Today, we’ll be yammering all about the only type of gun you can buy without a license.
Seriously, how cool is it when you walk up to the supermarket attendant and ask – where do you keep the guns?
The look on their faces is absolutely priceless until you explain that you’re just looking for their best staple guns. But all potentially criminal jokes aside, staple guns are integral for pretty much any DIY project or home repair.
Why? We’re glad you asked.
See, unlike your average office stapler, staple guns don’t just limit you to paper. Depending on the strength and power, these bad boys can shoot staplers into a wide range of surfaces.
Think about it; why waste money on nails and drivers when a staple could work twice as well?
And that’s just the tip of the stapleberg: a great model could easily take on tasks such as installing carpeting, re-attaching upholstery, setting up Christmas lights and a ton of other stuff. Enough chit-chat; we know your time is valuable.
So we’ll dive right into our top 10 most highly ranked staple guns and what you need to know to get the perfect one.
Stanley SharpShooter TRA700 series or Arrow T-50 heavy duty narrow crown staples and 1/2-Inch, 9/16-Inch and 5/8-Inch BradsRead Our Review
DEWALT DBN18063 Heavy Duty 5/8-Inch, 18 Gauge Brad NailsRead Our Review
Surebonder #4 Staples or Arrow T50 type StaplesRead Our Review
Types of Staple Guns
When shopping for staple guns, the first place to start would be with the type. Generally, there are four different types of staple guns categorized by the power source. These include manual, electric, pneumatic and upholstery. However, there are also other types such as heavy duty and arrow.
Let’s break them all down some more, shall we?
- Manual Staple Guns
Manual staple guns are without question the tool of choice for almost every home project. Not only are they incredibly easy to find, but they’re also among the cheapest models to find since they require users to squeeze the handle manually.
In short, they require the most arm power of all types. This is a great thing since it means you can take the staple gun virtually anywhere without worrying about running out of juice. But it’s also a bad thing since it means you require more strength to shoot every staple and nail; making it very difficult to complete larger projects.
- Electric Staple Guns
When it comes to serious, large-scale stapling and nailing projects, nothing beats the life-saving features of what are possibly the best staple guns on the planet. As opposed to channeling the required driving energy from a lever squeeze, electric staple guns run on battery power with triggers that need only the slightest pressure to work.
Apart from requiring less force to work, electric models drive nails and staples more uniformly than any other type. However, all this convenience does come at an expensive cost.
- Pneumatic Staple Guns
Designed mainly for professional and industrial use, pneumatic staple guns work by making use of compressed air to drive tacks, nails, and staples quickly. Due to the price and level of maintenance required, most people don’t buy pneumatic staple guns for simple household tasks.
They’re more suited for larger and more demanding projects that require speed, power, strength, and consistency. However, these models exhaust air as you use. Professional floor installers, electricians, furniture manufacturers and construction workers are among the few occupations that can’t do without pneumatic guns.
- Upholstery and Arrow Staple Guns
As the name suggests, this is a simple type of staple gun used for fixing or re-upholstering furniture. If your main reason for buying a staple gun is to work on furniture or other lighter duties, an upholstery specific gun will save you plenty of money.
It might not be as powerful as other models here, but it’s better than an office stapler. Arrow staplers simply refer to the type of ammo or nail used in the staple gun.
- Heavy Duty Staple Guns
Like pneumatic staple guns, heavy-duty models are built for regular and demanding tasks. Like top air impact wrenches not only are they more powerful and versatile, but they are durable enough to survive drops of tens of feet without sustaining any serious damage. But as you would expect, heavy-duty models are more expensive.
How to Choose the Right Manual Staple Gun
Like we said, manual staple guns are great for small projects, which is what makes them the number one household choice. But when it comes to massive construction projects and large-scale renovations that require central vacuum system installation, for example, you’re better off with a pneumatic or electric model. Seeing as you’ve already made up your mind, here’s how to choose the best manual staple gun for the job.
- Consider the Durability
Let’s face it; some of you guys squeeze these hand staple guns so hard I swear they would scream if they could.
