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The Staple Gun Buying Guide

Are you shopping for a pneumatic stapler? Maybe you already own one, but want to see what else is out there? If you are researching staple guns, look no further.
 
As much as we love to talk about nail guns - after all, it's in our name - today, let's take a look at the various staple guns and pneumatic staplers that are available for construction, renovation and manufacturing.
 
Staples Variety
Let's start with one of the most commonly referenced segments within the staple gun industry - construction staplers. Available in several variations - depending on the application - you can choose between fine wire, narrow crown, medium crown and wide crown staplers. Fine wire construction staplers are generally used for furniture upholstery, light wood assembly, roof paper and insulation. Using a slightly larger staple, narrow crown staple guns or finish staplers are designed for applications that include: cabinets, casebacks, drawers, sheathing, underlayment, molding and trim. Next in line, medium crown staplers are capable of handling larger, more intense projects including: floor decking, roof sheathing, soft wall sheathing, subflooring, pallet construction, vinyl siding and insulation installation. The last and largest (size) segment of construction stapler, wide crown staple guns are built to handle the toughest of tough applications. These heavy-duty staplers are built for insulation sheathing, wire lathing, housewrap, attaching corrugated to pallets, furniture and cabinet frame assembly, or any other application that requires a wide crown staple. If you are looking for a solid, durable construction stapler, consider the MAX TA238A (replaced by the TA238B) for smaller finish and trim applications, or the Senco WC150XP (replaced by the PS15XP) for larger projects.
 
Senco WC150XP
For less intense projects - primarily those that include upholstering or securing fabric - an upholstery stapler will be your best option. You will find that upholstery staplers commonly overlap with their fine wire construction stapler cousin. If you are strictly planning to use this pneumatic (or electric) tool for attaching upholstery, make sure the tool is specifically designed for upholstering - versus assembly. These staplers are particularly useful for furniture and vehicle upholstery, light wood assembly, dust covers, cabinet backs, felt insulation, roofing felt, molding, bedding and packaging. Our friends at ModHomeEc recommend the Duo-Fast EIC-3118 Electric Stapler (replaced by Fasco-Maestri 7C-16 3/8" Crown Electric Stapler - 63100) for the novice - or a BeA Long Nose Upholstery Stapler for long-term, skilled use. You can read their entire review of Nail Gun Depot staple guns here.
 
Duo-Fast Upholstery Stapler
For packaging and shipping, carton closing staplers are specifically designed to seal corrugated boxes and packaging materials. These tools are almost always found in warehouses or shipping facilities. For small to medium usage, consider a top carton stapler or plier stapler for package closing. For heavy-duty, high volume use, look to a larger carton closing tool - designed for manufacturing and assembly - such as a bench mounted carton stapler or post bottomer carton stapler. In the Nail Gun Depot shipping department, we are currently using Bostitch's latest cordless top carton closers, the DSW-3519 and DSW-3522.
 
Bostitch Cordless Carton Closing Stapler
Hammer staplers, also known as hammer tackers, are most commonly used for carpet, roof paper and housewrap installation. Similar to a hammer, these staplers are actuated each time the user brings the tool into contact with a surface - using a driving force. We recommend a variation of the Duo-Fast hammer tacker (replaced by Powernail HT-750 classic hammer stapler) for carpeting. For roofing or siding, consider a cap stapler.
 
Stinger Hammer Cap Stapler
Interested in flooring staplers? Check out our recent article on Must-Have Flooring Tools.
 
Powernail Hardwood Floor Stapler
Branching out from the typical staple gun(s) a builder or remodeler would come in contact with, there are several specialty staple guns available - such as bedding staplers and bar code staplers. Among a class of specialty fastening tools - mainly for manufacturing applications - bedding staplers are used for the production and manufacturing of mattresses and box spring sets. Designed for a different - yet equally important set of applications - bar code staplers (also known as label staplers) are used in construction, pallet/crating, packaging and residential interiors. Designed for stapling bar code tags to lumber, the BeA 380/10-400 is a powerful new addition to Nail Gun Depot's lineup of specialty tools.
 
