Milwaukee just came out with new staplers with a Staple and Nail gun 48-22-1010 and Hammer Tacker 48-22-1020 to add to their growing hand tool line. I’ve known Milwaukee for making great hand tools and for putting some sort of new spin on them and with these staplers things are no different. They added strike plates to double as a hammer for staples that didn’t end up flush and a sort of staple remover hook to pull out staples that got bent out of shape. Normally I would carry around a hammer and flat head screwdriver for these issues but with these features built in you no longer need to carry anything else when it comes to poorly sunk staples.
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Both can accept T50 style staples in common sizes of 5/16″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ and the staple and nail gun has added size options of 1/4″ and 9/16″ T50 style staples as well as the ability to use 5/8″ and 1/2″ 18 gauge brad nails.
The staple and nail gun also has the corner where the staples are shot shaved off so you can easily sink staples at angles. If you tried doing this with regular staplers you’d end up with staples sticking out too far but this gives you better results by driving staples much closer to the surface. They aren’t quite flush as when shooting staples at 90 degrees but are very close to the surface. You also get pro features such as the dual power mode for high and low power. Low power for delicate materials and full power for working with dense materials. There’s a lock to lock the handle so it doesn’t accidentally fire and so it doesn’t stick up when stored making it a bit more “compact”. A viewing window is near the tip on both sides to let you know if you’re running low on staples.
Although the red paint makes them look like plastic, they are both very solid with metal frames. The hammer tacker has an all metal frame and the stapler has a metal frame and lever with a plastic shell with rubber over the metal lever as well as a bit of plastic near the bottom gripping area for added comfort. The hammer tacker looks heavy yet is light weight so it makes it easy on your arms for long hammer stapling sessions.
Staples are loaded through the front while the staplers are upside down. The magazine on the hammer tacker is reinforced near the base to withstand repeated blows.
Performance is great on both as staples were sunk flush or near flush consistently on a variety of materials such as 2×4’s and OSB with the occasional double or triple staple fire. While shooting staples into OSB, staples were driven flush consistently using the stapler and hammer tacker and I was surprised at how deep staples were sunk in the low power with the stapler as they were near flush.
I was pleased with the performance and features of both. The added features such as the strike plates and staple remover hooks make them worth checking out as you no longer need a hammer and screwdriver to fix poorly sunk staples.
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