Still, all the manual pressing, squeezing and gripping will really have an effect on your gun. That’s why you need to make sure that your potential purchase is as sturdy as a rock. A robust manual staple gun will not only deliver exceptional performance but also withstand years of abuse without degrading.
- Get a Feel of the Hand Grip
Again, with manual staple guns, it’s all about the hand action. Even if you get a durable model, it’s next to useless if it kills your hand every time you use it.
One of the greatest precursors to a great handheld staple gun is a comfortable, soft and ergonomic grip and handle. Look for a gun with a well-cushioned grip that gives you all day comfort and control.
- Consider the User Friendliness
All that squeezing and stapling is already pretty tough on your hands; the last thing you want is a heavy staple gun with a jerky handle and tough trigger. All these will only combine to compound your hand fatigue.
The best manual staple guns are light, easy to use, flexible and not too harsh on the arms. What’s more, the handle should be smooth and easy to squeeze.
- Consider the Intended Purpose
Unless you want to curse your purchase for all eternity, you’re going to want to hear this. Look, we don’t want you to buy something just because it’s cheap or pretty. Manual staple guns are great for simple tasks such as re-tacking carpet,
Art projects, fastening objects together, reupholstering furniture, hanging up Christmas lights and minor home repairs. Anything more demanding and your hand will be in a world of hurt. If you want to remodel your home, install a fence, carry out a large carpentry job or other major home repairs, then you’ll be better off with an electric or pneumatic model.
How to Use Manual Staple Guns
Using manual staple guns is as easy as 1-2-3.
Step #1: Load the Staple gun – Most manual staple guns come with a release button that removes the tray. Press it and load the tray with staples making sure they are level with the carriage. Close the body until the stapler makes a clicking sound.
Step#2: Staple – To start stapling, bring your staple gun to the surface and squeeze the handle. Some manual models might require a lot of pressure to get them through the desired surface.
Step #3: Repeat –That’s basically it, reload your staples once they’re done and staple away.
To fix a stuck staple, see if you can remove the jammed staple by manually pulling it out. If there are a bunch of staples clogging the exit, try to open up the staple gun and unclog them.
If you can’t get your model open, try using a screwdriver or any sharp object to force the staples loose. Just be careful not to void the warranty while you’re at it.
This is a sort of staple gun that is approximately 12 inches in size. It has a head that comes into contact with hard materials to insert staples in with unstoppable force.
Typically and as the name suggests, these devices are used like hammers to drive staples in even the toughest of surfaces. They offer more driving power than your regular staple gun for better performance.
Like most products staple guns also come with warranties and guarantees. And just like other products, some warranties are more complete than others. Typically, cheaper staple guns offer short-term and limited warranties while more costly and well-known brands could even offer lengthy warranties with lifetime repairs.
Generally, worn out springs are the most common complaints we get about staple guns. As the spring wears out, it loses its tension which is critical for stapling. This means that there won’t be enough force to continually feed staples. If you notice your staples going in halfway, then this is an indicator of worn out springs that will need replacing.
These are essentially a much thinner gauge of nail used to attach the lightweight trim. The last thing you want is to use a thick nail on lightweight trim and other soft materials. This is always a recipe for cracks, breaks, and ugly workmanship.
Brad nails offer the advantage of a thinner body and a smaller head. So not only do you get less damage on the surface, but you also won’t have to cover the hole with putty.
There you have it folks; all the information you need about staple guns right at the tips of your fingers (pun intended). Our job is done, the ball is now in your court. Whether you’re a DIY building nut, a home hobbyist, a backyard warrior or a serious contractor, we hope this guide will help you choose the best staple guns for the job.
Our winner is Stanley TR250 SharpShooter Plus Heavy-Duty. Built with the Stanley Precision that we have all grown used to, the TR250 packs quite the impressive array of features in one highly compact body.
Not only does this bad boy function as your regular staple gun, but it also works overtime as a brad nailer, wire tacker, nail gun and cable tacker.
Get your own staple gun today and say hello to the only power tool you will ever need. Oh, and don’t forget to tell us all about it.