As discussed in my best new Milwaukee tools from NPS17 post, and my EVERY new Milwaukee tool from NPS17 post, one of the tools I’m anticipating the most is their new M12 cordless stapler.
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 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.
Its listed on Amazon.de for an even higher price:
I also check a Canadian source (mississaugahardware.com) – since Makita sometimes introduces new items in Canada before the US – but not yet on this one.
I would love to see a Bosch one
It looks like Milwaukee has an adjustable depth. Makita? I wouldn’t know until trying but the Makita overmold handle looks like it would feel better to grip, but the Milwaukee looks like it would be more manageable to use for an extended period.
Milwaukee: Yes. And it sunk the (1/2″?) staples completely flush even at half power. I didn’t adjust it lower than that.
Makita: There’s no mention or visible evidence of any depth adjustment that I can see.
Correction: There seems to be an optional “adjuster” that can be attached to the front of the stapler for depth adjustment capabilities.
Depth range is shown as 7-10mm on Makita product sheet. If 3/8 is the max it’s no use to me as I use 9/16 almost exclusively.
I am a Makita guy but if the Milwaukee drives 9/16 flush then there is no contest
Good point! Thanks, I updated the post to reflect this. Someone else wrote in about the shallow depth capacity.
There’s a non-flash fact sheet here: http://www.makitauk.com/products/cordless-tools/staplers/all-cordless-staplers/st113dz-10-8v-stapler-cxt.html
Those are cordless versions of pneumatic-style tools.
I haven’t seen anything about a Dewalt T50-sized staple gun yet.
SBD does market a variety of T-50 manual staple guns , hammer tackers, electric (corded) and pneumatic guns under their various brand banners – including Dewalt. I too don’t recall seeing any of the SBD T-50 staples being battery-cordless.
Makita may have been the first to enter this market with their old BST221Z. Arrow came out with one (CT50 – since replaced with T50DCD) pretty early on. We had the old Makita, about 10 years ago, and did not think that it was worth much. But the newer Makita models do get some better reviews.
How much more powerful are these cordless than the mechanical ones they have for sale?
It’s not about power, but less physical effort, and reduced effort can contribute to faster application and task completion speeds.
Handheld mechanical staple guns require some physical exertion, even newer ones that claim to be easier to use.
These cordless staple guns require a squeeze of the electric trigger.
The selling point to a cordless T-50 stapler may be more about replacing user hand strength with an electro-mechanical device. If you are doing a lot of repetitive stapling – the issue is also fatigue. In this class of light-duty staple – folks often use a hammer-tacker – which is less fatiguing when laying down lots of staples (e.g. stapling plastic sheeting, roofing paper etc.)
I got a Dewalt ‘multi-tacker’ for free from Home Depot a few years ago (with a $100 purchase; can’t remember what I bought, though).
I used it recently to build over 50 feet of English-style lattice out of 1 1/2″ x 3/16″ strips of PT 2×4″s cut on a table saw (great way to do lattice in any shape you want, btw. Get 6 strips out of each 2×4 at full board length…worked out to be about $10 per 4′ x 8′ section with spacing I chose, half of what the pre-made x pattern options cost.)
Anyway, yeah…after 3,000 + staples, can’t say it was comfortable using that stapler, even with it’s ‘short travel’ lever. A decent cordless stapler would’ve been great, but other than this I haven’t needed to staple anything significant in years. Used a hammer tacker for the garage roof paper, which was easy enough that I probably wouldn’t have bothered with a cordless option.
Strange they would go with a plastic magazine, the Milwaukee is clearly all metal. I’m sure they perform similarly, but considering the magazine is the one part that gets opened and closed on a regular basis, you’d think they’d make it metal for long term durability. That fact combined with lack of depth control means Milwaukee has my vote
I thought so too, but I don’t know what to think. Will it make the magazine less weak than a metal one? What would damage a plastic magazine that wouldn’t damage a metal one?
Makita says the plastic is for its lighter weight.
There is also a 18v lightweight version DST111/ DST112
That one looks very similar – and the link you provided shows that it has a depth adjustment. Maybe the 12V model does too ??
There seems to be an optional accessory that can be attached to the tool for depth adjustment. It looks like it just changes the distance between tool and work material by inserting a variable distance spacer.
Do either of these bump fire?
Ahh sorry, I missed that you said that in the article. Thanks for the reply.
The only thing I can add, is that the specs on Makita Australia’s site lists the overall length as 211mm and the 1.5kg weight is with battery. Though it doesn’t state which battery.
As I am interested in buying this or the Milwaukee I did a bit more searching around and found some more info. Its overall height is 159mm and it appears to only fire 7mm or 10mm staples only which immediately rules it out for me.
The optional depth adjuster is just a simple thread adjustable stopper which attaches near the firing tip Part number is 198309-3.
There is one Australian tool shop site showing it $362! I expect the Milwaukee will be somewhere around $170AUD plus.
Forgot to add that the magazine is metal, the plastic simply covers it.
There is a pic here, just scroll down a bit.
Where did you see about the part number? I updated the post earlier today, and mentioned part number 197731-1 because that’s what’s mentioned in Makita’s flash-based product intro flyer.
Stuart, found it on Makita Japan, its near the bottom of the page.
Better pic here,
I have known about this stapler for a while now and the more I find out about it, the more I prefer the Milwaukee.
Thanks! Maybe they have different part numbers referring to the same accessory. Or maybe there are slight regional differences.
I love my 14.4V Makita stapler. No fancy features like an LED light, depth adjustment, battery meter, bump mode, etc. But it is super reliable. I’ve gone through thousands of staples and never had a jam. It’s also fairly quiet compared to a Tacwise one I had.
BTW I guess this 12v stapler will also need the Makita staples. They are thinner than normal staples, even though they are 10x10mm in the other two directions.