjust the nail depth manually by adjusting the pressure I place on the tip. The Makita feels much more consistent, reliable, and controllable, and the results are better.
The Makita also has a lock-out when it is running low on nails and will prevent a dry fire. Very nice feature when you are working away and don't realize you are out of nails.
Based on photos of the Makita, I thought it would be much larger than the Hitachi, but the size difference is actually pretty small. I don't think the size difference will prevent me from using it in tight spaces.
The pneumatic cylinder on the Makita seems to be larger and more efficient. It is much quieter, and it seems to use much less air, with less exhaust. It's really surprising how differently it feels and shoots--a significant improvement over the Hitachi.
I'm very impressed, and would definitely recommend this Hitachi pin nailer over the Hitachi. Excellent nail gun.
Overall this is a nice tool with great features, and it's very comfortable to use. The nailer handles headless-only pin nails ranging from 5/8” to 1-3/8” according to the specifications, but I was able to use the smaller size 1/2” pins with no problem. The nailer weighs 34.00 oz empty, roughly 0.1 oz more than another unit I own, while handling longer nails (1-3/8” versus 1”.) Because it's a “side drop-in” magazine it only holds 130 nails though, compared to 170 for the bottom “drop in” type nailer but its operation is more familiar and since pins often come in sticks of 100 it hardly matters. It has a two-trigger firing mechanism for safety and a dry-fire lock-out feature so it can't fire if the magazine is near empty. There is a push button above the rear air inlet port which diverts compressed air to blow out the rear of the nailer, useful for clearing dust. I found the button hard to press at regulator settings around the maximum for the tool (100 psia) but it works. The kit comes with the nailer, air fitting, hex-head wrench, 2 no-mar tips, oil, simple safety goggles, storage case, and two manuals, one for the nailer itself (in three languages) and one for the goggles (in 23 languages). Unfortunately, the English instructions for the goggles (obviously translated from non-English instructions) are actually wrong since they discuss replacing the lenses but the goggles I received were simple one-piece plastic frames (with hinged “arms” for the ears). Still, it was nice to get an extra pair of safety glasses for the shop. As usual with pin nailers, there is no depth control. The depth of the nail is controlled by the operating pressure and higher pressures generally dent the wood around the nail. I drove 1/2”, 1” and 1-3/8” pin nails into oak at the same pressure and all were flush with the wood surface with no denting visible. One minor complaint is that there is no cap on the air inlet fitting to eliminate contamination when the air hose is unconnected. The included hex-head wrench (for clearing nail jams) and extra no-mar tip store nicely on the nailer for use as needed. There is also a reversible belt hook set at the appropriate angle to hang the nailer from a belt or ladder for short periods; It can be put on either side of the tool but can't be adjusted to different angles; however the 4mm hex-head wrench needed to reverse the hook is not included. It would have been convenient if it used the same size wrench as used to clear nail jams. Still a great tool at a competitive price for the wide range of nails it can fire.
This pinner replaced a cheap one I have been using for about a year, until it died. This model is fantastic. I love the feature that shows when your running out of nails. But the feature that stops the gun from firing when the gun is empty is a great feature. I would buy it all over again.
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Dec 11, 2020
I am very happy with my purchase. At first I...
I am very happy with my purchase. At first I did not think that it worked because the nail hole was difficult to see but it was there. Great tool!
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