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So my dad bought this a few years ago now to add to his vast collection of DIY tools before embarking on the daunting task of constructing a whole house in France. This hammer tacker is basically just a heavy duty stapler, which Will feed and drive two full strips of arrow T50 staples in four sizes: 1/4, 5/16, 3/8 & 1/2 inches.
---REASON FOR BUYING---
The main reason why this was bought was to quickly and easily attach a plastic barrier to the inside of walls, after the insulation was put between the studwork. This hammer tacker drives staples very easily into the wood with a quick slight of hand movement, so allows for easy attachment of many things with just one had, so that you can hold it in place with the other. This tool has proved to have many uses however, for quick attachment of various items. My dad and I have found that it really only pierces into wood or plastic as a substrate but it will pierce through paper, cardboard, thin plastic or wood or even some fabrics.
The tool itself is made mainly from steel which has a very shiny and aesthetically pleasing chrome finish. The handle is then wrapped with a non-slip rubber grip that is actually very comfortable to hold. The handle is slightly ripped so that it doesn't slip out of your hand when in use, and is brightly coloured orange so that you can spot it, even at the bottom of your toolbox.
---EASE OF USE---
The only reason why someone may be hesitant to buy this product would be that they may think that it takes too much force to operate. However, this is not the case as the tacker itself builds up momentum easily, so that after about five practices of using the product you will be able to staple things effectively every time as you gauge how much pressure it takes to staple things into various materials. Using the product is actually very easy therefore, unless you're at an awkward angle (i.e. stapling onto a ceiling) or are in a tight corner; as it is sometimes hard to get the stapler to go exactly where you want. (With practice you can get it to about half centimetre accuracy).
When the time comes to insert new staples into the product these are readily available at most DIY stores, which makes things nice and simple. The product also takes a variety of different sized staples for different applications which is a handy feature. For inserting new staples, the back of the handle is unclipped by hand (it is held in place with a spring), and then the guide/feed rail is slid out of the handle and staples are placed in, in much a similar way to a normal office stapler. The procedure is then reversed to secure the staples in place for use.
During my time using the tacker, I have never had a staple jam inside the product, and that is quite something considering that it has now seen hundreds, if not thousands of staples pass through it.
Despite the slightly high purchase price of this product, it is an exceptional device that certainly does speed up many DIY projects. It not only saves time but this product also makes many projects much easier as a staple is often much easier, and cheaper, to put in place than a screw or nail. Plus they can be removed if they have to, unlike nails which can be tricky to take out.
If you're doing a project therefore where you think that this could benefit you in any way, I would say get it as it will make your life so much easier. A great product that is actually really easy to use and saves you lots of hassle.