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Staple Gun Lessons

Staple Gun Lessons


I learned some hard lessons about staple guns.

  • Don’t buy any brand unless you’re sure you can find the staples it requires. I bought a high dollar Craftsman years ago, used it once, and never found staples for it again. Arrow staples are the most common from what I’ve found.
  • Only use staples made by the manufacturer of your staple gun. Any others will jam and possible ruin the gun.
  • Buy a little heavier than what you think you need. The T50 size tends to handle most tough jobs. Only buy smaller if you know that’s all you need.
  • Try a hand stapler before buying pneumatic. You’d be surprised what a heavy manual gun can do.
  • Don’t loan them out. No matter how much you explain, people will try to feed whatever staples they find through them and you’ll have to take it apart and clean it out to get it working again. Staple guns are cheap. Tell them to just buy an Arrow and be done with it.
  • Watch this YouTube video if you’re having trouble sorting things out.