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I was quite disappointed in my new staple gun. I expected to be able to do lots of repair jobs around the house with it. The Rapid R53 is designed for fairly light use and is excellent for upholstery and other light use. It will cope with ply wood, cardboard and soft wood but it isn't designed for use on hardwood. If you try using it for this the staples either refuse to go into the wood, or fold up. (Index do a heavy duty staple gun that copes with nails too for under £10, more about that later.) Although this stapler is useful it only takes their own brand of staples and you can only get them in 6 and 8 mm packs. There are 2500 in a pack and these cost around £4. (These aren't any good for tacking down carpets.) I think this is quite expensive as the stapler itself, which comes with 2 boxes of staples cost £15. It's easy to put the staples into the machine. I frequently have trouble with things like this but even I found it straightforward and I did it first time. I used mine for tacking a new cover to the top of a softwood bedding box. It coped fairly well there as the fabric is quite thin and the wood is very soft. I did waste quite a few staples though, as they either, didn't go properly into the wood, or they bent. I tried it on a deckchair cover but it couldn't cope with the hardwood frame. My advice here would be to avoid buying this stapler and buy the cheaper one from Index. It's unbranded and costs just £8.99. I went out and got this because I couldn't repair my deckchair, or tack carpets down with the other one. If I had know about this one which takes t nails, roundhead nails, tacks and staples and has such an easy squeeze action, I would never have bought the R53. Save your money, on this occasion, buy a cheap one!
The Rapid 53 is a light duty staple gun that is suitable for a variety of diy and craft projects. I've had this one for a few years and have found it to be a very useful and reliable tool. You are restricted to using their own make of staples which come in 6 and 8 mm sizes. These are available at most diy stores and come in packs of 2500 making them economical to use. They load up quickly and easily. This gun will only accept normal staples, the more expensive ones will take staples,brads and cable tacks in a variety of lengths. This one is only suitable for light duty fixings due to the max 8mm staples so it's no good for fixing carpets etc but will do most things. A very handy tool allowing fast fixing.