BeA Bar Code Stapler
Need more information about a particular model or type of pneumatic, electric or manual staple gun? Just ask, we're here to help!
 
~ The Nail Gun Depot Team
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28 COMMENTS

  • Lauren August 4, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Hi, there is one particular staple I am interested in (from the first picture). It is 6 rows down, on the right. It is not a simple u-shape like the other staples. Do you know the name of this staple? Thanks in advance!

    • Nail Gun Depot August 8, 2016 at 10:34 AM

      Lauren, after researching your request, we believe it is a staple intended for applications in wire or cable installation. We don't currently stock anything similar to it unfortunately - the image pictured is just a stock photo from a vendor. It's possible we could attempt to source something for you if you're interested in purchasing some, but it would most likely have to be custom fabricated and ordered in pallet quantities if available.

  • ron pair February 18, 2017 at 4:05 AM

    is there any type of staple gun that will shoot through thin metal on automotive fenders to attach rubber splash guard material like the type originally used on the autos of the 60's

    • Nail Gun Depot February 20, 2017 at 12:03 PM

      Ron,

      Great question. I will enlist one of our experts to help with your question. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any further questions.

      UPDATE: This is a highly specialized application. The answer depends on several factors, including thickness of metal and whether or not the staple needs to clinch. We recommend working with customer service to narrow down the type of tool you can use, based on specific details about your job.

    • Scott ellinger March 1, 2018 at 10:07 PM

      Need to staple awning material to Aluminum framing , what gun do I need to buy ????

      • Nail Gun Depot March 2, 2018 at 6:23 AM

        We'd suggest a staple gun that runs 92 series staples, such as the BeA 92/25-553 18 Gauge Stapler, item #12000159.

  • lawrence February 27, 2017 at 1:42 AM

    hello there, I have also same question as Ron pair. after consulting with your expert please this is my humbly request to you don't forget to enlist me.
    thank you

    • Nail Gun Depot February 27, 2017 at 5:23 AM

      Lawrence,

      In short, it really depends on the thickness of the metal, as well as whether or not the staple needs to clinch. This is a highly specialized application, so there really isn't a one-size-fits-all staple gun for the job. I would recommend contacting our customer service team, so they can learn a little more about your project and see if there is a tool that fits your needs.

      You can contact customer service at 1.888.720.7892 or email sales@nailgundepot.com. I can also have them contact you directly if you would like?

      Please let me know if there is anything else we can do to help.

  • Cherie July 17, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    I have a pneumatic staple gun that uses the uses staples that are short across the top and I want one that gives me a wider staple not just a longer staple. I'm learning how to upholster and it is just too hard to get that little bitty staple out when I make a mistake. What is a good (not over expensive) pneumatic staple gun that will give me the wider staple like my manual stapler?

    • Nail Gun Depot July 17, 2017 at 12:18 PM

      Cherie,

      Do you know what size crown your stapler is using? Upholstery staplers will almost always require a narrow crown staple, but you may be able to locate a tool that runs a slightly larger crown size.

      An alternative solution, have you considered getting an upholstery staple remover, such as the Spotnails P-97482? This accessory may solve your problem, without buying a brand new tool.

      Please let us know if we can help further!

  • Cherie July 17, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    I'm looking for a pneumatic staple gun that uses wide staples not the narrow ones. Being new to upholstering, I still make mistakes and those little bitty narrow staples are to hard to see let alone remove.
    Any suggestions?

    • Nail Gun Depot July 17, 2017 at 12:57 PM

      I'd like to connect you with one of our product specialists, who can better assist based on the specifics of your project. I'm going to forward them your email address, and they should respond within the next 24 hours.

      If you'd like help sooner, please call 1.888.720.7892 or open a chat with one of our technicians. You can also email sales@nailgundepot.com for help.

      Thanks for the question!

