Product Type: Blackspur Hand Tool
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Staple Away? Well May Be Not
Blackspur Heavy Duty Staple Gun
Member Name: rufusdog
Blackspur Heavy Duty Staple Gun
Advantages: Was cheap to buy and got a lot of free staples
Disadvantages: Needed the extra staples as very unreliable stapling
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.
Summary: Not worth the bother
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