For what it is worth, I have yet to find an electric or manual stapler that is worth the money you pay for. I used to do upholstery part-time, usually at night after the kids were asleep. I desperately looked for an electric or manual stapler so I wouldn't have to fire up the compressor and wake the neighborhood.
This was a couple of years ago and maybe they have improved a bit but I always end up using my air-powered stapler/nailer. And, btw, the brad-nailer that Harbor Freight sometimes sells for $15 or so works great for occaisional use.
Thanks for the reply. We are going to try and build some mountains this summer and need to get a electric nailer/stapler to attach the chicken wire to the side of the railbed i would try to explane how we are going to do this but it would not make a lot of sense. When i learn to post pictures i will post pictures of what we are doing. Thanks again for the reply/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/hehe.gif
I bought a electric staple gun at Sears over 20 years ago that shoots 3/8ths staples with up to 1/2 inch legs. I did the entire roof of our house (2400 square feet) 4 layers of 15 and 30 pound roofing felt with it. It still works though it misfires fairly often. I think something like that would work as long as the load does not put the staples in tension.
as usual, Pete, great photos; I use a Home Depot cheapy electric stapler to shoot tiny nails. I also have an air gun stapler but it has too much pressure for small jobs where I don't want the nails disappearing
My problem with the "little" electric nailers was I needed to drive something longer than 5/8" (for trestles), and I couldn't see dragging around the weight, noise and hose of an air gun.
Mine was refurbished from eBay, which was the only way it was worth it--including shipping it was less than $60--since I think it lists for something absurd like $199! But so far so good and it shares batteries w/my drill. (From what I've heard, the only advantage to the 12V over the 18V is the length of time between charges, which is already very long with the 12V. But if you had or wanted B&D 18V tools, that would be another advantage.)
For my building projects (scale buildings) i use a pin gun. It uses the 23guage headless nails and i love it. For bigger projects I use a brad gun. Sadly both are air power, but i do have a "quiet" run compressor. Quiet means it only wakes half the neighborhood.