I am thinking about buying a Nikle 23 Gage Pin Nailer from Floyd tools. Model #NS2340. It can fire both 23 Gage Brad Nails and 23 Gage Headless Pins. Is anybody using one of these? Do you like it? I need to attach some solid white Oak mldgs to a big white Oak entrance door I am building. Thanks for any advice. Chad
I've been in the market for a 23g pinner for the last year. After reading a lot of reviews and handling several pinners, I believe the two best pinners are Grex and Cadex. Both tend to come out at the top in ratings in almost all reviews. I don't think you can go wrong with either.
Some specific points that I've picked up in the last year:
- Cadex is slightly better than Grex. It can shoot headless and slightly headed pins. And it has a dustblower feature that the Grex does not. (I care about the first, but not the second.) It can shoot 50mm (2") pins. I'll probably never shoot those, but you do have the overhead.
- Overall,Grex is much more available than Cadex. You can get them at multiple locations including Woodcraft. The Primary online retailer for the Cadex is Floyd Tools. However, this is their return policy: "Returns on defective merchandise only. Returns accepted for replacement or store credit only. No Cash refunds." I.e., if you don't like it, well you're pretty much out of luck.
That said, there's a Canadian company called "Woodworker Specialties" that carries the 50mm Cadex. When I contacted him, he said that he would accept returns and provide a cash refund. Here's the Cadex on his site: http://www.woodworkerspecialties.com/Pages/Nailers%20Details/Cadex%20Tool%20Pages/Cadex%2023%20ga%20pinners.htm
. The downside of ordering from Woodworker Specialties is that they are a bit pricier - $349.95 + $17.95 in Canadian dollers. As of 8/22/07, the cost in US dollars is: $346.28 (including shipping). If I get a Cadex, I'll probably buy from him.
You can also get the Cadex pinners from ToolTown. However, the cost is higher. The 50mm pinner is about $383 include shipping.
- One last point... If you can, try the pinner before buying. (Or at least hold it in your hand.) My needs pretty much dictate getting a smaller pinner like the Grex 635. However, I changed my mind when the tried the Grex 635 and 645 at a woodworking show in the Seattle area.
For whatever reason (probably short, wide fingers), I have difficulty sliding my fingers between the pin holder and the triggers on the 635. My finger kept catching both triggers and causing accidental firings! The distance between the pin holder and the triggers on the 645 is wider and I had NO problems with the 645.
Given that the Grex 645 and the Cadex CPB23.50 have exactly the same body (but different internals), I expect that I'm safe in buying either. If the 645 will fit you, then the Cadex probably will also fit you.
Just some thoughts.