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Best Staple Gun for Upholstery – reviews

A staple gun or powered stapler is a hand-held machine used to drive heavy metal staples into wood, plastic, or masonry. Staple guns are used for many different applications. These include insulation, house wrap, roofing, wiring, carpeting, upholstery and craft materials.

Staple guns come in three different forms manual, pneumatic and electric. Upholstery is a delicate craft. Not all staplers can work for upholstery. In this article, I am going to review 4 of the best staplers I have used during my career in upholstery. If one wants a stapler for upholstery I advise to look at the four staplers I will review below. Two are pneumatic, one manual and one electric one.

Reviews of top 4 best Upholstery Staplers

  1. Porter-Cable US58

Description

The Porter-Cable US58 is the best staple gun for upholstery.

Specs

  • Power source: Pneumatic
  • Staple length: 22-gauge 1/4 to 5/8 inch
  • Weight :1.75lbs
  • Crown size: Narrow

Reasons it stands out

The Porter-Cable US58 is well designed for upholstery due to several reasons. The pneumatic powered stapler delivers a lot of power within a single trigger pull. The result of this is that one can work fast making it an ideal stapler for commercial upholstery. Another big plus is that the US58 power output is consistent. I observed that inconsistent power output can dampen your work rhythm. Given that upholstery is a “labor of love” one needs a light stapler. The Porter-Cable US58 is light. One can staple for long periods with less fatigue.

Another reason why the US58 stands out as a stapler for upholstery is nose extension. This allows one to reach difficult places like corners during an upholstery job.

During an upholstery job, jams are one of the things you have to put up with. Porter-cable made sure that the US58 allows one to easily clear any jams. This is due to the driver guide which moves back with magazine allowing jams to be cleared with ease.  Another feature for convenience is the bottom-load magazine which holds 186 staples. I find this feature very useful when it comes to helping one maintain work rhythm.

The US58 is also very robust. I have used this stapler almost daily for 2 years with no jams and no incidents. I recommend that one buys it.

Grey areas

Sometimes it misfires in a disappointing manner. I remember when one evening when I was about to complete a job and it let me down. Secondly, one is limited to specific staples you don’t have many options when it comes to replacements.

  1. Surebonder 9600B Heavy Duty Stapler

Description

The Surebonder 9600B is a very popular stapler due to its versatility. Besides upholstery, one can use the 9600B for other functions.

Specs

  • Power Source: Pneumatic
  • Staple length: 1/4-9/16 inch -18 gauge
  • Weight 2.9 lbs
  • Crownsize: Narrow 3/8”
  • Magazine Capacity 100 staples

Reasons it stands out

This 9600B is ideal for commercial and DIY projects. I like the performance of this staple gun. During use, the staple gun delivers satisfactory performance. The extended position guide ensures that one accurately places the staples where they are desired. This reduces the chances of misfiring. I find this very handy because misfiring can cause one to damage the material one is working.  Misfiring slows down the work rate one has to stop the gun and remove the misplaced staplers. In a commercial setting, this is undesirable, it takes away productive time.

The relative lightweight is another big positive. It ensures that one can work for long hours with relative comfort. With a decent compressor, one is also assured that the staples get well embedded. I recommend operating your compressor at between 60-100 PSI for the best performance. The 9600 uses narrow crown (3/8 inch) 18-gauge wire staples in 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 1/2, 17/32, and 9/16-inch lengths. To ensure compatibility and performance use, Surebonder # 4, Arrow T50, or Stanley TRA700 Series staples.

The 9600B has design features like male quick connector which helps one to set up quickly. Staples are also very easy to load because of the accessible 100 staple magazines. The stapler also has a convenient view window which makes it easy to keep track of one’s staple supply. This all adds up to convenience and improved productivity for me as a businessman.

Surebonder 9600B’s design has safety in mind. Safety is very important to my business. I need to make sure that my employees have a safe working environment. Any compromise can have financial and legal repercussions for me. The 9600B has a built-in mechanism to prevent accidental firing.

Lastly, are the user-friendly design features. The 9600B offers a well-balanced body and rubber grips for comfort. I realized that the stapler is designed to sit evenly in your hand. This means one can work for long hours without discomfort or fatigue. The 9600 pneumatic staple gun also provides adjustable air exhaust. This means you can direct the air away from yourself and delicate work surfaces.

