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Senco offers 21-gauge fastener

Senco introduced the FinishPro 21LXP, a 21-gauge pinner with a hybrid makeup, offering the holding power of a brad nail and the finish quality of a 23-gauge fastener. Both traits make it a suitable solution for modern woodworking fastening applications such as light assembly and installing finish and trim, according to the company.

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While a brad nailer is designed for structural fastening of woodworking applications like cabinetry assembly, a micro pinner is used more for temporarily holding trim and décor while glue sets.

“The 21-gauge fastener is essentially in between the two,” says product manager Eric Bellman. “It leaves a much smaller hole than a traditional 18-gauge brad nail and is similar to a 23-gauge micro pin, but is not compromised on holding power like a 23-gauge is.

“With the 21-gauge tool you can just pin the material rather than glue it without compromising holding power. Custom woodworkers won’t need to fill the 21-gauge pin hole with compound and then sand over it. They can most likely just paint over it.”

The tool weighs 2.7 lbs. and is less than 9” in height and 8” in length. It features a narrow nose and non-marring pad to deliver clean and accurate fastener placement, according to Senco.

“This is a really small, compact and lightweight tool,” says Bellman. “We did change the ergonomics on the handle. It’s at an angle instead of straight, so it gives you more maneuverability in your wrist in some of those tight applications that a woodworker would be into. Also, the nose is really skinny down to the point where you can get into tight spaces.”

The fastener features a metal magazine for durability that automatically adjusts for different fastener lengths. A last nail lockout feature eliminates dry firing. A swiveling plug keeps the air hose out of the way. The tool accepts fasteners from 5/8” to 2” and sells for $249. 

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This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue.

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