I spent a good part of the afternoon with Dewalt’s carbon fiber composite stapler, DWHT80276.
I couldn’t find my Milwaukee M12 cordless stapler test sample, and I didn’t feel like using the Arrow cordless stapler. I had used the Dewalt stapler a couple of times in recent weeks, but today seemed like a good opportunity to push it through extended testing.
I was working out in the sun, stapling plastic netting to wooden posts – thin deer netting, and thicker poultry fencing.
The Dewalt stapler jammed up a few times, but was quick to clear, and I attributed the jams to my using several smaller strips of nails as I finished a box. The jams worked themselves out, except one time when I had to slide the plunger back.
Its light weight was definitely appreciated. Working in the heat was tiring, but if this were my dad’s all-metal stapler, I’d have felt the weight.
I went through maybe 200 T50 3/8″ stainless staples today, and it wasn’t the endurance challenge that I have endured in the past when using other manual staplers.
The stapler debuted at last year’s Dewalt new tool media event, and was said to be 50% lighter than a standard Arrow T50 stapler, and 25% easier to squeeze.
Now, 2 hours after putting the stapler down for the day, I cannot tell if my hand is fatigued or not. Maybe? Or am I feeling a little fatigue because I’m looking for it?
Overall, the stapler was a pleasure to use. For what I used it for, it worked perfectly well, and I didn’t second guess my decision to go ahead with the Dewalt stapler instead of spending more time looking for the Milwaukee M12 cordless stapler I had initially set out to use.
The magazine plunger slid out and in with ease, the nail window made it easy to check remaining nail levels, and the belt clip came in handy.
Price-wise, it’ll cost you around double the price of an all-metal Arrow stapler.
While I haven’t used as many brands or types of staplers as I have screwdrivers or cordless drills, it’s fair to say that this is the finest manual T50 stapler that I’ve ever used.
P.S. The carbon fiber composite material is pretty cool. I think that was a good choice, from a marketing perspective. It feels strong and rigid, and doesn’t have a plasticky feel to it at all. It looks high-tech, and feels like a pro-grade tool.
Thank you to Dewalt for the review sample!