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Old 03-03-2011, 10:12 PM   #1
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Grex 18 Gauge "green Buddy"


Anyone pick one of these up yet?

Apparently the previous model was nothing to write home about. I have one on order for next week. The Max was my first choice, but I can't really justify the $500 they want around here. The cadex seems too big/bulky for my liking.

This one is going for around $200

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Old 03-03-2011, 10:27 PM   #2
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I have the 20 gauge...Love it

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The old one didn't have a belt clip and was supposed to be a horrible gun.

I need a new 18ga and I think I will give it a shot plus, I like the color.
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... I like the color.
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I have been eyein that baby up for a while now. It was just released in Feb. I may just have to order one this week I have the grex pinner, its probly one of the nicest guns I have ever used.

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The pinner is awesome. Really well made. This one looks to be more of that same design, where the old Brad nailer they offered was cheap. Can't go wrong with MAX, though. But, if this brad nailer is as good as their pinner, I think you have a winner. The nose looks like it will get into tight places, as well. I hate brad nailers with clunky nose pieces and safety mechanisms!
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Got mine today. Asked the salesman if it was loud. He said he has air in the back, so we aired it up. It sank 2" brads into 3" solid maple consistently with no problem, and it's probably the quietest brad nailer I've ever used. From there on I was sold.

Haven't been able to really put it to use yet. But initial impressions are that its very precise (nail placement and depth adjustment). I wish they had a 16.ga with the same build quality because that would be my next purchase.
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I bought the 23 1-3/8 about 5 years ago. Was blown away with it, dropped it, trigger covered in dried glue etc.. Took some time off from the biz, and 2 years later expanded the shop, and bought 3 more, for a total of 4. Even bought the larger one as well. To say that something changed from the first one, to now is an understatement. The newer ones ALL fire a few then jam, or stop firing. Remove the driver, replace, and reload. Same thing. I was totally confused, and though for sure my guys were loading in the pins upside down, but no they all assured me. So then I thought they were dry firing them as well, but that didn;t seem to be the case either. After all, I threw my original back out on the floor and into the mix and that one never jammed. I have 4 GREX 23ga guns for sale. Cheap. Anyone? One stays.....
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Its a toss up for me between this and the Cadex (I love the blow nozzle on the pinner..not to mention my Hitachi guns). Love my Max framer but the brad gun is a bit much at the moment.
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...The only reason I could see buying this over other brad nailers would be if it left a smaller hole...
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I saw that one at the wood show in Kitchener 2 weeks ago, nice machine.

Only thing is I like my paslode which is about $ 138 or $ 158 the Grex is $ 215 as I was quoted at the show. I like the colour but not ready yet.

Go for it if your in the market! I like my grex pinner. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

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I did a search and haven't seen any mention of Airy products since 2008. I really like the double trigger on the 18 gauge brad guns (I have two of these.)
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My airy just broke after 10 or 12 years. I discovered recently they went out of business. I can not find a simmilar replacement. Looking for ideas. Or if anyone knows where I can find an airy please let me know. The double trigger is the differance.
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If my memory serves me correct you can get the grex 18ga on amazon for 110$
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Re: Grex 18 Gauge "green Buddy"


Saw this thread and just thought I'd update it after owning the grex for nearly a year.

After a few months I had troubles with setting 2" nails. Talked to customer service, and they were very helpful in troubleshooting the gun. Comparing the driver to other brad nailers, I noticed it was quite short. In the end they made me a longer driver, which also allow more air above the piston.

Its been good since then, although if I had to do it again I would probably get a max. That gun is amazing, very compact yet super consistent. Only flaw that I've seen is it doesn't have a belt hook.

I have never used a cadex, but it seemed a little bulky. I know they had a similiar issue with the driver.
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I have never used a cadex, but it seemed a little bulky. I know they had a similiar issue with the driver.
My cadex 23ga. has started jamming.
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You can put a hook on any gun ... My roofing gun didn't have one - does now!

All my nail guns are Hitachi. They have a good reputation, but after 4 squares my roofing gun wouldn't feed worth a crap. Turns out a spring in the catch mechanism came off of it's hook - took about 2 minutes to fix.

Then my new framer was on a job (someone else was using it) and it supposedly wasn't shooting right, and mysteriously started working again. I suspect an air problem - kinked hose or something.

In both cases, someone else was using the gun before it started fking up. SO ... you can borrow my tools if I can borrow your wife!

Back to the OP ... I've got the 18 ga Hitachi, and it's never failed me. Neither has my 15 ga trim gun. A friend of mine got the Max coil siding nailer, and I didn't like it. It was louder, more recoil, not as smooth as the Hitachi. The only advantage is that it can shoot in single shot or bounce fire - and there's no switch! If you depress the nose before pulling the trigger, it's single fire - if you pull the trigger first - bounce fire.

I've heard great things about the Max nail guns, but I far prefer the Hitachi's.
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If my memory serves me correct you can get the grex 18ga on amazon for 110$
That is the older 1850 18 guage. I have heard some bad reviews on but those were old from 2008. I also heard Grex fixed the issues with older 1850.
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my 8yo porter cable brad nailer took a crap last time i used it.
i am looking at this grex or a cadex. not sure which one is better, and havent used either.
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couple ? for those that have this:
does this have the rear exhaust?
does it have the blow gun like the cadex does?

i am going to need to order something in the next week and they both look nice.
i believe they sell the grex at woodcraft, i may have to go check one out

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