Thank you Swingman for tossing the bait and setting the hook.
With that out of the way, I added another nail gun to my collection. I have
used Swingman's Omer pinner and was pleasantly surprised as to how quiet and
non eventful a pinner works. So I bought one that was a little cheaper. I
went with the Grex P635. Several WW magazines had reviewed the unit and
gave it high marks. Before purchasing I e-mailed Grex on 2 occasions for
information and for locations of local retail stores. I got an e-mail
answer both times within 24 hours. I ended up purchasing the pinner from
Thefastenercompany.com . They offered the pinner plus 1,000 pins in every
one of the 9 sizes that the pinner will shoot + shipping for just under
$220. Fortunately the The Fastener Company also offers Grex pins in broken
pack quantities of 1,000 for under $2 in case 10,000 pins are a bit too
many. With the sample packs supplied I will be able to determine which
sizes best suite my needs in a more economic fission.
The pinner is brightly colored so you will not loose it in the shop. Larger
then the Omer brand pinner but smaller than the typical brad nailer, the fit
and finish is perfect with no plastic that I noticed except on the trigger
and rear of the magazine This unit comes with 2 protective tips that
prevent the small dents that some guns leave behind and the plastic tips
have alignment marks on all 4 sides to help put the pin exactly where you
want it. The exhaust is at the rear at the hose nipple and has a muffler
for quiet operation. Common tool storage is located at the rear end of the
magazine along with storage for an extra plastic tip.
The pinner easily shoots a 1-3/8" pin through oak. The Grex pins appear to
have a glue coating that seems to give a bit more grip to the pins.
Shooting 3, 1/2" pins to connect 2 pieces of 1/4" x 3/4" x 5" into a "T"
configuration with the 3/4" sides flat against each other resulted in a very
tight and snug connection. With more than reasonable effort I was unable to
change the orientation of the 2 pieces by squeezing the pieces in my hand.
Add a little glue to the mix and I suspect the wood would break before the
The gun comes in a very nice small case and the Grex pins come in small
plastic boxes that strongly remind me of miniature Festool Systainer boxes.