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Unread 02-08-2019, 09:20 PM   #1
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21 gauge pin nailer

I have job coming with lots of stain grade trims, I am thinking to buy a 21 gauge nailer to shoot 2" pins. Any recommendations? Brand? Thank you.
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Unread 02-08-2019, 09:31 PM   #2
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Not familiar with a 21 gauge anything, Michal. I've had a 23 gauge Hatachi for some years that serves well when needed. Certainly won't shoot anything close to 2" fasteners, though, nor do I think any other brand will. I think mine maxes out at something shorter than 1 1/2", but I'd hafta look at it to see for sure.

I think my 18 gauge brad gun might go as high as 2", but I rarely have call to go over 1 1/2" and far more often use the 1 1/4" or 1" brads.

And the 18 gauge gets a lot more play even on stain grade or pre-finished material than does the 23 gauge. I do like the 23 for very small trim, though.
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Unread 02-08-2019, 10:04 PM   #3
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I am looking at Grex or Cadex, not so many reviews online, so I was hoping someone here owns one.... Or other brand

https://www.toolnut.com/grex-p650-23...SABEgKLGfD_BwE

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/c...ABEgJuTfD_BwE#

I will check 23 gauge, heard of it, bit did not consider.... maybe...
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I use a 23 gauge Porter Cable all the time longest I’ve shot is 1” but has worked perfectly for years.
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Unread 02-08-2019, 10:19 PM   #5
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Not familiar with either brand, Michal. The Grex is a 23 gauge. The Cadex is the only 21 gauge I've ever heard of.

If I were going for something heavier than the 23 gauge, I'd be inclined to step up to an 18 gauge brad nailer. The big lure of the 23 gauge is the headless pins that completely disappear in the wood surface. I suppose the 21 gauge would not be much more noticeable if it's headless. But soon as you get heavier than a 23 gauge, especially when you get into longer lengths, I'd want a brad with a head on it.

All that's gonna be personal preference, though.
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I got a 23g one at harbor freight for one job and it was 25 bucks I think, I have loaned it out so so many times and it still works great. I used 3/4 to 1 1/2 pins.
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I have 1 1/4" Porter Cable, works great, but lurking at longer pins.....
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BYNFORD 5/8" - 2" 21 GAUGE PIN NAILER PINNER BRADDER
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I've got an 18 gauge from Harbor Freight that takes everything up to 2", It's done all the trim on this house plus a few other projects and is still trucking. I think I paid less than 30 bucks for it.
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Hard to believe they make 2 inch pin nails. Even the inch long ones I’ve used will follow the grain and bend outside of corners even a few times through into a finger. Ouch.
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I bought a cheap Harbor freight pin nailer, cant remember if it's 22 or 23 Ga. The gun works great but their cheap nails bend very easy, nearly everyone would bend on me. I went to Home Depot and bought some Porter Cable nails for it and they work much better.
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I tried a 23 gauge Hitachi. Really nice but it left ¾ inch pins proud in soft pine. Returned it the same day.

At the time I concluded that Grex and Cadex were made in the same factory. (Almost all visible parts looked identical.) At least then, Cadex had a better price and an extra feature. I don't use it that much but it has always worked nicely. Mine maxes out at 1¼ inch but I believe they now have a 2 inch model. That seems long for pins. Might also increase the minimum length which might be bad as I sometimes use very short pins.
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.18 gauge is actually a nail, I guess, but it doesn't leave too big of a hole, especially if you're getting a little challenged in the vision department.
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I got a 23g one at harbor freight for one job and it was 25 bucks I think, I have loaned it out so so many times and it still works great. I used 3/4 to 1 1/2 pins.
Same here. I treat it like a step child and it's still working good.
But not 21 gauge.

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