Can someone tell me the primary difference between an upholstery air stapler
and a regular construction air stapler. I noticed both paslode and porter
cable make an upolstrey stapler for pretty cheap, and I noticed bostich
staplers can be almost twice as expensive. What are the primary differences
between these to? Or is it strictly compared on a tool by tool bases?
Primary difference - staple leg length
Secondary difference - wire size
Upholstery stapler - 22 Ga., 3/8" crown staples from 1/4" to 5/8" long
Narrow crown (1/4") - 5/8" - 1 3/4" - 18 ga. trim and cabinets
Medium crown (1/2") - 3/4" - 2" - 16 ga. siding/sheathing
Wide crown (1") - 5/8" - 1 1/2" - 16 ga. roofing,etc.
Only the medium and wide crown sizes would be considered regular
construction. The narrow crown and upholstery are more for trim
carpentry and furniture.
I would not recommend an upholstery stapler in a construction role.
Might just as well go to the nearest office supply and pick up a desk
stapler as far as the fastener is concerned.
Porter-Cable does make very adequate pneumatic equipment.
I have a Jamerco upholstery stapler and a Spotnails NC stapler.
I would use a framing nailer with the depth adjusted to flush instead
of a medium crown stapler. I got a bargain on a roofing nailer.
So, I would probably not have a need for the medium or wide crown
On Wed, 08 Dec 2004 19:07:33 GMT, "Ken Adams"
I have a Maestri ME 3G(FWIW) electric tacker. I got the electric because I
didn't want to drag that air hose all over the place. Basically, the
'uptown' upholstery tackers use a finer gauge wire than the construction
staplers. I use Empire #7 staples in mine. You probably can't get the
upholstery staples locally(I have tried....certainly HD and Lowes didn't
know what I needed). See http://www.floydtool.com/upholstery_staple.htm#7
An upholstery staple is typically about 5/16ths wide, with 1/4" or so of
staple on each side going into the wood. It's made to hold fabric onto
hardwood, and has enough penetration (sometimes, _just_ enough) for that.
I suspect that a construction stapler is considerably larger and stronger.
I wouldn't consider using an upholstery tool for construction.
Just a follow up question: I see that you can buy a brad nailer/Stapler
combo all in one for about the same size I see other brad nailers by
themeselves. What is the deal their, doesn't it make sense to get one that
Thanks again, this is very useful info.
I use a $24 Harbor Freight Contractor Series 1/4" (narrow) crown
stapler on upholstery work. I just turn down the air pressure until
the staple head sits where I want it. www.harborfreight.com #40072
(There's one on Ebay for $15 + $10 s/h right now if you don't have
a store nearby.)
Upholstery shops (Like Perry, aka BentCajunGal) often use 7/16"
(medium) crown staplers, slightly wider, and it's probably easier to
remove their staples with that extra width.
What do you want to use it for?
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