When you need to quickly fasten a stack of paper, we are used to making it familiar to each stationery stapler. And during repair and construction works it is convenient to use his fellow more powerful - the building stapler, otherwise, the tacker. It will also quickly attach the carpet to the floor, and the installation of the wiring will make it much easier, and furniture will help to drag. Each of these works has its own specifics, requiring the use of a tool of a certain type. Further we will tell how to choose the construction stapler, the most suitable for specific tasks.
The main part of a stapler for construction work is a hammer type mechanism. It takes all the load, and for this it has a tightly compressed spring (flat spring or twisted). If the stapler is mechanical, then the spring mechanism must be cocked with the effort of its own muscles. In electrical models, this work is done for you by the engine, and in pneumatic models, the design is somewhat different (we will analyze it later in a separate paragraph).
To bring the tacker to "combat readiness", we cock the trigger or move the special lever to the far position. This action allows the striker to break free, and then pull the bracket out of the pack and hammer it in the right place. When staples end, they need to be replenished by charging into a special store on the same principle as that of a regular office stapler. But models of building scrapers are more diverse than their clerical relatives. In particular, there are those where the brackets are not only hammered, but also bent due to the presence of the counterpart - "anvil".
The device is a construction type mechanical stapler.
In many respects due to such a construction and a unique principle of operation, the construction stapler has become widely used. The time has come to single out the positive qualities of a tacker for construction work:
There are three main types of these tools:
Perhaps this type of takerov was more liked by home craftsmen. It has only three parts: the lever, the spring and the body in which they are enclosed. Squeezing the force of their muscles lever, we cocked the spring mechanism. Then, cracking down, this spring clogs staples or nails.
When looking for a similar tool, choose models with a collapsible body, fastened with screws, not rivets. So you can, if necessary, clean the stapler, or fix minor problems. Look at the material of the casing - it should be strong enough. If it is made of steel, then well, there may still be an additional coating (nickel-plated, chrome-plated, powder painted). Even better, when the body is made of lightweight modern alloy.
Now a few words should be said about the percussion mechanism. If it works on an ordinary coil spring (it is also called a torsion spring), then you will have to exert more forces, so the return will be rather big. But in a more expensive professional tool manufacturers put a plate (spring) spring. It is easier to work with her, and the recoil is almost not felt.
The conclusion on mechanical models can be drawn as follows: these low-cost staplers, which everybody can afford, are well suited for small amounts of homework. But for professionals (furniture upholsters, for example), it is better to purchase a device of a different type. After all, a fast mechanical tacker will not work, but the hand will be pretty tired of a long effort. So professionals, wondering how to choose a furniture stapler, should look towards electrical or pneumatic devices.
Such models have a significant advantage - it is very easy to work with them. A smooth push of the button activates the percussion mechanism, and no muscular effort is needed. Perhaps even a child or a fragile woman can easily cope with such a device, even if it has more power. And it will go much faster than using a mechanical tool. And the materials will be able to break through more solid, and connect them more reliably and firmly than in the previous case.
Only bad luck - for electric network models there is a power cord, which sometimes limits the use of a stapler. For example, insulation is put on the roof, and there is not enough wire length.
However, there is a way out of this situation - a tool that works on batteries. But it will make the taker more weighty, and his hands will get tired when working with him. By the way, any electrical model (both battery and network) is heavier than a mechanical counterpart.
But the biggest drawback of electric staplers is their high price. Therefore, if you only need the device from time to time, consider whether it is worth spending so much money on it. To attach something once a year, a cheap mechanical model will fit perfectly. And vice versa - if you earn money with this tool, then you definitely look at the instruments equipped with an electric motor.
This tool works on the force of air under pressure. He performs his task just lightning: once - and the bracket, even the longest, is already firmly packed. But it weighs less than the electrical counterpart. It would seem - what more could you want. However, there is a catch here: you have to buy a compressor along with a stapler, heavy and dimensional. And you will have to pay extra money for it, and it is rather difficult to transfer it. So this option is better to buy for stationary work.
