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Forum topic by Blackcatbone posted 10-01-2014 11:53 AM 1471 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-01-2014 11:53 AM

Sorry if this has been covered before but I didn’t find this specific topic.

I do a bit or reupholstering here and there and usually just use your basic Arrow manual, but after about 20 staples my wrist starts complaining so I’m looking at other options. Most electric staplers seem to get pretty bad reviews, including those in here, and given how infrequently I use it I don’t want to drop a bundle. I don’t want to go with a pneumatic because dragging an air compressor into the house (where I work with fabric) isn’t very practical so I’m basically back to manuals, which is okay, actually, because cords can get in the way. Anyhow, I see some manual staple guns that claim to reduce hand fatigue, be easier to squeeze, but are they really? I’m about to start covering a 6’ padded bench, batting, either vinyl or a heavy velour, trim, etc, so we’re talking hundred of staples. My wrists thank you in advance for any recommendations.

-- . . . it's cheaper than therapy.

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#1 posted 10-01-2014 12:49 PM

Get one of the reverse handled staplers, I just installed a bunch of insulation with mine, you push downward pressure on the area your stapling and its easier to squeeze and alignment and accuracy is easier with one also.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#2 posted 10-01-2014 12:54 PM

If you do it often I’d reconsider the air stapler. They don’t use much air so any little compressor should do. You could always keep the compressor outside and run a hose in a window if the sound is objectionable.

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#3 posted 10-01-2014 04:25 PM

$89 on Amazon

Porter-Cable US58 1/4-Inch to 5/8-Inch 22-Gauge C-Crown Upholstery Stapler

Love my other Porter-Cable air nailers.

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#4 posted 10-01-2014 04:40 PM

yeah, the ones with the reversed handles feel a lot
nicer to use. I have or used to have one in my
stuff somewhere. I think it is a Powershot I got
at Home Depot (over a decade ago).

I never had problems with it but awhile back
somebody asked me what to get and I said
that one and then looked it up online and found
a lot of sour reviews implying there was some
shoddy manufacturing going on.

I use air staplers for upholstery work. I would not
want to use a manual type. Good ones aren’t
cheap unfortunately. I have the P-C and mixed
feelings about it.

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#5 posted 10-01-2014 04:40 PM
It weighs 20 lbs.
You are foolish not get an air stapler. At Harbor Freight you can get a compressor and staple gun for under a $100. Buy the extended warranty and you can tuen it in for a new one no questions asked and pay for a new warranty and do it again in a year.

-- Working smarter with less tools is a true crafts person...

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#6 posted 10-01-2014 06:11 PM

I was looking for quite a while for a pneumatic stapler that would shoot T-50 staples and gave up trying to find one quiet some time ago. Last fall I found a Bostitch BTFP71875 on sale at Lowe’s for less than $40. It will shoot staples up to 5/8” and brad nails to the same length also.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#7 posted 10-01-2014 06:21 PM

I picked up a pneumatic stapler that shoots t50 staples at my hardware store. I forget the brand but it was very inexpensive. T50 is a 7/16” crown. I’m pretty the Harbor Freight one is compatible

-- Working smarter with less tools is a true crafts person...

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#8 posted 10-01-2014 09:39 PM

+1 with Loren on the Power Shot, I’ve got the arrow electric one too and if you’re passing through DC I’ll give it to you, tends to jump so much you cant really get the staple fully seated, the power shot though, puts it right where you want it.

I did notice though that Depot had a PC one for $50

But if you don’t have air or want to deal with it…

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#9 posted 10-02-2014 01:22 AM

I swear, I just wanted to goof off this evening, work on a few things, come in here, but no, I get a call from the insurance company regarding an an accident I was in Saturday, just trying to run out and get some sandpaper so I could just work on some stuff then. Guy was driving the wrong way on a one way and is now trying to claim damages. Anyhow, I’m feeling ranty.

Thank you all for the recommendations. I love my PC sanders and would probably consider a pneumatic if I could figure out the logistics. We have two air compressors, a “portable” that weighs a ton and a 26 gallon that’s actually easier to move, being on wheels, long hoses even, but our first floor is set up mostly open so no way to really close it off in a room to minimize noise and no windows that open to the back where we could run it outside. Definitely didn’t want an electric after all the bad reviews and didn’t want to drop a ton on one that actually worked as I don’t use it enough to justify. I went with the Powershot, given how infrequently I use them. Definitely better than the Arrow I’d been using and if I have to lay off from time to time that’s okay. If it turns out to be shoddy I’ll just take it back and try to figure out how to swing a pneumatic, but I’m optimistic so far.

-- . . . it's cheaper than therapy.

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