What do you get when you cross a pneumatic cap nailer with a hammer stapler? You get the Stinger Cap Hammer CH38, which drives caps into roofing felt (or Tyvek) without manual hammering or dragging out a compressor. Stinger’s tag line is “No hose, No Problem” — and they mean it.
Until now, regular hammer staplers were frowned upon because they could hammer through the thin house wrap or roofing felt, tearing it. But with the Stinger, you avoid that particular downside.
Here’s the concept: take a more or less run of the mill hammer stapler, add a roll of self feeding plastic caps, shake, and serve. But actually using it effectively seems to require more than just a solid hammer stroke. Some of the reviews I’ve seen suggest that it simply doesn’t work as well as advertised. The staples tend to jam, or the caps feed through too many at a time — or the staple just doesn’t nail the cap right in the center.
But then I’ve seen reviews by some in the trade who did like it. They acknowledged that it took a while to get the rhythm of using it right, but once you did it was much easier than lugging around a heavy nailer — not to mention being tethered to the hose. Check out the Amazon link for some reviews. This might be a good one to see if you can rent before you buy.
You’re looking at around $50 for the 2.6 pound Stinger that has a capacity of 168 caps and staples. It utilizes 3/8” A11 staples with 1” plastic caps that come collated in a roll. Replacement caps and staples are available for a bit over $30 for a “StaplePac” that includes 2016 caps in 12 rolls of 168, and 24 strips of 84 staples.
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