Craftsman Electric Stapler/Nailer (68496)

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Great Light Duty Stapler/Nailer, that can save you time.

Jul 17, 2003 (Updated Jul 17, 2003)
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Pros:Uses a variety of lengths, and types of staples, and nails. Makes some jobs easier.

Cons:Can't be used for thicker, and harder wood.

The Bottom Line: Wonderful tool for the hobbyist, and homeowner. Does exactly what it's supposed to do. Stapling, and light nailing jobs are a breeze.


It seems like homeowners, always have something to repair. How many times we need to use a stapler to fix screens, upholstery, wiring, weather stripping, and the list goes on? Well, I found a nice little tool at Sears that makes some of these jobs easier. The Craftsman Electric Stapler/Nailer

Many Features and Options
This Stapler/Nailer uses 5 different sizes of staples, and 2 different sizes of nails. There is a variable control knob on the back of the tool to set the force in which the staple or nail is driven. This control allows you to staple, or nail into differing softness, and thickness of materials. The settings are low, medium, and high. Loading staples or nails couldn't be easier. It is done like most other stapler by pulling out the spring loaded insert in the bottom rear of the tool. There is a counter on the one side of the tool that tells how many staples/nails are left. There also is a trigger lock for safety around children. When the lock is used the trigger can not be pulled. As with most tools of this type, safety glasses should be worn.

Types of Staple and Nails
Since the product manual does a great job of giving recommended uses for these different types of staples and nails, I will use some of these examples here. There are many types, sizes, and uses. First is the type of staple or nail, then the recommended setting, and finally the uses.

1/4" Chisel Staple- Medium setting - Used for Door screens, Window Shades, and Linings.

5/16" Chisel Staple- High setting- Used for Upholstery, Light Fabric, and Webbing.

3/8" Chisel Staple- Medium to High setting- Used for Weather Stripping, Roofing Paper, Mesh, and Holiday Lights.

1/2" Chisel Staple- High setting- Used for Insulation, Metal Lathing, Comices, and Holiday Lights.

9/16" Divergent Staple- High setting- Used for Wiring, Chicken Wire, Ceiling Tile, and Roof Coverings.

3/8" Divergent Staple- High setting- Used for Paneling, Upholstery, Wiring, and Screening.

3/8" Stainless Staple- High setting- Used for Outdoor, and Marine uses.

1/2" Stainless Staple- High setting- Used for Outdoor, and Marine uses.

1/2" Nail- High Setting- Used for Picture Framing, Model Making, and Paneling.

5/8" Nail- High Setting- Used for Paneling, Woodworking, and Model Making.

How Does It Work?
This Stapler/Nailer does a great job on light projects. This tool is not meant to be a nailer for big jobs. It can be invaluable when used for larger screening, paneling, and putting up those pesky holiday lights. I've used this tool for all of the above, and also some of my woodworking projects. Although putting these nails into wood is a tricky thing. You really need to make sure this tool is designed for the work that you want to use it for. So if you have a light duty nailing or stapling job to do, this tool will get the job done faster, and easier. Thanks for reading.







Recommend this product? Yes


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