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Offline Danielkarl

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I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« on: November 25, 2010, 10:38 PM »
I was looking at a Grex P635. I was wondering how well they worked and mostly how the depth could be adjusted.  So if you have one tell me how you like it, how the depth is adjusted, and whatever, in addition to it being a really cool color.
Thanks, Dan

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Offline Martin Johnson

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2010, 12:12 AM »
I have this one...love it...you adjust the depth with your air regulator...very nice and easy to use.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2010, 12:23 AM »
I have one. It is very good. As far as the depth goes - no adjustment on the tool. Changing pressure will do it, but I have found that it pretty much takes care of itself.  I have used it on a variety of woods and never found a need to try adjusting the depth.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2010, 12:31 AM »
I have the 650L . I love it . Have it for about 3 yrs now , works great every time . Grex makes a great gun not just for it color but it helps . On the 650L the adjustment is auto .
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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2010, 09:04 AM »
I have the P635 as well and it is a great little pinner.  No depth adjustment as others have indicated and don't see the need for it.  Have had it for over 3 years with no problems at all.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2010, 01:59 PM »
I have the 635 also.  Have had it for about 2 years without a problem.  Being a hobbyist I may not use it as much as the others.

I have used it with my regular compressor as well as my Jac-Pac.

The only issue I have had is with the trigger and safety.  I have large hands and the configuration is quite tight.  It took a bit of a learning curve to get the hang of it.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2010, 06:27 PM »
I had mine for about 5 years.I had to replace the blade about 1.5 year ago.Great little gun.never had any problem with setting nails.
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Offline rookie08

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2010, 09:47 PM »
+1 on the 650.  Have it and it is great for all sorts of uses.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2010, 10:20 PM »
You won't go wrong buying this little gem.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2010, 12:38 AM »
I have been looking but is is a lot of coin.
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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2010, 07:32 AM »
I have been looking but is is a lot of coin.

A lot of coin!
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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2010, 09:20 AM »
While I don't need it often it works great when I need it.  I have a c02 bottle setup with regulator and it works great and you can barely see the pin holes.  I use it mostly to pin in wooden srrips in glass panels to hold the glass in.   

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2010, 10:52 AM »
I have the 650, and think it is awesome!

I have used it to hang crown molding in my house.  it works quite well, and when those 23ga pins are shot at opposite angles, there is incredible holding power.  I also pre-paint my moldings, so I like having teeny-tiny holes to patch and paint.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2011, 12:03 AM »
Decided on the P635. Just did not seen the need for the full 2 inches for the additional 100 bucks. So far I love it.
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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2011, 09:29 AM »
That is probably the best choice.   The 2" pins are great in certain applications and in softer woods, but not something that you need very often (or maybe never). 

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2011, 04:58 PM »
Oops, I have the 635. Who can keep track of all this?

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2011, 11:36 AM »
have a 635 and loved it so much went out and bought a 650 for the longer length pins....

Well rarley use the longer ones except for pinning stiles and rails on cabinet door assemblies

Both are awesome to use for sure....work great for my cabinet making applications
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Offline Craftsman 11

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2011, 06:52 PM »
I have the Grex 645. Shoots pins up to 1 3/4". Grex makes really nice guns. I have their compressor too. Both excellent.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2011, 10:47 PM »
Hi Craftsman 11,

Welcome to the FOG !  [smile]


I have the 635. Do you guys that use the longer pins have trouble with them deflecting?

Seth

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2011, 08:11 AM »
Hi Craftsman 11,

Welcome to the FOG !  [smile]


I have the 635. Do you guys that use the longer pins have trouble with them deflecting?

Seth

I've found that it depends on the type of wood and what grain direction going into -- those are some mighty thin pins not to be affected by grain direction.  Most of the time it's not a problem although with the 23ga. I'm usually using <1-1/4" pins.  It's a great tool!

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2011, 10:08 AM »
Just to stray a bit off topic from the current line of discussion, a word of caution...

I have the 635 and I love the tool.  It's utility, quality, ease of use are all superior.

My word of caution is to be sure that you clear the chamber of pins before you store the tool.  I don't use mine a lot but apparently after my last use there were 3 long pins left in the chamber.  When I went to use it yesterday, I looked but did not see the pins in there because they were so far up.  I loaded the chamber with shorter pins.  Before I realized what was going on, I had three pins sticking through the finished lid on a box I made.  I was able to clip them off, file and sand them down but the lid just does not look the same.

So, before you load new pins into the chamber, don't just look, but give it a shake to be sure nothing was left from your prior project.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2011, 02:28 PM »
Just to stray a bit off topic from the current line of discussion, a word of caution...

I have the 635 and I love the tool.  It's utility, quality, ease of use are all superior.

My word of caution is to be sure that you clear the chamber of pins before you store the tool.  I don't use mine a lot but apparently after my last use there were 3 long pins left in the chamber.  When I went to use it yesterday, I looked but did not see the pins in there because they were so far up.  I loaded the chamber with shorter pins.  Before I realized what was going on, I had three pins sticking through the finished lid on a box I made.  I was able to clip them off, file and sand them down but the lid just does not look the same.

So, before you load new pins into the chamber, don't just look, but give it a shake to be sure nothing was left from your prior project.

Neill

Great insight, thanks for the tip
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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2011, 09:39 AM »
Greg,

Thanks.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2011, 11:05 AM »
As Neill said, definetly check the magazine. I have had that happen too, but in the opposite direction (which isn't as bad). Shooting 5/8" when I though I was  using 1". Discovered when small trim piece was not staying put.


