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Offline miclee15

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Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« on: January 21, 2018, 09:48 AM »
I own a Grex 23 gauge Pinner which has worked great and looking of a 18 gauge nailer.  Looking at review on the Grex Green Buddy they aren’t so favorable.  Anyone have any feed back on this nailer? I trust opinions on here more then the Amazon reviews.  Also looking at the Bostitch.

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Offline RobBob

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2018, 10:26 AM »
I trust opinions on here more then the Amazon reviews. 

Lol!

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2018, 11:03 AM »
Mines about 5 years old. No issues with it at all.

Tom

Offline SRSemenza

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2018, 11:32 AM »
About a year ago I was looking for a new 18ga. I figured the Grex would be the one to get based on having the Grex 23ga. Same as you I stared reading reviews. In the process I decided to get the Bostitch Smart Point due to reviews of both and features on the Smart Point. I like it a lot. Sorry I don't have a Green Buddy to give any real info but I was doing the exact same shopping not long ago so figured it might be helpful anyway.

Seth

Offline denovo

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2018, 12:15 PM »
I've had the Green Buddy 18ga for 3  years and have never had a problem with it jamming or any other issue. 

I have a two year old 16ga Bostitch smart point and hate it.  It was fine for the first year but now it constantly jams and has always been a cumbersome gun

Offline Runhard

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2018, 12:57 PM »
I have the 18g Green Buddy and have had no issues with it, I would buy it again. You should also look at Cadex through The Tool Nut. I also have the Grex P650L 23g and Cadex 21g and can recommend both brands.
Daniel

Offline miclee15

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2018, 12:59 PM »
Thank to all for the input

Offline Naildrivingman

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2018, 02:21 PM »
I have the 18g Green Buddy and have had no issues with it, I would buy it again. You should also look at Cadex through The Tool Nut. I also have the Grex P650L 23g and Cadex 21g and can recommend both brands.

@Runhard do you feel that the build quality is the same/similar between your Cadex and your Grex?
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Offline Motown

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2018, 02:28 PM »
I have the 18 (green buddy) and 23 gauge guns and like them a lot, they've worked as advertised for me. The only issue I've ever had, actually I posted here for help, is that I accidentally inserted the wrong nails and jammed it. Completely my fault.

I plan on buying the guides that they have recently released. Let us know what you decide.

Offline Runhard

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2018, 02:30 PM »
I have the 18g Green Buddy and have had no issues with it, I would buy it again. You should also look at Cadex through The Tool Nut. I also have the Grex P650L 23g and Cadex 21g and can recommend both brands.

@Runhard do you feel that the build quality is the same/similar between your Cadex and your Grex?

I would say that Grex and Cadex are pretty close to having the same build quality and performance. The Cadex nailers come in a T-loc systainer, so that is a big plus.
Daniel

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2018, 03:21 PM »
No issues with my 18GB.  I like it because it leaves smaller divots compared to my other 2 guns and it’s a little more compact.
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Offline Getmaverick

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2018, 03:22 PM »
I have used them all. For me Omar makes the best 18 gauge.

Offline ProCarpenterRVA

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2018, 05:24 PM »
I have both the Cadex 18 gauge and 21 gauge, both which came in a Systainer.[emoji106] I like the quality of the Cadex tools and the fact that they come with a belt hook, and an air outlet to clean the trim piece of dust.

I've had a Grex 23 gauge for years and would buy it again. The 21 gauge Cadex was a good compromise for me, which I was ready to do for the more robust fastener. The thicker gauge makes it harder to knock off the trim pieces than the 23 gauge yet still have extremely small unobtrusive fastener holes if you use the pins. The 21 gauge also has the ability to shoot fasteners up to 2-3/16"!! So if you can deal with that gauge size meeting your specs it may be worth considering.

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2018, 11:24 PM »
I've had the Green Buddy 18ga for 3  years and have never had a problem with it jamming or any other issue. 

I have a two year old 16ga Bostitch smart point and hate it.  It was fine for the first year but now it constantly jams and has always been a cumbersome gun

I will be on the look out for mine to start jamming. But nothing cumbersome with the 18ga. I just remember being surprised that the reviews on the GB are not nearly as good as I expected when I started to look for a gun. The super narrow nose and not needing to press down with the Smart Point are the things I really like about it. I don't like the depth knob on the Smart Point ..... too small.

Seth


Offline BBuild

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Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2018, 05:40 PM »
My GB has been junk since I bought it when it first came out. I should have returned it right away but I ordered it off tool nut and didn’t want to go through the hassle of shipping it back hoping it would work it kinks out with time. 

The depth adjustment never worked and it occasionally leaked from the trigger area. Now it leaks air very badly from the nose piece and won’t fire a nail at all.

I replaced it with an Omer and it has worked flawlessly. I was able to use the belt hook and spare nose guards from the GB on the Omer so it wasn’t a complete $180 waste.

I also recently bought the 21g Cadex in a systainer and have had numerous jams and misfires. It won’t even fire a 1  3/16” brad unless there is a short clip of 2” brads underneath it.
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Offline miclee15

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2018, 08:44 PM »
My GB has been junk since I bought it when it first came out. I should have returned it right away but I ordered it off tool nut and didn’t want to go through the hassle of shipping it back hoping it would work it kinks out with time. 

Sorry to hear this, I decided to buy the Grex, I guess if I have a lemon, I’ll be sending it back right away.

Offline mschmidt10k

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Re: Looking at the Grex Green Buddy 18 gauge nailer
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2018, 12:21 PM »
My GB has been junk since I bought it when it first came out. I should have returned it right away but I ordered it off tool nut and didn’t want to go through the hassle of shipping it back hoping it would work it kinks out with time. 

The depth adjustment never worked and it occasionally leaked from the trigger area. Now it leaks air very badly from the nose piece and won’t fire a nail at all.

I had the exact same experience with my GB. I purchased it because I love the Grex pin nailer and didn't look closely enough at all the bad reviews - out of the box it immediately had trouble with firing and would leak air like a sieve. Even after multiple calls to tech support at Grex, I never managed to get it working correctly.