The clear winner for performance and versatility is the Cadex CPB23.50. It embodies the best features available: 2-inch pin capability, a smooth side-loading magazine, enough power to consistently countersink pins in any material, dry-fire lockout, onboard tool storage, a built-in dust blower, and even the ability to shoot brad-head pins.
I also liked the Nikle NS2340A; its narrow tip made it easier to get pins where I wanted them, and the 19/16-inch capacity is enough for most projects. Among the smaller-bodied tools, the Duo-Fast Sure Shot 2336 performed well and simply felt comfortable in my hands. Both the Grex P650L and the Max NF235A had many of the versatile features that I preferred along with great power.
Smaller pinners like the Duo-Fast offer a definite maneuverability advantage, but won't shoot the longest pins like the Senco model does.
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The Omer PR.28 was very similar to the Duo-Fast, but it just didn't feel comfortable without the rubber on the handle. The Spotnails SP2340 was a solid performer with a rugged feel and no frills. Porter-Cable's PIN100 was very comfortable to work with but also the most limited in pin length. The Bostitch HP118K was comfortable but suffered from power and trigger deficiencies. Senco's Finish Pro 11 4N0001N is a very well-made tool with nice features, but its body size is just much too big for a 23-gauge pinner. And the Grip-Rite GRTPIN23 performed well in general, but the on/off safety lever (rather than a dual trigger system) seemed antiquated for this new generation of pin nailers.
–David Getts is an architectural woodworker, remodeler, and author. He owns David Getts Design in Seattle.
Sources Of Supply
Cadex CPB23.50: $329
Nikle NS2340A: $209
Omer PR.28: $279
Sure Shot 2336: $239
Grex Power Tools
Max USA Corp.
Finish Pro 11 4N0001N: $259