Specailty nailers sometimes go unnoticed because you can’t tell what they’re for just by looking at them. As Toolmongers we love ’em, though. Take the Grip Rite GRC-58, for example, which installs crown staples with plastic caps. This seriously rocks if you’re tar papering a roof or doing a bit of insulation wrapping.
It drives 5/8″ leg 20-gauge 1/2″ crown staples — that’s a mouthful, isn’t it? — or brads with plastic caps in tandem. Staples and brads load into the center track just like any nail gun, and caps load into a separate adjacent track.
When you pull the trigger, the GRC-58 pushes a brad through a plastic cap, then nails the brad and cap assembly into your target. The plastic caps do a great job of holding down tar paper and such by evenly distributing pressure over a wider area than a standard brad or staple.
It weighs about 4 pounds, which isn’t bad considering that it’s pneumatic, and it comes complete with hard plastic carrying case, a bottle of tool oil, and air fittings.
The one bad thing about specialty tools: they’re usually more expensive since they’re produced in smaller volumes. The Grip Rite is no exception to the rule. Street pricing starts at $225.