3 Different Types of Staple Guns Explained

At some point, everyone uses staple guns. Most houses have one sitting in a drawer. If you’re putting up flyers to try and find a lost pet, stapling down wiring or installing insulation, staple guns have plenty of uses. There are the main types of staple gun. Each has its advantages, and situations when it will be of particular value. Which one you choose will depend on your needs.

Manual Staple Guns

By far the most common type of staple gun are manual staple guns. They’re cheap, easy to load and easy to use. Unlike the kind of stapler you find in an office, there’s no plate under the staple. This means it doesn’t bend, but the two points go directly into the object against which the staple gun is pushed.

It takes hand strength to use manual staple guns. You wrap your fingers around the stock, and press down on the trigger with your palm. This can quickly become tiring and make your hand and fingers ache. This fact means that manual staple guns are primarily for occasional use. They’re also exceptionally portable, so if you do need to put flyers on phone poles, they’re ideal for that. Within the home, if there’s a job that requires a great deal of stapling, you’d find less fatigue from using a powered model.

Electric Staple Guns

Electric staple guns can either plug into the mains or run off batteries. They look different to manual staple guns. You pull a trigger, but the shape of the tool means you’re holding it more like a gun, applying pressure with your index finger. As there’s not the same resistance that exists in manual staple guns, electric staple guns are much easier to use for extended periods. You will also find that there’s more of a standard velocity in the staples than with manual staple guns, so fewer are ruined and wasted. An electric staple gun can also produce more staples per minute. This can be useful for large stapling jobs where you’re able to move rapidly.

With some staple guns, especially those that are electric or pneumatic and receive heavy use, you can also use what are called divergent point staples. These will hold better and longer, as the staple legs twist when they enter the material.

Pneumatic Staple Guns

Pneumatic staple guns are mostly used by contractors putting in insulation or other materials requiring a great deal of stapling. Like electric staple guns, they require very little physical effort to use. Many pneumatic staple guns are quite versatile, able to handle nails and brads in addition to staples (although they’re not a substitute for a nail gun). Different types of staples can be used in a pneumatic staple gun, depending on the job that has to be completed. Primarily that will mean a variation in the leg length of the staple itself.

There are also staple guns with specialized features, such as a longer nose to reach into corners, or with guides, so that that gun can be moved and used quickly without piercing a wire.