Areas of concern

The biggest let down is that the plastic cover is made from potentially carcinogenic substances. Some users have complained about a very strong chemical smell.

  1. Stanley TR250

Description

The Stanley TR250 nicknamed sharp-shooter” is the first manual stapler on our review. I know that the “sharp-shooter” is a robust stapler for upholstery. It is also so versatile that it can work as a brad- nailer, cable tacker and wire tacker.

Specs

  • Power Source: Electric
  • Staple length: 1/4-9/16 inch -18 gauge
  • Crownsize: Narrow 3/8”
  • Magazine Capacity 100 staples

Reasons it stands out

The first thing one notices on the Stanley TR250 is the heavy-duty aircraft -aluminum housing. This ensures durability. Durability is an important quality for someone running an upholstery business.  This aluminum frame makes the TR250 one of the most lightweight upholstery staplers. During use, one feature that I found to be useful is the adjustable power lever. One must choose between high and low power output. This depends on the type of upholstery material.

Another outstanding feature of the Stanley TR250 is the easy-to-squeeze trigger. This helps to reduce user fatigue while delivering adequate driving power into materials. The TR250 has an Anti-jam mechanism for continuous use and reliable operation. A stapler that jams is not only frustrating it also negatively affects productivity.

The TR250 scored big points with me is that it comes with 1000 staples and storage case. For a hobbyist and DIY, these are enough

Areas of concern

A grey area is that the TR250 heavy-duty version still requires someone with physical strength to operate it effectively.

  1. NEU Master NTC0040

Description

The NEU Master NTC0040 is the first Electric stapler to make it to the list. Electric staplers are good for a few reasons. First is if you don’t want the extra expenditure of having to own a compressor for a pneumatic one. Second is you don’t want a manual stapler either the electric version is the best for you. Electric staplers are best suited for small DIY projects.

Specs

  • Power Source: electric
  • Staple length: 1/4’ crown from 5/8’ to 1’’
  • Weight 2.9 lbs
  • Crownsize: Narrow ¼”
  • Magazine Capacity 100 staples

Reasons it stands out

The NEU Master NTC0040 stands out as the best stapler for small projects. Given that is uses electricity the biggest selling point is that as a contractor one can easily carry it to a work site. This is also good for those who have limited storage space in their workshops. Novices and hobbyist will also appreciate the convenience the NTC0040 brings.

Secondly, the manufacturer designed the NTC0040 with an adjustable power function for hard or soft material. One can adjust power output during work. I find this to be very convenient.

Thirdly the NEU Master NTC0040 has a non-marring rubber nose. The rubber nose ensures that one can have a flawless finish on the upholstered workpiece. I find this feature to be extremely important. In my early days of upholstery, I once damaged an exotic piece of material due to a marring nose. I ended up paying for it with my paycheck.

As I mentioned in the previous review’s safety is important. To ensure safety NTC0040 comes with, contact safety pole and trigger design to prevent accidental firing.

During use, one finds that the NEU Master NTC0040 has a handle with a soft grip. This feature stands out for me because it minimizes operation vibration. Which in turn increases one’s chances of precision during use. In the event of a jam, this upholstery stapler has an easy jam clearing mechanism. Loading the staplers on this upholstery stapler is very easy. Moreover, the NTC0040 is light and easy to operate. All this makes it the ideal upholstery stapler for those who are not yet experienced.

Lastly, the price is very reasonable. This is important for someone who is just starting out or someone who doesn’t use the upholstery stapler to make a living like me.

Areas of concern

The biggest let down is that the NTC0040’s performance drops if a long extension code is used. It has happened to me several times and it’s very disappointing.

Conclusion

Upholstery is a delicate craft and choosing the right stapler is a difficult process. I hope my reviews have given you insight. There are other upholstery staplers out there besides these four. But, if you buy any of the ones I reviewed you will be making a purchase with the advantage of benefiting from the years of experience I bring, which will ensure to bring the working experience that only the best staple gun for upholstery can deliver. Need to proector your upholstery and fabric? See our guide for recommendations of good fabric protectors.