I have got a cheapo staple gun which is very hard to use, both physically
(puching the trigger) as well as getting the staples accurate.
I was wondering if anyone has any experience of the cheap electric ones. NOT
the air compressor ones.. too expensive.
We have been using the cheap pnumatic guns from harbour freight for our
remodeling business and have been very pleased with them. We have one gun we
have used for almost a year with no misfires or problems. We oil them every
time we use them. There is a brad nailer 3/8" to 2" for $19.99 that is the
one we use the most. They also have to other guns on sale that shoot nails
and staples for under $40.00
I have a relatively inexpensive staple gun (Arrow, I think) and frankly, it
blows. Harbor Freight has a 1/4" crown pneumatic stapler for $30 and a 1/2"
crown for $40. I think the general opinion of the HF air nailers/staplers
here has been pretty positive.
There's only one staple gun - the Arrow T-50.
Nothing else is worth having. Talk to a roadie sometime - no-one who
staples things, rigs market stalls or dresses windows day-in-day-out
uses anything else. I've got two of these (couldn't find it one day -
bought another), one is 20 years old, the other 10.
For wiring, the staples are funny and you need the other version.
If you're a production-line upholsterer doing modern work with staples
rather than tacks, as the good Chippendale intended, then you might
want a pneumatic stapler. No-one else needs one.
Electric staplers are rubbish. All rubbish.
There's not really much call for staples anyway. They're very
convenient for some rapid purposes, but they're not the way to go for
Something similar applies to nailers too. I use a hammer. I have lots
of hammers, and many of them will drive any sort of nail. Yet for all
my hammers I probably only spent about as much as one air nailer. I
keep getting raised eyebrows at my "30 quid hammer" (a big Vaughan
framer), and this is from people who are using a 150quid nailer to do
the same job. Mine is lighter, cordless and survives being dropped
Nailers do have one advantage over hammers, unlike staplers, in that
the air version has multiple-fed nails and the manual version doesn't.
If you're truly in a production environment then that has some use,
but how often are you ?
The older (and hopefully smarter) I get, the more I'm willing to track
down and spend money on the _right_ tool, and the less time I spend
reading tool catalogues full of new junk. Tool vendors with shiny new
plastic pods don't have your best interests at heart - they're there
to sell you s shiny new gadget, then sell you another one after that
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