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 TR250 SharpShooter Plus Heavy-Duty Staple/Brad Nail Gun
The TR250 functions as a staple gun, nail gun, cable, and wire tackler
Heavy duty aircraft aluminum housing
Flush nose design
All metal drive channel for better penetration
Easy squeeze trigger
Easy slide full stick staple loading mechanism
Hi/Lo power levels for both hard and soft materials
Quick view window for monitoring staple levels
Ever found yourself working with a stapler that was so rigid it was like punching the staples in with your fist?
Nobody likes using brute force to do something that should initially be effortless. That’s why most of us here at the review haven were pleased to hear about one the most effortless manual staple guns on the market. That’s right; we’re talking about the Stanley TR250 SharpShooter Plus Heavy-Duty Staple Gun.
But how does such a small tool manage all these needs?
That’s all thanks to the all metal drive channel that delivers incredible penetration. And to make sure that your working surface receives minimal impact, the manufacturer used heavy-duty, narrow crown staples. The icing on this staple cake, however, has to be the Easy – Squeeze trigger. This allows users to apply far less force for more driving power. No more hammering down your stapler like a madman.
Versatile, flexible, affordable and not too shabby on the eyes, the Stanley TR250 SharpShooter Plus Heavy-Duty staple gun is the ideal tool for almost any DIY home job. With its easy squeeze trigger flush nose design, you won’t even feel the strain on your hand.
What’s more, the Sharpshooter is among the few staple guns with a viewing window and multiple settings. If you’re looking for a well-rounded staple gun, in addition to your multitool , with more than its fair share of convenience features, then look no further than Stanley’s TR250 SharpShooter Plus.
What we liked:
Works as a multipurpose stapling, driving and tacking tool
Clever flush nose design allows for stapling in tight spaces
Power settings allow for safer and efficient operation
Super effortless thanks to easy squeeze trigger
What could be better:
The TR250 SharpShooter might have some difficulties stapling through thick hardwood
Functions as a staple gun, nail gun and Brad nailer
Aluminum housing under the black and yellow design
Rubber grip that’s easy on the skin
High-end firing mechanism
When it comes to hand tools, Dewalt has definitely earned its spot among the top household brand names in the country. Their latest heavy duty tool goes by the name Dewalt DWHTTR350 Heavy-Duty Aluminum Stapler/Brad Nailer and resembles the classic Bosch black and yellow design we’ve all come to love.
But I have to say; the exterior barely does any justice to what’s inside this bad boy. Wait until you hear just what the DWHTTR350 can do.
See, it’s the sturdy design that combines with a good quality firing mechanism to make this particular model a success. The power behind Dewalt’s DWHTTR350 clearly shows that this is the perfect tool for demanding, heavy duty tasks. Fortunately, the manufacturer also took measures to ensure that your hands don’t suffer after hours of operation.
This protection comes in the form of a rubberized grip that gives users all-day comfort and custom control. But that’s not the only safety features on this staple gun. There’s also a proprietary anti-jam design that allows you to work without fear of jamming.
What more could you ask for in a hand tool?
If one of your pet peeves includes seeing half-impaled nails and bent staples, then you definitely need the Dewalt DWHTTR350 Heavy-Duty Aluminum Stapler. That’s because the manufacturer went above and beyond the call of duty to deliver incredible firing mechanisms.
Even with thick hardwood materials to work with, this heavy duty gun with sink those staples in flush. If you’re all about the power and delivery, then this is definitely the right tool for you.
What we liked:
Aluminum housing keeps the overall weight down
Ability to multitask and use different kinds of staples and nails
Rubber grip is quite comfortable
Anti-jam safety feature saves your staples and your working surface
Incredibly powerful firing mechanism makes work easier
What could be better:
The lever’s steep angle makes the DWHTTR350only suitable for larger hands
Arrow Fastener T50 Heavy Duty Staple Gun
All steel construction for ultimate durability
Sleek and attractive chrome finish
Long-lasting hardened steel working parts
Proudly made in the USA
Patented Jam resistant mechanism
Powerful spring coil for intense stapling power
Staple viewing window
Uses 6 sizes of T50 Staples
If ever there was a sleek, suave and professional looking staple gun, it would have to be the Arrow Fastener T50 Heavy Duty Staple Gun. Despite being among the cheapest models on our list, this mean kid just might be the most durable staple gun we’ve come across.
