What pin nailer? Grex, Cadex or Nikle?

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Forum topic by Royalwoodworker posted 04-17-2010 07:11 PM 10355 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2010 07:11 PM

I do a lot of small detialed trim work and am throwing out my PC pinner that jammed the first time outa teh box and is a waste of time since then. Just wondering if anyone has every tried all three of these guns? From what I understand, all 3 are pretty darn good and will not disapoint. I do think I will like teh 2” brad feature on a few of these guns. Again, should I get teh Grex, Cadex or Nikle model?

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#1 posted 04-17-2010 07:59 PM

We have both Grex and Cadex in the shop. While neither see’s HEAVY use, they both see daily use. In the three years we’ve been using both names, the Cadex has had a few pins jambed and a broken hammer. The Grex hasn’t had one single issue.

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#2 posted 04-17-2010 08:17 PM

I haven’t used the other two but I own a cadex and have been very pleased. No issues of any kind and the fit and finish on these guns is phenomenal. I like the ability to shoot either pins or slight headed brads.

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#3 posted 04-18-2010 01:36 AM

I use the Grex and, like Tony, have not had any issues with it.

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#4 posted 04-18-2010 03:07 AM

I have to go with Sawdust, I have a Cadex and have never had a problem.

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#5 posted 04-18-2010 03:22 AM

I know this one wasn’t on your list but I have been using my senco pinner daily for 2-3 yrs now without a single problem that I haven’t caused

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#6 posted 04-18-2010 03:23 AM

I have no experience with any of those, but I think we got lucky because we got a cheap husky pinner free with purchase of a small cheesy compressor last year on black friday and we use it with all of our kitchen cabinet projects and it always works really well. No problems at all. I do think husky is a cheap gun and not quality but all the more we use it the husky has worked well. I have never had any jams in the gun and it gets used monthly. I have other Senco guns and think highly of those guns also.

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#7 posted 04-18-2010 03:53 AM

Last few months I’ve been installing frames and crown molding in the living room and bedrooms and I’ve needed a pinner that could drive longer pins than the PC pinner that I’ve had for a long time.
After some research I purchased the Nikle and it has been great. It drives both 1-9/16” long 23 gauge headless pins and brads. It has a very sharp nose for very accurate pin placement. Throughout my long project I don’t remember it once having jammed.

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#8 posted 04-18-2010 08:22 AM

First of all, thanks for the replies. Second, Im sorry for all the typos in the original post! Trying to type while fending off a 1 year old from grabbing the laptop is hard to do!

Anyway, are any of these guns available to check out in person at any national store, or are they all online purchases only? Went to Berlands House of Tools in Chicago and they did not have any of the above guns!

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#9 posted 04-18-2010 08:47 AM

I know many lumber yards that carry the Do It Best line of hardware generally have the senco pinner where you can hold it and play with it

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#10 posted 04-18-2010 01:20 PM

I use all Senco pro guns and would not have any others. We ran these guns in prison industries and they held up the best of any other brands we tried. Special note: They would shoot farther than any other gun, till I caught then doing it and fired their ass. LOL

God Bless

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#11 posted 04-18-2010 05:24 PM

I bought a pinner from ToolMarts. It isn’t a Grex or other high priced nailer, but it works, and the $60.00 didn’t hurt either.


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#12 posted 04-19-2010 03:22 AM

Well, it looks like im between the GREX and CADEX. Both seem like great guns, I just wish i could get my hands on em and that would be the best bet. Problem is, I cant find a retailer that carries teh CADEX model.

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#13 posted 04-19-2010 03:32 AM

Okay, I will be the odd man out here.

I bought a reconditioned Porter Cable PN-100 pin nailer for less than $60 and have had absolutely no issues with it. Granted, I am a hobbyist and not a production shop but, use it almost every weekend for pre-assembly without problem. Have easily run 500-600 nails through it by now.

Good Luck!

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#14 posted 04-19-2010 04:22 AM

I’m gonna buy a GREX one of these days because I can’t stand my Senco!


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#15 posted 04-19-2010 04:37 AM

Hell, my Porter Cable pinner has been working great for two years. You must of got a bad one.

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