Rated 2.3 out of 5 by 40
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dcline Perfect for Trimwork
I purchased one of these rather than renting a pneumatic gun for roughly the same price. It is definitely well worth owning a product like this, as I have found plenty of uses for it beyond my original project.
One cautionary note, the power draw is quite intense when you pull the trigger. You will see a noticeable flickering of any lights on the same circuit when you shoot a nail. Also, you need to be working very close to the outlet (or have outlets spaced 10-12' apart) to use this without an extension cord.
And if you do need an extension cord, be careful to buy one that is at least 12 gauge for a 25' cord or 10 gauge for longer cords, and those are NOT cheap. Using even a 10' 14 gauge cord reduced the power supply enough that the gun was unable to drive a nail more than halfway into pine quarter round.
When using the correct extension cord, this nailer consistently drives 1.25" nails into pine baseboards and quarter round to very nearly flush, which is easy to inset and paint or putty over. I also used it on some harder composite quarter round, and found that it usually leaves closer to 1/8" sticking out.
Considering how rarely I need to drive nails into anything harder than composite trim, and how much cheaper and easier it is to use this electric nailer than any alternative, I think this is an excellent product for my needs.
April 29, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by gdollar Very poor tool that doesn't do what it's supposed to.
This is the worst tool I have ever bought and it's a close run thing with the Arrow electric stapler. Both these tools suffer from a similar problem: they cannot drive a brad or a staple all the way in meaning you need a hammer to drive the nail or staple for the last 2 mm. I bought it to avoid using a hammer around my granite counter tops. It failed and I needed to use a hammer after all. Recently I used the tool on pine and pine and it still couldn't get it done. This tool is weak and the drive mechanism is not up to the job. I finally bought a compressor and a nail gun and that works just fine. This is a ToysRus piece of equipment.
October 1, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer Arrow Nail Failure
I bought this unit because at the price of 60.00 I thought it would do the job for me. WRONGGGggggg!!
I was only installing wooden lattice to my screen porch surrounding. Soft lattice and pine framing. I purchased the 5/8 brads recommended by Arrow. Man I was ready to GET it Done.
Well, besides the fact that you have to carry a hammer with you to finish installing the brads due to the fact that it only drives them part way, I had to disassemble the front of the gun to remove jammed up Brads at least 3 times to a small stick of brads.
This is, as I read in one review........JUNK, JUNK, JUNK.
I will return this today and probably go to a pneumatic reliable brad / stapler.
July 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tonmoy Wish it had more power but...
Depending on the staple depth it does not go all the way through. I don't yet know if that is by design. But the odd stapling jobs that does not need the muscle and hassles of pneumatic power, this makes stapling almost fun! Assembling weed fabric over landscape timber was a breeze.
June 9, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SethMW Worked well enough
I got this as a gift, and after reading reviews I was very hesitant to not just return it for store credit. After giving it a shot yesterday it worked out pretty well. As long as you hold it very square and very tight to your trim it will drive the nails well. The first few I tried before getting the hang of it stuck out a quarter inch, like so many here have said. It did jam once, but that was when I tried driving a nail at an awkward position, so I was at an angle. Once I cleared the jam, and tried again squarely it worked fine again.
December 31, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Robert Waste of time and money
The gun is horrible I attempted to attach 1/2" quarter-round and the first 3 or 4 were good. The gun jammed on me I used it to get the brads started- they were only 3/4"- not that long, but yet only about 2 out of 10 were good, the rest I had to use a punch to get flush.
Also the gun jammed twice, and half the time when I pulled the trigger nothing happened.
I put about 30 brads in total; needless to say I returned the gun.
I assume when you use staples it works better,(I did not try) because with brads it is worthless!!
February 8, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by arromeck Arrow 200 staple gun
used for 2 hours with 25 foot #14 extension cord, ( fired maybe 50 staples) (Company recommends #12 cord), and the circuit board fried.Could not purchase replacement part for repair, I told them I used undersize cord and did not expect warranty, The circuit board is not available, so I purchased phneumatic and the arrow unit sits in the garage junkpile. maybe I'll be able to buy the circuit board someday. All the designer would have had to do is add a protective device to the circuit board, like a replaceable fuse.
December 9, 2009
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Sandtigar I guess you get what you pay for. It doesn't have enough power to compensate for the recoil, so the brads won't be sunk in or even flush unless you put an incredible amount of pressure against it when you fire it off. Most of the time I couldn't put my back to a wall to apply pressure, so they were sticking out a bit.
I'd still recommend this to the occasional do-it-yourself person, because even though you have to go back and use a nail punch to sink the brads, it still makes putting up trim much faster than a hammer.
August 25, 2010