The choice of a construction stapler of this type is fully justified under production conditions. For example, in a furniture factory where workers are equipped with permanent seats, neither the compressor nor the stapler itself will have to be transported anywhere. All operations are carried out in the same place, and the pneumatics allows you to do everything quickly, and the brackets will be hammered tight.
Great for home repairs. It has a mechanical shock mechanism, triggered by pressing the lever. It’s difficult to work with him for a long time - the hand gets tired Fasteners - flat-type nails or staples.
It is needed for fastening electrical wires with a diameter of 4.5 to 7.5 millimeters on walls, furniture or baseboards. Voltage is allowed no more than 50 volts. When mounting communication equipment or building local computer networks, they usually use such a device.
Otherwise, the hammer-shaped stapler is useful where work speed comes first. For example, when the roofing material is laid on the roof, or the base of the floor is insulated. Here the staples are hammered with each blow of the hammer on the material being punched. Their consolidation occurs due to inertia. True, the accuracy of such a tacker is much lower than the previous two types. But for insulation or roofing is not so significant, but the speed - an important factor.
Needed for working with corrugated cardboard boxes. Staples fasten cardboard more reliably than tape, perfectly serving as a replacement. This tool is of two types: mechanical or pneumatic.
Works not with the usual brackets, but with metal pins. These are such thin nails, the length of which depends on the type of tacker. So, a mechanical device can drive studs no longer than 1.5 centimeters, electrical - up to 2.5 centimeters, pneumatic - up to 5 centimeters.
This stapler has the shape of the letter "V", is used when you need to fasten two parts at a certain angle. For example, it can be a photo frame or baguette for a picture.
Often this is the characteristic that determines when it is necessary to determine which building stapler is better. Generally speaking, the smallest impact force of mechanical models, then electric ones, and the most powerful ones that work on pneumatics. However, in addition, in each category there are devices that work more and less efficiently. We will try to deal with this.
The easiest way to calculate the impact force on the longest stapling length that a stapler can score. Usually this characteristic is indicated in its technical passport. Write, for example, as follows: the length of the bracket from 4 to 14 millimeters. We should be interested in the maximum value - it is she who determines the impact force of the taker. Suppose that we have two models in front of us, the first of which has a bracket length ranging from 4 to 10 millimeters, and the second, from 4 to 14 millimeters. Naturally, it is better to take the second model.
It should be noted that the maximum length of the staple depends to a large extent on the material being processed. For example, staples 14 millimeters long enter soft pine wood just perfectly, without any efforts. But with oak or chipboard will have to tinker - it's good here, if you manage to score brackets to a depth of 12 millimeters. So it should be remembered that with increasing material hardness, the impact force becomes somewhat weaker, and the driving depth of consumables becomes less.
If you are not particularly experienced in such work, and you get a stapler for infrequent home use, feel free to take a model capable of driving staples long - 12 millimeters or a bit more. You will be enough.
# 1. When choosing a device, see if it is safe. Famous brands keep their brand and always carefully think through this question. The main protective function is the impossibility of starting at idle. This means that the tool will only give out staples when it is leaning against the part. But in the air fasteners can not fly. Whether it is not enough - the hand will tremble, or someone will think of a joke, having guided the included taker on the workmate. Therefore, before buying, check whether there is such protection.
There are other types of protection built into the device. For example, in the event that the bracket is not fully clogged, the tool may turn off automatically.
# 2. A convenient and pleasant trifle is a viewing window. By the way, even many cheap Chinese tackers have such a "trick". Looking into it, you can immediately see if we have enough stock of staples. Although without a window you can feel that the stapler works somehow wrong when the staples end.
# 3. A convenient handle is also quite an important nuance. By the way, branded models are distinguished by the most comfortable handles - it is nice to even hold them in your hand. And working with such a stapler is a real pleasure. Still very practical, when the force of impact can be adjusted. In principle, many models are equipped with this feature, even unpretentious mechanical ones.