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I'm in the market for a flooring stapler. I'd like to get something that would install as many types of flooring as possible and am not sure what the best choice would be.

I'm looking at the bostich that will handle up to 1/2 engineered hardwood/laminate but I'm not sure if that is my best bet??? It looks like the max length on the staple is 1" which wouldn't be adequate for 1/2" engineered.???



http://www.amazon.com/BOSTITCH-LHF97125-2-Laminated-Hardwood-Flooring/dp/B0009XILH2/ref=sr_1_17?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1383590274&sr=1-17&keywords=bostich+flooring+stapler

Should I step up to one of these bigger staplers that you hit with a mallet? I assume you couldn't do the thinner laminate engineered products with one of these???



Ideally I'd like to have a smaller stapler and then get a larger nailer for 3/4 hardwood at a later date.
 

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Spencer- the Powernail 50p Flex power roller is one of the finest nailers i have ever used. Its a cleat nailer, not a stapler. I have installed 1,000's of feet of 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 5/8" engineered with virtually no issues. It even works on 3/4" solid exotics like Brazilian Cherry and Ipe. I dislike the smaller "floor runner" type of staplers.
 

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Dont buy the hand held gun. Ive never been asked to install narrower than 3/4 tng. You can buy the harbor freight gun for 150 and it will last several jobs / maybe 5000 feet.
 

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Dont buy the hand held gun. Ive never been asked to install narrower than 3/4 tng. You can buy the harbor freight gun for 150 and it will last several jobs / maybe 5000 feet.
That seems unusual. The flooring guys I know say they don't hardly install any 3/4 anymore. One of my flooring buddies even offered his bostich cleat nailer, said they never use it anymore because everything they put in is thinner.

Maybe because you finish on site???
 

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Spencer said:
I'm in the market for a flooring stapler. I'd like to get something that would install as many types of flooring as possible and am not sure what the best choice would be.

I'm looking at the bostich that will handle up to 1/2 engineered hardwood/laminate but I'm not sure if that is my best bet??? It looks like the max length on the staple is 1" which wouldn't be adequate for 1/2" engineered.???

http://www.amazon.com/BOSTITCH-LHF97125-2-Laminated-Hardwood-Flooring/dp/B0009XILH2/ref=sr_1_17?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1383590274&sr=1-17&keywords=bostich+flooring+stapler

Should I step up to one of these bigger staplers that you hit with a mallet? I assume you couldn't do the thinner laminate engineered products with one of these???

Ideally I'd like to have a smaller stapler and then get a larger nailer for 3/4 hardwood at a later date.
I got one of these guns only used it one time with a case. If your interested pm me. i don't have a use for it and its just sitting on the shelf.
 

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That seems unusual. The flooring guys I know say they don't hardly install any 3/4 anymore. One of my flooring buddies even offered his bostich cleat nailer, said they never use it anymore because everything they put in is thinner.

Maybe because you finish on site???
Yes Im a sand and finish guy.

I havent found a way to convert sales on line for prefin flooring installs so I sell refinish on line.

Also with labor and materials i think its a much better value to install 3/4. Do you want to spend 3000$ for a 5 year laminate/5/16 floor or 3500 for a floor that will last 75 years?
 

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The bostitch floor runner with the one inch staple is crappy. It's 20 gauge I believe.

However their newer 18g stapler of same design but bigger that can handle a 1 1/2 staple is actually pretty slick at installing 1/2 or less engineered
 

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Why did you even ask?
Because I didn't know anything about them. I assessed my options and felt like that was what would work best for my situation after reading the different suggestions. I have a ton of other tools that I need more and will use more and can't justify the extra cost. The bostich 1" stapler wasn't going to work but I feel fine about this one being that it can handle 1-1/2 staples. This is the stapler that a flooring guy I make transitions for who has been in it for 30+ years uses almost exclusively.

The bostitch floor runner with the one inch staple is crappy. It's 20 gauge I believe.

However their newer 18g stapler of same design but bigger that can handle a 1 1/2 staple is actually pretty slick at installing 1/2 or less engineered
 

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The primary reason the Bostitch gun is problematic is that is does not have the force to bend the board. If you work with any natural flooring that gun will drive you nuts as you fight every fifth board to get it tight.

If your tacking down manufactured laminate or engineered you should be all right.
 
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