Upholstery stapler vs narrow-crown

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Old 08-27-20, 07:50 AM
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Upholstery stapler vs narrow-crown

I'm going to be doing webbing for a couch. I have a T50-type manual staple gun that I've used for small projects and repairs, but I think it'll kill me for a large job. I also have a narrow-crown (1/4 inch) 18 gauge pneumatic stapler. Am I asking for trouble by using that? Should I pick up an inexpensive upholstery stapler or pneumatic T50? Also, I see staples specifically sold as "upholstery staples." How are they different from, say, T50 staples? Thanks.
 
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Old 08-27-20, 08:31 AM
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A manual will work BUT it will be slower and you'll have to finish by hammering the staple in. Never goes in completely. A pneumatic is so much easier. I bought a long nose pneumatic to get into corners easier. I've only used 3/8 or 5/16 size staples. I think the 1/4" will be too small.
I use T50 staples. I don't think upholstery staples are any different.
 
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And when you say 3/8 or 5/16, you're talking about the width of the staple, and not the depth of the prongs? (Sorry if I'm not using the right staple terminology).
 
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Yes, the width. They're also longer tho. The 1/4" is narrower and shorter.
 
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Thank you. If a pneumatic T50 works well, I'll just pick up one of them. It's nice to know the staples will be readily available too.
 
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