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Grex Power Tools debuts new brad nailer

Grex Power Tools has a new 21-gauge pneumatic brad nailer, model H850LX, aimed at woodworkers and trim carpenters.

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Product manager Raymond Wong explains that 21-gauge nails offers users a middle ground between the small hole size left by a 23-gauge pin and the holding strength of an 18-gauge brad nail.

“The reason why people like the 21-gauge nowadays for finish applications is because it’s a good compromise between the two. It’s got a little bit of a bigger nail, so we can get more of the structural holding power closer to an 18-gauge, but it’s still got a really small head size, closer to the 23-gauge,” Wong says.

“Most professionals will have both the 18- and 23-gauge tools. But there are certain scenarios where somebody might just want to bring one tool instead of having to carry two tools with different nails around and the 21-gauge gives them that opportunity.”

The nailer weighs about 3.5 lbs. and shoots fasteners ranging from 3/8” to 2” long. It features an adjustable edge guide, metal body, steel-belt hook and auto lockout to prevent dry firing with an override function.

The 21-gauge nailer sells for $399 with a carrying case and accessories.

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This article originally appeared in the August 2017 issue.

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