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Hello all. I would like to purchase an inexpensive pneumatic stapler for some light upholstery and acoustic panel work. I have come across three different models and was wondering if any of you have had any experience with either one. If you have not I would still value your input. Have a wonderful day. Peter

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/surebonder-t-50-pneumatic-stapler-fires-1-4-inch-thru-9-16-inch-staples/1000745616

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00GLZZSN2/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza

https://www.amazon.ca/BOSTITCH-Heavy-8-Inch-Crown-Stapler/dp/B00HA92U7U/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2MKGWXB1OMUEF&colid=7XANJ6NUKROW
 

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Buying the Bostich is probably like owning a Bosch router instead of a Craftsman. You'll more likely be able to find parts in a year or two. But if you go with one like the HF stapler that Doug posted then you can get 3 of them for one Bostich. There used to be a store out west here called House of Tools that sold HF quality tools for fairly cheap and I've used the 18 gauge brad nailers that they sold. They worked fairly well but had a much shorter lifespan than a Bostich or PC branded one.
 

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Peter,

I have a combo 18 ga brad nailer/crown stapler that I got from Harbor Freight for $20, and it has been great. I don't know if your discount tool stores have the same tool branded under their store name, but it has been a great tool.

It kind of looks like https://www.amazon.ca/NuMax-S2-118G...rad+nailer+stapler&qid=1580762583&s=hi&sr=1-4
Thank you kp91. It appears to me that they are all about the same size. Probably manufactured in the same plant in Taiwan and just re-branded.
 

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Buying the Bostich is probably like owning a Bosch router instead of a Craftsman. You'll more likely be able to find parts in a year or two. But if you go with one like the HF stapler that Doug posted then you can get 3 of them for one Bostich. There used to be a store out west here called House of Tools that sold HF quality tools for fairly cheap and I've used the 18 gauge brad nailers that they sold. They worked fairly well but had a much shorter lifespan than a Bostich or PC branded one.
Thank you Chuck. If I'm not mistaken the Bostitch comes with a 7 year limited warranty (something that I will have to confirm). And, the brad nailer feature could be useful at some point. Much appreciated. Peter
 

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The Bostich is a crown stapler. I am not sure how well that would work on upholstery.

The Arrow Fastener PT50 shoots a wider range of staples. T50 are a flat head stapler.
The Surebonder T-50 also has a wider range of staples.
 

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The Bostich is a crown stapler. I am not sure how well that would work on upholstery.

The Arrow Fastener PT50 shoots a wider range of staples. T50 are a flat head stapler.
The Surebonder T-50 also has a wider range of staples.
Thank you @boogalee. I was a little concerned about the shape of the Bostitch to be honest with you. I realize that the Arrow and Surebonder may not be in the same league as the Bostitch but once I'm done with the small project that I have undertaken I will be done with the stapler. I have a lot of staples to enter and prefer to save my hands.
 

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I've had an earlier version of the Bostitch that you posted the link to. I've owned it for probably 8 years and can't remember it even having one jam or miss fire, unless it was empty. It's probably seen about 7,000 staples in that time. I bought it for installing insulation, and then used it for upholstery. My manual stapler that I bought just before going to the pneumatic, that I used along with the pneumatic version, was borrowed 2 months ago by my son to insulate one large room that he has gutted and is now re-insulating. He informed me that he had to buy another to finish the job because the one that he had borrowed isn't working well. I offered the pneumatic, but he said he didn't want to haul the hose and compressor around, and that he was almost finished with insulating anyway. I believe him, because he respects tools, especially when he borrows them. I'll likely get my old one back, plus the one that he bought, because mine broke while he was using it. Both manual staplers are Arrow brand.


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I have the Arrow pneumatic stapler and it works great. I used when making some upholstery and some padding and lining in guitar cases. I like it and bought it on Amazon.
 

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I have a harbor freight that have been using for several years and swear by it. very reasonable as with the fasteners other brands of staples work well in it. you can order on line and also look for discount coupons at tthe same time.
 

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I have a harbor freight that have been using for several years and swear by it. very reasonable as with the fasteners other brands of staples work well in it. you can order on line and also look for discount coupons at tthe same time.
Thank you. Unfortunately, they do not ship to the province that I am located in. Thank you for chiming in.
 

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One is a crown stapler and the other two are just regular staplers. For what your use will be I would go with a regular type stapler. The reason being is that you can get longer or shorter staples at just about any store. Not so with crown staples. I would also go with the"used" one on Amazon. Even though they say used they are just as good as the new ones and I have never had a problem buying that way.
 

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Peter,

I have a combo 18 ga brad nailer/crown stapler that I got from Harbor Freight for $20, and it has been great. I don't know if your discount tool stores have the same tool branded under their store name, but it has been a great tool.

It kind of looks like https://www.amazon.ca/NuMax-S2-118G...rad+nailer+stapler&qid=1580762583&s=hi&sr=1-4
I think he is looking for a wide crown stapler to use on upholstery. This is Harbor Freights version https://www.harborfreight.com/search?q=wide crown air stapler.
I have an electric that works pretty well https://www.amazon.com/Arrow-Fasten...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00SX0ADZ6.
 

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I have an arrow electric and it works really well. I'm not sure why I would ever want an air powered one when electric works just as well. What are the advantages of air over electric that I must be missing? I suppose stapling in a wet environment? (Seems a bit unlikely)
 

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I have an arrow electric and it works really well. I'm not sure why I would ever want an air powered one when electric works just as well. What are the advantages of air over electric that I must be missing? I suppose stapling in a wet environment? (Seems a bit unlikely)
The ability to alter the air pressure/driving force?
 

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I have an arrow electric and it works really well. I'm not sure why I would ever want an air powered one when electric works just as well. What are the advantages of air over electric that I must be missing? I suppose stapling in a wet environment? (Seems a bit unlikely)
wider range of staples...
 
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