Getting the right pneumatic staple gun can be a challenge when you’re shopping online. There are a ton of models on the market today, and it can be hard to tell from product descriptions alone if you’re getting a great deal or getting a lemon.
Our product reviews are designed to solve that problem for you. We show you the good and bad of each model so that you can make a well-informed decision and find the model that will best serve you. We also give you some tips about value, so that you can score a great deal, as well.
|Porter-Cable US58 Crown Upholstery Stapler|
|Hitachi N3804AB3 1/4" Crown Stapler||2 lbs||4.65/5|
|Surebonder 9600B T50 Type Stapler|
(Best for the Money)
|NuMax SL31 Pneumatic 3-in-1 Nailer & Stapler||2 lbs||4.3/5|
|3PLUS HF509040SP 18 Gauge 2" Crown Stapler & Brad Nailer||4 lbs||4.0/5|
The Porter-Cable US58 Crown Upholstery Stapler is easily one of the best pneumatic staple guns on the market today. Don’t let the “upholstery” in its name scare you. It’s compatible with a variety of 3/8-inch crown staples, so you’ll be able to use the kind that best fits your upcoming project. The one-inch nose extension helps you position the staples exactly where you want them in your work, and is useful in tight spaces. The rear exhaust port is also excellent, as it directs excess air away from you and from your projects in most cases.
The firing mechanism automatically retracts after each staple is fired. That means that when jams to occur, it’s easy to resolve them without tearing up additional staples. If a case were included, we’d be tempted to call this model the perfect buy. Since it doesn’t come with one, it will have to settle for first place on our list.
The Hitachi N3804AB3 1/4″ Crown Stapler is a model with great potential that falls short in one key area that costs it the top spot on our list. This model comes with tool-free depth adjustment, so you won’t have to change how deep you’re driving the staples by messing with your air compressor. It also comes with an ergonomic design, so it won’t hurt your hands, even if you’re going to be working with it all day. While no staple gun never jams, this one does a good job of making clearing those jams a quick and simple process.
It also comes with a no-mar tip, which will protect your project from accidental damage. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t have as big a staple capacity as other models on our list. The reloads are also relatively slow, which is a bigger issue because of the small capacity. Still, this will be a good stapler for most people, even if you can get better value elsewhere.
The Surebonder 9600B T50 Type Stapler is another great choice for people who need a great pneumatic staple gun. Since you can get it for a fraction of what you’d pay for the first two models on our list, this one easily takes the title of “best value for the money” on our list. This model comes with an adjustable exhaust port, which you can set to send exhaust away from you and also away from your work, which protects potentially delicate surfaces and yourself.
It also uses the common Surbonder #4 and Arrow T50 staples, so you should be able to get them easily locally, or online if you must. This model is also well-balanced, so it doesn’t fight your positioning while you work. What keeps this model out of first place is its quality control issues. Some units break prematurely, which means the value isn’t great. However, most last a long time and this is a model that’s more likely to satisfy than not.
You’ll find a lot of the features that more highly-rated models come with on the NuMax SL31 Pneumatic 3-in-1 Nailer & Stapler, but some serious flaws knock it down a few spaces on our list. This model comes with a no-mar tip which means you won’t accidentally dent or ding your project with the tip of this staple gun. It also comes with an adjustable exhaust, which allows you to aim exhaust in the most convenient direction. This model is also designed to work with staples, brad and finish nails, making it a very versatile tool.
However, the driving head for staples is the one used when driving brad and finish nails, and you can leave a significant mark on your piece when driving the smaller fasteners, which is a pain to deal with. This model also doesn’t have the best durability. The price is low enough that some people will be willing to deal with those flaws, but most people would be better off spending more for a better model.
The 3PLUS HF509040SP 18 Gauge 2″ Crown Stapler & Brad Nailer is another combo nailer that wants to take the place of both your brad nailer and your stapler. While that has some convenience, it isn’t executed perfectly. However, it does come with a no-mar tip, which makes it harder to accidentally damage the piece you’re working on.
However, this machine leaves a gnarly imprint when you’re driving brads, which leads to a bad final look. It also has serious jamming issues that can be hard to resolve. Finally, it drives fasteners to differing depths, even when you don’t touch the compressor or the depth adjustment. That all adds up to be a big pain and leads to poor value for your money. You’d probably be less frustrated with your buy if you spent a bit more and got a fat better stapler.
The Porter-Cable US58 Crown Upholstery Stapler is our favorite pneumatic staple gun due to the ease of clearing jams, great extended nose, and rear exhaust port. The Hitachi N3804AB3 1/4″ Crown Stapler has an ergonomic design and an adjustable exhaust port, but reloading problems keep it out of first place. The Surebonder 9600B T50 Type Stapler comes with a balanced weight and uses common staples. Since you can get it for a low price, it’s the best for the money model on our list. The NuMax SL31 Pneumatic 3-in-1 Nailer & Stapler comes with a no-mar tip and uses three kinds of fasteners, but leaves an imprint and has poor durability, which drops it to fourth place. In last is the 3PLUS HF509040SP 18 Gauge 2″ Crown Stapler & Brad Nailer, which also leaves an imprint and suffers from bad jamming issues.
We hope that our reviews have led you to the pneumatic staple gun that is right for you at a price you’ll love.
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