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grex 1850GB 18 gauge nailer

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HI there ,any one has used or own a grex 1850gb nailer, how does it proforms to heavy trim work.

herb (post #206835, reply #1 of 3)

I have a senco brad nailer-nails from 5/8-2-1/8.  That span of nail selection covers just about everything I need-my old brad nailer also a senco, went only to 1-1/2-not enough length for most trim jobs.

Grex's pinner offers a longer variety than most pinners, and this shows a company that doesn't just puke out a competing product.  Also, they offer a headed (23 ga. brad)  and non-headed pin.   The pinners quality has long been recognized.

 

I read up on the 1850 at Grex and watched the video and was impressed with the tool.  Some things are a handy item to have.  The swivel end (though after market ends are available), the no fire w/o brads and the gauge of what's left in the magazine.  Being able to tilt back slightly straight on is excellent.  The brad head only hole is another reason to like it.  Belt hook is the same as I have on the senco-very nice feature, along with the extra no mar tip on the tool where you might not lose it.

If my current tool craps out and repair is steep, I'd consider making the purchase-Grex has a good track record with their pinner, I would expect the brad nailer to meet their standards.

I would have liked to have seen a case included, but I see no mention.

 

 

Now, as far as heavy trim work..................what do you mean?

I've demo'd whole house trim that was put together only with a brad nailer-often using way longer brads than necessary and a boatload of them.  You can yank the trim off fairly easily.  Where trim is expected to hold things in position while being structural (door jambs and casings to an extent, I'd not use a brad nailer.  Likewise with assemblies where there's force applied that pulls on the trim.  For these I'd be thinking a 15 or 16 ga finish nailer. 

The 2" max brad might limit you somewhat when fastening thicker stock or through thicker non holding substances (plaster).

There are seldom tools offered that do it all....................

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grex 1850GB 18 gauge nailer (post #206835, reply #2 of 3)

HI CALVIN 

i agree with you on the 16 or in some cases the 15 gauge nailer for structural trims. the thing is that my 18 gauge nailer i have had it, for quit some time now, and the poor thin is not houlding to it name any more (makita AF 506)  a great tool at the day . i have to say that this nailer has had a beating on it life span and been more than paid off. so i have been wanting to get me a knew one for quit some time, but i haven't made up my mind up till today.

today i saw the grex 1850 proform ,and what a great proformances. i aproach the owner and spoke about the tool he is very happy and let me fire a few shots great stuff. so yep i have order one, thank for that great advise

grex 1850GB 18 gauge nailer (post #206835, reply #3 of 3)

HI CALVIN 

i agree with you on the 16 or in some cases the 15 gauge nailer for structural trims. the thing is that my 18 gauge nailer i have had it, for quit some time now, and the poor thin is not houlding to it name any more (makita AF 506)  a great tool at the day . i have to say that this nailer has had a beating on it life span and been more than paid off. so i have been wanting to get me a knew one for quit some time, but i haven't made up my mind up till today.

today i saw the grex 1850 proform ,and what a great proformances. i aproach the owner and spoke about the tool he is very happy and let me fire a few shots great stuff. so yep i have order one, thank for that great advise