Rated 2.3 out of 5 by 44
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by mankaw Works "good"
I bought one of these to recover 18 restaurant booth seats. Best I can tell, you have to hold the staple gun straight and press it against the wood firmly to work. Out of about 1200 staples, I would say about 40 went only 3/4 of the way in. I like the gun, the way it feels, and how fast and easy it is to use. I'm convinced that there is some requirement of technique to using it. I do think I would buy it again. The last time I did this, I used a hand powered staple and got several blisters after 1000 staples. Certainly better than that.
May 8, 2009
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TGD3 Jam-A-Matic
I too am adding my name to the list of people who have nothing but jamming problems. It started with the first stick of staples, and has continued ever since. It likes to wait until I am up on a scaffold for maximum inconvenience.
I bought it because of the crossbolt safety. I was using a friends that had the contact safety, which can be hard to activate in close quarters. I liked that I could fire it without having to push it so tight to the work.
As others have noted, the dis-assembly is awkward. I had to disassemble it so many times I ruined the slotted end of the bolt because it is pretty soft. I have finally figured out how to unjam it without taking it apart most of the time, but It is still a major problem.
With all the take downs and damage I am doing every time I unjam it, I can tell this won't last long. Fortunately I am near the end of the insulation hanging for a while and won't need it.
I have used Arrow brand T-50 staples from the start, so if it can't handle its own brand, then what good is it.
On another note, there are other brands that have much easier staple loading by sliding open the entire bottom of the gun and allowing you to drop the stick in teeth up. It can be opened during use to see how many are left, and easily "topped off" if you want.
This one uses the traditional end load with the spring loaded plunger as you see on so many manual staplers. You can't see how many are left or easily top up the magazine and if it jams it is down inside the mechanism.
I would seriously consider another brand or style.
January 4, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by jec377 Was a life-saver at first... then...
Ok, so when I first purchased this product, it was a great tool to have handy. I had just bought a house that needed a little TLC. I replaced my old crumbling tile ceiling with lightweight Luaun. This was phenomenal at anchoring the sheets to the ceiling joists! For the price at the time, it was awesome! I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a pneumatic nail gun for the few things I would use it for. I put it away for a few months as I didn't have any other major projects at the time.
I took it out to put down some quarter round in the living room. It wouldn't even drive half way in! I kept trying with various levels of pressure - no pressure, excessive pressure, etc. Then it started jamming! Once I finagled with the strike plates, I got it unjammed. Then, it started bending the brads! I give up! It won't even fire through a soft wood piece of quarter round into a baseboard! I'll keep it around in case I need to mount a few sheets of paper onto a corkboard, but I wouldn't recommend this piece of garbage to anyone! Break out your hammer and nails; you're gonna need them. Or better yet, save up your pennies and buy a pneumatic nail gun! SKIP THIS!
June 3, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Cinbear22 Not very powerful
This is probably great for upholstery and other lighter weight jobs, but will not work for installing a carpet runner.
April 8, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by newscutter Don't bother
"heavy duty" is a joke. I bought one of these a few years ago and used it sporadically. The brads never NEVER go deep enough. Staples will penetrate, but you need to really push the stapler into the material to prevent kickback. Stapler died WAY too soon for the light amount of use I got out of it, and considering it was about $50 new. I'm going pneumatic. You should too.
September 3, 2009
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by COCHARLI Disappointing
Bought to use for installing insulation between studs. Jams easily, staples do not penetrate pine studs and sit flush with surface about half the time. Head broke off after grand total of two hours use. Wasn't worth my time to take back to store, just gave it to the recyclers.
March 12, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Marty Jams much too often!
This is the first product review I have ever done. This gun has me so
frustrated that I had to do this review. I bought this stapler because I have always had an Arrow manual stapler and liked it very much. After hand surgery, I was unable to use my manual stapler so bought this one. Bad purchase, IF it works I can get maybe 20 staples in a row to come out. After that it jams every 3 - 4 staples. I then remove all the staples, un-jam the gun throw all the staples in the gun away and reload only to repeat the process again. I'm ready to take a sledge hammer to this staple gun. DO NOT BUY THIS GUN.
April 19, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by chicagotxn After one project, constantly jamming every 4-5 staples
We used this stapler successfully for one big project earlier in the year, and the last few times we've tried to use it, it has consistently jammed. What should have been an easy task of repairing a screen has now evolved into a several hour debacle. But because the stapler wasn't cheap, we've kept hoping it would work better, only to be disappointed again.
Clearly, there seems to be a design issue, causing the jams. We are using 1/4 inch staples, stapling into wood that is quite soft. There should be no problem. But there certainly IS.
October 12, 2014