The Milwaukee cordless stapler felt good, it had plenty of power, and it didn’t seem to have any sort of learning curve. If you can use a regular stapler you can use the M12 cordless stapler, and it’ll be easier on your body.
Well, Makita’s got a 12V Max CXT cordless stapler also on the way! So far we could only find information about an international version, but hopefully it’ll be released here as well.
Update: It has come to light that Makita’s stapler seems to be a lower powered tool with no apparent depth adjustment built-in, and so it is NOT directly comparable to Milwaukee’s M12 model.
The new ST113DZ (that’s the international designation for the bare tool) features:
- Anti-dry-fire mechanism
- Trigger lock
- LED work ligjt
- Sequential and bump-fire modes
- Plastic magazine with 150 staple capacity
- Battery fuel gauge
- Window to check remaining staple count
- Belt hook
- 75 dB(A) noise sound pressure
- Weighs 1.5 kg (~3.3 lbs)
Update 2: The spec sheet says that the stapler works with:
- Staple range 7, 10 mm
- Staple width 10 mm
(T50 staples are 10 mm wide, but the mention of 7 mm and 10 mm depth range suggests that the stapler can’t handle staples longer than 10 mm, or around 3/8″. There’s no explicit indication that it can work with short T50 staples, but if not, what other standard would it take?)
Update 3: There is depth adjustment capabilities if you buy the optional “adjuster set,” part no. 197731-1.
It’s listed on Amazon UK, but isn’t available for USA shipping. The listed price seems artificially high.
The stapler works with Makita’s 12V Max CXT battery packs. If you missed it, here’s our first look at the Makita CXT cordless compact tool platform.
Makita’s CXT platform has been expanding, and in a very optimistic way. If Makita keeps things up, they might be the first serious Milwaukee M12 compact cordless power tool competitor.
Which one might you be more excited about? Red or Teal?
It’s hard to tell, but it looks to me like the Milwaukee is more compact. Milwaukee’s product manager said that they designed their stapler to fit inside standard stapler pouches. They had a Milwaukee stapler pouch, designed for traditional hand-powered staplers, and it fit like a charm.
I would hope that Makita’s was similarly sized, but there’s no mention of this in their limited product literature.
I can’t tell if the Makita has worksurface-protecting rubber bumpers like on the Milwaukee stapler.
Note: As mentioned above, it’s not an apples to apples comparison, unless your needs top out at ~3/8″ staples.