Harbor Freight 2-in-1 18gauge stapler/nailer contractor series


  • Harbor Freight 2-in-1 18gauge stapler/nailer contractor series

    I was wanting to get a staple gun and based on some good feedback from another poster here, I decided to give Harbor Freight a try on this model

    Harbor Freight buys their top quality tools from the same factories that supply our competitors. We cut out the middleman and pass the savings to you!

    This is the blue contractor series and not the red and silver. The gun is normally $29 and it was on sale for $15.99 so I thought I'd give it a try. Out of the box, the gun feels good in the hand. The trigger is metal as are all other major parts. The gun is slightly heavy for it's size, but not too heavy. It actually feels like decent quality. The grip is a good size and is comfortable with just the right amount of cushion. The gun is designed to shoot 3/4-2 inch 1/4" narrow crown staples or brads, both 18 gauge. Easy to load and the loading mechanism felt substantial.

    I added a 4-5 drops of oil and pressurized the gun to 60psi (range is 60-110). The first pull sent a staple in, but left it about 1/8" exposed. The next 2-3 pulls were blanks. I figured it was the oil just working in. I tried firing several more times, with the gun actually driving a staple about 1 out of ten times. The gun did not jam, but it did not feed the staples correctly. I repeated this with varying air pressure with the same result-about 1 successful staple for every 10 pulls of the trigger. Not acceptable. In addition, the gun is an air hog. My 6gal pancake compressor cycled after about the 15th shot. My craftsman 16g brad nailer will shoot about 20-25 times before the compressor cycles.

    On HF's website, there are just over 40 reviews, and an average of 4 stars, so I thought I might get lucky. I'm taking the gun back tomorrow and trying a different manufacturer. I think this one goes down as a HF miss.

    Hope that is helpful.

    • Cochese
      Cochese commented
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      Originally posted by dbhost
      I don't think the blue / purple pnuematics are avaialble @ HF anymore. The red / silver models replaced them... Not sure if it is a fair trade yet...

      I have the purplish one, and never had a jam, or feed problem. Drop a few drops of oil, load the staples plug in and get to shooting staples...

      Mind you though, I would NEVER consider using this to drive nails, but when I got mine on sale, I think it was $15.00, and it drove the staples I needed driven... well what can I say, it works, I can't complain about that...
      I used mine exclusively to build my shop doors. While the hole made by the gun is larger than I like, it functions just fine as a nailer.

    • cabinetman
      cabinetman commented
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      I've had very good luck with HF guns.


    • Ozzie
      Ozzie commented
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      I've had very bad luck with HF nailers and staplers. I wouldn't buy one again.
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