The T50 heavy duty staple gun boasts of all steel construction all over – including all the working parts which are also made of long-lasting, hardened steel. This guarantees you a tool that you can pass down to your children’s children.
Apart from being literally as tough as steel, the Arrow Fastener T50 Heavy Duty Staple Gun also boasts of American craftsmanship. And you know if it’s made in the US, it’s made for life.
That’s just a few of the reasons why this particular model is the best-selling unit in the US. So, what else makes the T50 the number one choice for professionals and homeowners alike?
We’re glad you asked. Arrow fastener lives up to its name by letting you use up to 6 different sizes of T50 staples.
Alright, so how many tools and devices have you killed so far?
Whether it’s by dropping, smashing, crushing or even nailing, you’d be surprised how many staple guns get damaged. We’re not calling you clumsy; let’s just say things have a way of breaking around you.
If this sounds like you, then you need the life-saving, hardened steel of the Arrow Fastener T50 Heavy Duty Staple Gun.
What we liked:
High quality US craftsmanship
Extremely light and compact design
Hardened steel construction guarantees long lasting performance
Patented jam-proof mechanism saves you time and staples
Visual staple window lets you know when it’s time for a refill
What could be better:
Depending on the size, some T50 staples don’t really consistently go in flush
BOSTITCH T6-8 Heavy Duty Powercrown Tacker
Lightweight die-cast aluminum construction
Sturdy steel handle with molded rubber grip
Breathable anti-jam magazine
Patented, easy squeeze mechanism
Bottom loading function for one-touch reloading
Nickel chrome plated magazine for smoother staple sliding
Let’s face it guys; there are a lot of ordinary situations where your average stapler might not quite make the cut.
It’s times like these when you need a tool whose bite is just as hard as its bark. Introducing the BOSTITCH T6-8 Heavy Duty Powercrown Tacker, here’s a unit that can work well in all sorts of environments.
As you’ll soon see for yourself, the indelible T6-8 definitely lives up to its name indeed. What immediately grabs your eye is the classic black and yellow Bostitch design that is easily recognizable through all tool shops.
But as we expected, there’s always more to it than meets the eye. While other staple guns come with warranties not longer than 2 years, Bostitch took things up a notch to 7 years. That just goes to show you how confident the manufacturer is in their product.
For starters, the exterior boasts of sturdy construction with lightweight die-cast aluminum to keep the overall weight down. But that’s not even the best part; the handle is also comprised of steel with rubber grips for working comfort. Similarly, there’s a convenient bottom loading mechanism for quick and easy staple reloading.
Can I be totally honest with you?
One of the main factors that we use to rate all the products on our list is the warranty. Like with the various drilling tools if it were up to that alone, then the BOSTITCH T6-8 Heavy Duty Powercrown Tacker would definitely be the top dog.
That’s because at a warranty period of 7 years, this staple gun will actually outlive most of the surfaces you’ll be stapling. You’ve seen the warranty period, you know it means full confidence in the quality, performance and durability.
What we liked:
One of the lightest models on this list
Impressively long warranty
Incredibly easy to use
Easy squeeze mechanism helps prevent hand fatigue
Smooth sliding surface for staples means better performance
What could be better:
The T6-8 Powercrown Tacker is only designed to use staples; no nail option
Gardner Bender MSG-501 Heavy-Duty Cable Boss Staple Gun
Imported (Assembled Overseas)
Professional quality staple gun
Secures NM low voltage cable and wire
Rugged, solid and durable construction
Easy lever action
Ergonomically shaped handle for working comfort
When it comes to aesthetics, Garden Bender really knows how to coax their customers. But it turns out that’s not the only thing they know. This is one of the best staple makers known for their familiarity with accidents at the workplace. It turns out that while testing their staples, the blasted things just wouldn’t stop falling.
If you’ve ever tried to use a staple gun on a high platform or for stapling ceiling material, then you know what we’re talking about.
That’s why the brand gave us the Gardner Bender MSG-501 Heavy-Duty Cable Boss Staple Gun that is built to survive drops of over 10 feet. That’s all thanks to a rugged, robust construction that is truly built for battle. But that’s just a small part of why DIY enthusiasts and contractors alike can’t get enough of this professional grade staple gun.
Looking at that sleek red and black exterior, it’s easy to see why the price tag is as French Montana would put it – all the way up. But then again, looks don’t get the job done. That’s why the MSG-501 incorporates a 120V low volt cable to make your work even easier.