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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2011, 11:13 AM »
The newest version of Woodworking Magazine just did a review of Pin Nailers, They have a few recommendations on the different one out there it might be worth giving it a look before you make a purchase,

Bear in mind I have both the 635 and 650 and I believe in my mind they are top of the line

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #25 on: October 15, 2011, 04:30 PM »
Thanks for the welcome. I have to say yes , the long pins can be prone to deflecton but it does depend on the type of wood and the psi setting.


Hi Craftsman 11,

Welcome to the FOG !  [smile]


I have the 635. Do you guys that use the longer pins have trouble with them deflecting?

Seth

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2012, 03:59 PM »
I don't see anyone mention Omer nailers. I have used just about every brand over the years and nothing has compared to these nailers? I would highly recommend them to anyone's short list.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2012, 04:10 PM »
A vote for Cadex.  I would stick with the one that uses 1/2 inch pins ( the less expensive one ).  I use the shorter pins much more often and have not needed the maximum long pins.  An advantage of the Cadex is that *slight headed* pins are available.  I have not noticed any difference in the entry hole they leave and they have more holding power than the non-headed pins.
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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #28 on: February 20, 2012, 06:34 PM »
+1 for the Cadex!  I have a Grex 630 from years back and it just collects dust. I have two of the Cadex CPB 23.35 headed pinners!  I keep one in the shop and one for the field installs. I primarily only use the headed pins as the holding power is far greater than the straight pins IMO.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2012, 07:13 PM »
I can't be the only one with the Bostitch 23 gage pinner............. I LOVE it

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #30 on: February 20, 2012, 08:22 PM »
I love my Grex. I have the 635 and have had no issues with it.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2012, 08:42 PM »
Dan,  A few years back I bought the Nikle 23 gauge pinner and I love it.  It shoots pins 1 9/16" into hardwood with no problem.

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« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2012, 08:57 PM »
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« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2012, 10:13 PM »
I have the Cadex that shoots the 2" pins with heads.  Love it.  Use it with the long pins all the time.
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« Reply #34 on: February 20, 2012, 11:41 PM »
I have the Cadex that shoots the 2" pins with heads. 

Wouldn't that pin be called a brad if it has a head?

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« Reply #35 on: February 21, 2012, 07:33 AM »
I have the Cadex that shoots the 2" pins with heads. 

Wouldn't that pin be called a brad if it has a head?

They are called "slightly headed pins".  They are 23 gauge pins.  The hole they leave in the material surface is hardly any different from the standard pins but the extra holding power is noticeably greater.  I can shoot through trim, the wall board and into the stud, get a good grip and have very little touchup work to do.
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« Reply #36 on: February 21, 2012, 07:51 AM »
They are called "slightly headed pins".  They are 23 gauge pins.  The hole they leave in the material surface is hardly any different from the standard pins but the extra holding power is noticeably greater. 

Hmmm. I'll have to look into this. The key benefit to a pinner is the small footprint they leave.  I'll have to compare one side by side to a regular pin hole.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #37 on: February 21, 2012, 10:22 AM »
My Grex 23 gauge leaves a hole much smaller and cleaner than all my other pinners, even my other 23 gauge guns. Its much different than standard pins so I am a bit confused by your statement. In certain material sometimes I can not find the hole without a whole lot of effort.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #38 on: February 21, 2012, 10:33 AM »
They are called "slightly headed pins".  They are 23 gauge pins.  The hole they leave in the material surface is hardly any different from the standard pins but the extra holding power is noticeably greater. 

Hmmm. I'll have to look into this. The key benefit to a pinner is the small footprint they leave.  I'll have to compare one side by side to a regular pin hole.
Cadex +1.  Same quality level as Grex, but can shoot both headless and slightly headed pins.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #39 on: February 21, 2012, 10:58 AM »
Just to add to the mix, I have a Fasco pinner.  I looks, for the most part, to be identical to the Grex. 

The only feature I wish mine had is the integrated air blower, so I could dust off the area before I tack them.   I think one of the Grex guns has it

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #40 on: February 21, 2012, 05:41 PM »
I have the grex p635 and love it. Before that I had the Rigid pinner and it always left marks.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #41 on: February 21, 2012, 07:39 PM »
Slightly headed?   Next we will see ' Slightly Headed Plus'  [big grin]



I have the Grex 635 it has been excellent and leaves a very small hole , practically no mark other than the hole.  I think from what I have read on here and elsewhere that the Grex, Omer, and Cadex are all very good.


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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #42 on: February 21, 2012, 08:55 PM »
Don't own either the Cadex or the Grex pin nailer but I have researched them extensively. They are made at the same factory with only minor modifications to differentiate them. Grex has stated that the reason they didn't choose to make the same modification Cadex has done (to fire slight head brads) is that slight head brads will not fire reliably in this design nailer. In other words, the slight heads are more susceptible to jamming to a degree that Grex felt did not meet their standards.

Having said that, many Cadex uses report no exceptional problems with slight brads. If it only increases the risk of jamming by 1 out of 1000 fires then maybe is is not a big deal (just made up that number). Personally I am leaning towards the Grex because I like the no compromise approach, they have a very extensive line of nailers and I like to standardize on brands, and of course, I like green.

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Re: I am thinking about buying Grex P635
« Reply #43 on: November 24, 2013, 02:58 AM »
ToolNut linked backed to this page... so resurrecting it.

I have the 635 and love the pinner. I am looking at either the 16g 1664 or 15g AF64. The reviews on Amazon are so so. Does anyone here own either or both of those? What are your thoughts?

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