We all know how difficult it can be, you’re busy doing DIY or crafting something and suddenly you have the need to affix something or patch something up easily. A staple gun would indeed be a very convenient tool to have right about then.
How to buy a staple gun though? It isn’t as if it is a common, everyday purchase and as such it’s very important to make sure you are making the choice that is right for you. I have created this article to aid you, the reader, to make an well-informed purchase that will help you to achieve what you want-be it in hobby crafts, professional job or tasks around the house.
What you will need to follow this tutorial
Pen and paper to write down and list all of the qualities you think most important in a stapler. Access to a computer with an internet connection so as to check the prices of each respective model. A budget, so that you know which guns you can afford and those that would better be left on the shop rack. Form of currency with which to purchase the particular stapler. Be it cash, credit, cheque. Lastly, enough time! Set aside enough time in your day, because making the correct choice may take a while and you do not want to rush it, so that you know how to buy a staple gun.
Step by Step Instructions
List the types of available staple guns with their pros and cons
There are three main types of these guns: manual staple guns as well as electric staple guns and the pneumatic staple guns. Each of them has different characteristics and so it’s important to be aware of it so that you can choose the type that is right for you.
+ The manual staple gun is the most inexpensive of the lot. They are also easy to operate and load. Down sides of this type is that it can jam and you need that muscle strength.
|Many styles available||Can cause muscle fatigue|
|Needs no external power source||Requires grip strength|
|Easy to load||Staples may jam easily|
+ Electric guns, like the name suggests, runs on electric power through a battery or being plugged into an electrical outlet. The gun is easier to operate than manual varieties and staples more uniformly and quickly. The negatives are that it is more expensive as compared to most and requires a power source.
|Easy to operate||Needs a power source|
|Ideal for larger projects||Can be dangerous|
|Accepts tacks or staples||More expensive than most manual models|
|Safety switch prevents misfires||Due to ease of operation, must be kept out of children's reach|
+ Pneumatic Guns are the most versatile, lightweight and powerful. The stapling power can be customised through adjusting the air pressure. The negatives are that it requires an air compressor, which can be pricey to get your hands on, and it is the noisiest of all of them to boot.
|Most powerful type of stapler tool||Requires air compressor power|
|Accepts more kinds of fasteners than manual or electric staplers||Due to power and larger fastener size, more dangerous than electric or manual staple guns|
|Lightweight and easy to operate||Noisy|
|Built for durable, heavy-duty utility||More expensive than manual models|
List what you would specifically use your gun for and check the diagram
Because it could potentially be a very costly purchase it great if you are very sure what you’ll be using it for before any buys. Maybe the cheaper type will be good enough for your home projects, and you don’t need that monster staple gun after all. You can make a list on a piece of A4 paper with all of the possible uses for your future tool. When you’ve completed that you can check it against this diagram that lists what each type is good for.
|Light duty crafts, small household jobs||X|
|Home decorating: fabric tacking, drapery cornices, light repair||X||X|
|Door and window screens||X||X|
|Larger household projects/repetitive stapling||X||X|
|Carpeting and flooring installation/repair||X||X|
|Manufacturing and construction||X|
Research the field
When choosing a manual stapler: Some things to look at when buying a manual stapler is the handle grip (does it look comfortable enough and sturdy) and the durability.
Recommendation: A manual stapler gun that fits all these requirements is the BOSTITCH T6-8 Heavy Duty Powercrown Tacker
When choosing an electric gun: With an electric stapler gun the important concern is to get one that doesn’t give headaches down the road, but keeps functioning reliably.
Recommendation: An electric gun that is both cheap and fills these requirements is the Roberts-Model 10-600, 120-Volt, 15-Amp, Professional Electric Stapler
When choosing a pneumatic gun: : With a pneumatic gun you want to choose a product that can be adaptable to any situation and can do a wide variety of heavy duty tasks.
Recommendation: A pneumatic gun that does all of that and is cheaper than most is the Surebonder 9600A Pneumatic Heavy Duty Standard T50 Type Stapler with Case (air compressor needed not included)
Alternatively, if you are cash strapped, the cheaper route is to buy the staple gun second hand on sites like eBay or Craigslist. An important tip is to make sure that what you are buying is in goo, working condition when buying second hand or at least the assurance that it can be returned if it doesn’t meet expectations. A tool in its original case is a huge plus, and shows that at least it was treated with some care.
If, on the other hand, the tool will only be used once then you can consider hiring a staple gun from a local tool hire company. With reasonable daily rates it could work out to being cheaper than just buying the tool outright.
Have you enjoyed this list as a reader? It was important that I compiled the list, and I hoped that it helps you in narrowing down your options and making the right choices on how to buy a staple gun. A staple gun is a useful tool to have around the house and shouldn’t be a regretful purchase. It should be one that aids you in making any project you set your mind a reality too. If you enjoyed reading the article, then please comment and discuss what you are going to do with your staple gun or what you already have accomplished. Thank you for reading “How to buy a staple gun on a tight budget”.