Functional, practical, durable and ruggedly handsome, the Gardner Bender MSG-501 Heavy-Duty Cable Boss Staple Gun is the ideal tool for someone looking to jump from casual felting the pool table into some serious stapling.
On one hand, it’s got enough power to work on virtually any surface. And on the other, it’s tough enough to survive a drop of over 10 feet without sustaining damage.
What we liked:
Incredibly tough shell that can survive a 10-foot drop
Super comfortable handle that allows for a variety of angles
Makes use of low voltage cables
Aesthetically pleasing design
What could be better:
The easy lever action may not be as easy as it sounds
Stanley TRE550Z Electric Staple/Brad Nail Gun
Heavy duty electric stapler
Unique dual power settings
Comes with 8 feet of cord for more reach
Makes use of Stanley Sharpshooter or Arrow T-50 staples
Incredible driving power
Quick jam clearing mechanism
Low-brad viewing window
Ever wonder how life was like before electricity was invented?
Sounds painfully mind-numbing if you ask us. Fortunately for everyone in the construction sector, electricity has made life much easier and bearable around the workplace. Introducing one company that truly understands their power tools, Stanley does indeed stand head and shoulders above the rest.
Don’t believe me?
Then chances are that you haven’t seen the Stanley TRE550Z Electric Staple/Brad Nail Gun.
So, what makes this particular staple gun worth giving a second glance? The first thing you instantly notice after using the TRE550Z is its outstanding driving power. Whether it’s a staple or nail, a soft or hard surface, this bad boy can handle pretty much anything without much fuss.
What’s more, the unit comes with an 8-foot power cord that lets you get the gun where you need it.
Here’s another winner from Stanley that is a must-have for any serious contractor or DIY enthusiast. Sure, there are plenty of cheaper manual options, but none offer the efficiency convenience and smoothness of an electric unit.
Dual power levels allow for better performance on different surfaces
Easy to load, easy to maneuver and easy to use
Comes with Stanley’s flush nose design for flexibility in tight spots
What could be better:
Even at highest power settings, there are some surfaces which the staples have trouble penetrating
Surebonder 9600A Pneumatic Heavy Duty Standard T50 Type Stapler
Imported (Overseas construction)
Makes use of Surebonder’s #4 or Arrow T50 staples
Recommended by experts for upholstery
Uses 18 gauge wire staples
Makes use of compressed air (60 to 100psi) to deliver driving power
Incredibly light construction
C’mon, don’t act like you didn’t see this coming.
We’re looking at some of the top staple guns on the market, so you know we had to include a pneumatic option at one point or another.
Introducing one of the most highly rated pneumatic staplers of all time, the Surebonder 9600A Pneumatic Heavy Duty Standard T50 Type Stapler is packed with quite the array of features that will help you get a wide range of home and garden tasks done quickly and professionally.
What’s more, you’ll love the compact design on this mean kid.
The first thing that stands out is the pneumatic gun’s fast and safe performance. This bad boy offers all the speed and power you need to install insulation, roof laying, upholstering furniture, screen door repair, crafting picture frames and much more.
Before we get to the safety features, it’s worth mentioning the convenient view window that makes it easier to keep track of your 100 staples in the magazine. This is all rounded off by a reliable safety mechanism that checks accidental firing in the heat of the moment.
But it’s the comfort features that really take the cup. The 9600A is designed to sit well in your hand thanks to the well-balanced body and comfortable rubber grips.
Check this out; there’s not much a pneumatic staple gun can’t handle. But the fact that we’re talking about the Surebonder 9600A Pneumatic Heavy Duty Standard T50 Type Stapler – whole different ball game.
As the name suggests, this bad boy guarantees a sure bond to insulation, roofing, wrappings, screen doors and other surfaces that require some bonding. With features like T50 staples and ultra-light construction, your upholstery will never know what hit it.
What we liked:
Incredibly compact design is ideal for tight spaces
Able to drive staples into a wide range of surfaces
Lightweight, effortless design is super easy to maneuver
Pneumatic air action delivers exceptionally powerful driving force
What could be better:
The safety switch action might slow down your overall time
Hitachi N3804AB3 Staple Gun
3 lbs total weight staple gun
Tool free adjustment for a professional finish
Equipped with a non slip elastomer grip trigger
Ergonomically designed quick flip action switch for easy transition
Tool less, easy to clear nose for staple extraction
No mar tip to prevent scarring
Alright, so who here doesn’t know who Hitachi is?
