Stapler and nailer buying guide
Joan, Young art-school graduate, Cardiff5 guides
- Spring stapler
- Stapling hammer
- Electric stapler
- Stapler, pneumatic nailer
What are the different types of staplers?
What is the length of the staples or nails you need? What is the frequency of your work? Are your staples repeating? As in any choice, consider your needs!
Four types of staplers stand out:
- Spring staplers
- Stapling hammers
- Electric staplers
- Pneumatic staple guns
Pneumatic staple gun
50 L compressor
What are the characteristics of a stapler nailer?
- The installation of 2 staples at the same time: practically, this avoids excessive tearing in delicate materials
- Battery life: the less you have to charge it the better
- Ergonomic handle: especially useful for wall staplers
- Adjustable striking power: mainly found on pneumatic staplers and electric staplers. If your stapler is too powerful for the material you are stapling, you will not end up stapling anything because it will pass through the material.
- Staple feeder indicator: so you do not get caught off guard
- Stapling via the trigger or the nose of the tool: a concern for pneumatic and electrical staplers. This determines whether the stapler works by squeezing a trigger on the handle or by holding the trigger and pressing the nose of the stapler against the material.
- The pressure: required for pneumatic models
- The weight: how heavy the machine is, obviously
Which nails and staples should I choose?
Think about the material, as well. Stainless steel or aluminium staples are resistant to moisture, while non-galvanized steel may be prone to rust with time. Compare the various perks and downsides before you buy.
Wire or fine staples
Flat wire staples
Make sure you wear protective goggles and gloves and do not put your free hand too close to what you are stapling or get ready to be the happy bearer of an unconventional piercing!
If your stapling needs exceed 50 mm, choose a nail gun instead.
For do-it-yourselfers who are curious about know-how and want to learn more information related to batteries for portable electric tools, follow the advice of our editors and discover more of their guides:
How to choose your pneumatic nailer and stapler
How to choose your nailer
And to work safely:
How to choose your protective gloves
How to choose your anti-fall equipment
How to choose your hearing and head protection
Joan, Young art-school graduate, Cardiff 5 guides écrits
My projects are born from reflections (more-or-less logical to others but they always make sense to me.) This process has culminated in the realization of a mobile greenhouse so I can walk my plants, an effervescent aspirin, a dispenser built from canned foods. I consider DIY to be a way of moving at your own pace. We live in a world where the uncomfortable idea remains that our failings often teach us more than the projects themselves would. My wisdom is useful to me, whether it’s re-machine screws, reel a reel from camera springs, or using a torch.
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