Best 23 Gauge Tool for the woodworking professional

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Review by Knotty posted 03-10-2010 07:10 AM 26857 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have had many nail guns over the years but I needed to share this one with you guys. This tool is from Cadex and shoots a 23 gauge brad or a 23 gauge headless pin. It has been my experience with this gun that the Brads hold much better than it’s headless counterpart, but leave no larger mark in the wood. ( I will always buy the brads now) I have used the tool on several exotic woods and it has loads of power to drive into hardwoods. This also has the coolest blow gun feature ever. ( There is a lever near the top of the tool and when connected to the airline serves as a full powered blow gun!) This is perfect to clean the miter saw and the moldings prior to install. I bought this tool online and has made my finishing much better and no more shotgun holes in my moldings!

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 07:13 AM

At $275-ish, that’s a fairly large step up from my Harbor Freight pin nailer (LOL!), but … it’s nice to know where I can wind up … if … and when :-)

Good stuff. Thank you!

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 07:51 AM

Where did you find the price Niel?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 07:57 AM


Right here …..

Very difficult to find sources, though.

[edit: probably in part because the manufacturer calls it the Cadex CPB23.50]

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 10:56 AM

I have the 23.35 (difference being max pin length of 1 3/8” rather than 2” on the 23.50) and love it as well. The quality of workmanship on all the Cadex tools is almost artistic it is so good. I bought mine from Woodworkers Specialties in Canada (~$200) and they threw in 6000 pins and brads of various lengths. The 23.35 typically sells for about $100 less than the 23.50 and I just didn’t see myself doing that much stuff were I’d need a 2” pin that wouldn’t also need to be a larger diameter and I already had an 18 gauge brad gun. I primarily use pins since I mostly use them to mold moldings in place til the glue dries and they are all but invisible. I’d definitely do it again.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 03:31 PM

Thanks for the review. I did not know there was such a thing as a 23 gauge brad.

One of the things I do not understand is the need for a pin nailer that can penetrate 2”. In any pinning situation that I have ever been in, a 1” pin is sufficient. In my case, the pin nailer function is to secure a piece of trim in place while the glue sets up.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 05:48 PM

Nikle makes a 23 ga pin/brad gun..1 9/16” is the max length fastener. Was well reviewed by Fine Woodworking-$144. Slight head brads have much better holding power than 23ga pins. Great review!


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#7 posted 03-11-2010 03:44 AM

When Fine Woodworking did there review they didn’t include 23.50…
I see it went up $5.00 It was $269

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#8 posted 03-11-2010 11:00 PM

I was interested in a 23 gauge pin nailer that would shoot both headless and slightly headed pin nails longer than the 1” products offered at HD or Lowes. If you are unaware, not all pinners shoot the slighlty headed pins which are proported to have more holding power than the headless pins yet are not much more noticable. I searched the web and came across the Rotek brand which is claimed to be made by Cadex (one of the top brands). I bought it through Woodworking Specialties. I found excellent reviews of customer service from this company and I decided to call them. I spoke to Bob who was quite knowledgeable and he told me the Rotek was made in the same factory as the Cadex, shared many parts with it and was sold by the Cadex distributor. I decided to take a chance since the Rotek Model sold for about $130 and the comparable Cadex cost about $180. The pros of this unit. First, it shoots both headless and slightly headed pins and properly sets even the 1-3/8” slightly below the surface. Second, it feels like a high quality tool with an extremely smooth working magazine (much nicer than the PC or Boschtik pin nailers) Third, unlike many pin nailers it comes with two soft plastic nose removable pieces which eliminate bruising of the wood. Fourth, it is light weight and has very good balance. Finally, the magazine automatically adjusts to fit each length of pin. The cons are minor. It comes with a blown plastic case that appears to be generic and not specific to the tool. And to be really trivial, the Rotek name is attached to the tool with stickers which do not adhere well and have already fallen off. I have used this pinner for the last few weeks to attach trim work to some book cases I am making and thus far I am very pleased with its performance.

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#9 posted 04-04-2010 10:52 PM

has anyone used this tool for interior trim

-- I know all about hard work. It's that R & R I need to learn

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#10 posted 04-24-2010 05:07 PM

What’s the difference between this and the Grex 2” 23 ga pin nailer other than it does brads? It looks like it’s built almost exactly the same.

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#11 posted 11-14-2012 02:01 AM

Here is you 23ga headed/no head pinner from Cadex/Grex rebadged to fasco. It is the 1/2 to 2” version that takes the best of both worlds from grex and cadex minus the blower. All for under $200!

It is here for $166 if you feel that this is a reputable seller.

Also believe nikle and rotek has a similar pinner that they slap their badge on for and greatly reduced price from grex!

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