January 7, 2008

Grex P635 23 Gauge 1-3/8" Length Headless Pinner

grex_p635.jpgThere is no doubt that 23 gauge headless pinners are on the rise. If you deal with any kind of precision work, just five minutes with one of these tools will convince you of their value. Last year, we took a really close look at the Cadex CPB23.50 and found it to be one of the finest tools we've ever used. Grex, a company devoted to pneumatic tools, also has a complete line of pinners. We played around with their P635 at a trade show a while back and were impressed with the tool.

The P635 can handle pins ranging in length from 3/8" to 1-3/8" which, if you don't deal with anything bigger than 3/4 stock, should be plenty. It's got a rear exhaust, a belt hook, a no-mar tip, and the double trigger that is standard with 23 gauge pinners. The gun weighs just under 2-1/4 lbs.

Read on to see what others have said about the P635.

The P635 has received quite a few accolades from both professional reviews and customers. It won the reader's choice in the 23-gauge pinner category in the 2008 Taunton Tool Guide. It was also voted best tool of 2005 by Popular Woodworking as well as Best Bet of headless pinners by Woodworker's Journal.

The Amazon reviewers pretty much all say the same thing, with 11 of the 12 reviews giving the tool a perfect 5-stars. The lone 4-star review Is a real winner. First the guy had only had problems loading pins, but then revised his review at a later date, demoting the tool 2 stars, because the pin driver broke. But get this, the guy spent a month using the pinner on ipe. If you've never had the unpleasant experience of using ipe, just know that it makes mahogany look like Styrofoam (it has the same fire rating as steel) and we've seen it destroy all sorts of blades and bits, so we're not surprised that the pinner was damaged. Not to mention that the guy also brags about taping the safety trigger to the handle, in effect removing any safety features from the gun.

The P635 costs just under $200. If it sounds like a lot for a little gun, try using one for a while and you're likely to get a sense of how worth it they are.

At Amazon.com

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at January 7, 2008 4:47 AM
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