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I have this staple gun, which cost around £10, and honestly I wouldn't bother going any higher than this for occasionally domestic use (which is what I use it for). I am not sure about the title "heavy duty" though... I think I would get a more expensive and well made staple gun if you wanted something more heavy duty.
Anyway, the stapler is made out of some sort of steel, and has a catch at the bottom which you "unclip", and out pops a "magazine" which you can load in the staples. First problem here is that the staples seem to not be "standard" staples that you get in a normal stapler, they are a bit bigger (I assume to make them stronger?). Anyway, getting refills is a bit more of a hassle than it needs to be, you have to either go to a very large store, or a specialist store to get the staples.
How does it perform?
I think pretty well, I have used it to staple bits of chicken wire to soft timber, but honestly, this task was a huge undertaking using this stapler. Often the staples would get bent, jammed, or not fully go into the wood, but considering that it was a task that I only needed to do once... £10 seemed about the right amount to spend doing it. If I was a builder, or did this on a regular basis, then again I would definately either get something more expensive, or even invest in a nailgun?
This stapler is more suited to office use, such as stapling bits of paper to board displays and the like. I am not sure it is worthy of being "heavy duty", but it is made out of metal, not plastic, so even after dropping it countless times, mine still works. We also keep it outside in the shed, and it still works, so it is rugged, but not very good at working...
Anyway, I think I will give this 3/5 stars. Certainly room for improvement as I have highlighted, but it did the task I got it for adequately.
~A budget priced staple gun from Blackspur~
I bought one of these so called heavy duty staple guns from the Blackspur range from a well known store when wanting something to use to help keep the liners of some large garden planters in place. I bought the staple gun as it appeared to be just what I was looking for, as it was well priced and came pre packed with a number of staples making it ready for immediate use. The outer packing that the staple gun came in is quite durable as I still store the staple gun in the packing and have found it useful to keep as I feel it has helped to protect the staple gun from damage and keep it from rusting.
This staple gun can be used for all kinds of home DIY jobs and I have found it works reasonably well with it having been used for a number of small DIY jobs. When I used this to help keep my garden planter liners in place I found the staple gun was able to pierce the wooden frames of the planters fairly easily, as I had no problems attaching the liners to the frames other than having to hammer in the odd misplaced staple from time to time. I found that the stapler worked as it was meant to most of the time, as long as I made sure to position the stapler correctly before pressing down to release a staple.
I found that the staples provided with the stapler were more than enough to complete the first task I completed which I was pleased about. I have since used the same stapler to attach fabric to frames in order to make fabric style pictures and found the stapler again worked quite well. The shape and style of the stapler makes it easy to position it correctly in order to give a good fixing once a staple has been set in place in my opinion, although you do sometimes need to make adjustments. The size of the stapler is such that it can be held with one or both hands so as to allow the staples to pierce through thicker materials such as wood or chip board without having to exert too much pressure.
The downside of this stapler is that there is no padding to the hand grip area where you have to hold on to the stapler in order to use it. This does mean you can end up with really tired hands after using this staple gun for any length of time which really can be rather limiting in my opinion. Had I bought this as something to use on a regular basis I would have most certainly opted for a product that had a soft grip area on the handle, as I feel repeated use of the stapler does hurt your hands more than it ought to.
~Price and product rating~
I found that most of the time each staple went where it was directed without having to hammer it in further, although in some instances I did need to use a hammer to help ease the staple into the correct place so as to give the best fixing. At times the staples can end up staying in the staple gun even after pressure has been applied to release a staple and I found that when this happened it could be time consuming to free up the system and get rid of the damaged staple. As mentioned this staple gun could have done with a soft grip cover to ease hand strain. Other than that I would say that this basic product does what it should at a fair price (£3 to £4 maximum) which is why I feel it is worthy of a 3 star product rating.
I had a big job coming up before Christmas, I wanted to re-upholster our sofa so I needed a staple gun to fix the fabric onto the wooden frame. I had a look on Amazon and Ebay to see what was going. I wanted a strong one but couldn't afford to pay the earth for one. I saw this one by Black Sspur which says it is a heavy duty staple gun and it was about £10 to buy and the seller was giving you a load of extra staples with it so I ordered one.
The staple gun is metallic and silver coloured and looks like a good tool. I looked on the packaging to see if I needed to know anything about working it but there wasn't really anything on there so I presumed it works the same as any other staple gun. I already own one that is made from plastic which I bought from the pound shop but I really wanted a heavy duty one as I was expecting to be using thousands of staples.
To get the staples in the machine you need to move a sort of clasp at the end of the tube bit where the staples go, you press it down slightly and then the spring inside will push the end out and you can pull the whole things out of the chute and put in some staples. I took a length of staples from the packet that came in the packaging with the staple gun but found it was too long to fit in the chute as it was. The end bit would not go right in so I had to break the length in half. This was easy to do but I found that the staples where I had broken it were loose so I had to pull these off which meant wasting them.
I managed to set up the staple gun ready to use and as I had already been stripping off the fabric from the sofa I was ready to have a go at putting on the new bits. The first staple fired but went in just one side which was a good start, so I tried the next one and nothing happened. Tried it again and again nothing happened, no staple. I took the back off again and let the staples out and put them back in again but still wouldn't work. Then I noticed that one was stuck at the front but I couldn''t get it out but luckily my daughter was with me and she had a look and found something on the bottom of the stapler that when you pull it, it releases the front end of the staple gun and you can get out the stuck staples. It was not easy to pull though but I managed to do it myself.
I was thinking to myself, one staple done and over 1000 left to do. I carried on trying to staple the fabric to the wood but found that every other staple it would stop working and sometimes it just wouldn't fire out a staple at all so I decided to contact the seller on Ebay and see if they would change it. I had to return the gun and they sent me out a new one which I asked them to try out before sending so I knew it was going to work. This meant I had to wait nearly a week before I could carry on with the sofa.
New staple gun turned up and this time it was working, well, just about. I found that it would work for about 10 staples then one would get stuck and you would need to undo it all and take everything out and replace the staples in the chute or even get a new stack of them out and start on those. It was a good job I had plenty of boxes of them, I was wasting hundreds.
Anyway, the sofa was finally finished and we are pleased with the result, but would I recommend one of these staple guns? The answer would have to be a big NO. If I had to do another job like this again I would make sure I could afford to buy a better make one that would be reliable and would work and not have to keep undoing it and putting it back together again every few staples.