Ryobi has come out with a new 18V One+ cordless stapler, P317, capable of driving in 3/8″ crown staples, including Arrow T50 staples.
The new Ryobi cordless stapler features an on-board screen and wire attachment that allows for staples to be guided in without penetrating your wire or screen material. It also has a rear knob for quick driving depth adjustment, an improved GripZone handle overmold for user grip and comfort, and a belt clip.
The Ryobi P317 stapler can work with 3/8″ crown T50-style staples 1/4″ to 9/16″ long. It has an 85 staple magazine capacity and can drive in up to 5500 staplers when equipped with a 4.0Ah battery.
Price: $79 for the bare tool
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The new Ryobi P317 cordless 3/8″ crown stapler features “Compression Drive technology,” which Ryobi says uses “automated convenience to eliminate fatigue,” although they don’t elaborate beyond that. So, you hold the tool against your work, pull the trigger, and out comes a staple? Just like the other cordless staplers on the market? Sounds great, although I don’t quite know what it means.
AirStrike, Compression Drive, the name doesn’t matter as the tool gets the job done.
The features and specs seem good, and I like that it comes with a screen and wire mesh guide attachment. I really could have used this last year, when I made a couple of planter enclosures using deer fencing and later plastic hard plastic barrier mesh.
I’d say that the stapler looks small, although not quite as compact as Milwaukee’s M12 cordless stapler.
Looking at the manual, there doesn’t seem to be a bump-fire mechanism, meaning it’s a sequential-only stapler.
The tool will drive another staple each time the trigger is depressed as long as the activation foot is depressed.
That’s not a bad thing, but I figured it’s something someone was bound to ask about.
Overall, it looks like a well-featured tool, and its $79 price point seems appropriate for the Ryobi 18V One+ platform, and for what you get.
Ryobi also offers an 18V 1/4″ narrow crown stapler, P360. The new stapler isn’t just a scaled-down version of that AirStrike tool, it’s a complete redesign.
Ryobi 18V One+ users, are you going to buy one?
I would prefer the Milwaukee but as I don’t presently have any 12v Red batteries but do have some 18v Radioactive green batteries I will be picking one of these up as soon as they show up at my local Depot.
This is actually Ryobi’s second One+ T50 stapler. They released the old p300 model almost 20 years ago. Obviously one of the old blue tools instead of the neon green. It doubled as a brad nailer. Not a bad tool. It worked well enough, although I imagine this one is a substantial upgrade. The AirStrike brad nailer definitely works better as a brad nailer.
I had one of the Ryobi P300 too. Not bad, not great. I’m surprised they didn’t get more attention back then, I don’t know if anyone else offered a battery brad nailer at the time. There was also the P301, but I never used it.
Nope, it’s Ryobi’s third T-50 stapler. First was the P300 which shot both staples and brads, then the P301 which shot staples only.
I picked up one of the first 3 of these new Ryobi 3/8″ crown staplers to hit my area a couple of weeks ago (central NJ) and have already used it a few times. Works beautifully so far. Re: your note comparing its size to the Milwaukee M12 3/8″ stapler — the Ryobi is almost exactly the same size. As a matter of fact, this is perhaps the closest I’ve seen re: possible manufacturing crossover between Milwaukee and Ryobi, two TTI companies that historically run completely separate product lines.
This isn’t as impressive as Ryobi’s 18ga brad nailer or 16ga finish nailer, but it’s really a different class of tool, with their older airstrike narrow crown stapler fitting better with that group. The new 3/8″ stapler is a beautiful replacement for my old corded Arrow 3/8″ stapler, and works far better, especially with its adjustable action: huge improvement over the old Arrow electric.
As long as people recognize that this is simply an adjustable, cordless, T50 compatible stapler — and NOT a full sized narrow crown stapler — it’s a great tool. Very pleased to add it to my collection.
It looks nearly identical to the m12 as you said.
The advantage of the m12 that i see is ability to run the smaller batteries without such a large foot print of the larger ryobi stem batteries.
Regardless I do like milwaukee AND ryobi. But since the m12 stapler came out first thats the one that i own at $99. I would bet the ryobi will be on sale this fall for $10 cheaper.
The Milwaukee m12 stapler is on sale right now at HD for $79 — same price as the new Ryobi stapler. Ryobi’s commitment to sticking with their old stem battery form is a double edged sword: great with regard to commitment to backward compatibility and universal battery fit across their 18v tools, but as you note, their stem design is bulkier and somewhat “old school” when compared to newer slide-on batteries that competitors are adopting.
With the price currently being the same between the Ryobi and Milwaukee, unless the form factor is a sticking point, I think the choice will come down to which battery family you’re already invested in.
One question though: will be there an appreciable difference in stapling force the two device can deliver, with one being 12v and the other 18v? It would be interesting to test the two against each other and see if there’s a difference. Maybe try pumping 9/16″ staples through half inch stacks of dense / hard material that neither can penetrate completely (coated paper? Tyvek? roofing shingles?) and seeing which drives the staple deepest? A test like that would be a nice follow up to this post.
I can’t imagine hauling around an 18v battery on my stapler. Manual staplers work great for cheap. Is it just because you have extra money? I guess if you staple all day every day for a living it makes sense.
I used to use manual T50 style staplers many years ago, and despite having “large hands” and being pretty strong I always found them unpleasant to use. They were also woefully inadequate for some of my tasks, like stapling the gathered cloth corners of a seat cushion cover on the underside of the seat and then stapling them in place. I picked up a corded Arrow T50 staple gun a few years ago, and found it to be a little better than the manual staplers — but not much. I would still have to really lean into it in hopes of having a 1/2″ staple actually hold bunched fabric to the underside of a seat (had to recover several seat and stool cushions this past December), and I still have to redo several that didn’t quite work. The One+ 3/8″ staple gun really changes this: I simply dialed up the pressure, and the stapler drives the staple far better than either the manual or the corded T50 staplers can.
It’s a lot less effort, but delivers better results in a wide variety of applications (being adjustable helps!).
I always found that the T50 staplers would break. Usually a C clip would come off of one of the pins. I swore them off and bought the Bostitch pneumatic stapler. When I showed up with it on the job site, one of my guys started busting my chops about needing an air stapler. Then we used it. And thats all we use now.
Funny how that works, eh? 🙂
What are your views on this P317 vs the P360, which seems to be the same but under the airstrike brand?
The P317 is a T50-style cordless stapler, the P360 is a narrow crown stapler.
P317: 1/4″ to 9/16″ staples
P360: 3/8″ to 1-1/2″ narrow crown staples
P317 is going to be smaller and lighter.
The one to choose depends on the task. It’s like the difference between a framing hammer and a sledge hammer. Sure, there might be some overlap, but generally the intended use will dictate which tool to choose.