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Forum topic by fly2low posted 10-15-2018 02:41 PM 769 views 0 times favorited 46 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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fly2low

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10-15-2018 02:41 PM

I am looking to buy a 23 g headless pinner. Considering Grex, Senco, Cadex. I did a search here and referenced threads are all old. Some of the reviews on Amazon suggest that Grex quality may be slipping.
TIA for any responses

-- Rich Gig Harbor, WA


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rwe2156

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#1 posted 10-15-2018 02:44 PM

Home Depot couple years ago: pin nailer + 18g for $50.

No issues at all.

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#2 posted 10-15-2018 02:50 PM

I use a Porter Cable 18 gauge pin nailer…..All of my nail guns are Porter Cable….Never had a problem with any of them….

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#3 posted 10-15-2018 02:55 PM

About 10 years ago, I got interested in 23 gauge pin nailers and bought a Harbor Freight gun on sale for the princely sum of $10. I promised myself that if the tool turned out to be useful, I would replace it with a good one. Well, 10 years and about 10 million pins later, I am still using that same Harbor Freight pinner. I keep hoping it will fail so I can justify a good one but it just hasn’t happened.

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#4 posted 10-15-2018 03:08 PM



About 10 years ago, I got interested in 23 gauge pin nailers and bought a Harbor Freight gun on sale for the princely sum of $10. I promised myself that if the tool turned out to be useful, I would replace it with a good one. Well, 10 years and about 10 million pins later, I am still using that same Harbor Freight pinner. I keep hoping it will fail so I can justify a good one but it just hasn t happened.

- ArtMann

Same here. For what I do the little HF works great.

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Lazyman

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#5 posted 10-15-2018 03:14 PM

I bought a NuMax pin and brad nailer from Home Depot for about $50 combined about 4 years go after reading a couple of reviews (can’t remember where) that said they were a great value. I don’t use them a lot but they continue to work flawlessly.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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bilyo

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#6 posted 10-15-2018 03:30 PM

As suggested above, it depends on how you plan to use it. If you are going to use it a lot every day, then buy a good quality name or recommended brand. Conversely, with little use, you can probably get by with a cheaper model. I bought a relatively inexpensive one for a “one time” job. It did its job and I may only rarely use it again.

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Rich

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#7 posted 10-15-2018 03:56 PM

Here’s a recent thread on the subject. My response is post #1.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/287889

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squazo

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#8 posted 10-15-2018 05:34 PM

i have a kobalt brand from lowes, I got it because it could shoot the longest pins up to 1.5 and down to a .25 inch pin.
it works perfectly fine I think it was 50 bucks.

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#9 posted 10-15-2018 05:55 PM

I have used Max and PC brand pinners. The manufacturers of high-end micro pinners want us to think we must have a 2” fastener length. I have found that longer 23 gauge pins tend to deflect in hardwood. This is especially true in rift sawn wood, or with changing grain direction. The pin will want to follow the grain, and will pop out the side, or generally not go where you want it to.

I say 1-3/8” is plenty for pin nailers. If you need a longer fastener, use an 18 gauge nailer.
My Max nailer broke where it won’t set the pins very well anymore. The PC is newer, but still going strong.

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#10 posted 10-15-2018 06:12 PM

I bought a Freeman 18g and a 23g kit from HD on sale that has worked surprisingly well. It was really cheap at the time…IIRC just few dollars more than the rebuild kit for my PC

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Yamama

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#11 posted 10-15-2018 06:19 PM

I have the Porter Cable Pin138 nailer. Bought it on Amazon. Doesn’t make sense in spending more money than that.

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#12 posted 10-15-2018 06:31 PM

I too went the HF route to see if I really had a need for a pin nailer. Turns out it is pretty useful but the cheap one doesn’t seem to be lacking anything I want.

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#13 posted 10-15-2018 07:05 PM

fly2low Writes: “Some of the reviews on Amazon suggest that Grex quality may be slipping.”

I wouldn’t put a whole lot of stock in the reviews on Amazon when it comes to tools.

I have a Grex P635 and love it. Very nice quality tool. I also have a PC 18 ga. Both work very nice.

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YesHaveSome

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#14 posted 10-15-2018 08:00 PM

I picked up a 23 and 18 Ridgid combo from HD for about $120 a few months ago. I really like both of them so far.

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#15 posted 10-16-2018 01:32 AM



I am looking to buy a 23 g headless pinner. Considering Grex, Senco, Cadex. I did a search here and referenced threads are all old. Some of the reviews on Amazon suggest that Grex quality may be slipping.
TIA for any responses

- fly2low

I was between the grex, Senco and Cadex myself. The reviews were all over the place and I somehow ended up with a hitachi. No complaints. Still trying to figure out what 21 gauge to get myself.

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