Looking at the price tag, it’s clear to see that things just got serious. Introducing the brand’s pride and joy, the Hitachi N3804AB3 staple gun might just be the only construction tool you’ll ever need.
This narrow crown stapler is more than ideal for both internal and external trim work, countertop installation, furniture assembly, resetting upholstery and other fine finish applications.
Aside from being extremely light and well balanced, what else does this gun have to offer?
Hitachi took the competition by surprise with their 360-degree adjustable exhaust port. This nifty little feature can be completely spun around in a wide range of directions to make sure that you don’t get a face full of compressed air.
But that’s not even half of it; the Hitachi N3804AB3 staple gun offers tool free depth adjustment for the ultimate precision. This allows the gun to identically set each staple to the desired depth for a more uniform project.
All this is powered by an insanely powerful operating pressure that ranges between 70 and 120 psi.
What we liked:
Superior quality craftsmanship
Higher Psi range delivers incredible driving power
360 degree exhaust ensures all air is kept away from your face and work
Tool free depth adjustment adds a whole new dimension to convenience
What could be better:
The safety kind of gets in the way when you’re stapling in tight spaces
Porter-Cable US58 C-Crown Upholstery Stapler
Pneumatic gun with 70 to 120 psi
Light and compact for field operation
1-inch nose extension for limited clearance fastening
Steel top cap for improved durability
Rear exhaust port channels to keep exhaust away from user
Easy jam clearing mechanism
The US58 is a pneumatic stapler with a barrage of highly useful features. How they managed to squeeze in so many functions in such a compact body is beyond me. For starters, the unit builds up a compressed force of 70 to 120 psi to let you drive staples on literally any surface you want.
And speaking of staples, the Porter-Cable US58 Upholstery Stapler boasts of the highest staple capacity on the list. The magazine holds an impressive 185 staples; making this staple ideal for deep, remote excursions. What’s more, it’s among the lightest pneumatic staple guns; no more hand fatigue mid-project.
If we’re talking about power tools, then you know that it was only a matter of time until Porter-Cable reared its ingenious head in the mix.
Apart from being the most expensive staple gun on our entire list, their newest release is also the most popular model that proves extremely useful on numerous occasions. If you’re looking for something that you can use professionally or the ultimate tool that will take your DIY game to the top, then this is it right here.
So, what exactly makes the Porter-Cable US58 C-Crown Upholstery Stapler so insanely popular?
What we liked:
Higher staple capacity means less downtime
Extremely easy to use
Compact size allows for better fit in tight spaces
What could be better:
No safety tipped nose; make sure you mean to shoot when you pull the trigger
Arrow Fastener Arrow PT50 Pneumatic Staple Gun
Ideal for household DIY projects
Easy, quick action drop in staple loading
Contact safety feature that prevents accidental firing
Able to work with an array of different sizes of T50 staples
Includes 2 hex wrenches and some replacement oil
Over-molded comfort grip for
Adjustable exhaust cover
Once you use the Arrow Fastener Arrow PT50 Pneumatic Staple Gun, the first thing that immediately stands out is the versatility. From bump firing all the way to speed jobs, there’s nothing this bad boy can’t do. Once it hits 120 psi on the pneumatic, even dense hardwood materials like cherry and oak don’t stand a chance.
But how do you check all that raw pressure?
By including some clever safety features of course. The Arrow Fastener Staple Gun incorporates a built in contact safety function that prevents accidental firing of staples if the gun is not in firing position. Combined with a quick bottom loading magazine system, you’ll be done with your projects in no time.
Since we’ve come to the end of our top 10 list of most popular staple guns, we thought we’d wind up with a great option for the money. A well-balanced model that combines cost-effectiveness and performance to give users an affordable but effective tool.
If you consider yourself a backyard warrior or a DIY enthusiast, then boy do we have something that will blow your socks right off. We’re talking about the Arrow Fastener Arrow PT50 Pneumatic Staple Gun that’s become more than a common household name. Let’s find out what makes this gun tick.
What we liked:
Compact size and design allows for flexibility in tight spaces
The Arrow PT50 Pneumatic Staple Gun might find it hard to staple extremely hard surfaces
Things to Consider
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.
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.