Cordless Stapler for Hard-to-Reach Spaces
Offering power and portability, the Milwaukee 12v cordless stapler is light enough to use above your head all day and fits just about anywhere you'd want it to.
I remember seeing Milwaukee’s 12v cordless stapler at the home center a few years back and wondering who would buy one. When I found myself with my head in between my basement floor joists, stapling about 800 sq. ft. of aluminum heat-transfer plates under the dense solid-board subfloor, the reason for such a tool became perfectly clear: power and portability. The stapler ($130 for the bare tool) is slightly larger than a typical handheld stapler, and weighs about 3-1/2 lb. with a battery, which means it’s light enough to use above your head all day and fits just about anywhere you’d want it to, including comfortably on your tool belt.
The tool takes 1/4-in. to 9/16-in. T50 staples; one pull of the trigger fires one staple, or, if you hold down the trigger, it’ll fire a staple every time you depress the foot—not quite as responsive as a pneumatic stapler in bump-fire mode, but still very convenient. It has plenty of power to drive 1/2-in. staples through aluminum and into old dense wood, and the fact that you’re not dragging around a hose is a bonus. The controls are intuitive, and include the ability to dial in how deep the staples are set (try doing that with a manual stapler). If you’re doing any kind of repetitive stapling with T50 staples, it’s a worthy investment to save your hands.
Andrew Zoellner, editorial director
From Fine Homebuilding #312