  • Frank welch May 9, 2018 at 5:41 AM

    Do you guys
    Make a stapler that will go through paneling and metal hat channel. Thanks for any info you can provide.

    • Nail Gun Depot May 11, 2018 at 12:16 PM

      We would need to know a little more about your application, to pair you with the correct tool. Please contact our sales team at 1.888.720.7892 or email sales@nailgundepot.com with some additional details about your project.

  • Nathan June 8, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    Hello, I am doing some metal work with aluminum and am wondering if there is a staple gun that you would recommend using with metal. I see that most of these ate used for wood applications and am curious to see if there is something that would better suit metal application. Thanks!

    • Nail Gun Depot June 12, 2018 at 9:12 AM

      Nathan,

      We would need a little more information about your project. There are staplers available, but the correct tool will depend on factors including the thickness of the aluminum you're working with, as well as the material you're fastening the metal to. Please send us some additional information to sales@nailgundepot.com.

  • Terry Stam June 8, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    I am looking for a manual powered staple gun that shoots a narrow-crown staple (1/4" or less wide) with 5/8" legs. Do you know if such a staple gun and staples exist?

    We have purchased air-powered staplers before, but they have too much power for our application.

    Thanks,
    Terry Stam

  • Brad La Fleur August 15, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Looking for a pneumatic stapler for 7/16 to 1/2 inch crown Staples, 1 inch to 1.5 inch long to attach aluminum siding to my RV trailer. Not sure if I need 16 gauge or 18 gauge and don't know the difference between crown and medium crown Staples. Open to recommendations. Thank you, Brad

    • Nail Gun Depot August 16, 2018 at 5:43 AM

      Thanks for reaching out, Brad.

      We have customers using the 18 gauge M-wire staples (3/8" crown) that are having success in similar applications. I'd suggest the Omer SG44.25 based on the project you're describing.

      Crown size is the width of the staple. You don't want to use a staple too wide for an application, as it will be more noticeable.

      Please let us know if there's anything else we can do.

  • Rosemary Tappan August 17, 2018 at 6:51 AM

    I am looking for a stapler that can be used on heavy gauge aluminum. I am replacing fabric on an aluminum support frame of some outdoor wicker furniture. i am not having any success finding something that will work. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Nail Gun Depot August 17, 2018 at 7:33 AM

      How thick is the aluminum - and how thick is the fabric material? At minimum it sounds like an 18 gauge stapler will be required. To make an accurate recommendation, we really need to know a little more about your project. Can you give us a call at 888.720.7892 to discuss with a product specialist?

  • Sam Glunt September 7, 2018 at 5:40 AM

    Good Morning! I am looking for a crown stapler that dispenses 1/4 in. Crown staples. This item is being used for small craft projects. If there is such a crown stapler that does this where can I locate the item.Thank You in advance for your help.

    • Nail Gun Depot September 7, 2018 at 6:59 AM

      It sounds like the Fasco F1B 34DF-18 23 Gauge Stapler is going to be the closest match to what you're looking for. This tool runs 23 gauge 3/16" crown 3400 Series Staples.

  • George Gatesy September 29, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    How do you staple into an aluminum frame?

    • Nail Gun Depot October 1, 2018 at 7:32 AM

      George,

      It is possible, but we would need to know more about the application specifically, as well as the thickness of the material and what you're trying to attach to the aluminum frame.

  • Deborah October 20, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Hello, I am a commercial pipe insulator, and we wrap a/c ducts with foil backed insulation. Our staplers flare the ends of the staples out, versus a common desk stapler that pins them underneath the main bar, in order to not puncture the duct itself. These manual staplers are rather hard on your hands, they have a really tight pull on them. Is there an alternative available. I've been looking but haven't seen anything yet. Thanks!

    • Nail Gun Depot October 22, 2018 at 5:34 AM

      Great question! We do offer air-powered "flaring" staplers, which may be the solution you're looking for. These do require an air compressor for operation.

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