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Looking to buy an air stapler, I have a motorcycle seat cover that I am putting on a hard plastic frame. I would probably use it for light upholstery work in the future. I want to buy something that will do what I need but not break the bank. What size staples are generally used for this type of work and does anybody have any gun recommends. I was looking at the porter cable ns100. Shoots 1/4 inch staples.

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I bought a very nice one on e-bay.(NEW) Man that thing is amazing. Don't remember the name of it.Would have to go to the shop to let you know.
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Check out HF, if it's light duty and not commerical us (24/7) Then what they have may suit you needs. And cheap too! TF
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think I might run to hf. What size staples should I plan on for the seat cover on plastic frame?
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I'm not knocking Harbor Freight, but if you plan to use the staple gun a lot, get a good one. These staplers cost me about $125 each, and as far as I'm concerned they are more than worth it. I have used BeA Nagler 71/16-421 staplers for 30 years and they work beautifully. They shoot 3/8" wide staples from 3/16" to 9/16" in length in both galvanized and stainless steel. I like to use stainless steel for anything that will be used outside. Buy staples made domestically to avoid problems. They rarely need to be repaired, but the best part of them is that if they need to be repaired they can be sent to the Bostich repair center in Louisville, Kentucky. I sent one in and got it back in 3 days at a reasonable charge.

I tried a Fasco knockoff of the BeA gun, and it lasted me 3 months. My original BeA gun lasted 23 years before it died.
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Are those guns capable of shooting the staple in a hard plastic seat frame? You say that repairs are availible through bostitch. Id rather by something older and quality as opposed to new and marginal. Anybody had any luck with the porter cable ns 100? Thanx in advance
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this is the one I Bought.It work's very nice,The only problem is, it don't have a safety,It will shoot any time you hit the trigger.
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I have a HF cheapy, and it works okay, but as Dan said, it's not going to hold up for any length of time - it's also 1/2" crown rather than 3/8". I've never had any problems with any Porter Cable product, but I've never owned one of their staplers - just routers and sanders.

I'm in the market for a better quality stapler too. I was thinking Bostich or Senco, but now I'm going to look into the Nagler as well. Thanks again Dan!
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I have a Dou Fast that I have had for about 30 years it's a 1/4 crowned stapler that will handle up to 3/4 staples ,the only problem staples are hard to find other than 9/16 steel .So what ever you buy make sure you can purchase staples locally .
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The reason I mentioned the HF was, I have one. It works just fine for me, but I donot make my living from it. If I did - porter cable, bosh, or any other name brand would be in my tool box. As often as I use it for small jobs it's OK for me. TF
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Same for me, TF. I got the HF stapler because it was cheap, handy, and I could get staples for it locally. It does work, hasn't failed me yet, and does a decent job - and it certainly beats the crap out of any of the old non-pneumatic staplers I've tried. It's a handy tool to have if you're not trying to make a living with it, and are using it around the house. It certainly made short work of replacing the screen in our wooden door. Keep it oiled up, and clean, and it's just fine. Since I'll be doing a lot more of this sort of thing, however, I'd like to get something that I know is going to be a bit more durable. Has anyone had any experience with some of the Japanese brands? I ask this because I have a Hitachi framing nailer, and I love it!
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I have a Makita die grinder. Great tool, just plug it in and go to it. Shure it's larger than the air grinder BUT the compressor is not running just for a small job. The best I've used is a Pasaload finish nailer. no hose to drag around pricey but a excellant tool. Many of the finish carpenters like the air nailers because of there small size. And the pasaload is larger. Not dragging a air hose is a big plus. TF
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Is the series 71 staple common
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I like my little Craftsman stapler.

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just bought a BeA Nagler 71/16-421 off ebay. Well see what happens. Thanx everybody
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