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Fence Stapler Showdown - Freeman PFS9 vs. Fasco F46

For several years, the fence stapling market has been dominated by few select brands. Recently, this niche industry received some new competition, as Freeman Tools introduced their PFS9 fence stapler. The Freeman fence stapler offers many of the same features as its Paslode and Fasco counterparts - but at a fraction of the cost. Today, we're going to put the Freeman PFS9 head-to-head with its closest rival, the Fasco F46 40-315 pneumatic fence stapler.

Fasco Fence Banner

Arguably one of the most recognizable tools in fence stapling, the Fasco F46 has earned a spot at the top of its class. Loaded with options that include a well-balanced and lightweight design, powerful motor for hardwood applications, form fitting nose designed for wire fence installation, on board adjustable depth of drive, and a comfortable non-slip rubber hand grip - this Fasco bundles a professional setup with tried and tested quality.

Fasco F46 Fence Stapler

A new kid on the block, Freeman Tools' PFS9 fencing stapler is quickly gaining notoriety as key competition - earning its own spot toward the top. Very similar to the Fasco F46 pneumatic fence stapler, the Freeman Tools PFS9 is designed specifically for applications in livestock fencing, field fencing, horse fencing and heavy mesh fencing - among other similar uses with wire fencing. This fence stapler features a magnesium housing, one-piece drive blade, adjustable depth of drive, 360 adjustable exhaust, air filter, quick-jam release, T-handle (for added control), top load magazine, wire alignment notch, belt hook, and comes with plastic carrying case.

Freeman PFS9

So, what are the major differences between a Freeman and Fasco fence stapler?


  • PRICE: Considerably the strongest factor in dictating which of the two tools you purchase, the Freeman PFS9 is less than half the cost of a Fasco F46 fence stapler. Currently on Nail Gun Depot for $349, compare Freeman to the $769 price tag for its Fasco counterpart.


  • FASTENER: Each of these tools require its own unique fastener, so know that when you commit to either of these brands, you'll also be committing to their fastener. Both types of fastener can be used for the same application, and both brands of fastener run about the same in price - so it ultimately comes down to your preference of tool. The Freeman PFS9 runs 9 gauge collated fence staples from 1-3/4" to 2" in length, whereas the Fasco F46 40-315 drives 10.5 gauge fencing staples from 1" to 1-9/16" in length.


  • WARRANTY: Don't be fooled, the low price on Freeman's fence stapler doesn't necessarily translate to a lower build quality. To make that known, the PFS9 is backed by a seven-year limited warranty. In comparison, Fasco's F46 fence stapler comes with a standard one-year manufacturer's warranty.

Freeman PFS9 Fence Stapler

THE VERDICT: The fact is, both staple guns have their merits. If you're looking for a tool that comes with several years of industry use, recognition and praise, we'd recommend the Fasco F46 fence stapler. For those shopping on budget, or who are only planning to use their fence stapler periodically, we'd suggest giving the Freeman PFS9 a shot. With a seven-year warranty and significantly lower price, it's hard not to give Freeman a second look.

Fasco F46 Fence Stapler

Comment below to let us know which one you'd choose!

~The Nail Gun Depot Team

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  • JC June 21, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    I would choose the Stockade ST400i as it's cordless and I don't need to carry a compressor. It also runs 9 gauge collated fence staples which should make fencing easier.

    • Nail Gun Depot June 23, 2016 at 5:22 AM

      Thanks for the feedback, JC. Unfortunately, the Stockade is only available to select markets. As a result, we can not currently carry it.

  • Henry April 20, 2018 at 11:26 PM

    Good product helpful in tight spots

  • Lee May 10, 2018 at 8:34 PM

    Having trouble with the fasco staples backing out of posts because they have no barbs. Don't know if the Freeman staples are barbed or not

    • Nail Gun Depot May 11, 2018 at 12:04 PM

      The 9 gauge Freeman staples are barbed. We also just started carrying a brand called STOCKade, which also offers 9 gauge barbed staples. Just keep in mind, either of these options MUST be used with their respective tool. They are not interchangeable.

  • Keith Lunders June 28, 2018 at 7:17 AM

    I’m interested in the Freeman PFS9.
    Does the warranty cover when used in commercial use ?
    is it 7 year warranty?
    How pressure and air consumption?
    How much are the 2 inch barbed staples for the freeman gun?
    What is the price of the gun ?
    How much is shipping?
    How does the warranty work ?
    Is there a deductible ?
    do I pay shipping both ways ?

    • Nail Gun Depot June 28, 2018 at 8:48 AM


      The warranty covers most non-wearable parts, regardless of how often it is used. The warranty does not cover physical damage, if the tool is dropped or improperly used.

      Here is a link to the PFS9 tool, which includes price and specifications.

      Shipping will depend on where you're located. The warranty is seven years. Freeman handles all warranty claims directly, and will need to be contacted in the event your tool needs service.

      We are in the process of adding the 2" staples, but they can be ordered immediately by contacting our customer service department at 1.888.720.7892.

  • rgc September 12, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    I need a gun that does 9 or 10 ga staples in stainless. I don't see any stainless staples available.

    • Nail Gun Depot September 12, 2018 at 12:58 PM

      We only offer hot-dipped galvanized fence staples online currently.

  • Billy J Haffly September 15, 2019 at 3:40 AM

    PFS9 for sure. I have fences to build but at half the price I'll go the cheaper route.

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